Peters goes 1-1 in pool matches and continues to Sunday action at Beach World Championships in Turkey

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 06, 2018, 1:59 p.m. (ET)
Michael Peters of the USA with his arm raised after his victory over Jose Santana Delgado of Spain at the Beach World Championships in Turkey. Photo courtesy of Donnie Peters.

SARIGERME-ORTACA, MUGLA, Turkey - Michael Peters of Quincy, Ill. (Road Dawgs WC) split a pair of Group B matches at 70 kg in the men’s Senior division at the 2018 Beach World Championships, which began on Saturday.

Peters opened the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Evgheni Volcov of Romania, then bounced back with a 4-0 shutout win over Jose Santana Delgado of Spain.

Peters will face Mehmet Ogut of Turkey on Sunday morning, to complete his Group B matches.

Under the new rules of the UWW Beach World Series, in which the World Championships are contested, athletes are placed into pools of four competitors, each guaranteed three matches. Winners of each pool, along with the top second place finishers, will advance into the quarterfinals at each weight class, which will then be a bracketed format.

With the loss, Peters is still eligible to advance, because he could still win Group B, or place with enough classification points in second place to make it to the quarterfinals. The result of Sunday morning’s final round of pool play will determine his fate.

Peters is the only U.S. entry this year. He is a sophomore at Div. II powerhouse Maryville University and competed at Quincy High School in Illinois.

He placed fifth at 70 kg at the 2017 Beach World Championships, which was held in Dalyan, Turkey. He won a gold medal at the 2017 U.S. Beach National Championships in Carolina Beach, N.C., and won a silver medal at the 2018 Beach National Championships, also held in Carolina Beach.

Donnie Peters, who is Michael’s father and an NCEP bronze certified coach, is coaching Michael during the competition.

Sarigerme-Ortaca is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone. A live stream will be provided by United World Wrestling.

The 2018 World Championships competition is a qualifying event for the 2019 World Beach Games in San Diego, Calif., October 9-14.

Rusty Davidson of the United States is the head official of the Beach World Championships. Davidson also serves on USA Wrestling’s Ad-Hoc Associated Styles Committee.

At Sarigerme-Ortaca, Mugla, Turkey, October 6-7

U.S. men’s performance

Men’s 70 kg - Michael Peters, Quincy, Ill. (Road Dawgs WC)
LOSS Evgheni Volcov (Romania), 3-1
WIN Jose Santana Delgado (Spain), 4-0
Next Pool Match vs. Mehmet Ogut (Turkey)