Joe Raia leads 2017 Masters Ironman standings, with Masters Beach and Grappling still left in season

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | May 15, 2017, 5:49 p.m. (ET)
Steve Contarino of Florida competes at the Masters Nationals in Las Vegas. Contarino has scored 20 points in the Masters Ironman Standings. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

Who is the toughest and most versatile Masters wrestler in the United States?

USA Wrestling has started a new Masters Ironman and Ironwoman Standings, which includes results from all of the national tournaments for Masters wrestlers in 2017.

Masters wrestlers have the opportunity to compete in five different styles this year. So far, the Masters national events in folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle have been held.

There are two more USA Wrestling national events which host a Masters division, the U.S. Beach Nationals in Carolina Beach, N.C. on May 20, and the U.S. Masters Grappling Nationals in Fresno, Calif., June 2-4 in Fresno, Calif.

Here is how the standings are compiled. Champions get 10 points, Second Place gets 7 points, Third Place gets 4 points and Fourth Place gets 1 point.

All five of the Veterans National Tournaments receive the same point scoring. It also does not matter how many entries there are in a weight class, so first place is still worth 10 points if there is one athlete, or if there is 10 athletes in the weight.

Leading the Masters Ironman standings after the first three national tournamets is Joe Raia of the Chicago Wrestling Club with 27 points. Raia won Masters National titles in Greco-Roman and freestyle, and was second in folkstyle, competing in Division C.

Two athletes follow with 24 points, Rudy James of the Apple Valley WC and Octavius Bellamy of the Chicago Wrestling Club. James was a Masters freestyle champion and placed second in folkstyle and Greco-Roman, competing in Division B. Bellamy was a Masters folkstyle champion and placed second in Greco-Roman and freestyle, competing in Division B.

Next are 18 wrestlers who have each won two national titles this year. Of this group, 17 were winners in both Greco-Roman and freestyle in Las Vegas. One athlete, Jeff Anderson in Division C, won his national titles in folkstyle and freestyle.

One more Masters Ironman/woman standings will be published after the conclusion of the last Masters nationals event, the Masters Grappling Nationals in Fresno, Calif.

Note: Any athlete who finds an error in these standings should contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at gabbott@usawrestling.org

MASTERS IRONMAN STANDINGS
Through May 15, 2017


27 POINTS
Joe Raia (C 138-63k) 7 FK, 10 GR, 10 FS

24 POINTS
Rudy James (B 187-76k) – 7 FK, 7 GR, 10 FS
Octavius Bellamy (A 213-97k) – 10 FK, 7 GR, 7 FS

20 POINTS
Marcus Cobbs (A 63) 10 GR, 10 FS
Andrew Nicola (A 69) 10 GR, 10 FS
Ike Okoli (A 130) 10 GR, 10 FS
Jason Goldman (B 58) 10 GR, 10 FS
Roman Vodoviz (B 69) 10 GR, 10 FS
James Medeiros (B 97) 10 GR, 10 FS
Brett Clark (B 130) 10 GR, 10 FS
Antonino Calandra (C 69) 10 GR, 10 FS
Igor Llin (C 76) 10 GR, 10 FS
Kevin Pine (C 85) 10 GR, 10 FS
Jeff Anderson (C 213) 10 FK, 10 FS
George Porter (C 130) 10 GR, 10 FS
James Kasser (D 69) 10 GR, 10 FS
Bill Newton (D 76) 10 GR, 10 FS
Brian Jones (D 130) 10 GR, 10 FS
Valery Sorokov (E 85) 10 GR, 10 FS
Steve Contarino (E 97) 10 GR, 10 FS
Jack Schwartz (E 130) 10 GR, 10 FS

18 POINTS
David Olson (C 127 58) 10 FK, 4 GR, 4 FS
Dean Barnard (E 187-85k) 10 FK, 4 GR, 4 FS

17 POINTS
Brian Cobb (B 187, 85) 10 FK, 7 GR
David Yi (B 63) 7 GR, 10 FS
Alexander Serebrinnikov (B 63) 10 GR, 7 FS
Carson Gainey (C 58) 7 GR, 10 FS
Ric Fehr (C 58) 10 GR, 7 FS
Hedj Nelson (D 63) 10 GR, 7 FS
James Clark (D 213-97k) 7 FK, 10 FS
Larry Robertson (D 97) 10 GR, 7 FS
Kenneth Bonte (E 69) 10 GR, 7 FS

14 POINTS
Alex Zakusylo (B 167) 10 FK, 4 GR
Louis Orr (D 187 85) 10 FK, 4 GR
Sean Nonamaker (A 97) 10 GR, 4 FS
Norman Manning (B 76) 10 GR, 4 FS
Jeff Estrada (B 187, 85) – 4 FK, 10 FS
Alvin Riggs (C 85) 7 GR, 7 FS
Steve Barkman (E 63) 10 GR, 4 FS
Doug Moe (D 76) 7 GR, 7 FS
Montymonty Graham (D 85) 10 GR, 4 FS
Tim Holmstron (E 76) 7 GR, 7 FS
Lyubomir Lambov (E 76) 10 GR, 4 FS
Peter Haag (E 85) 7 GR, 7 FS
Jeff Davis (E 97) 7 GR, 7 FS
Alex Rinas (A 76) 10 GR, 4 FS, 4 FS

12 POINTS
Jacob Eck (A 152) 1 FK 4 GR, 7 FS

11 POINTS
Alan Kan (B 58) 7 GR, 4 FS
Nick Rodriguez (B 69) 7 GR, 4 FS
Tony Piva (D 76) 4 GR, 7 FS
Aaron Hayes (C 130) 4 GR, 7 FS
Dennis McInerney (D 69) 4 GR, 7 FS
Christopher Roos (D 69) 7 GR, 4 FS
Edward Freysinger (D 97) 7 GR, 4 FS
Craig Miner (E 69) 7 GR, 4 FS

10 POINTS
Zachary Oleson (A 138) – 10 FK
Richard Rios (A 152) – 10 FK
Coulthurst Schmidt (A 167) – 10 FK
Matt Reichhoff (A 187) – 10 FK
Seth Hanson (A 286) 10 FK
Roger Spear (B 138)) 10 FK
Brandon Pigorsch (B 152) 10 FK
Nathan Martinez (B 286) 10 FK
Quin Dickson (C 138) 10 FK
Marc Tadelman (D 152) 10 FK
Jose Alfredo Calero (D 167) 10 FK
Timothy Stepleton (D 213) 10 FK
Nathaniel Augustson (A 85) 10 GR
Leif Williams (B 85) 10 GR
Gelu Bors (C 97) 10 GR
Jordin Humphrey (A 76) 10 FS
Andre Blake (A 85) 10 FS
Frank Richmond (A 97) 10 FS
Zhora Hovhannisyan (D 58) 10 FS
Keith Stagg (D 63) 10 FS
Jose Betancourt (D 85) 10 FS
Robert Karstetter (E 58) 10 FS
Craig Johnson (E 58) 10 FS
Jeff Jacobs (E 76) 10 FS
Kelli Rasmussen (A Women) 10 FS

8 POINTS
Bakytbek Tashtanbekov (A 69) 7 GR, 1 FS
Boris Savkiv (A 85) 7 GR, 1 FS
Mark Mansfield (C 76) 7 GR, 1 FS
Gabriel Garcia (C 97) 1 GR, 7 FS
Ronald Ayers (C 97) 4 GR, 4 FS
Steve Morris (D 76) 4 GR, 4 FS
Jeff Pratt (D 85) 7 GR, 1 FS

7 POINTS
Paul Norgren (A 152) – 7 FK
Ryan Seidler (A 167) – 7 FK
Ben Oleson (A 187) – 7 FK
Nate Buys (A 213) – 7 FK
Scott Cutbirth (B 167) – 7 FK
Patrick Egan (B 286) – 7 FK
Greg McLaughlin (C 127) – 7 FK
Dan Collins (C 152) 7 FK
Jim Stepleton (C 213) 7 FK
Dat Kin Vong (A 76) 7 GR
Gabe Beauperthuy (B 130) 7 GR
Evgeney Didenko (C 69) 7 GR
Domenico Lemme (C 97) 7 GR
Greggreg Conn (C 130) 7 GR
Timothy Randall (A 63) 7 FS
Connor Keating (A 76) 7 FS
Kyle Bubb (A 85) 7 FS
Scott Hunter (A 97) 7 FS
Wes Woody (A 130) 7 FS
Elliot Diaz (B 58) 7 FS
Jason Lowe (B 69) 7 fS
Opalnyk Kostiantyn (B 76) 7 FS
Scott Phillips (B 85) 7 FS
Jarad Carson (B 130) 7 FS
Moises Pacheco (C 58) 7 FS
Brian Nicola (C 69) 7 FS
Petros Petrosyan (D 85) 7 FS
Michelle Maloney (A Women) 7 FS

5 POINTS
Christopher Hunt (A 69) 1 GR, 4 FS
Ashkan Morvari (B 76) 4 GR, 1 FS
Karl Junitz (B 97) 4 GR, 1 FS
David Sarmiento (C 69) 4 GR, 1 FS

4 POINTS
Eric Oleson (A 152) 4 FK
Chad Schultz (A 167) 4 FK
Paul Gorton (A 187) 4 FK
Brandon Garcia (A 213) – 4 FK
Nathan Jewett (B 286) – 4 FK
Adam Miller (C 213) 4 FK
Victor Bryson (A 85) 4 FK
Brandon Donofrio (B 58) 4 FK
Joe Uccelini (B 85), 4 GR
Chad Carson (B 130) 4 GR
Khashayar Mahdavi (D 85) 4 GR
Gregory Petit (D 97) 4 GR
Chad Cook (A 85) 4 FS
Aaron Meister (B 85) 4 FS
Joshua Nacey (B 87) 4 FS
Thomas Battista (B 130) 4 FS
Deke Turner (C 69) 4 FS
Derek Brignell (C 76) 4 FS
Brad Perry (C 85) 4 FS
Angelo Borzio (C 130) 4 FS
Joseph Podraza (E 97) 4 FS
Adrian Rinas (B 63) 4 FS

1 POINT
Brett Schoffner (A 167) 1 FK
Ben Schmitt (A 187) 1 FK
Caleb Schlak (B 76) 1 GR
Jeff Paulson (B 85) 1 GR
Alphonzo Espinoza (B 97) 1 GR
Raymone Gude (B 130) 1 GR
Darryl Johnson (C 85) 1 GR
Jeff Williams (D 76) 1 GR
KC McCleary (D 76) 1 GR
Glen Amador (C 130) 1 GR
Constantin Tintea (D 85) 1 GR
Brad Mason (A 76) 1 FS
Steve Gruginski (A 97) 1 FS
Ryan Hernandez (B 63) 1 FS
Rustin Marchello (B 69) 1 FS
Mike Malinconico (B 85) 1 FS
Boris Kulich (C 85) 1 FS
Roger Shoup (C 130) 1 FS
Darcy Dunlop (D 76) 1 FS
Jesse Carrillo (D 97) 1 FS
Gaetano DiZebba (E 69) 1 FS
Peter Wirs (E 76) 1 FS

Scoring grid: 10 for 1st place, 7 for second place, 4 for third place, 1 for fourth place