U.S. Belt National Championship titles awarded in 13 weight classes on four age levels

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | May 20, 2018, 8:18 p.m. (ET)
A big throw during the 2018 U.S. Belt Nationals. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. - The 2018 U.S. Belt National Championships, in its second year held alongside the U.S. Beach National Championships, was the largest Belt Wrestling tournament in USA Wrestling history, with 13 brackets of competition, including six on the Senior level.

A total of 40 athletes competed in this style of wrestling, popular in parts of Asia and Europe. Athletes wrap a belt around the waist area, hold onto the belt at all times, and work to throw their opponent.

Winning individual gold medals on the Senior level were Dylan Gaissert of Pope/Fort Bragg Wrestling Team (76 kg), Sapurdurdy Ovezov (84 kg), Kyle Coder of Beechgrove (88 kg), Mark Burkart of Anchorage (90 kg), Sapurdurdy Ovezov (100 kg) and Ruslan Mukhamadiyarov (unlimited).

“It’s a little bit different. It is kind of like Greco. You can’t trip until you get them into the air, so that’s a little tricky. You have to keep hold of the belt. I love this. It’s a fun environment. You get sun usually. I’ve done Beach Nationals three times. It is something to keep me active in the sport,” said Burkart.

The combined Cadet/Junior division included five different champions: Cody Jamerson of Strong and Courageous (120 lbs.), Timothy Decatur-Luker of Team Tank (134 lbs.), Marcus Mondragon of NC JET (143 lbs.), Seth Finney of Team Tank (195 lbs.) and Javier Salvador of Wolfpack (236 lbs.).

A pair of youth champions were crowned, Vincent Morelli of the Port City Pirates (88 lbs, in Novice/Schoolboy) and Dawson Mack of Team 1006 Wrestling (61 lbs. in Bantam/Intermediate).

U.S. BELT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Carolina Beach, NC, May 19

Senior Men

76 kg
1st Place - Dylan Gaissert (Pope/Fort Bragg Wrestling Team) won by decision over Rousdem Djoraev (unattached)
3rd Place - Victor Skinner (Backyard Wrestling Club) won by decision over Mike Clark (Louisville) (Dec 3-0)

85 kg
1st Place - Sapardurdy Ovezov of unattached
2nd Place - Kenny Hale of Roanoke
3rd Place - Robert Teet of Silver Ravens
Sapardurdy Ovezov (unattached) won by decision over Robert Teet (Silver Ravens)
Sapardurdy Ovezov (unattached) won by decision over Kenny Hale (Roanoke)
Kenny Hale (Roanoke) won by decision over Robert Teet (Silver Ravens)

88 kg
1st Place - Kyle Coder of beechgrove
2nd Place - William Diaz of Blue Blood Wrestling Club
3rd Place - Patrick Dapkus of Chicago wrestling
Kyle Coder (beechgrove) won by forfeit over Patrick Dapkus (Chicago wrestling) (FF)
William Diaz (Blue Blood Wrestling Club) won by forfeit over Patrick Dapkus (Chicago wrestling) (FF)
Kyle Coder (beechgrove) won by decision over William Diaz (Blue Blood Wrestling Club) (Dec 3-0)

90 kg
1st Place - Mark Burkart of Anchorage
2nd Place - Stephen Anceravage of Not Affiliated
Mark Burkart (Anchorage) won by decision over Stephen Anceravage (Not Affiliated)
Mark Burkart (Anchorage) won by decision over Stephen Anceravage (Not Affiliated)

100 kg
1st Place - Sapardurdy Ovezov of unattached
2nd Place - Kenneth Gamble of All Navy Wrestling
3rd Place - Daniel Chaid of Carolina Elite Wrestling Club
Sapardurdy Ovezov (unattached) won by decision over Daniel Chaid (Carolina Elite Wrestling Club)
Kenneth Gamble (All Navy Wrestling) won by forfeit over Daniel Chaid (Carolina Elite Wrestling Club) (FF)
Sapardurdy Ovezov (unattached) won by decision over Kenneth Gamble (All Navy Wrestling)

Unlimited
1st Place - Ruslan Mukhamadiyarov of unattached
2nd Place - Gabe Beauperthuy of 719 fight team
3rd Place - Talon Person of Compound Wrestling
4th Place - Tyler Person of Compound wrestling
Ruslan Mukhamadiyarov (unattached) won by decision over Tyler Person (Compound wrestling)
Gabe Beauperthuy (719 fight team) won by decision over Talon Person (Compound Wrestling)
Gabe Beauperthuy (719 fight team) won by decision over Tyler Person (Compound wrestling)
Ruslan Mukhamadiyarov (unattached) won by decision over Talon Person (Compound Wrestling)
Talon Person (Compound Wrestling) won by decision over Tyler Person (Compound wrestling)
Ruslan Mukhamadiyarov (unattached) won by decision over Gabe Beauperthuy (719 fight team)

Cadet/Junior

114-120
1st Place - Cody Jamerson of Strong and Courageous
2nd Place - Christian Decatur-luker of Team Tank
3rd Place - Jayden Harrison of Port City Pirates
Christian Decatur-luker (Team Tank) won by decision over Jayden Harrison (Port City Pirates)
Cody Jamerson (Strong and Courageous) won by decision over Christian Decatur-luker (Team Tank)
Cody Jamerson (Strong and Courageous) won by decision over Jayden Harrison (Port City Pirates)

126-134
1st Place - Timothy Decatur-Luker of Team Tank
2nd Place - Dylan Lowery of WCW-Western Carolina Wrestling
Timothy Decatur-Luker (Team Tank) won by decision over Dylan Lowery (WCW-Western Carolina Wrestling)
Dylan Lowery (WCW-Western Carolina Wrestling) won by decision over Timothy Decatur-Luker (Team Tank)
Timothy Decatur-Luker (Team Tank) won by decision over Dylan Lowery (WCW-Western Carolina Wrestling)

136-143
1st Place - Marcus Mondragon of NC JET
2nd Place - Joseph Ross of K`vegas elite
Marcus Mondragon (NC JET) won by decision over Joseph Ross (K`vegas elite)
Marcus Mondragon (NC JET) won by decision over Joseph Ross (K`vegas elite)

178-195
1st Place - Seth Finney of Team Tank
2nd Place - Tevin-Tecumseh Person of Compound wrestling
3rd Place - Trey Swiggett of SOHK
4th Place - Levi Kluttz of Mt Pleasant
Seth Finney (Team Tank) won by decision over Tevin-Tecumseh Person (Compound wrestling)
Trey Swiggett (SOHK) won by decision over Levi Kluttz (Mt Pleasant)
Seth Finney (Team Tank) won by decision over Levi Kluttz (Mt Pleasant)
Tevin-Tecumseh Person (Compound wrestling) won by decision over Trey Swiggett (SOHK)
Seth Finney (Team Tank) won by decision over Trey Swiggett (SOHK)
Tevin-Tecumseh Person (Compound wrestling) won by forfeit over Levi Kluttz (Mt Pleasant) (FF)

227-236
1st Place - Javier Salvador of Wolfpack
2nd Place - Cody Deterding of North Paulding High School
Javier Salvador (Wolfpack) won by decision over Cody Deterding (North Paulding High School)
Javier Salvador (Wolfpack) won by decision over Cody Deterding (North Paulding High School)

Novice/Schoolboy

80-88
1st Place - Vincent Morelli of Port City Pirates
2nd Place - Landon Weaver of Gym-O
Vincent Morelli (Port City Pirates) won by decision over Landon Weaver (Gym-O)
Vincent Morelli (Port City Pirates) won by decision over Landon Weaver (Gym-O)

Bantam/Intermediate

52-61
1st Place - Dawson Mack of Team 1006 Wrestling
2nd Place - Lincoln Mack of Team 1006 Wrestling
3rd Place - Houston Rudisill of Gym-O
Lincoln Mack (Team 1006 Wrestling) won by decision over Houston Rudisill (Gym-O)
Dawson Mack (Team 1006 Wrestling) won by forfeit over Houston Rudisill (Gym-O) (FF)
Dawson Mack (Team 1006 Wrestling) won by decision over Lincoln Mack (Team 1006 Wrestling)