Chaid, Tuck and Goldman among double champions at Veterans Nationals

By Alexandra Pernice | May 07, 2015, 10 p.m. (ET)
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – There was an air of excitement in the South Point Arena among the 153 competitors in the 2015 Veterans Freestyle National Championships. The field proved fierce this year, with competitive action throughout Thursday’s event.

Returning double champion Michael Tuck of Missouri was victorious once again, winning championship titles in the Greco-Roman and freestyle tournaments.

Tuck defeated opponent Jeffrey Brewer in a best of three series at 58 kilograms in Division C, winning by technical fall in the first round and by injury default in the second round.

Tuck also won titles in both styles during the 2013 competitions.

Past Veterans World champions Dan Chaid and Jason Goldman became double champions after defeating their opponents in the finals.

Chaid performed an arm spin, taking down opponent Sherif Almiggabber of Maryland in the finals Division D 130 kg finals.

“I wrestled in the Greco [tournament] last night, and I was able to win that. That was a lot of fun. I’ve had a couple of good matches today, and so far it’s been good. I’ve wrestled here in Las Vegas since the early 80s when they started the first Las Vegas Invitational, and I wrestled in almost all of the Opens through 1996. So, I’ve wrestled here many, many times,” said Chaid.

Goldman went on to defeat Roger Stewart in the Division B 58 kg final with a technical fall, 13-2. His day consisted of a number of high action matches, including his second round win over Elliot Diaz.

“I’ve had some real competitive matches today. I just came off a real competitive match with Elliot Diaz of California. I pulled out a 6-4 match, stayed in a real good position, didn’t overcommit to stuff. I just kind of held back a little bit. I’ve wrestled the past couple of years at this event. I could tell he [Diaz] has definitely improved. He’s studied me a lot more, so I knew it was going to be a more competitive match,” said Goldman.

For Goldman, being able to compete at Veterans competitions is more than a chance to continue to wrestle. It is an extraordinary change to bond with other athletes who enjoy the sport just as much as he does.

“I love it. Being able to compete at the Veterans level for me, it’s turned into something I look forward to doing every year. I look at a lot of these veteran wrestlers like they’re my brothers. They’re an extended part of my family. I’ve competed in the World Championships these past couple years, and I’m going out to Athens, Greece this year. This is a great group of guys. Like I said, they’ve embraced me over the past few years I’ve done this. Coach Chris Brown that is on our team is here competing today. He’s a real good motivator, and he’s helped out the team. He’s really tried to draw in a lot of these guys and trying to get everybody on board. It’s great that the numbers are up this year. We have over 150 athletes competing this year, which is a record for us. It’s turned out to be a great event,” said Goldman.

Other 2015 Veterans Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals champions include:
• Division A: Cort Petersen at 76 kg
• Division B: Brett Clark at 130 kg
• Division C: John Hanrahan at 85 kg; Tyrone Abercrombie at 130 kg
• Division D: James Kasser at 69 kg
• Division E: Hedj Nelson at 69 kg; Bruce Moe at 76 kg; Chris Brown at 85 kg; James Hernandez at 130 kg

2015 VETERANS FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, LAS VEGAS, NEV., MAY 7, 2015

Division A
58 KG
1st Place - Miguel Comparan of California
2nd Place - Omar Padilla of Missouri
Round 1 - Miguel Comparan (California) won by decision over Omar Padilla (Missouri) (Dec 8-2)
Round 2 - Miguel Comparan (California) won by tech fall over Omar Padilla (Missouri) (TF 12-1)

69 KG
1st Place - Travis Mercado of California
2nd Place - Ryan Vottero of Virginia
Round 1 - Travis Mercado (California) won by tech fall over Ryan Vottero (Virginia) (TF 20-9)
Round 2 - Travis Mercado (California) won by decision over Ryan Vottero (Virginia) (Dec 7-6)

76 KG
1st Place - Cort Petersen of Wyoming
2nd Place - Garrett Alavizos of California
3rd Place - Dmytro Sinclair of Illinois
4th Place - Andrew Sanchez of California
Round 1 - Cort Petersen (Wyoming) won by forfeit over Andrew Sanchez (California) (FF)
Round 1 - Garrett Alavizos (California) won by tech fall over Dmytro Sinclair (Illinois) (TF 16-5)
Round 2 - Dmytro Sinclair (Illinois) won by forfeit over Andrew Sanchez (California) (FF)
Round 2 - Cort Petersen (Wyoming) won by decision over Garrett Alavizos (California) (Dec 11-2)
Round 3 - Garrett Alavizos (California) won by forfeit over Andrew Sanchez (California) (FF)
Round 3 - Cort Petersen (Wyoming) won by fall over Dmytro Sinclair (Illinois) (Fall 1:39)

85 KG
1st Place - Frank Richmond of California
2nd Place - Mohammadjavad Aslibeygi of California
3rd Place - Ernie Vasheresse of California
4th Place - Anthony Uchytil of California
1st Place Match - Frank Richmond (California) won by fall over Mohammadjavad Aslibeygi (California) (Fall 0:42)
3rd Place Match - Ernie Vasheresse (California) won by tech fall over Anthony Uchytil (California) (TF 10-0)

97 KG
1st Place - Michael Grijalba of California
2nd Place - Ram McDonnell of California
3rd Place - Luis Rivera of Pennsylvania
4th Place - Ethan Stephenson of Utah
Round 1 - Ram McDonnell (California) won by fall over Luis Rivera (Pennsylvania) (Fall 2:01)
Round 1 - Michael Grijalba (California) won by tech fall over Ethan Stephenson (Utah) (TF 11-0)
Round 2 - Luis Rivera (Pennsylvania) won by fall over Ethan Stephenson (Utah) (Fall 0:29)
Round 2 - Michael Grijalba (California) won by fall over Ram McDonnell (California) (Fall 2:14)
Round 3 - Michael Grijalba (California) won by tech fall over Luis Rivera (Pennsylvania) (TF 18-7)
Round 3 - Ram McDonnell (California) won by tech fall over Ethan Stephenson (Utah) (TF 10-0)

Division B
58 KG
1st Place - Jason Goldman of New York
2nd Place - Elliot Diaz of California
3rd Place - Roger Stewart of Colorado
4th Place - Kyle Foulon of Utah
Round 1 - Elliot Diaz (California) won by tech fall over Roger Stewart (Colorado) (TF 16-5)
Round 1 - Jason Goldman (New York) won by fall over Kyle Foulon (Utah) (Fall 0:30)
Round 2 - Jason Goldman (New York) won by decision over Elliot Diaz (California) (Dec 6-4)
Round 2 - Roger Stewart (Colorado) won by tech fall over Kyle Foulon (Utah) (TF 14-4)
Round 3 - Elliot Diaz (California) won by tech fall over Kyle Foulon (Utah) (TF 10-0)
Round 3 - Jason Goldman (New York) won by tech fall over Roger Stewart (Colorado) (TF 13-2)

63 KG
1st Place - Mark Bader of Texas
2nd Place - Aleksandr Serebrinnikov of Illinois
3rd Place - Randy Coville of New York
Round 1 - Aleksandr Serebrinnikov (Illinois) won by tech fall over Randy Coville (New York) (TF 13-2)
Round 2 - Mark Bader (Texas) won by fall over Randy Coville (New York) (Fall 0:40)
Round 3 - Mark Bader (Texas) won by decision over Aleksandr Serebrinnikov (Illinois) (Dec 6-2)

69 KG
1st Place - Rustin Marchello of Nevada
2nd Place - John Kokolakis of New York
3rd Place - Clif Bakhsh of Delaware
4th Place - Jason Cappiello of California
Round 1 - John Kokolakis (New York) won by tech fall over Jason Cappiello (California) (TF 12-1)
Round 1 - Rustin Marchello (Nevada) won by tech fall over Clif Bakhsh (Delaware) (TF 11-1)
Round 2 - Rustin Marchello (Nevada) won by tech fall over Jason Cappiello (California) (TF 10-0)
Round 2 - John Kokolakis (New York) won by tech fall over Clif Bakhsh (Delaware) (TF 12-1)
Round 3 - Clif Bakhsh (Delaware) won by fall over Jason Cappiello (California) (Fall 1:52)
Round 3 - Rustin Marchello (Nevada) won by tech fall over John Kokolakis (New York) (TF 11-0)

76 KG
1st Place - Ryan Meloche of California
2nd Place - Rudy James of Minnesota
3rd Place - Roman Vodoviz of Illinois
4th Place - Caylan Clark of California
1st Place Match - Ryan Meloche (California) won by decision over Rudy James (Minnesota) (Dec 6-2)
3rd Place Match - Roman Vodoviz (Illinois) won by tech fall over Caylan Clark (California) (TF 10-0)

85 KG
1st Place - Brian Cobb of California
2nd Place - Telly Sanders of California
3rd Place - Matthew Corona of California
4th Place - Jeffrey Schildroth of Michigan
Round 1 - Matthew Corona (California) won by tech fall over Jeffrey Schildroth (Michigan) (TF 10-0)
Round 1 - Brian Cobb (California) won by tech fall over Telly Sanders (California) (TF 20-9)
Round 2 - Brian Cobb (California) won by fall over Jeffrey Schildroth (Michigan) (Fall 2:48)
Round 2 - Telly Sanders (California) won by decision over Matthew Corona (California) (Dec 11-7)
Round 3 - Telly Sanders (California) won by tech fall over Jeffrey Schildroth (Michigan) (TF 12-2)
Round 3 - Brian Cobb (California) won by tech fall over Matthew Corona (California) (TF 10-0)

97 KG
1st Place - Octavius Bellamy Sr. of Illinois
2nd Place - Shawn Henebry of California
3rd Place - Nicholas Lang of Utah
4th Place - Gerald James of California
Round 1 - Octavius Bellamy Sr. (Illinois) won by tech fall over Gerald James (California) (TF 10-0)
Round 1 - Shawn Henebry (California) won by decision over Nicholas Lang (Utah) (Dec 13-10)
Round 2 - Octavius Bellamy Sr. (Illinois) won by fall over Nicholas Lang (Utah) (Fall 0:45)
Round 2 - Shawn Henebry (California) won by tech fall over Gerald James (California) (TF 11-1)
Round 3 - Octavius Bellamy Sr. (Illinois) won by injury default over Shawn Henebry (California) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 3 - Nicholas Lang (Utah) won by fall over Gerald James (California) (Fall 1:03)

130 KG
1st Place - Brett Clark of California
2nd Place - Brad Steele of Wyoming
4th Place - Jarad Carson of Utah
4th Place - Timothy Duggan of Illinois
1st Place Match - Brett Clark (California) won by tech fall over Brad Steele (Wyoming) (TF 10-0)

Division C
58 KG
1st Place - Michael Tuck of Missouri
2nd Place - Jeffrey Brewer of Nevada
Round 1 - Michael Tuck (Missouri) won by tech fall over Jeffrey Brewer (Nevada) (TF 12-2)
Round 2 - Michael Tuck (Missouri) won by injury default over Jeffrey Brewer (Nevada) (Inj. 0:00)

63 KG
1st Place - Quin Dickson of Utah
2nd Place - Chad Shilson of Minnesota
3rd Place - Terry Villegas of California
4th Place - Lee Walters of Oklahoma
5th Place - David Olson of Minnesota
Round 1 - Lee Walters (Oklahoma) won by fall over David Olson (Minnesota) (Fall 4:25)
Round 1 - Quin Dickson (Utah) won by tech fall over Terry Villegas (California) (TF 10-0)
Round 2 - Chad Shilson (Minnesota) won by decision over Quin Dickson (Utah) (Dec 6-4)
Round 2 - Terry Villegas (California) won by tech fall over Lee Walters (Oklahoma) (TF 10-0)
Round 3 - Terry Villegas (California) won by decision over Chad Shilson (Minnesota) (Dec 6-4)
Round 3 - Quin Dickson (Utah) won by tech fall over David Olson (Minnesota) (TF 10-0)
Round 4 - Chad Shilson (Minnesota) won by fall over David Olson (Minnesota) (Fall 1:40)
Round 4 - Quin Dickson (Utah) won by fall over Lee Walters (Oklahoma) (Fall 1:17)
Round 5 - Chad Shilson (Minnesota) won by fall over Lee Walters (Oklahoma) (Fall 2:26)
Round 5 - Terry Villegas (California) won by fall over David Olson (Minnesota) (Fall 3:43)

69 KG
1st Place - Bobby Soto of California
2nd Place - Andrew Mandell of Arizona
3rd Place - Marc Tadelman of Illinois
4th Place - Cristian Boomer Nunez of California
1st Place Match - Bobby Soto (California) won by tech fall over Andrew Mandell (Arizona) (TF 10-0)
3rd Place Match - Marc Tadelman (Illinois) won by fall over Cristian Boomer Nunez (California) (Fall 0:58)

76 KG
1st Place - Michael Kelly of Illinois
2nd Place - Jonathan Johnson of New Jersey
3rd Place - Jamie Kirmser of New York
4th Place - Michael Krause of Michigan
1st Place Match - Michael Kelly (Illinois) won by tech fall over Jonathan Johnson (New Jersey) (TF 18-5)
3rd Place Match - Jamie Kirmser (New York) won by decision over Michael Krause (Michigan) (Dec 16-7)

85 KG
1st Place - Eric Cluck of Georgia
2nd Place - Kevin Pine of Nevada
4th Place - Anthony Piva of Idaho
4th Place - Alvin Riggs of Oregon
1st Place Match - Eric Cluck (Georgia) won by decision over Kevin Pine (Nevada) (Dec 7-4)

97 KG
1st Place - Daniel Lovell of Minnesota
2nd Place - Keith Richards of Oklahoma
3rd Place - Richard Jensen of Oregon
4th Place - Craig Fredrikson of Washington
1st Place Match - Daniel Lovell (Minnesota) won by decision over Keith Richards (Oklahoma) (Dec 3-3)
3rd Place Match - Richard Jensen (Oregon) won by fall over Craig Fredrikson (Washington) (Fall 0:21)

130 KG
1st Place - Tyrone Abercombie of Arizona
2nd Place - Samuel Thomas of New York
3rd Place - Scott Asher of Maryland
4th Place - Aza Graham of Nevada
5th Place - Mark Trice of California
Round 1 - Aza Graham (Nevada) won by decision over Mark Trice (California) (Dec 10-6)
Round 1 - Samuel Thomas (New York) won by tech fall over Scott Asher (Maryland) (TF 11-0)
Round 2 - Tyrone Abercombie (Arizona) won by decision over Samuel Thomas (New York) (Dec 10-2)
Round 2 - Scott Asher (Maryland) won by injury default over Mark Trice (California) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 3 - Tyrone Abercombie (Arizona) won by fall over Scott Asher (Maryland) (Fall 0:38)
Round 3 - Samuel Thomas (New York) won by fall over Aza Graham (Nevada) (Fall 1:52)
Round 4 - Tyrone Abercombie (Arizona) won by tech fall over Aza Graham (Nevada) (TF 12-2)
Round 4 - Samuel Thomas (New York) won by injury default over Mark Trice (California) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 5 - Tyrone Abercombie (Arizona) won by injury default over Mark Trice (California) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 5 - Scott Asher (Maryland) won by tech fall over Aza Graham (Nevada) (TF 12-2)

Division D
63 KG
1st Place - George Gilbride of Massachusetts
2nd Place - Rodger Horton of Kansas
Round 1 - George Gilbride (Massachusetts) won by fall over Rodger Horton (Kansas) (Fall 1:35)
Round 2 - George Gilbride (Massachusetts) won by tech fall over Rodger Horton (Kansas) (TF 10-0)

69 KG
1st Place - James Kasser of Ohio
2nd Place - Gary Bristow of Florida
3rd Place - Mike DiFelice of Arizona
4th Place - Samei Rasool of California
5th Place - Boyd Fowler of California
Round 1 - Gary Bristow (Florida) won by fall over Boyd Fowler (California) (Fall 0:34)
Round 1 - James Kasser (Ohio) won by fall over Samei Rasool (California) (Fall 0:19)
Round 2 - Mike DiFelice (Arizona) won by tech fall over Samei Rasool (California) (TF 12-1)
Round 2 - James Kasser (Ohio) won by tech fall over Gary Bristow (Florida) (TF 10-0)
Round 3 - James Kasser (Ohio) won by tech fall over Mike DiFelice (Arizona) (TF 12-1)
Round 3 - Samei Rasool (California) won by fall over Boyd Fowler (California) (Fall 2:55)
Round 4 - Mike DiFelice (Arizona) won by injury default over Boyd Fowler (California) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 4 - Gary Bristow (Florida) won by tech fall over Samei Rasool (California) (TF 10-0)
Round 5 - Gary Bristow (Florida) won by tech fall over Mike DiFelice (Arizona) (TF 11-0)
Round 5 - James Kasser (Ohio) won by injury default over Boyd Fowler (California) (Inj. 0:00)

76 KG
1st Place - Steve Horton of Texas
2nd Place - Igor Ilin of Illinois
3rd Place - Bill Newton of California
4th Place - Dennis Gransbery of Washington
Round 1 - Igor Ilin (Illinois) won by decision over Bill Newton (California) (Dec 10-4)
Round 1 - Steve Horton (Texas) won by tech fall over Dennis Gransbery (Washington) (TF 10-0)
Round 2 - Steve Horton (Texas) won by decision over Igor Ilin (Illinois) (Dec 7-7)
Round 2 - Bill Newton (California) won by injury default over Dennis Gransbery (Washington) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 3 - Igor Ilin (Illinois) won by injury default over Dennis Gransbery (Washington) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 3 - Steve Horton (Texas) won by decision over Bill Newton (California) (Dec 8-3)

85 KG
1st Place - John Hanrahan of Georgia
2nd Place - Robert Kelsoe of California
3rd Place - Petros Petrosyan of California
4th Place - Leonard Bumpus of California
1st Place Match - John Hanrahan (Georgia) won by tech fall over Robert Kelsoe (California) (TF 12-1)
3rd Place Match - Petros Petrosyan (California) won by fall over Leonard Bumpus (California) (Fall 0:23)

97 KG
1st Place - Phillip Pine of Washington
2nd Place - Oleg Gabrylchuk of California
3rd Place - Ronald Ayers of Arizona
4th Place - Jeff Anderrson of Michigan
5th Place - Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached
5th Place - John Landis of Texas
Round 1 - Oleg Gabrylchuk (California) won by forfeit over Jeff Anderrson (Michigan) (FF)
Round 1 - Phillip Pine (Washington) won by tech fall over Ronald Ayers (Arizona) (TF 10-0)
Round 2 - Ronald Ayers (Arizona) won by tech fall over John Landis (Texas) (TF 10-0)
Round 2 - Phillip Pine (Washington) won by tech fall over Oleg Gabrylchuk (California) (TF 10-0)
Round 3 - Phillip Pine (Washington) won by fall over John Landis (Texas) (Fall 0:43)
Round 3 - Ronald Ayers (Arizona) won by forfeit over Jeff Anderrson (Michigan) (FF)
Round 4 - Jeff Anderrson (Michigan) and John Landis (Texas) (DFF)
Round 4 - Oleg Gabrylchuk (California) won by fall over Ronald Ayers (Arizona) (Fall 0:51)
Round 5 - Oleg Gabrylchuk (California) won by forfeit over John Landis (Texas) (FF)
Round 5 - Phillip Pine (Washington) won by forfeit over Jeff Anderrson (Michigan) (FF)

130 KG
1st Place - Daniel Chaid of California
2nd Place - Brian Jones of California
3rd Place - Sherif Almiggabber of Maryland
4th Place - Rex Davis of California
5th Place - Petrica Constandache of Michigan
Round 1 - Daniel Chaid (California) won by tech fall over Brian Jones (California) (TF 10-0)
Round 1 - Rex Davis (California) won by injury default over Petrica Constandache (Michigan) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 2 - Sherif Almiggabber (Maryland) won by decision over Rex Davis (California) (Dec 10-4)
Round 2 - Daniel Chaid (California) won by injury default over Petrica Constandache (Michigan) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 3 - Sherif Almiggabber (Maryland) won by injury default over Petrica Constandache (Michigan) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 3 - Brian Jones (California) won by fall over Rex Davis (California) (Fall 1:36)
Round 4 - Brian Jones (California) won by injury default over Sherif Almiggabber (Maryland) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 4 - Daniel Chaid (California) won by fall over Rex Davis (California) (Fall 0:19)
Round 5 - Daniel Chaid (California) won by injury default over Sherif Almiggabber (Maryland) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 5 - Brian Jones (California) won by injury default over Petrica Constandache (Michigan) (Inj. 0:00)

Division E
63 KG
1st Place - Keith Stagg of New Jersey
2nd Place - Shirzad Ahmadi of Connecticut
3rd Place - Steve Barkman of New Jersey
Round 1 - Shirzad Ahmadi (Connecticut) won by injury default over Steve Barkman (New Jersey) (Inj. 0:00)
Round 2 - Keith Stagg (New Jersey) won by fall over Shirzad Ahmadi (Connecticut) (Fall 4:31)
Round 3 - Keith Stagg (New Jersey) won by injury default over Steve Barkman (New Jersey) (Inj. 0:00)

69 KG
1st Place - Hedj Nelson of Washington
2nd Place - Didier Nicolas of Nevada
3rd Place - Christopher Roos of California
4th Place - Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached
1st Place Match - Hedj Nelson (Washington) won by tech fall over Didier Nicolas (Nevada) (TF 18-5)
3rd Place Match - Christopher Roos (California) won by forfeit over Forfeit Forfeit (Unattached) (FF)

76 KG
1st Place - Bruce Moe of North Dakota
2nd Place - Kevin Hejnal of California
3rd Place - Paul Bulzomi of New York
4th Place - Doug Davis of California
1st Place Match - Bruce Moe (North Dakota) won by decision over Kevin Hejnal (California) (Dec 5-1)
3rd Place Match - Paul Bulzomi (New York) won by fall over Doug Davis (California) (Fall 1:10)

85 KG
1st Place - Chris Brown of Maryland
2nd Place - Peter Haag of Illinois
3rd Place - Mike West of Oregon
4th Place - James Harder of Illinois
Round 1 - Peter Haag (Illinois) won by fall over Mike West (Oregon) (Fall 0:35)
Round 1 - Chris Brown (Maryland) won by fall over James Harder (Illinois) (Fall 1:06)
Round 2 - Chris Brown (Maryland) won by fall over Mike West (Oregon) (Fall 1:07)
Round 2 - Peter Haag (Illinois) won by tech fall over James Harder (Illinois) (TF 12-1)
Round 3 - Mike West (Oregon) won by fall over James Harder (Illinois) (Fall 1:23)
Round 3 - Chris Brown (Maryland) won by fall over Peter Haag (Illinois) (Fall 1:26)

97 KG
1st Place - Antonio Peraza of New York
2nd Place - Steve Contarino of Florida
3rd Place - Michael Mitrowski of Massachusetts
4th Place - WilliamWade Gunter of Florida
Round 1 - Antonio Peraza (New York) won by fall over Steve Contarino (Florida) (Fall 1:57)
Round 1 - Michael Mitrowski (Massachusetts) won by tech fall over WilliamWade Gunter (Florida) (TF 12-0)
Round 2 - Steve Contarino (Florida) won by fall over Michael Mitrowski (Massachusetts) (Fall 4:20)
Round 2 - Antonio Peraza (New York) won by fall over WilliamWade Gunter (Florida) (Fall 1:26)
Round 3 - Steve Contarino (Florida) won by fall over WilliamWade Gunter (Florida) (Fall 1:09)
Round 3 - Antonio Peraza (New York) won by tech fall over Michael Mitrowski (Massachusetts) (TF 10-0)