U.S. Beach and Belt Nationals offers a new challenge, and lots of fun, in Carolina Beach, N.C. on Saturday

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | May 17, 2018, 9:46 a.m. (ET)
Click to see great pics from 2017 Beach Nationals

Are you ready for some great wrestling, and a fun-filled day?

The U.S. Beach National Championships are back ocean-side in scenic Carolina Beach, N.C. on Saturday, May 19.

For the second straight year, it will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Belt Wrestling Championships. Participants in the Beach Nationals can, for only $10 more, enter the Belt Nationals, which will be held on alongside the Beach competition in the sand.

Online registration has closed, but onsite registration is still possible. Participants will have an opportunity to register and weigh in on either Friday night at the Lazy Pirate or Saturday morning at the wrestling venue down on Carolina Beach

Those who participate in both the U.S. Beach Nationals and the U.S. Belt Nationals will have first opportunity to participate in major international competitions in these two Associated Styles.

Have you competed in Beach Wrestling or Belt Wrestling before? Those who have tried these styles have had a great experience, getting a chance to test themselves in a new setting. And who doesn’t like going to the beach?

The rules of Beach wrestling are simple. First wrestler to three points wins. You score with either takedowns or stepouts. It is often a short and explosive match, with some great throws and scrambles. The sand slows people down a little bit, so it takes skill to get setups and scores. And did we say it is a lot of fun?

Belt wrestling is a different kind of test. Each wrestler has a belt around the waist. While holding each other's belt, they try to throw their opponent. There will be belts available for participants at the U.S. Belt Nationals to use.

Returning Senior Beach National champions are Michael Peters of Road Dawgs WC at 70 kg, Shelton Sales of North Carolina at 80 kg, unattached Justin Harrell at 90 kg, and Gabe Beauperthuy of Colorado USA Wrestling at the unlimited weight class. Peters and Beauperthuy went on to place fifth at the Beach World Championships last year in Turkey.

With multiple youth age group, along with Senior and Veterans divisions, young and old will be able to compete on the sand on Saturday. We will see you there.

Click here for official website for Beach/Belt Nationals

At Carolina Beach, N.C., May 18-19

Friday, May 18

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Early Beach and Belt Wrestling National Championship Registration and Weigh-in: Optional for ALL DIVISIONS (at the Lazy Pirate)
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Coach and Competitor's Social at Lazy Pirate Sports Bar (www.driftersreef.com)

Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Beach and Belt Wrestling National Championships Registration and Weigh-in (Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage)
10:45 a.m. – Rules Clinic (ALL competitors must report)
11:00 a.m. to conclusion – Beach and Belt Wrestling National Championships
6:00 p.m. - Post Tournament Social at Good Hops Brewing Co., 811 Harper Ave., Carolina Beach, NC 28428

2017 Beach Nationals champions:

Bantam Beach Wrestling champions
44-50 lbs. – Gabe Sides (Mat Masters)
50-64 lbs. – Skyla Simpson (OBX ELITE)
66-68 lbs. – Sam Little (The Forge)
Intermediate Beach Wrestling champions
51-54 lbs. – Abrey Verhow (Hernandez Wrestling Academy)
65-69 lbs. – Mason Crayton (Bethel Vikings)
72-74 lbs. – Stephen McGee (Triad Falcons)
78-82 lbs. – Burke Wilson (Darkhorse)
Novice Beach Wrestling champions
62-66 lbs. – Ivan Ascencio (Hernandez Wrestling Academy)
72-75 lbs. – Michael Miller (Hernandez Wrestling Academy)
76-80 lbs. – Eden Wimberly (Hernandez Wrestling Academy)
83-86 lbs. – Will Varner (Mat Masters)
92-98 lbs. – Isaiah Williams (Wolfpack Wrestling Club)
105-114 lbs. – Ryder Strickland (Combat)
126-145 lbs. – Hunter Testa (Combat Athletics)
Schoolboy/Girl Beach Wrestling champions
70-84 lbs. – Benjamin Wimberly (Hernandez Wrestling Academy)
95-104 lbs. – Elijah Harris (C2X Wrestling Academy)
109-115 lbs. – Noah Williams (Wolfpack Wrestling Club)
120-121 lbs. – Hunter Campbell (Port City Pirates)
137-142 lbs. – Jack Jarvis (Combat)
146-154 lbs. – McCray McGee (Triad Falcons)
Cadet Beach Wrestling champions
104-110 lbs. – Dylan Lowery (WCW-Mitchell Co.)
112-119 lbs. – James Benjamin (ROBCO Wrestling)
113-119 lbs. – Anthony Portillo (NOVA Wrestling Club)
117-125 lbs. – Hunter Dover (Vision Quest)
122-133 lbs. – Griffan Garmany (Strong and Courageous)
126-135 lbs. – Bill Trader (Combat Athletics)
127-137 lbs. – Paul Howard (Strong and Courageous)
137-149 lbs. – Kylerrel Tucker (NOVA Wrestling Club)
141-150 lbs. – Kevinkevin Aragao (North Brunswick High School Wr)
145-158 lbs. – Elijah Martin (North Carolina Wrestling Facto)
157-163 lbs. – Cody Hawk (Walkertown)
160-168 lbs. – Kameron Miller (Mat Masters)
173-183 lbs. – Daylon Hall (ROBCO Wrestling)
195-198 lbs. – Earl Brewer (NOVA Wrestling Club)
214-230 lbs. – Bryan Aragao (North Brunswick High School Wr)
274-274 lbs. – Harry Locklear (ROBCO Wrestling)
Junior Beach Wrestling champions
110-116 lbs. – Noah Taylor (ROBCO Wrestling)
121-130 lbs. – Logan Maher (Middle Creek/ The Crew)
127-133 lbs. – Jaston Simmons (ROBCO Wrestling)
135-142 lbs. – Justin Zacharko (Wolfpack Wrestling Club)
139-142 lbs. – Bryce Lien (Morehead City)
142-151 lbs. – Jaden Jenkins (ROBCO Wrestling)
143-156 lbs. – Rommie Mcneil (ROBCO Wrestling)
149-163 lbs. – Bradley Hamilton (North Brunswick High School Wr)
165-177 lbs. – Isaiah Johnson (Combat)
174-182 lbs. – Troy Cain (Iron Warriors Wrestling Club)
184-201 lbs. – Trent Agee (Grays Creek Wrestling)
202-207 lbs. – Tyler Dempsey (Port City Pirates)
236-279 lbs. – Michael Hughes (Iron Warriors Wrestling Club)
Senior Beach Wrestling champions
70 KG/154.3 lbs. – Michael Peters (Road Dawgs WC)
80 KG/ 176.4 lbs. – Shelton Sales (Unattached-NC)
90 KG/198.5 lbs. – Justin Harrell (Unattached)
90+ KG/unlimited – Gabe Beauperthuy (Colorado USA Wrestling)
Veterans Beach Wrestling champions
Veteran A: Light – Travis Kirby (Warrior Wrestling)
Veteran A: Heavy – Tomas Gonzales of Pope (Fort Bragg Wrestling Te)
Veteran E: Peter Wirs (Pennsylvania Wrestling Club)