USA Wrestling Numerous world-class...

Numerous world-class athletes expected at CISM World Military Championships in New Jersey, Oct. 3-6

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Sept. 28, 2014, 2:27 p.m. (ET)

2008 Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller, shown at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is among six past Olympic medalists registered for the 2014 CISM World Military Championships.

The CISM World Military Wrestling Championships is traditionally a very competitive tournament featuring many of the world’s best Olympic wrestlers. This year, the event will be hosted at Joint Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst, in New Jersey, October 3-6.

There are 24 nations entered, with over 200 athletes expected. The participating nations this year include: Algeria, Armenia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United Arab Emirets, Ukraine, and the United States.

2008 Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller of the United States is among the six past Olympic medalists in the expected field at this year’s CISM World Championships. She is joined by another women’s freestyle star, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus of Poland.

There are four Greco-Roman Olympic medalists who have registered to compete: 2012 Olympic silver medalist Heiki Nabi of Estonia, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Mindaugas Mizgaitis of Lithuania, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Aleksandr Kazakevich of Lithuania and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Damian Janikowski of Poland.

There are three past World champions in the field, including 2005 World champion Iris Smith of the United States in women’s freestyle. 2006 and 2013 World Champion Heiki Nabi of Estonia in Greco-Roman, and 2014 World champion Tserenchimeg Sukhee of Mongolia in women’s freestyle are the other World champions.

Including the World champions, there are 15 past World medalists in the competition, including 2006 and 2007 Greco-Roman World bronze medalist Justin Lester of the United States.

Iris Smith of the United States, who won the CISM World gold medal in 2010, is among the 12 past CISM Military World champions who are returning to compete this year. Included is a two-time CISM World Military champion, Aleksandr Shyshman of Ukraine in Greco-Roman. Overall, 39 athletes who have won past CISM World Military medals are expected in this year’s field.

There are many past age-group World champions and medalists among the wrestlers coming to New Jersey to compete. Greco-Roman star Spenser Mango of the United States is among the two past University World champions. Four past Junior World champions are in the field, including women’s freestyle star Whitney Conder of the United States. Justin Lester of the United States is among the three past Cadet World champions expected to wrestle.

The depth and experience of this international field makes winning a CISM World Military medal a major achievement and a great honor.

“CISM has a long tradition. You have a lot of World medalists that compete here. It gives our military athletes a chance to compete against many of the best wrestlers in the world,” said U.S. coach Shon Lewis.

The United States last hosted the CISM World Military Championships in 2000 at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The team won 12 medals at that event, led by Greco-Roman champion Duaine Martin at 58 kg and freestyle champions Jeff Bedard at 63 kg and Mike Van Arsdale at 97 kg.

CISM WORLD MILITARY WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Joint Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst, N.J., October 3-6

International stars expected at CISM World Military Championships

Olympic medalists (6)

Heiki Nabi (Estonia), Greco-Roman 130 kg, 2012 Olympic silver medalist
Aleksandr Kazakevich (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 80 kg, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Mindaugas Mizgaitis (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 130 kg, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist
Damian Janikowski (Poland), Greco-Roman 85 kg, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Randi Miller (United States), women’s freestyle 69 kg, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist
Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus (Poland), women’s freestyle 69 kg, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist

World champions (3)
Heiki Nabi (Estonia), Greco-Roman 130 kg, 2006 and 2013 World Champion, 2014 World bronze
Iris Smith (United States), women’s freestyle 75 kg, 2005 World Champion
Tserenchimeg Sukhee (Mongolia), women’s freestyle 60 kg, 2014 World Champion

World medalists (12 plus 3 champions = 15)
Justin Lester (United States), Greco-Roman 71 kg, 2006 World bronze, 2007 World bronze
Valdemaras Venckaitis (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 75 kg, 2007 World bronze medalist
Damian Janikowski (Poland), Greco-Roman 85 kg, 2011 World silver medalist
Aline da Silva Ferreira (Brazil), women’s freestyle 75 kg, 2013 World silver
Li Hui (China), women’s freestyle 53 kg, 2003 World bronze
Xu Haiyan (China), women’s freestyle 63 kg, 2006 World silver, 2002 CISM bronze
Jaqueline Schellen (Germany), women’s freestyle 53 kg, 2012 World bronze
Badrakh Odonchimeg (Mongolia), women’s freestyle 69 kg, 2009 World bronze
Iwona Matkowska (Poland), women’s freestyle 48 kg, 2014 World silver, 2006 World bronze
Monika Michalik (Poland), women’s freestyle 63 kg, 2006 and 2007 World bronze
Oliver Hassler (Germany), freestyle 98 kg, 2012 World silver
Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia), freestyle 70 kg, 2013 and 2014 World bronze

CISM World Military Championships/Games champions (12)
Lukasz Banak (Poland), Greco-Roman 130 kg, 2010 CISM World champion, 2006 CISM silver, 2007 and 2013 CISM bronze
Aleksander Shyshman (Ukraine), Greco-Roman 80 kg, 2010 and 2013 CISM World champion
Sergey Yeroshkin (Ukraine), Greco-Roman 98 kg, 2013 CISM World champion, 2008 CISM World silver
Aleksander Chernetski (Ukraine), Greco-Roman 130 kg, 2008 CISM World champion, 2010 CISM World bronze
Iris Smith (United States), women’s freestyle 75 kg, 2010 CISM World champion
Li Hui (China), women’s freestyle 53 kg, 2010 CISM World champion
Xu Haiyan (China), women’s freestyle 63 kg, 2010 CISM World champion, 2006 CISM silver, 2002 CISM bronze
Iwona Matkowska (Poland), women’s freestyle 48 kg, 2010 CISM World champion
Deng Zhiwei (China), freestyle 125 kg, 2013 CISM World champion, 2008 and 2010 CISM World bronze
Krystian Brzozowski (Poland), freestyle 74 kg, 2010 CISM World champion
Evgeni Khavilov (Ukraine), freestyle 65 kg, 2005 CISM World champion, 2008 CISM silver, 2013 CISM bronze
Oleg Bilotserkivski (Ukraine), freestyle 86kg, 2008 CISM World champion

CISM World Military Championships/Games medalists (27 plus 12 champions = 39)
Gevorg Sahakyan (Armenia), Greco-Roman 66 kg, 2013 CISM World silver
Tarek Benaissa (Algeria), Greco-Roman 66 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Zhang Jianfeng (China), Greco-Roman 59 kg, 2010 CISM World bronze
Velli-Karri Souminen (Finland), Greco-Roman 80 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Horlan Zhakansha (Kazakhstan), Greco-Roman 55 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Aleksandr Kazakevich (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 80 kg, 2006 CISM World silver
Laimutis Adomaitis (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 85 kg, 2005 and 2007 CISM World bronze
Mindaugas Mizgaitis (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 130 kg, 2005 and 2008 CISM World bronze
Michal Tracz (Poland), Greco-Roman 59 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Damian Janikowski (Poland), Greco-Roman 85 kg, 2013 CISM World silver
Vugar Ragimov (Ukraine), Greco-Roman 59 kg, 2007 CISM World silver, 2008 CISM World bronze
Ruslan Israfilov (Ukraine), Greco-Roman 66 kg, 2005 CISM World bronze
Othella Feroleto (United States), women’s freestyle 60 kg, 2010 CISM World bronze
Jaqueline Schellen (Germany), women’s freestyle 53 kg, 2010 CISM World bronze
Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus (Poland), women’s freestyle 69 kg, 2010 CISM World bronze
Liao Rong (China), women’s freestyle 48 kg, 2010 CISM World silver
Monika Michalik (Poland), women’s freestyle 63 kg, 2010 CISM World silver
Viktor Kazishvili (Armenia), freestyle 97 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Tian Zehng-Guan (China), freestyle 61 kg, 2008 CISM World bronze
Huwatibieke Bahetihan (China), freestyle 86 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Manoj Kumar (India), freestyle 65 kg, 2006 and 2008 CISM World bronze
Eldos Abikenov (Kazakhstan), freestyle 61 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Adilet Davlumbaev (Kazakhstan) freestyle 86 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Nadir Khan (Pakistan), freestyle 74 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze
Maciej Balawender (Poland), freestyle 86 kg, 2010 and 2013 CISM World silver
Radoslaw Baran (Poland), freestyle 125 kg, 2013 CISM World silver, 2010 CISM World bronze
Mykola Aivazian (Ukraine), freestyle 61 kg, 2013 CISM World bronze

University World Championships/Games champions (2)
Spenser Mango (United States), Greco-Roman 59 kg, 2005 World University champion
Oleg Bilotserkivski (Ukraine), freestyle 86kg, 2008 World University champion

University World Championships/Games medalists (18 plus 2 champions = 20)
Justin Lester (United States), Greco-Roman 71 kg, 2005 World University bronze
Maksim Manukyan (Armenia), Greco-Roman 85 kg, 2013 World University silver
Heiki Nabi (Estonia), Greco-Roman 130 kg, 2005 and 2006 World University bronze
Ashkat Dilmukhamedov (Kazakhstan), Greco-Roman 75 kg, 2006 World University bronze
Ilya Nastochenko (Kazakshtan), Greco-Roman 98 kg, 2014 World University bronze
Valdemaras Venckaitis (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 75 kg, 2006 World University silver
Laimutis Adomaitis (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 85 kg, 2006 World University bronze
Michal Tracz (Poland), Greco-Roman 59 kg, 2012 World University silver
Othella Feroleto (United States), women’s freestyle 60 kg, 2006 World University bronze
Xu Haiyan (China), women’s freestyle 63 kg, 2002 World University bronze
Badrakh Odonchimeg (Mongolia), women’s freestyle 69 kg, 2006 World University silver
Iwona Matkowska (Poland), women’s freestyle 48 kg, 2004 World University bronze
Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus (Poland), women’s freestyle 69 kg, 2004 World University silver, 2005 bronze
Kararzyna Krawczyk (Poland), women’s freestyle 53 kg, 2010 World University bronze
Jamel Johnson (United States), freestyle 65 kg, 2012 World University bronze in Greco-Roman
Batchuluun Batmagnai (Mongolia), freestyle 65 kg, 2014 World University bronze
Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia), freestyle 70 kg, 2013 World University bronze
Krystian Brzozowski (Poland), freestyle 74 kg, 2005 World University silver

Junior World champions (4)
Karapat Chalyan (Armenia), Greco-Roman 75 kg, 2013 Junior World Champion, 2012 Junior World bronze
Villius Laurinaitis (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 98 kg, 2012 Junior World Champion
Whitney Conder (United States), women’s freestyle 53 kg, 2007 Junior World champion
Tserenchimeg Sukhee (Mongolia), women’s freestyle 60 kg, 2013 Junior World champion

Junior World medalists (21 plus 4 champions = 25)
Spenser Mango (United States), Greco-Roman 59 kg, 2006 Junior World bronze
Velli-Karri Souminen (Finland), Greco-Roman 80 kg, 2010 Junior World bronze
Valdemaras Venckaitis (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 75 kg, 2003 Junior World silver
Aleksandr Kazakevich (Lithuania), Greco-Roman 80 kg, 2005 Junior World bronze
Damian Janikowski (Poland), Greco-Roman 85 kg, 2009 Junior World bronze
Aleksander Shyshman (Ukraine), Greco-Roman 80 kg, 2008 Junior World bronze
Feng Jiamin (China), women’s freestyle 58 kg, 2012 Junior World bronze
Jaqueline Schellen (Germany), women’s freestyle 53 kg, 2010 Junior World bronze
Dalma Caneva (Italy), women’s freestyle 63 kg, 2014 Junior World silver, 2013 Junior World bronze
Orkhon Purevdorj (Mongolia), women’s freestyle 58 kg, 2013 Junior World bronze
Enkhbayar Tsevegmed (Mongolia), women’s freestyle 63 kg, 2008 Junior World bronze
Shinekhuu Purvekhuu (Mongolia), women’s freestyle 75 kg, 2010 Junior World bronze
Iwona Matkowska (Poland), women’s freestyle 48 kg, 2000 Junior World silver
Anna Zwirydowska (Poland), women’s freestyle 58 kg, 2006 Junior World bronze
Monika Michalik (Poland), women’s freestyle 63 kg, 2000 Junior World bronze
Nadine Tokar (Switzerland), women’s freestyle 53 kg, 2003 Junior World bronze
Artak Hovhannisyan (Armenia), freestyle 61 kg, 2013 Junior World bronze
Viktor Kazishvili (Armenia), freestyle 97 kg, 2013 Junior World silver
Oliver Hassler (Germany), freestyle 98 kg, 2008 Junior World bronze
Manoj Kumar (India), freestyle 65 kg, 1998 Junior World silver
Tsogbaatar Damdinbazar (Mongolia), freestyle, 57 kg, 2008 Junior World bronze

Cadet World champions (3)

Justin Lester (United States), Greco-Roman 71 kg, 1999 Cadet World Champion in freestyle
Vladimir Kudrin (Kazakhstan), freestyle 57 kg, 2011 Cadet World Champion
Krystian Brzozowski (Poland), freestyle 74 kg, 1997 Cadet World Champion, 1998 Cadet World silver

Cadet World medalists (2 plus 3 champions = 5)
Tserenchimeg Sukhee (Mongolia), women’s freestyle 60 kg, 2011 Cadet World bronze
Iwona Matkowska (Poland), women’s freestyle 48 kg, 1998 Cadet World silver

Youth Olympic Games medalists (1)
Artak Hovhannisyan (Armenia), freestyle 61 kg, 2010 Youth Olympic Games bronze

Competition Schedule

Friday, 3 October
Competition in Men’s freestyle (57 kg, 61 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg) and women’s freestyle (48 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 58 kg)

Saturday, 4 October
Competition in Men’s freestyle (74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg) and women’s freestyle (60 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg, 75 kg)

Sunday, 5 October
Competition in Greco-Roman (59 kg, 66 kg, 71 kg, 75 kg)

Monday, 6 October
Competition in Greco-Roman (80 kg, 85 kg, 98 kg, 130 kg)