U.S. No-Gi Grappling World Team Trials set for Colorado Springs, Colo., August 30

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Aug. 01, 2014, 12:39 p.m. (ET)
Action photos from 2013 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

USA Wrestling will host the 2014 U.S. No-Gi Grappling World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, August 30.

This event will determine the U.S. Senior-level Grapplers who will represent the United States at the 2014 Pankration World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in the Pankration- Submission division (no-Gi Grappling), October 23-25.

FILA has retained its form of No-Gi Grappling, which is now officially called Pankration-Submission. The United States has been a World power in this style of Grappling since FILA began hosting competitions.

USA Wrestling is still finalizing the exact venue in Colorado Springs at this time. That information will be posted online at TheMat.com and on the event website when it is completed.

USA Wrestling wanted to get the date and city for the World Team Trials competition announced now so athletes would have time to make travel arrangements and train for the event.

There are nine weight classes for men and five weight classes for women. Entry fee is $75 for online registration on TrackWrestling.com (through August 27). Onsite registration is $125. Competition will be in the Senior division only, for athletes 20 and older. Athletes who are 18 or 19 can enter with a medical consent.

Click to register online

The Pankration World Championships is a self-funded tour, in which athletes must cover the cost of travel, room and board and competition fees. Champions at the U.S. No-Gi Grappling World Team Trials will be asked if they will attend the World Championships at the conclusion of the tournament.

The United States placed third as a team in No-Gi Grappling at the 2013 FILA World Championships in London, Canada, led by men’s champion Colby Covington at 77 kg. Winning silver medals were Brandon Ruiz at Over 100 kg and women’s star Bahar Shahidi at 53 kg. Bronze medals went to Matt Holt (63 kg), John Albert (66 kg) and Jayson Patino (71 kg).

See below for event information on the No-Gi Grappling World Team Trials. Watch for updates on TheMat.com and on the official event website.

At Colorado Springs, Colo., August 30

Venue: To Be Announced

Registration and weigh-in, Saturday, August 30
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Competition: Saturday, August 30
12:00 noon to conclusion

Note: Competition rules are for FILA’s Pankration-Submission category, which is a form of No-Gi Grappling.

Age Group: Senior level (20 and older, Athletes 18-19 years old can compete with a medical consent).

Weight Classes Men: 57 kg (125.5 lbs), 62 kg (136.5 lbs.), 66 kg (145.5 lbs.), 71 kg (156 lbs.), 77 kg (169.5 lbs.), 84 kg (185 lbs.), 92 kg (202.5 lbs.), 100 kg (220 lbs.), Over 100 kg (unlimited)

Weight Classes Women: 53 kg (116.5 lbs.), 58 kg (127.5 lbs.), 64 kg (140.75 lbs.), 71 kg (156 lbs.), Over 71 kg (unlimited)

Entry Fee: $75 online ($125 on site)
Online registration is available through TrackWrestling.com through Wednesday, August 27 at:

Equipment: “Rashguard shall be tight fitting, with short or long sleeve, and contain at least 60% of the assigned color (either blue or red). Mixture of blue and red is forbidden. Board shorts shall either match the assigned color or of a neutral color (black, white, gray, etc.:) They shall not be excessively baggy or have pockets or buttons/snaps that may be unsafe during competition. Black compression shorts or pants worn under the board shorts is also permitted.”

Membership: Must have a 2014 or 2015 USA Wrestling Membership, in the Open Licence category. To order your card online, visit:

Specific Competition Rules: FILA rules for Pankration – Submission (click link below)

Champions qualify to represent the United States at the 2014 Pankration World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in the Pankration- Submission division (no-Gi Grappling), October 23-25.

Competition format: Double-elimination bracket, with wrestle-backs to third place. For weights of five athletes or less, roundrobin competition will be held.

True Second Place Matches will be held if necessary, for the World Team Alternate.

Awards: Champions receive plaque, second and third place athletes receive medals.