2013 U.S. Beach Nationals set for Carolina Beach, N.C. on April 27

By Geneva Gray & Megan Templeton-Lynch USA Wrestling | March 28, 2013, 11:45 a.m. (ET)
This year's 2013 U.S. Beach National Wrestling Championships will be held at Carolina Beach, N.C. on Saturday, April 27.

The tournament will feature competition in seven age groups: Bantam, Intermediate, Novice, Schoolboy/girl, Cadet, Junior, Senior (men and women) and Veterans.

Unlike in previous years, the U.S. Beach World Team Trials will NOT be a separate event. Placement in the U.S. Beach Nationals will now determine the U.S. Beach World Team. Because of this, only FILA-approved Senior weight classes will be competing this year at Beach Nationals. The 2013 FILA World Beach Wrestling Championships will be held in El Jadida, Morocco, May 31-June 2.

There are four Senior international Men's Beach Wrestling Weights: 70 kg/154 lbs., 80 kg/176 lbs., 90 kg/198 lbs. and Over 90 kg/Over 198 lbs. These will be used at the U.S. Beach Nationals and the World Championships.

There are three Senior international Women's Beach Wrestling Weights: 60 kg/132 lbs., 70 kg/154 lbs. and Over 70 kg/Over 154 lbs. These will be used at the U.S. Beach Nationals and the World Championships.

All other age groups will not have specific weight classes, but will be determined by the blocked weight system after weigh-ins.

Registration for this event costs $20 online and online registration will close at 6:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 25. On-site registration is available with cash or check and costs $25 for Kids, Cadets and Juniors and $30 for Seniors and Veterans.

Click here to register online for the 2013 U.S. Beach Nationals. Click here for 2013 U.S. Beach Nationals website for more information about this event.

Beach Wrestling was added as a style of international wrestling in 2005. Athletes compete on sand, in a style that features takedowns within a ring. The sport has been growing in popularity across the nation and world.

USA Wrestling has sanctioned Beach events since 2005, and held its first U.S. Beach National Championships and World Team Trials in 2006. FILA hosted the first World Championships in 2006 in Antalya, Turkey.

The United States will be seeking its first World gold medal in Beach wrestling at this year's World Beach Wrestling Championships. Two years ago, Donovan DePatto of the U.S. Marines won a World silver medal, the first U.S. World finalist. The U.S. has won numerous World bronze medals, including a pair of two-time World bronze medalists, Jeff Funicello of American Pankration and Carlos Dolmo of Blast Double NY.

At Carolina Beach, N.C., April 27-28

Event Schedule

Friday, April 26
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Early Beach Wrestling National Championship Registration: Optional for ALL DIVISIONS
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Early Medical Check & Weigh-ins: Optional for ALL DIVISIONS

Saturday, April 27
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Beach Wrestling National Championships Registration, Medical Check and Weigh-ins
Noon to conclusion - Beach Wrestling National Championships

Sunday will also be an emergency make-up day for competition in case of inclement weather on Saturday. Sessions and schedule subject to change.

For specific event procedures or scheduling, contact USA Wrestling National Events at (719) 598-8181.

2012 U.S. Beach National Champions

Senior Men
163 lbs. - Collin Martin (Unattached)
185 lbs. - Joseph Chamish (Painted Post Allstars)
211 lbs. - Donald Simmons (U.S. Marines)
264 lbs. - Charles Fish (U.S. Marines)

Senior Women
132 lbs. - Trinh Nguyen (Unattached)
154 lbs. - Janet Spence (Unattached)

152 lbs. - Jason Goldman (Unattached)
167.5 lbs. - Daniel Nier (Beverly Hills)
213.75+ lbs. - Alfren Gliniecki

120 lbs. - Savior Hagan (East High)
145/152 lbs. - Dan Reagan (Unattached)
160 lbs. - Nicholas Brown (Team Takedown)
170 lbs. - Sam Molina (Young Guns)
182 lbs. - Travis Keeling (Team Takedown)
200/285 lbs. - Brian Kerwin (NYSS)

106/126 lbs. - Andrew Shomer (Unattached)
138 lbs. - Thomas Lancie (Webster Schroeder)
145 lbs. - Ryan Kromer (Cobra North)
152 lbs. - Skyler Kropman (Unattached)
160 lbs. - Max Poeller (Victory)
182- Chris Williams (Victory)

85/98 lbs. - Parker Kropman (Unattached)
126/144 lbs. - Frankie Gissendanner (Titans Worldwide)
193 lbs. - Jacob Lill (Unattached)