Numerous talents in all three styles expected at the 21st Dave Schultz Memorial International this weekend

By JD Rader, USA Wrestling | Jan. 22, 2019, 9:24 a.m. (ET)
Olympian Frank Molinaro, pictured at the 2016 World Cup, is among those expected to compete at the Dave Schultz Memorial this weekend. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

American wrestling fans can get their first fix of international men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling in 2019 this weekend at the Dave Schultz Memorial International. Athletes from all across the globe will compete at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. from Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 24-26

Fans who cannot attend in person can watch a live broadcast of the Dave Schultz Memorial International on FloWrestling.

Below is a preliminary list of projected participants, which has been collected from online entries and information from USA Wrestling National Coaches, clubs, RTCs, colleges and individual athletes. For some athletes, which weight class they will compete has not been determined. As more information is received, this will be updated.

While most competitors are from the United States, athletes from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Japan, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will be competing as well. A delegation from Kazakhstan may also be attending

Canada is bringing the largest visiting international team with athletes in all three styles. Their men’s freestyle roster will include four athletes who have competed at the Senior World Championships as well as a pair of 2018 University World bronze medalists in Sam Jagas and Tyler Rowe.

Canada’s women’s freestyle team is loaded with talent from top to bottom. 2016 Olympic gold medalist and 2018 World bronze medalist Erica Wiebe, 2012 World champion and two-time medalist Jessica MacDonald, and 2018 World silver medalist Danielle Lappage will be competing. In total, Canada is expected to bring 15 past Senior World competitors, eight World University medalists, and four Senior World/Olympic medalists.

The American field in men’s freestyle will not be short on talent. Expected athletes include; 2016 Olympian Frank Molinaro, 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist David Carr, 2017 Cadet World silver medalist and 2018 Junior World champion Aaron Brooks, 2017 U23 World champion Richie Lewis, and 2012 Junior World silver medalist Pat Downey. In addition to a laundry list of NCAA All-Americans, past NCAA champions Jordan Oliver, Darian Cruz, Cody Brewer, and Dean Heil will be in action as well.

Top U.S. women freestylers competing include 2018 World bronze medalist Mallory Velte, 2018 Cadet World Champion and 2017 Cadet World silver medalist Emily Shilson, 2018 Cadet World champion and 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist Macey Kilty, 2014 University World silver medalist Amy Fearnside, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist Alexis Porter, 2014 University World silver medalist Amanda Hendey, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist and 2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson, and 2014 University World bronze medalist Julia Salata.

In Greco-Roman, fans can expect to watch numerous athletes with World Championship or Olympic experience. Americans who are expected include 2016 Olympian and 2018 World Team member Jesse Thielke, 2018 Senior World Team member and 2017 Junior World champion Kamal Bey, 2017 and 2018 World Team member G’Angelo Hancock, 2018 World Team member RaVaughn Perkins, 2014 University World bronze medalist Sam Jones, 2014 University World silver medalist and 2017 World Team member Patrick Smith, three-time World Team member Patrick Martinez, 2014 World Team member Joe Rau, 2016 Olympian and four-time World Team member Robby Smith, two-time World Team member Cheney Haight and 2018 World Team member Dalton Roberts.

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.

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.

Registration remains open through Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Mountain time, so this list could expand and change. Below is the current list of potential entries, by style and weight class (when available).

As of January 22, 7:00 a.m.

Men’s Freestyle

57 kg/125.7 lbs.
Darth Capellan (Canada)
Darian Cruz (LVWC / NYAC)
Sam Jagas (Canada)
Benyamin Kamali (Cavalier WC)
Eddie Klimara (TMWC)
Austin Miller (New England RTC)
Alex Moher (Canada)
Aso Palani (Canada)
Frank Perrelli (LVWC / TMWC)
Guesseppe Rea (LVWC)
Nodir Safarov (Hawkeye WC / Uzbekistan)
Steven Takahashi (Canada)
Julian Tagg (EAP)

61 kg/134.4 lbs.
Cody Brewer (TMWC)
Kamol Begakov (Tajikistan/NJRTC)
Johnni DiJulius (TMWC)
Job Greenwood (EAP)
Earl Hall (TMWC)
Shelton Mack (TMWC)
Ali Naser (Sunkist Kids WC)
Tyler Price (Utah Valley RTC)
Gabe Tagg (EAP)
Ben Whitford (TMWC)

65 kg/143.3 lbs.
Dominic Abounader (NYAC/Lebanon)
Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado WC)
Michael Asselstine (Canada)
Daniel Coles (Canada)
Nick Dardanes (Hawkeye WC / TMWC)
Joshua Dziewa (Pennsylvania RTC)
BJ Futrell (TMWC)
Dean Heil (TMWC)
Evan Henderson (NYCRTC / TMWC)
Jordin Humphrey (TMWC)
Takaki Kato (Japan)
Joey Lazor (Panther Wrestling Club RTC)
Robbie Mathers (Sunkist Kids WC)
Adam MacFadyen (Canada)
Colton McCrystal (Sunkist Kids WC)
Bryce Meredith (GRIT Athletics WC)
Kyle Salone (US Army)
Brandon Wright (NYAC)

70 kg/154.3 lbs.
Timothy Broadenax (U.S. Army)
David Carr (C-RTC)
Anthony Collica (OKRTC / TMWC)
Justin Deangelis (OKRTC)
David Habat (NYAC / Slovenia)
Ty Lydic (Griffin WC)
Mario Mason (LVWC / NYAC)
Frank Molinaro (TMWC)
Dylan Ness (MN Storm)
Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids WC)
Elroy Perkin (Minnesota Storm)
Caleb Rutner (Canada)
Sammy Sasso (Ohio State-unattached)
Brandon Sorenson (TMWC)
David Spinney (Canada)
Nestor Taffur (NYCRTC / Colombia)
Adam Thompson (Canada)
Jacori Teemer (Sunkist Kids WC)
Jeff Wimberly (unattached)

74 kg/163.1 lbs.
Jevon Balfour (Canada)
Shawn Daye-Finley (Canada)
Trever DeVestern (TMWC)
Joey Lavallee (TMWC)
Richie Lewis (LVWC / NYAC)
Lavion Mayes (NYCRTC)
Brian Murphy (NYAC)
Elroy Perkin (MN Storm)
Jasmit Phulka (Canada)
Tyler Rowe (Canada)
DJ Shannon (EAP)
Dan Vallimont (NYAC)

79 kg/174.2 lbs.
Aaron Brooks (TMWC/EAP)
CJ Brucki (NJRTC)
Nate Jackson (NYAC)
Lee Davis Jr. (Wolfpack WC)
Willie Wright (Williamsburg)

86 kg/189.6 lbs.
Joshua Asper (Navy-Marines Corps RTC)
Kenneth Courts (TMWC)
Patrick Downey (TMWC)
Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State-Unattached)
Andrew Johnson (Canada)
Brett Pfarr (MN Storm)
Joe Rau (MN Storm / TMWC)

92 kg/202.8 lbs.
Scottie Boykin (TMWC)
Timothy Dudley (Sunkist Kids WC)
Jeff Henry (USA Wrestling Masters)
Joshua Manu (Navy-Marine Corps RTC)
Donald McNeil (New England RTC / NYAC)
Kadeem Samuels (LVWC / NYAC)
Cody Walters (Bulldog Elite WC / TMWC)
Hayden Zillmer (MN Storm)

97 kg/213.8 lbs.
Devon Amburgy (Williamsburg)
Kevin Beazley (NYAC)
Blaize Cabell (Valley RTC / TMWC)
Naoyuki Miyahara (Japan)
Evan Ramos (Puerto Rico)
Ty Walz (SERTC / TMWC)

125 kg/275.6 lbs.
Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids WC)
West Cathcart (Stoopstyle)
Ceron Francisco (Cavalier WC / TMWC)
Justin Grant (NYAC)
Tanner Hall (Sunkist Kids WC)
Michael Kosoy (Sunkist Kids WC)
Sean Molle (Canada)
Jere Heino (Finland / Campbell U)
Garrett Ryan (Sunkist Kids WC)


55 kg/121.3 lbs.
Jemone Carter (Marines)
Dalton Duffield (NYAC – NMU/OSU)
Roger Stewardt-Freddrick (NYAC)
Jabari Moody (NYAC)
Sean Sesnan (Williams Baptist)

60 kg/132.3 lbs.
Mason Hartshorn (NMU/OTS)
Jon Massey (NMU/OTS)
Randon Miranda (NYAC – NMU/OTS)
Travis Rice (NYAC)
Dalton Roberts (NYAC – NMU/OTS)

63 kg/138.9 lbs.
Sam Jones (NYAC – NMU/OTS)
Raffaele Masi (NMU/OTS)
Alston Nutter (NMU/OTS)
Ty Pelot (X-Factor Elite)
Colton Rasche (Marines)
Jesse Thielke (NYAC)

67 kg/147.8 lbs.
Riley Briggs (NMU/OTS)
Reese Dalton (NMU/OTS)
Joseph Dashou (Canada / MN Storm)
Morgan Flaharty (CO)
Christen Hunt (Air Force WCAP)
Jamel Johnson (Marines)
Mostafa Mohamed (NJRTC / Egypt)
Austin Morrow (NYAC)
Benjamin Peak (NMU/OTS)
Jessy Williams (NYAC)
Taylor Zippe (Marines)

72 kg/158.8 lbs.
Colby Baker (NMU/OTS)
Raymond Bunker (Marines)
Britton Holmes (NMU/OTS)
Aaron Kliamovich (NMU/OTS)
Anthonie Linares (NYAC)
Lenny Merkin (NJRTC)
Chandler Patton (Williams Baptist)
Aaron Reynolds (Marines)

77 kg/169.8 lbs.
Josh Anderson (NMU/OTS)
Zachary Grimes (NMU/OTS)
Austin Morrow (NYAC – NMU/OTS)
Brandon Mueller (Air Force WCAP)
Alec Ortiz (MN Storm)
RaVaughn Perkins (NYAC)
Jesse Porter (NYAC – NMU/OTS)
Colin Schubert (NYAC)
Patrick Smith (MN Storm)
Nick Tarpley (NYAC)
John Yeats (Canada)

82 kg/180.8 lbs.
Kamal Bey (Sunkist Kids WC)
Austin Craig (All Navy Wrestling)
Corey Fitzgerald (NMU/OTS)
Cheney Haight (NYAC)
John Kent (Gator WC)
Michael Napier (WBU)
Ryuya Nazoki (Japan)
Carter Nielsen (NMU/OTS)
Burke Paddock (NYAC)
Spencer Woods (NYAC – NMU/OTS)
Terrence Zaleski (Marines)

87 kg/191.8 lbs.
Phillip Barreiro (Canada)
Thomas Brackett (NMU/OTS)
Timothy Eubanks (Williams Baptist)
George Hooker (NMU/OTS)
Khymba Johnson (NYAC – NMU/OTS)
Patrick Martinez (NYAC)
Vaughn Monreal-Berner (Marines)
Kevin Radford (Sunkist Kids WC)
Joe Rau (Minnesota Storm / TMWC)
Isaiah Sellers (Williams Baptist)
Barrett Stanghill (MN Storm)
Spencer Woods (NYAC)

97 kg/213.8 lbs.
Thomas Barreiro (Canada)
Kevin Beazley (NYAC)
Nicholas Boykin (Sunkist Kids WC)
G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist Kids WC)
Luis Hernandez (NYAC)
Roy Nash (NMU/OTS)
Matthew Paeth (Forged WC)
Eric Twohey (MN Storm)

130 kg/286.6 lbs.
West Cathcart (Stoopstyle)
Trent Osnes (Marines)
Robby Smith (NYAC)

Women’s Freestyle

50 kg/110.2 lbs.
Natasha Kramble (Canada)
Jessica Macdonald (Canada)
Madison Parks (Canada)
Emily Shilson (TMWC)

53 kg/116.8 lbs.
Amy Fearnside (TMWC)
Michelle Lomas (Oklahoma City University)
Tiare Ikei (EAP)
Jade Parsons (Canada)
Cody Pfau (TMWC)
Samantha Stewart (Canada)
Diana Weicker (Canada)

55 kg/121.3 lbs.
Vayle-Rae Baker (Wyo Sem)
Cameron Guerin (TMWC)
Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids WC)
Dominique Parrish (Sunkist Kids WC)

57 kg/125.7 lbs.
Amy Bellavia (Canada)
Lauren Louive (NYAC / Hawkeye WC)
Amanda Walker (Wyo Sem)

59 kg/130.1 lbs.
Arian Carpio (Sunkist Kids WC)
Jen Pitassi (U.S. Army)
Jacarra Winchester (TMWC)

62 kg/136.7 lbs.
Jessica Brouillette (Canada)
Brianna Csontos (TMWC)
Natalia Hinojo (Oklahoma City University)
Breanne Graham (Canada)
Anna Gonzalez Godinez (Canada)
Lais Nunes (Brazil)
Alexis Porter (NYAC)
Abnelis Yambo Miranda (Puerto Rico /Parker-Brewton)

65 kg/143.3 lbs.
Amanda Hendey (TMWC)
Jayden Laurent (Musky WC / TMWC)
Indira Moores (Canada)
Maya Nelson (Sunkist Kids WC)
Julia Salata (NYAC)
Mallory Velte (TMWC)

68 kg/149.9 lbs.
Macey Kitty (Sunkist Kids WC)
Danielle Lappage (Canada)
Olivia Di Bacco (Canada)

72 kg/158.7 lbs.
Alyvia Fiske (TMWC)

76 kg/167.5 lbs.
Taylor Follensbee (Canada)
Erica Wiebe (Canada)

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