21st Dave Schultz Memorial International set for January 24-26 at U.S. Olympic Training Center

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Jan. 09, 2019, 5:02 p.m. (ET)
American stars Adeline Gray and Tamyra Mensah-Stock shake hands after their bout at the 20th Dave Schultz Memorial in November 2017. Both went on to win 2018 World medals, with Mensah-Stock getting 68 kg bronze and Gray winning 76 kg gold. Photo by Richard Immel.

USA Wrestling is pleased to host the 21st Dave Schultz Memorial International Championships, a major international wrestling competition, set for at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., January 24-26.

Founded in 1999, the tournament honors the late Dave Schultz, an Olympic and World champion wrestler from the United States, who was one of the most popular wrestlers in world and recognized as an international ambassador for the sport.

For the 21st Dave Schultz Memorial, USA Wrestling has moved it back to its traditional time of the year, held in late January or early February. The 20th edition of this classic was held in November 2017, but that time frame was only for one year.

For the first time, the tournament will be hosted in the gymnasium in SportsCenter II, which is located one story up from the Bill Farrell Wrestling Center. This facility has held a variety of sports events, including volleyball and basketball. USA Wrestling has hosted other wrestling competitions in this gymnasium, but this is the first time the annual Dave Schultz Memorial International is in that facility.

Top athletes from the United States and other nations, competing in the three Olympic disciplines of men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, will be showcased during the three days of competition.

Rosters of U.S. and international teams are not currently available, but will be announced at a date closer to the tournament.

Each discipline will be featured over two days of competition. Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle will be featured on Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25. Men’s freestyle action will be held on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26.

There are two important items for athletes and coaches attending the event this year. Coaches who participate at the event must have an annual UWW license, which must be secured in advance. To purchase your license, coaches must contact Jaimie McNab at jmcnab@usawrestling.org with UWW declaration form, digital headshot, copy of passport and credit card information.

Athlete must be aware that weigh-ins in all styles are in scratch weight, in the 10 international weight classes per style. Athletes can register online by clicking here

This has become one of the top international sports competitions held annually in Colorado Springs, Colo., which is recognized as Olympic City USA. The first Dave Schultz Memorial International was held in 1999 at the U.S. Army base Fort Carson, which is located south of Colorado Springs. In 2000, the event was moved to the U.S. Olympic Training Center, where it has been held ever since.

Tickets are available at the venue. Spectators must enter through the main gate on Boulder Street. An Adult All-Session Pass is $20, an Adult One-Day Ticket is $15 and Adult Per-Session Tickets are $10 a session. High School students (with I.D.) and Senior Citizens (62+) are $5 per day. Youth (5-14 years old) are $4 a day. Coaches are free with five paid wrestlers.

Local volunteers have been an important part of the success of event, now entering its third decade. Volunteers are needed for timing, scoring and other event duties. All volunteers receive free admission and a t-shirt. Those interested in volunteering should contact Jon Mor at jmor@usawrestling.org

The event will be broadcast live by FloWrestling.

To receive media accreditation for the Dave Schultz Memorial International, media must comply with USA Wrestling’s athlete safety media policy, which requires all media to pass to USA Wrestling’s background check and complete the U.S. Center for Safe Sport’s online training. These are available to journalists online and is provided free of cost to all media seeking accreditation. Media should complete this at least one week prior to the event, in order to allow sufficient time for acceptance. Contact USA Wrestling’s Director of Communications Gary Abbott at 719-659-9637 (cell) or via email at gabbott@usawrestling.org for instructions.

DAVE SCHULTZ MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL
At Colorado Springs, Colo., January 24-26

Event Schedule


Thursday, January 24
Greco-Roman: 55kg, 60kg, 63kg, 67kg, 72kg
Women's Freestyle: 50kg, 53kg, 55kg, 57kg, 59kg, 62kg, 65 kg
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Round One
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Consolation Round Two, Consolation Semifinals
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Medal Matches and Awards

Friday, January 25
Greco-Roman: 77kg, 82kg, 87kg, 97kg, 130kg
Women's Freestyle: 68kg, 72kg, 76kg
Men's Freestyle: 57kg, 61kg, 65kg
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Round One
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Consolation Round Two, Consolation Semifinals
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Medal Matches and Awards

Saturday, January 26

Men's freestyle: 70kg, 74kg, 79kg, 86kg, 92kg, 97kg, 125kg
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m. - Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Rounds 1-3, Consolation Semifinals
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Medal Matches and Awards