Many of the best high school and college wrestlers in the nation are expected to compete in the 2000 FILA Junior National Wrestling Championships and World Team Trials, held at the University of Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports Center Arena in Lincoln, Neb., May 11-14.
The FILA Junior age-group was formerly known as the Espoir Division. FILA, the International Governing Body, changed the name of the age-group three years ago. These athletes are between 17 and 20 years old, and include college underclassmen, military athletes and high school wrestling stars who will be competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, the Olympic styles of the sport. Competitors must have been born between 1980-84. Wrestlers born in 1984 must submit a medical certificate to compete.
The winner at each weight class of the FILA Junior National Championships/World Team Trials in freestyle and Greco-Roman will qualify to compete on the 2000 U.S. FILA Junior World Team. If an athlete claims titles in both styles, he will be allowed to choose the style in which he wishes to compete in at the World Championships.
The 2000 FILA Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman World Championships will be held in Nantes, France, July 3-9.
Three members of the 1999 FILA Junior Freestyle World Team are eligible to return. Two World fourth-place finishers could return, Damion Hahn of Lakewood, N.J. at 187.25 pounds and Tommy Rowlandsof Columbus, Ohio at 213.75 pounds. Jared Lawrenceof Sandpoint, Idaho competed at 152 pounds and placed fifth at the World Championships.
In Greco-Roman, four members of last year's team could return: Dustin Brewerof Kansas City, Mo., placed seventh at the Worlds last year at 119 pounds, Davey Starksof Stoughton, Wis., did not place at 110 pounds, Carl Fronhoferof Salem, N.Y., did not place at 167.5 pounds. Paul Devlinof Livingston, N.J., who did not place at the Worlds, could defend his national title at heavyweight.
Of these wrestlers, some are currently wrestling in college programs. Hahn and Lawrence are currently at the University of Minesota, Rowlands attends Ohio State University and Fronhofer attends the University of Pittsburgh. Devlin wrestles for the U.S. Army.
The Greco-Roman competition begins on Friday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m., and will conclude when finals are over later that day. The freestyle competition will begin on Saturday, May 13 with session times of 10:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and continues on Sunday, May 14 with the starting time of 9:00 and concludes when finals are finished later that day.
Traditionally, many of the competitors at this tournament go on later in their careers to compete for the United States at the Senior World Championships and the Olympic Games.
For more information, contact Heather Folks of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181.