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.

DAN KOLOV INTERNATIONAL
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