2014 U.S. Beach Nationals set for Carolina Beach, N.C. May 31

By Chris Casper | May 07, 2014, 11:17 a.m. (ET)
This year’s 2014 U.S. Beach Nationals Wrestling Championships will once again be held at Carolina Beach, N.C. on Saturday, May 31.

This 2014 U.S. Beach Nationals Wrestling Championship will serve as a qualifier on the Senior level for the World Beach Championships, which will take place through July 4-6 in Katerini Pierria, Grec.

This tournament will feature competition in seven age groups: Schoolboy/girl, Cadet, Junior, Senior (Men and Women) and Veterans.

There are four Senior international men’s beach wrestling weights: 70 kg/154 lbs., 80 kg/174 lbs., 90 kg/198 and over 90 kg/over 198 lbs. These weights will be used at the U.S. Beach Nationals.

There are three Senior international women’s beach wrestling weights: 60 kg/ 130 lbs, -70 kg/154 lbs. and over 70 kg/over 154lbs. These weights will be used at the U.S. Beach Nationals.

Last year’s Senior men champions were Donovan DePatto, a past silver medalist at the Beach Worlds, Jarret Payne, Cj Meyers and Ike Okoli. Last year’s women’s champions were Helen Chong and Christen Dierken.

All other age groups will not have specific weight classes, but will be determined by a blocking system after the wrestlers go through weigh-ins.

Beach wrestling was introduced as an international style by FILA, the international governing body for wrestling, as another avenue for athletic competition. Beach Wrestling (or sand wrestling) has been a consistent style of wrestling internationally for centuries.

Combining elements of all wrestling styles, including sumo, Beach events have drawn walk-up crowds when partnered with other sporting events, helping expand the reach of wrestling through non-traditional venues.

Online registration via credit card is available until 6:00 PM (Eastern) Thursday, May 29. No prequalification required. Entry fee for participants registering online is $20. On-site registration is available with cash or check and costs $25 for Kids; $30 for Seniors and Veterans.

Click here for the 2014 U.S. Beach Nationals registration page.

For more information about this event go to http://www.teamusa.org/Home/USA-Wrestling/Events

At Carolina Beach, N.C., May 30-31

Event Schedule

Friday, May 30

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, May 31
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.

2013 Beach National Wrestling Champions

Bantam - n/a
Burke Wilson of Freedom Wrestling Club

Bantam A

Azrael Simpson of None

Intermediate A
Chade Norman of Top Dawg

A- Matthew Dillion of Unattached
B - Will Carpenter of Top Dawg


A - Alec Sampson of Unattached
B - Keyonte Williams of Backyard Wreslting Club
C - Kylan Thomas of Piedmont Middle School Wrestle


A - Dylan Barber of copperheads
B - Achilles Sproles of wcw
C - Michael McSwain of Top Dawg

A - Mike Fedowitz of copperheads
B - Clay Alguire of Top Dawg
C - Travis Keeling of Team Illinois

Senior Men

70 kg - Donovan DePatto of Unattached
80 kg - Jarrett Payne of Unattached
90 kg - CJ Myers of Unattached
- +90 kg - Ike Okoli of Unattached

Senior Women

-70 kg -Helen Chong of Yamasaki Academy
- +70 kg - Christen Dierken of Williamsburg

A - L. David Derby of Yorktown adylettav
B -Terry Wilkinson of Team Illinois