U.S. Group B and Group E Greco-Roman wrestlers get draw at Veterans Worlds in Tbilisi, Georgia

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 07, 2019, 6:23 p.m. (ET)
Members of the U.S. Veterans World Team delegation get together over dinner in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo courtesy of USA Wrestling Masters (25+) and UWW Veterans Facebook Page

TBILISI, Georgia – The draws have been announced for the first day of the Veterans World Championships, which begin on Tuesday with Greco-Roman competition in Division B and Division E.

A total of 12 U.S. wrestlers have been drawn into the tournament at these two age divisions, four in Div. B and eight in Div. E.

Among those competing on Tuesday in Greco-Roman at 130 kg in Div. E is Daniel Chaid of San Jose, Calif., who was a Veterans World freestyle champion in 2000. Chaid was an NCAA champion at Oklahoma and a longtime member of the U.S. Freestyle National Team.

Veterans athletes are 35 years old through 60 years old, and compete in five different age groups.

The event will be broadcast live in the United States on Trackwrestling. Tbilisi is eight hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

The Team Leader for the United States is two-time Veterans World Greco-Roman champion Chris Brown of Boyds, Md., who is also a member of USA Wrestling’s Associated Styles Committee. Two additional coaches are with the team, Jon McGovern of Dubuque, Iowa and Geoffrey Kaylor of Puyallup, Wash. Serving as a referee is Brad Boucher of Mulliken, Mich.

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At Tbilisi, Georgia

U.S. Greco-Roman draws for Tuesday

Div. B

62 kg – Gary Cook, Syracuse, N.Y.
Vs. Svetoslav Georgiev Dmitrov (Bulgaria)

62 kg – Roger Stewart-Fredrick, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Vs winner of Islomidin Umurzakov (Kyrgyzstan) and Robin Christensen (Norway)

100 kg – Octavius Bellamy, Bollingbrook, Ill.
Vs. Yuliyan Georgiev (Bulgaria)

130 kg – Christopher Pierce, Lemont Furnace, Pa.
Vs. Gyula Papp (Hungary)

Div. E

62 kg – Jeffrey Mallett, Lanham, Md.
Vs. Biyouk Sadeghi Shoreh Deli (Germany)

62 kg – Joe Coletta, Lisle, Ill.
Vs. Vladimir Golovnyov (Kazakhstan)

78 kg – Bill Newton, Morgan Hill, Calif.
Vs. Hormoz Almasi (Iran)

78 kg – Louis Orr, Rochester, Minn.
Vs. Shikhjamal Askarov (Azerbaijan)

88 kg – Kevin Kares, Henderson, Nev.
Vs. Djamli Akli (France)

88 kg – Jeff Henry, Los Angeles, Calif.
Vs. Karoly Szeitl (Hungary)

88 kg – Russell Schenk, Holiday, Fla.
Vs. Igor Ragulin (Kazakhstan)

130 kg – Daniel Chaid, San Jose, Calif.
Roundrobin matches against
Khubyar Mirzammadli (Azerbaijan)
Rovshan Ismayikhanli (Azerbaijan)
Abdulla Zabakov (Kazakhstan)