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Goldman, Hanrahan among nine repeat champions at Veterans Greco-Roman Nationals in Vegas

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | April 29, 2016, 6:24 p.m. (ET)

Jason Goldman of Team JGold hits a gutwrench on the way to the gold medal at 58 kg in Div. C in the Veterans Greco-Roman Nationals in Las Vegas. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – There were nine wrestlers who repeated as champions at the Veterans Greco-Roman Nationals held on Friday at the South Point Hotel on Friday. The tournament grew from last year up to 107 entries this year in the Greco-Roman division.

The repeat champions this year were:
• Ernie Vasheresse (Half Moon Bay) – Div A 85 kg
• Brett Clark of TEAM FLUFFY – Div. B 130 kg
• Jason Goldman of Team JGold – Div. C 58 KG
• Aleksandr Serebrinnikov of Chicago Wrestling Club – Div. C. 63 KG
• James Kasser of Crush WC - Div. D 69 kg
• Kevin Pine of SNWA – Div. D 85 kg
• Hedj Nelson of Colville USA Wrestling - Div. E 69 kg
• Bruce Moe of Hillsboro - Div. E 76 kg
• John Hanrahan of US Wrestling Club/NYAC – Div. E 85 kg

As with all of these remarkable athletes, each of the champions have a different story which brings them to the podium at the Veterans Nationals this year.

Goldman and Hanrahan were champions, in spite of moving up to a new division this year.

Goldman, a Veterans World champion and multiple medalist, scored a pair of technical falls over Jeff Brewer of the Las Vegas Wildcats, 12-2 and 8-0.

“I am not getting any younger. I moved up in both USA and UWW for the World Championships as well. I am hoping to come up against a new set of guys. I wrestled a guy today I had never wrestled before. The same thing with the World level. I expect to see some different competition out there as well. It’s good to be in a new age group. It brings new challenges. I am excited about training and getting better,” he said.

Goldman enjoys all styles of wrestling. He will go both freestyle and Greco-Roman again here this year. He wrestles a lot of folkstyle as a high school coach. And a few years back, he competed in Beach wrestling.

“I coach a varsity program. I am always involved in some kind of folkstyle. I am at Greene High School in Greene, New York. We have had some good talent out of there. It’s a small program. I just took over the program this year. The numbers are small but its building, a good opportunity for me. It keeps me active and gives me some good guys to train with. It’s a good support system, and I am really excited about it,” said Goldman

Hanrahan, a double champion last year, has set a goal of winning the Veterans titles this year in folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle. He has now won two of them, winning in Folkstyle in Iowa earlier this month and taking the Greco-Roman title today.

He won a four-athlete round robin and in his final match, he defeated former National Team Greco-Roman wrestler Craig Pollard of the Santa Monica Bay WC, 9-0. Pollard won the silver medal.

“It is not an easy thing. I added it up. I started wrestling in 1967 in second grade in Virginia. I have been wrestling for 49 years, going on 50. I tried the Veterans Nationals last year and was lucky enough to win the freestyle and the Greco. This year, I set a goal of winning the Folkstyle, Freestyle and the Greco. A few weeks ago, I won the Folkstyle out in Iowa. I was lucky enough to win the Greco here today. And we will see how I do in the freestyle tomorrow. I am inspired by a lot of these guys,” he said.

Hanrahan was the first All-American under legendary coach Rich Lorenzo at Penn State. He now trains at the Cooler, a sports facility in Alpharetta, Ga. founded by wrestling leader John Bardis.

“It’s an amazing facility. We train everybody. We have quite a few post-college wrestlers and Veterans wrestlers. Just a great group of guys. They are really doing great things,” he said.

For wrestling fans, there are often a number of very familiar names in the field, as past wrestling stars decide to give it a try at the Veterans level after years off from the sport.

And then there is Jake Clark, who was second in the 2016 Olympic Trials in Iowa City on April 9-10, who entered in Div. B at 97 kg. Alas, there were no entries for Jake to compete against in his weight class today.

But then there was Jacob Hey, a National Team Greco-Roman wrestler who last competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Now a coach, Hey made a comeback and won the 76 kg gold medal in Div. C.

And what about Rob Prebish, the respected youth Greco-Roman coach, who competed for the first time since 1993 when he was on the Senior level. He placed third at 63 kg in Div. C.

And so many of these athletes just love to compete, regardless of style. Gabe Beauperthuy, a former Senior level wrestler in Greco-Roman, continues to wrestle many styles. Beauperthuy was a champion last year at the Grappling World Team Trials and competed on the U.S. Grappling World Team. He was also second at the Beach Nationals last year. This time around, he won the gold medal at 130 kg in Div. C in a five-athlete roundrobin, beating a past Veterans Nationals champion and the eventual runner-up, Mark Trice of the SOAL Wrestling Club, 8-0.

“I felt good. I have been doing a lot of working out, a lot of lifting, trying to stay with the youth wrestling guys. It was a good tournament. I got to see a lot of my friends from my Greco days. It was kind of a reunion. It was fun. It is a nice thing that USA Wrestling does for us Veterans. I had four matches,” he said.

Beauperthuy will be competing in freestyle on Saturday, just like many of the other warriors who gave their most on the mats today.

VETERANS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Las Vegas, Nev., April 29

Greco-Roman results


A Division

58KG
1st Place - Josh Aarons of Bison Legend Wrestling ClubJos

69KG
1st Place - Andrew Nicola of CBU Wrestling Academy
2nd Place - Christopher Henderson of Unattached
Round 1 - Andrew Nicola (CBU Wrestling Academy) won by tech fall over Christopher Henderson (Unattached) (TF 9-0)
Round 2 - Andrew Nicola (CBU Wrestling Academy) won by tech fall over Christopher Henderson (Unattached) (TF 14-4)

76KG
1st Place - Daniel Hernandez of Core Speed

85KG
1st Place - Ernie Vasheresse of Bay Area Dawgz
2nd Place - Borys Savkiv of CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB
Round 1 - Borys Savkiv (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) won by tech fall over Ernie Vasheresse (Bay Area Dawgz) (TF 14-6)
Round 2 - Ernie Vasheresse (Bay Area Dawgz) won by tech fall over Borys Savkiv (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (TF 18-9)
Round 3 - Ernie Vasheresse (Bay Area Dawgz) won by tech fall over Borys Savkiv (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (TF 12-4)

97KG
1st Place - Kevin Chilton of None
2nd Place - Zachariah Hocker of LAS VEGAS WC
3rd Place - Joshua Domingos of TEAM FLUFFY
Round 1 - Zachariah Hocker (LAS VEGAS WC) won by fall over Joshua Domingos (TEAM FLUFFY) (Fall 0:46)
Round 2 - Kevin Chilton (None) won by fall over Joshua Domingos (TEAM FLUFFY) (Fall 0:33)
Round 3 - Kevin Chilton (None) won by fall over Zachariah Hocker (LAS VEGAS WC) (Fall 2:28)

A Division - 130KG
1st Place - Sean Nonamaker of Be a champion in life

B Division

58KG
1st Place - Roger Stewart of New York Athletic Club

63KG
1st Place - David Yi of Pleasant hill

B Division - 69KG
1st Place - Shawn Weltzin of Thompson High School
2nd Place - Jason Cappiello of Panther Wrestling Club
Round 1 - Shawn Weltzin (Thompson High School) won by tech fall over Jason Cappiello (Panther Wrestling Club) (TF 9-0)
Round 2 - Shawn Weltzin (Thompson High School) won by fall over Jason Cappiello (Panther Wrestling Club) (Fall 2:27)

76KG
1st Place - Jason Kleinschmidt of Aviators Wrestling
2nd Place - Roman Vodoviz of CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB
3rd Place - Rudy James of Apple Valley
4th Place - Franacsco Castro of US Marines
1st Place Match - Jason Kleinschmidt (Aviators Wrestling) won by fall over Roman Vodoviz (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (Fall 2:47)
3rd Place Match - Rudy James (Apple Valley) won by fall over Franacsco Castro (US Marines) (Fall 2:21)

85KG
1st Place - Matthew Corona of TEAM FLUFFY
2nd Place - Dustin Clocherty of IEWA Veterans
3rd Place - Mark Winterton of Extreme Wrestling
Round 1 - Matthew Corona (TEAM FLUFFY) won by tech fall over Mark Winterton (Extreme Wrestling) (TF 14-5)
Round 2 - Matthew Corona (TEAM FLUFFY) won by decision over Dustin Clocherty (IEWA Veterans) (Dec 10-8)
Round 3 - Dustin Clocherty (IEWA Veterans) won by fall over Mark Winterton (Extreme Wrestling) (Fall 2:18)

B Division - 97KG
1st Place - Jacob Clark of Wrestle-Jitsu/Minnesota Storm

130KG
1st Place - Brett Clark of TEAM FLUFFY
2nd Place - Dario Martinez of IEWA Veterans
Round 1 - Brett Clark (TEAM FLUFFY) won by fall over Dario Martinez (IEWA Veterans) (Fall 0:29)
Round 2 - Brett Clark (TEAM FLUFFY) won by fall over Dario Martinez (IEWA Veterans) (Fall 0:23)

C Division

58KG
1st Place - Jason Goldman of Team JGold
2nd Place - Jeff Brewer of Las Vegas Wildcats
Round 1 - Jason Goldman (Team JGold) won by tech fall over Jeff Brewer (Las Vegas Wildcats) (TF 12-2)
Round 2 - Jason Goldman (Team JGold) won by tech fall over Jeff Brewer (Las Vegas Wildcats) (TF 8-0)

63KG
1st Place - Aleksandr Serebrinnikov of CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB
2nd Place - Quin Dickson of Extreme Wrestling
3rd Place - Rob Prebish of Greco Moses WC
Round 1 - Quin Dickson (Extreme Wrestling) won by fall over Rob Prebish (Greco Moses WC) (Fall 3:10)
Round 2 - Aleksandr Serebrinnikov (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) won by fall over Rob Prebish (Greco Moses WC) (Fall 1:31)
Round 3 - Aleksandr Serebrinnikov (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) won by tech fall over Quin Dickson (Extreme Wrestling) (TF 14-5)

69KG
1st Place - Antonino Calandra of italia
2nd Place - Jay LaWalt of Washington wrestling club
3rd Place - Marcus Collins of Texas
Round 1 - Jay LaWalt (Washington wrestling club) won by decision over Marcus Collins (Texas) (Dec 8-8)
Round 2 - Antonino Calandra (italia) won by decision over Jay LaWalt (Washington wrestling club) (Dec 8-2)
Round 3 - Antonino Calandra (italia) won by forfeit over Marcus Collins (Texas) (FF)

76KG
1st Place - Jacob Hey of ILWACO
2nd Place - Jeff Williams of Alabaster Youth Wrestling Asso
3rd Place - Jon Banko of Focus Wrestling Academy
4th Place - Tyson Pallister. of FireTower Athletics
1st Place Match - Jacob Hey (ILWACO) won by fall over Jeff Williams (Alabaster Youth Wrestling Asso) (Fall 1:39)
3rd Place Match - Jon Banko (Focus Wrestling Academy) won by fall over Tyson Pallister. (FireTower Athletics) (Fall 1:43)

85KG
1st Place - Eric Mancini of Nieves Wrestling Club
2nd Place - Ryan Henry of TEAM 406
3rd Place - Alvin Riggs of LOWELL OLD-LYMPIAN
4th Place - L Watkinson of LAS VEGAS WC
1st Place Match - Eric Mancini (Nieves Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Ryan Henry (TEAM 406) (TF 8-0)
3rd Place Match - Alvin Riggs (LOWELL OLD-LYMPIAN) won by tech fall over L Watkinson (LAS VEGAS WC) (TF 10-0)

97KG
1st Place - Gelu Bors of LAS VEGAS WC
2nd Place - Sergey Ustimov of CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB
3rd Place - Scott Herman of Fish
4th Place - Keith Richards of TEAM FLUFFY
1st Place Match - Gelu Bors (LAS VEGAS WC) won by tech fall over Sergey Ustimov (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (TF 8-0)
3rd Place Match - Scott Herman (Fish) won by fall over Keith Richards (TEAM FLUFFY) (Fall 0:46)

130KG
1st Place - Gabe Beauperthuy of Unattached
2nd Place - Mark Trice of SOAL Wrestling Club
3rd Place - Brian Stears of Centreville
4th Place - Aza Graham of Liberty Wrestling Club
5th Place - Bogdan Ciobanu of LAS VEGAS WC
Round 1 - Mark Trice (SOAL Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Bogdan Ciobanu (LAS VEGAS WC) (TF 8-0)
Round 1 - Brian Stears (Centreville) won by decision over Aza Graham (Liberty Wrestling Club) (Dec 5-0)
Round 2 - Gabe Beauperthuy (Unattached) won by tech fall over Aza Graham (Liberty Wrestling Club) (TF 8-0)
Round 2 - Mark Trice (SOAL Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Brian Stears (Centreville) (TF 8-0)
Round 3 - Gabe Beauperthuy (Unattached) won by tech fall over Brian Stears (Centreville) (TF 9-0)
Round 3 - Aza Graham (Liberty Wrestling Club) won by fall over Bogdan Ciobanu (LAS VEGAS WC) (Fall 1:45)
Round 4 - Gabe Beauperthuy (Unattached) won by fall over Bogdan Ciobanu (LAS VEGAS WC) (Fall 0:27)
Round 4 - Mark Trice (SOAL Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Aza Graham (Liberty Wrestling Club) (TF 9-0)
Round 5 - Gabe Beauperthuy (Unattached) won by tech fall over Mark Trice (SOAL Wrestling Club) (TF 8-0)
Round 5 - Brian Stears (Centreville) won by fall over Bogdan Ciobanu (LAS VEGAS WC) (Fall 1:46)

Division D

63 KG
1st Place - Ric Fehr of Unattached
2nd Place - Joe Raia of CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB
Round 1 - Ric Fehr (Unattached) won by tech fall over Joe Raia (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (TF 12-4)
Round 2 - Ric Fehr (Unattached) won by fall over Joe Raia (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (Fall 4:12)

69 KG
1st Place - James Kasser of Crush WC
2nd Place - Dan Collins of Laker Freestyle Club
3rd Place - Jerry Valencia of LOWELL OLD-LYMPIAN
4th Place - Dominick Marre of Bartlett
Round 1 - Dan Collins (Laker Freestyle Club) won by fall over Jerry Valencia (LOWELL OLD-LYMPIAN) (Fall
Round 1 - James Kasser (Crush WC) won by tech fall over Dominick Marre (Bartlett) (TF 9-0)
Round 2 - Jerry Valencia (LOWELL OLD-LYMPIAN) won by fall over Dominick Marre (Bartlett) (Fall 0:40)
Round 2 - James Kasser (Crush WC) won by decision over Dan Collins (Laker Freestyle Club) (Dec 8-7)
Round 3 - James Kasser (Crush WC) won by forfeit over Jerry Valencia (LOWELL OLD-LYMPIAN) (FF)
Round 3 - Dan Collins (Laker Freestyle Club) won by injury default over Dominick Marre (Bartlett) (Inj. 0:00)

76KG
1st Place - Bill Newton of TEAM FLUFFY
2nd Place - Darryl Hall of LAS VEGAS WC
3rd Place - Charles Thomas of Wapahani Wrestling Club
4th Place - David Ciafre of pittsburgh wrestling club
1st Place Match - Bill Newton (TEAM FLUFFY) won by decision over Darryl Hall (LAS VEGAS WC) (Dec 3-0)
3rd Place Match - Charles Thomas (Wapahani Wrestling Club) won by fall over David Ciafre (pittsburgh wrestling club) (Fall 0:43)

85KG
1st Place - Kevin Pine of LAS VEGAS WC
2nd Place - Monty Graham of Rick Sanders Wrestling
3rd Place - Louis Orr of Warrior`s Warehouse
4th Place - Adam Ruiz of Team Ruiz/Henebry/Gilroy Pumas
Round 1 - Monty Graham (Rick Sanders Wrestling) won by tech fall over Adam Ruiz (Team Ruiz/Henebry/Gilroy Pumas) (TF 8-0)
Round 1 - Kevin Pine (LAS VEGAS WC) won by tech fall over Louis Orr (Warrior`s Warehouse) (TF 9-0)
Round 2 - Kevin Pine (LAS VEGAS WC) won by tech fall over Adam Ruiz (Team Ruiz/Henebry/Gilroy Pumas) (TF 8-0)
Round 2 - Monty Graham (Rick Sanders Wrestling) won by fall over Louis Orr (Warrior`s Warehouse) (Fall 1:05)
Round 3 - Louis Orr (Warrior`s Warehouse) won by decision over Adam Ruiz (Team Ruiz/Henebry/Gilroy Pumas) (Dec 8-4)
Round 3 - Kevin Pine (LAS VEGAS WC) won by fall over Monty Graham (Rick Sanders Wrestling) (Fall 0:46)

97KG
1st Place - Jeff Anderrson of CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB
2nd Place - Greg Pettit of No Mercy School Of Wrestling
3rd Place - Ronald Ayers of Devil Dog Wrestling Club
4th Place - Joseph Cattan of ETC/501
1st Place Match - Jeff Anderrson (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) won by tech fall over Greg Pettit (No Mercy School Of Wrestling) (TF 8-0)
3rd Place Match - Ronald Ayers (Devil Dog Wrestling Club) won by fall over Joseph Cattan (ETC/501) (Fall 2:28)

130KG
1st Place - Petrica Constandache of SHELBY TOWNSHIP
2nd Place - Mark Sanders of Rick Sanders Wrestling
3rd Place - Brian Jones of Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu
4th Place - Howard Lawson of Calvary Kids Wrestling Club AZ
Round 1 - Brian Jones (Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu) won by fall over Howard Lawson (Calvary Kids Wrestling Club AZ) (Fall 2:49)
Round 1 - Petrica Constandache (SHELBY TOWNSHIP) won by tech fall over Mark Sanders (Rick Sanders Wrestling) (TF 8-0)
Round 2 - Mark Sanders (Rick Sanders Wrestling) won by fall over Brian Jones (Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu) (Fall 2:57)
Round 2 - Petrica Constandache (SHELBY TOWNSHIP) won by decision over Howard Lawson (Calvary Kids Wrestling Club AZ) (Dec 9-3)
Round 3 - Petrica Constandache (SHELBY TOWNSHIP) won by fall over Brian Jones (Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu) (Fall 2:20)
Round 3 - Mark Sanders (Rick Sanders Wrestling) won by fall over Howard Lawson (Calvary Kids Wrestling Club AZ) (Fall 1:52)

E Division

58KG
1st Place - Derril Fry of Devil Dog Wrestling Club

69KG
1st Place - Hedj Nelson of Colville USA Wrestling
2nd Place - Christopher Roos of Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu
3rd Place - Craig Miner of TactiK 3
Round 1 - Christopher Roos (Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu) won by fall over Craig Miner (TactiK 3) (Fall 0:34)
Round 2 - Hedj Nelson (Colville USA Wrestling) won by fall over Craig Miner (TactiK 3) (Fall 0:42)
Round 3 - Hedj Nelson (Colville USA Wrestling) won by fall over Christopher Roos (Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu) (Fall 2:47)

76KG
1st Place - Bruce Moe of None
2nd Place - Steve Morris of Rick Sanders Wrestling
3rd Place - Bradley Drake of Arctic Warriors
4th Place - Brad Brosius of Modern Day Gladiators WC
1st Place Match
1st Place Match - Bruce Moe (None) won by decision over Steve Morris (Rick Sanders Wrestling) (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match - Bradley Drake (Arctic Warriors) won by tech fall over Brad Brosius (Modern Day Gladiators WC) (TF 8-0)

E Division - 85KG
1st Place - John Hanrahan of US Wrestling Club | NYAC
2nd Place - Craig Pollard of Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu
3rd Place - Peter Haag of CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB
4th Place - Michael Mitrowski of CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB
Round 1 - Craig Pollard (Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu) won by tech fall over Peter Haag (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (TF 8-0)
Round 1 - John Hanrahan (US Wrestling Club | NYAC) won by tech fall over Michael Mitrowski (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (TF 9-0)
Round 2 - John Hanrahan (US Wrestling Club | NYAC) won by tech fall over Peter Haag (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (TF 10-0)
Round 2 - Craig Pollard (Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu) won by tech fall over Michael Mitrowski (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (TF 11-0)
Round 3 - Peter Haag (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) won by decision over Michael Mitrowski (CHICAGO WRESTLING CLUB) (Dec 7-0)
Round 3 - John Hanrahan (US Wrestling Club | NYAC) won by tech fall over Craig Pollard (Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clu) (TF 9-0)

E Division - 97KG
1st Place - Vito Errico of GPS Wrestling`
2nd Place - Constantin Tintea of None
3rd Place - Larry Robertson of Rick Sanders Wrestling
4th Place - Steve Contarino of None
Round 1 - Vito Errico (GPS Wrestling`) won by tech fall over Constantin Tintea (None) (TF 10-1)
Round 1 - Larry Robertson (Rick Sanders Wrestling) won by fall over Steve Contarino (None) (Fall 2:47)
Round 2 - Vito Errico (GPS Wrestling`) won by decision over Larry Robertson (Rick Sanders Wrestling) (Dec 6-2)
Round 2 - Constantin Tintea (None) won by decision over Steve Contarino (None) (Dec 10-5)
Round 3 - Vito Errico (GPS Wrestling`) won by forfeit over Steve Contarino (None) (FF)
Round 3 - Constantin Tintea (None) won by decision over Larry Robertson (Rick Sanders Wrestling) (Dec 2-2)

130KG
1st Place - Robert Clinkscales of LAS VEGAS WC