Wrestling sends teams to Junior Worlds
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. will send talented teams to this year's Junior World Championship, which will be held on August 4-9 in Ankara, Turkey.
The top 16-20 year old wrestlers compete at this event for a chance at a Junior World honor. U.S. wrestlers in all three styles, Greco-Roman, Men's Freestyle, and Women's Freestyle on the Junior level, will be competing against the world's best competitors in Turkey. All three teams are currently training in preparation of the World Championship.
Adeline Gray, the 2008 Junior World Champion, will be returning to the Junior Worlds to defend her title at 67kg. The women's team has three other returning athletes from the 2008 team as well, Victoria Anthony at 44kg (who placed fifth in the 2008 Worlds), Helen Maroulis at 55kg (Bronze medalist at the 2008 Worlds), and Schuyler Brown at 59 kg.
Also competing on the Women's Junior World Team this year are CC Weber at 48 kg, Trinity Plessinger at 51kg, Veronica Carlson at 63 kg, and Christen Paysse at 72kg.
Coaching the women's team is USA Freestyle Women's developmental Coach Izzy Izboinikov of Colorado Springs, Colorado plus Alex Conti of Fredonia, NY, and Donnie Stephens of Arcadia, California.
"We have a very experienced team," said Coach Izboinikov. "My main concern is being 100% healthy. By the time the Junior World's comes, we will have in three camps under our belt. We will count on our experience to help lead to success."
The 2009 U.S. Junior World Greco-Roman Team has three returning athletes from the 2008 Junior World Team. These members are Jimmy Chase at 60kg, Ben Provisor at 74 kg, and Peter Kowalczuk at 120, kg.
In addition to the Greco Roman 2009 Junior Team is Max Nowry at 50 kg, Jesse Thielke at 55 kg, Donald Vinson at 66kg, Travis Rutt at 84 kg, and Tyrell Fortune at 96kg.
The coaching staff for the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman team includes Developmental Coach Ike Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Eric Wetzel of Chicago, Illinois.
"I feel the boys are ready," said Anderson. We have been training with the Senior Greco-Roman team and also with Germany, Denmark, and Croatia. This is good for the guys and helps them be familiar and knowledgeable on a European level."
Dave Bennett, one of the coaches of the Men's Freestyle Junior team, is looking forward to the World Championships and is preparing the team in camp now at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
There are no returning athletes from the 2008 Junior World Team in Freestyle, but all of the athletes have shown great potential. The team is a mix of high school and college stars.
Among the college stars is NCAA runner up Andrew Howe from the University of Wisconsin at 74kg. Jason Chamberlain from Boise State will wrestle at 66 kg, Jordan Oliver from Oklahoma State will compete at 66 kg, Tyrell Fortune from Clackamas Community College is at 96kg and Dom Bradley from the University of Missouri is at 120kg.
Those who were high school wrestlers during the 2007-2008 year are Carson Kuhn of Utah at 50kg, Tony Ramos of Illinois at 55kg, and Chris Perry of Oklahoma at 84kg.
Joining Bennett on the coaching staff is 3x NCAA champion and 2004 Olympian Eric Guerrero.
"Eric is a great asset for the kids," said Bennett. "This is a good group of athletes with great credentials. These athletes are active on all levels and have been successful in a lot of areas. This team is fairly young and some people may look at it as a disadvantage. This is an advantage and opportunity intended for experience for becoming a Senior athlete. All of these kids are capable of medals, and we are going to come out of camp ready for Turkey on August 3rd."
U.S. Junior World Teams
50kg/ 110 lbs. Carson Kuhn, Sandy, Utah (Vandit)
55kg/121 lbs. Tony Ramos, Carol Stream, IL (Izzy style)
60 kg/132 lbs. Jordan Oliver, Easton, PA (Gator WC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. Jason Chamberlain, Springville, Utah (Bronco WC)
74 kg/163 lbs. Andrew Howe, Cedar Lake, Ind. (NYAC)
84kg/185 lbs. Chris Perry, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. Tyrell Fortune, Portland, Ore. (Peninsula WC)
1201 kg/264.5 lbs. Dom Bradley, Blue Springs, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)
Coach Dave Bennett, Colorado Springs, Col.
Coach Eric Guerrero, Stillwater, Okla.
44 kg/97 lbs. Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Team So Cal)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. CC Weber, Goodrich, Mich. (Sunkist Kids)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. Trinity Plessinger, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USOTC)
55 kg/130 lbs. Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (New York AC)
59 kg/138.75 lbs. Schuyler Brown, Montpelier, Va. (USOEC)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. Veronica Carlson, Addison, Ill. (New York AC)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. Adeline Gray, Denver, Colo. (New York AC)*
72 kg/158.5 lbs. Christen Paysse, Fullerton, Calif. (Univ. of the Cumberlands
Coach Alex Conti, Fredonia, N.Y.
Coach Donnie Stephens, Arcadia, Calif.
Coach Vladislav "Izzy" Izboinikov, Colorado Springs, Colo.
50kg/110 lbs. Max Nowry, Wheeling (USOEC)
55kg/121 lbs. Jesse Thielke, Germantown, Wis. (Ringers)
60kg/132 lbs. Jimmy Chase, Carol Stream, Ill. (Pinnacle School of Wrestling)
66kg/145.5 Donald Vinson, Marathon, NY (Shamrock WC)
74kg/163 lbs. Ben Provisor, Stevens point, Wis. (Sunkist Kids)
84kg/185 lbs. Travis Rutt, New Prague, Wis. (Badger WC)
96kg/211.5 lbs. Tyrell Fortune, Portland, Ore. (Peninsula)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. Peter Kowalczuk, Colorado Springs, Col. (Sunkist Kids)
Coach Eric Wetzel,Chicago, Illinois
Coach Ike Anderson, Colorado Springs, Col.
2009 Junior World Championships Schedule
Tuesday August 4, 2009
9:00am - 1:00 pm - Qualification rounds and Repechage Greco Roman categories 50-60-74-96 kg
5:00 pm - 5:30 - Opening Ceremony
6:00 pm - 8:00 - Finals Greco Roman categories 50-60-74-96 kg / Award Ceremonies
Wednesday August 5, 2009
9:00am - 1:00pm - Qualification rounds and Repechage Greco Roman categories 55-66-84-120 kg
6:00 pm - 8:00 - Finals Greco Roman categories 55-66-84-120 kg / Award Ceremonies
Thursday August 6, 2009
9:00 am - 1:00pm - Qualification rounds and Repechage Women's Freestyle categories 44-51-59-67 kg
6:00 pm - 8:00 - Finals Women's Freestyle categories 44-51-59-67 kg / Award Ceremonies
Friday August 7, 2009
9:00am - 1:00pm - Qualification rounds and Repechage Women's Freestyle categories 48-55-63-72 kg
6:00pm - 8:00 - Finals Women's Freestyle categories 48-55-63-72 kg / Award Ceremonies
Saturday August 8, 2009
9:00am - 1:00p, - Qualification rounds and Repechage Men's Freestyle categories 50-60-74-96 kg
6:00 pm - 8:00 - Finals Men's Freestyle categories 50-60-74-96 kg / Award Ceremonies
Sunday August 9, 2009
9:00am - 1:00pm - Qualification rounds Men's Freestyle categories 55-66-84-120 kg
4:00pm - 5:00 - Repechage Men's Freestyle categories 55-66-84-120 kg
5:00pm - 7:00 - Finals Men's Freestyle categories 55-66-84-120 kg / Award Ceremonies