Burroughs, Varner, Scott, Dake, Snyder, Pico among U.S. stars competing overseas this weekend

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 14, 2014, 11:49 a.m. (ET)
Kyle Dake (pictured) among the star U.S. wrestlers competing this week overseas, either in Cuba or Turkey.

Top American athletes, including World and Olympic medalists along with many rising young stars, will be in competition overseas this weekend, as U.S. athletes hit the mats in Turkey and Cuba.

The Yasar Dogu International, set for Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday and Sunday, will feature a large group of U.S. men’s freestyle stars.

The Turkish Wrestling Federation has indicated that it will webcast the Yasar Dogo on its website:

(Fans who want to have the website translated into English should use Google Translate or similar online website).

Olympic champions Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and Jake Varner (97 kg) will compete in Turkey on Saturday, along with 2013 World Team member Angel Escobedo (57 kg). There are nine U.S. freestylers on the mat Saturday.

Sunday, another five U.S. wrestlers will compete, including past Junior World champion Dom Bradley (125 kg).

Yasar Dogu International Event schedule, with U.S. athletes competing

Saturday, Feb 15
FS 57 kg – Angel Escobedo, Sam Hazewinkel, Mark McKnight, Andrew Hochstrasser
FS 65 kg – Jason Chamberlain
FS 74 kg – Jordan Burroughs, Nick Marable
FS 97 kg – Jake Varner, Wynn Michalak

Sunday, Feb 16
FS 61 kg – Jimmy Kennedy
FS 70 kg – no U.S. entries
FS 86 kg – Clayton Foster, Phil Keddy, Raymond Jordan
FS 125 kg – Dom Bradley

Freestyle wrestling is underway in Havana, Cuba, at the Cerro Pelado International. Another large U.S. men’s freestyle team will hit the mats on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake (74 kg) will compete, along with 2013 U.S. Open champion Kellen Russell (65 kg). Two U.S. age-group World champions will wrestle in the Junior division on Friday, 2013 Junior World champion Kyle Snyder and 2013 Cadet World champion Aaron Pico.

Saturday’s action will feature 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott (61 kg), past NCAA champions Jon Reader (86 kg) and Zach Rey (125 kg), among others.

On Thursday, the USA won three gold medals in women’s wrestling, from Victoria Anthony (48 kg), Helen Maroulis (55 kg) and Elena Pirozhkova (67 kg). The Granma Cup of Greco-Roman has completed, and U.S. results will be posted when received.

Cerro Pelado International Event Schedule, with U.S. athletes competing

Friday, Feb 14
FS 57 kg – Brandon Precin, Frank Perrelli, Steve Mytych
FS 65 kg – Kellen Russell, Frank Molinaro, Montell Marion, Aaron Pico (Junior division)
FS 74 kg – Kyle Dake
FS 97 kg – Chris Pendleton, Dustin Kilgore, Cayle Byers, Kyle Snyder (Junior division)

Saturday, Feb 15
FS 61 kg – Coleman Scott
FS 70 kg – Jason Welch
FS 86 kg – Jon Reader,
FS 125 kg – Zach Rey, Matt Meuleners, Garrett Ryan (Junior division)

Results from these competitions will be posted on TheMat.com when received.