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U.S. Beach and Belt Nationals in Carolina Beach also features Senior Men’s World Beach Games Trials, May 18

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | May 09, 2019, 3:35 p.m. (ET)

The city of Carolina Beach, N.C. will again host the annual U.S. Beach National Championships, its seventh straight year at this popular Atlantic Ocean beach. This growing event offers national competition in eight age levels (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, Junior, Senior (men and women) and Masters.

Registration for all divisions is through USA Wrestling’s membership system at www.usawmembership.com.

Go to the tab for “USAW Events” then scroll to “Event Registration.” Follow the instructions from there.

Online registration via credit card will be available soon until 11:59 p.m. (Central) on Wednesday, May 15. No prequalification is required.

The men’s senior division at the U.S. Beach Nationals will serve as the Men’s Beach World Games Trials, with the winner in each of the four weight classes earning the spot on the U.S. team for the ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego. In the men’s division, weigh-ins will only be held on Saturday morning, May 18. The finals of the event will be a best-of-three series.

The men’s weight classes for the Beach World Games, as well as the U.S. Beach Nationals are:
70kg, 80kg, 90kg, Over 90kg

The 2018 Beach National champions for Senior men were all Div. I wrestling stars at one point in their careers: Jamel Hudson (70 kg), Mitch Finesilver (80 kg), Austin Trotman (90 kg) and Daniel Chaid (Over 90 kg).

Beach Wrestling is one of only 15 sports which will be included in this historic first-ever Beach World Games. The competition is endorsed by the International Olympic Committee, with the Beach Wrestling competition being organized by United World Wrestling. The U.S. team in all of the participating sports will be managed by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The U.S. Women’s Beach Games World Team, which includes four athletes, was set in Las Vegas. Nev. in April, so the Senior Women’s division at the U.S. Beach Nationals is not a qualifier for San Diego.

Any Senior champion at the U.S. Beach Nationals, man or woman, gets first opportunity to compete on the USA team at the Zagreb Beach Wrestling World Series Final in Zagreb, Croatia, September 6-7.

National titles and All-American honors are available in all of the other age divisions contested at the Beach Nationals. There is a UWW Beach World Championships for Cadets and Juniors set for August 11 in Odessa, Ukraine, and participants in the appropriate Beach Nationals age groups will have an opportunity to form a U.S. team for that event.

Beach Wrestling consists of one three-minute period. All action begins in the standing position. An athlete scores one point for bringing an opponent to the ground for a takedown, or by forcing the opponent out of ring. A wrestler gets three points for exposing an opponent’s back during a takedown or throw. The first athlete to three points wins the match. If there is a tie, the winner is determined by criteria. The action takes place in a seven-meter circle.

Click for FloWrestling video on Beach Wrestling rules

Held alongside the U.S. Beach Nationals will be the third annual U.S. Belt National Championships. Belt wrestling is popular all over the world, and competing in the U.S. Belt Nationals will open opportunities for competing at international belt wrestling events.

Among the UWW Belt competitions in 2019 are the World Martial Arts Mastership Games in Chungju, Korea, September 2-3 and the 2019 Belt World Championships in Alysh and Kazak Kuresh in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10-13.

Click here for information on the U.S. Beach and Belt Nationals

At Carolina Beach, N.C., May 17-18

Event Schedule

Friday, May 17

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Early Beach & Belt Wrestling National Championship Registration AND WEIGH-INS: Optional for ALL DIVISIONS (Early Registration will be held at the WORLD FAMOUS Lazy Pirate Sports Bar & Grille in conjunction with the informal NC Dual Team Championships. Wrestlers wishing to participate in practice/exhibition bouts are welcome to do so.) Senior men can register but can not weigh in on Friday.

8:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Coach and Competitor's Social at Lazy Pirate Sports Bar . Enjoy the Beach & Belt Wrestling Championships or BRING YOUR OWN TEAM and enjoy a great warm up for Saturday's event!

Saturday, May 18

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Beach & Belt Wrestling National Championships Registration, Medical Check and Weigh-ins (Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage).

10:30a.m. All Participants report to the Venue. Rules Clinic and final competition instructions at 10:45am

11:00 a.m. to conclusion - Beach & Belt Wrestling National Championships

6:00 PM: Officials/Event Sponsors VIP Social AND......

7:00 PM - BEACH NATIONALS AFTERPARTY!! Join us at the Lazy Pirate for great food, music, and FUN!

2018 U.S. Beach National champions

Senior Men’s champions
70 kg/154.3 lbs - Jamel Hudson (Quiet Storm East)
80 kg/ 176.4 lbs - Mitch Finesilver (Blue Blood WC)
90 kg/198.5 lbs - Austin Trotman (Titan Mercury WC)
90+ KG/unlimited - Daniel Chaid (Carolina Elite WC)

Junior champions
110-123 - James Prewitt of St Sebastian
124-138 - Isaac Toe of SOHK
133-147- Marcus Mondragon of NC JET
137-150 - Darius Boone of Gym-O
144-157 - Andrew Griersom of GC Bois
150-160 - Kalin Mabe of SOHK
161-178 - Seth Finney of Team Tank
170-190 - Deondra James of Atlantic Coast Wrestling Club
182-185 - Ryan Richardson of WCW-Western Carolina Wrestling
227-236 - Javier Salvador of Wolfpack
271-293 - Harry Locklear of Freco NC Cadet 274

Cadet champions
107-119 - Grant Haney of unattached
114-127- Christian Decatur-luker of Team Tank
121-133 - Evan Wagoner of Alleghany Wrestling Club
131-139 - Hunter Dover of Vision Quest Cadet 125
133-149 - Adam Castiller of St Sebastian
149-158 - Kai Paxton of The CREW
160-178 - Dominic Kremer of Team Washington
169-172 - Deidrick Rush of The Forge
209-247 - Cody Deterding of North Paulding High School

Schoolboy/girl champions
83-93 - Ethan Blevins of Port City Pirates
97-102 - Benjamin Hernandez of Hernandez Wrestling Academy
106-114 - Reagan Riddick of OBX ELITE
115-120 - Easton Shelley of SOHK
126-136 - Zachary Foster of Vision Quest
153-169 - Chase Crayton of Bethel Vikings
173-192 - Zack Soliz of Hernandez Wrestling Academy

Novice champions
65-73 - Gavin Hanks of OBX ELITE
74-79 - Elijah Collins of NC Wrestling Factory
84-93 - Hunter Sturgill (Knox Elite Gladiators)
110-113 - Azrael Simpson of OBX ELITE

Intermediate champion
49-56 - Gabriel McGee of Hernandez Wrestling Academy
60-62 - Dawson Mack of Team 1006 Wrestling
66-69 - Skyla Simpson of OBX ELITE
70-78 - Christian Riddick of OBX ELITE

Bantam champions
40-41 - Nolan Mann of Pinning Pythons
46-50 - George Jolley of Smithfield Wrestling
50-53 - Lincoln Mack of Team 1006 Wrestling
61-75 - Elijah Danet of Forge wrestling

Veteran A - Charles Morone of Rochester
Veteran B - William Diaz of Blue Blood Wrestling Club
Veteran C - Gabe Beauperthuy of 719
Veteran D - Lee Reitzel of unattached
Veteran E1 - Mike Morone of Rochester
Veteran E2– Peter Wirs of Pennsylvania WC