U.S. Greco-Roman athletes to compete at Petrov International in Bulgaria, Feb. 21

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 19, 2014, 12:54 p.m. (ET)
Photo of Joe Betterman and Spenser Mango competing in the 2014 Dave Schultz Memorial finals by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com. Both will compete in Bulgaria this weekend

A group of six U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers will compete at the Nikola Petrov International in Sofia, Bulgaria, Feb. 21.

Included in the group is two-time Olympian and four-time U.S. World Team member Spenser Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP). Mango was fifth at the 2013 World Championships.

Also competing at 59 kg/130 lbs. is two-time U.S. World Team member Joe Betterman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP).

The U.S. has two more entries at the 59 kg/130 lbs. weight class, 2012 World University champion Max Nowry (Wheeling, Ill./USOEC/NYAC) and veteran Nate Engel (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP/FTC).

All six U.S. entries will wrestle Friday, Feb. 21. Also on the mats are Erik Nye (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) at 130 kg/286 lbs. and Camden Grimes (Colorado Springs, Colo./OTC) 75 kg/165 lbs.

Along with a Greco-Roman division, there will also be men’s and women’s freestyle contested in Sofia. Team USA will have no entries in those two styles.

At Sofia, Bulgaria, Feb. 21-23

U.S. Greco-Roman lineup

59 kg/130 lbs. - Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Nate Engel, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP/FTC)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill. (USOEC/NYAC)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Joe Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
75 kg/165 lbs. – Camden Grimes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (OTC)
130 kg/286 lbs. - Erik Nye, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Coach: Brandon McNab, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach: Shon Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Medical: John Bakouris (ATC), Tinley Park, Ill.
Official: Rob Williamson, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Greco-Roman Event Schedule

Friday, February 21
Greco-Roman 59 kg, 75kg, 130 kg

Saturday, February 22
Greco-Roman 71 kg, 80 kg, 98 kg

Sunday, February 23
Greco-Roman 66 kg, 85 kg