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Final 12 U.S. wrestlers receive draws for Dan Kolov International in Bulgaria

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | March 01, 2019, 1:06 p.m. (ET)

Kyle Snyder competition portrait by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

RUSE, Bulgaria – The final 12 U.S. wrestlers have received their draws for the last segment of the Dan Kolov International, a UWW Ranking Tournament. Included are six men’s freestyle athletes and six women’s freestyle athletes.

2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/TMWC/Ohio RTC) is entered at 97 kg/213.5 lbs. He will face another American, 2017 U23 World bronze medalist Ty Walz (Blacksburg, Va./TMWC/SERTC) in his opening bout.

Two-time World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./TMWC/Wolfpack WC) will open against at 2018 European bronze medalist Robert Baran of Poland at 125 kg/275.5 lbs.

In women’s freestyle, 2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC/OTC) will face Silje Kippernes of Norway, who was third in 2018 U23 Europeans, at 53 kg/117 lbs.

Three other women who are past World Team members also received draws. They include Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) and Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) at 50 kg/110 lbs., plus 2012 Olympian Kelsey Campbell (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) at 57 kg/125 lbs.

The opening session for this third group of wrestlers will begin on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. local time, which is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone. The tournament is broadcast live on FloWrestling.

At Ruse, Bulgaria

U.S. Men’s Freestyle first round draws

86 kg/189 lbs – Nick Heflin, Norman, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Oklahoma RTC)
Vs. Abdurasul Vakhobov (Uzbekistan), 2018 World Team member, 2014 Junior World Team member

97 kg/213.5 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/TMWC/Ohio RTC)
Vs. Ty Walz (USA)

97kg/213.5 lbs. – Ty Walz (Blacksburg, Va./TMWC/SERTC)
Vs. Kyle Snyder (USA)

97 kg/213.5 lbs. – Kevin Beazley (Ann Arbor. Mich./CKRTC)
Vs. Zviad Metreveli (Georgia), 2014 Grand Prix of Paris champion, 5th in 2017 Kartozia/Balavadze Prize (Georgia)

125 kg/275.5 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./TMWC/Wolfpack WC)
Vs. Robert Baran (Poland), 2018 European bronze medalist,

125 kg/275.5 lbs. – Michael Kosoy (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids WC)
Vs. Parviz HadiBashmanj (Iran), 2018 World bronze medalist, 2018 Asian Games champion

U.S. Women’s Freestyle first round draws

50 kg/110 lbs. – Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
Vs. Elitsa Yankova (Bulgaria), 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 3rd in 2016 European Championships

50 kg/110 lbs. – Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Erin Golston (USA)

50 kg/110 lbs. – Erin Golston (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC/OTC)
Vs. Whitney Conder (USA)

53 kg/117 lbs. – Amy Fearnside (Colorado Springs, Colo./TMWC/OTC)
Vs. Shinhye Lee (Korea), Four-time World Team member, 5th in 2018 Asian Gamesernas

53 kg/117 lbs. – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC/OTC)
Vs. Silje Kippernes (Norway), 3rd in 2018 U23 Europeans, 2018 Nordic champion

57 kg/125 lbs. – Kelsey Campbell (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
Vs. Sara Lindborg (Sweden), 3rd in 2018 Junior Worlds, 2nd in 2018 European Juniors