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U.S. freestyle wrestlers receive draws for 2021 Veterans Worlds in Loutraki, Greece

By Joe Wedra, USA Wrestling | Oct. 18, 2021, 12:35 p.m. (ET)

LOUTRAKI, Greece – The freestyle draws have officially been announced for the 2021 Veterans World Championships, which begin Tuesday. The draws for all five freestyle divisions were announced. Divisions B and E will wrestle on Tuesday, Divisions C and D hit the mat on Wednesday, while Thursday will conclude the freestyle action with Division A. Greco-Roman wrestling will begin on Friday.

A total of 40 U.S. freestyle wrestlers received their draw on Monday. Veterans athletes are 35 through 60 years old, with five different age groups competing in total.

Four former Veterans World champions will be competing starting Tuesday. Dan Chaid of San Jose, Calif. leads the way for Team USA, looking to become a back-to-back champion. The former NCAA champion from Oklahoma won Veterans World titles in 2000 and 2019. He will compete at 130 kg in Division E. He is joined by Octavius Bellamy of Bollingbrook, Ill. (88 kg, Div. C), Petros Petrosyn of Los Almanitos, Calif. (88 kg, Div. E) and Kevin Pine of Aberdeen, Wash. (88 kg, Div. D).

The U.S. won 22 total medals at the 2019 Veterans World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. Eleven men’s freestyle medalists are returning this year.

Wrestling begins each day at 10:30 a.m. in Loutraki, which is seven hours ahead of U.S. eastern time. The event can be watched live on FloWrestling.

UWW will update brackets and have full results, which can be found by clicking here.

At Loutraki, Greece

U.S. Freestyle draws

Div. A

70 kg – Michael George, Littleton, Colo.
Vs. Reece Humphrey (USA)

70 kg – Jordin Humphrey, Crestline, Calif.
Vs. Elman Guseinov (Russia)

70 kg – Reece Humphrey, Dayton, NJ
Vs. Michael George (USA)

78 kg – Michael Morgan, Sheridan, Ind.
Vs. Michael Martinke (Germany)

88 kg – James Medeiros II, Granada Hills, Calif.
Vs. Andris Ozolins Ozols (Latvia)

100 kg – Marko Bojkovic, Westmont, Ill.
Vs. Ahmed Said Mohamadi Ahmed (Egypt)

100 kg – Michael Harbison, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Vs. Kaan Kaya (Turkey)

Div. B

62 kg – Nicholas Hull, Indianapolis, Ind.
Vs. Roger Stewart Frederick (USA)

62 kg – David Yi, Folsom, Calif.
Vs. Winner of Nicholas Hull (USA) and Roger Stewart Frederick (USA)

62 kg – Roger Stewart Frederick, Dumfries, Va.
Vs. Nicholas Hull (USA)

70 kg – William Anderson, Danville, Calif.
Vs. Dennis Wymer (USA)

70 kg – Dennis Wymer, Mouth of Wilson, Va.
Vs. William Anderson (USA)

88 kg – Michael Burgett, Fishers, Ind.
Vs. Mateusz Gucman (Poland)

88 kg – Rudolph James, St. Paul, Minn.
Vs. Vitaliy Horodnytskyy (Ukraine)

88 kg – Sion King, McKinney, Texas
Vs. Filippos Markakis (Greece)

100 kg – Karl Junitz, Chicago, Ill.
Vs. Ebrahim Tavakkoli (Iran)

130 kg – Joseph Bellavia, San Diego, Calif.
Vs. Seyed Mirvahedi (Iran)

130 kg – Christopher Pierce, Lemont Furnace, Penn.
Vs. Leif Bengtsson (Sweden)

Div. C

62 kg – Gary Cook, Syracuse, N.Y.
Vs. Robinson Prebish (USA)

62 kg – Carlos Montano, Oceanside, Calif.
Vs. Ersin Basar (Turkey)

62 kg – Robinson Prebish, Richmond, Va.
Vs. Gary Cook (USA)

78 kg – Thomas Donahue, Bethel, Ohio
Vs. Mohammad Ahmadi Afshar (Spain)

78 kg – Brett Rainey, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Vs. Piotr Calac (Moldova)

88 kg – Octavius Bellamy, Bollingbrook, Ill.
Vs. Vaclav Silovsky (Czechia)

130 kg – Gregory Conn, Antelope, Calif.
Round robin matches against
Mukerrem Yenici (Turkey)
Janos Szlavik (Hungary)
Reza Rahmani (Iran)

Div. D

62 kg – Joseph Raia Jr., South Elgin, Ill.
Round robin matches against
Saidmagomed Masiev (Russia)
Marat Kicheev (Russia)
Philippe Maupin (France)

70 kg – Stephen Horton, Cibolo, Texas
Vs. Stefan Bittmann (Germany)

78 kg – Jon Banko, New Kensington, Penn.
Round robin matches against
Osman Onder (Turkey)
Dirk Stastny (Germany)

88 kg – Jeffery Anderson, Zeeland, Mich.
Vs. Azat Sheroyan (Armenia)

88 kg – Kevin Pine, Aberdeen, Wash.
Vs. Antonio Albanese (Italy)

100 kg – Erik Hinckley, Lansing, Kan.
Round robin matches against
Adam Shojnacki (Poland)
Chynarbek Izabekov (Kyrgyzstan)
Farzad Helali (Iran)

Div. E

62 kg – Jeffrey Mallett, Lanham, Md.
Vs. Kassenkhan Sergaziyev (Kazakhstan)

70 kg – David Manville, State College, Pa.
Vs. Borys Bitsukov (Ukraine)

70 kg – Michael Madry, Saint Petersburg, Fla.
Vs. Sandor Pali (Hungary)

78 kg – Louis Orr, Rochester, Minn.
Round robin matches against
Yadollah Dadashi (Iran)
Imre Timar (Hungary)

88 kg – Kevin Kares, Henderson, Nev.
Vs. Gyozo Lakatos (Hungary)

88 kg – Petros Petrosyan, Los Almanitos, Calif.
Vs. Kalkabay Bopiyev (Kazakhstan)

88 kg – James Miller, League City, Texas
Vs. Kim Skhashok (Russia)

100 kg – Joseph Cattan, Mount Washington, Ky.
Round robin matches against
Igor Zadnepryanyy (Kazakhstan)
Gizbulla Vagidov (Russia)
Davoud Baninosrat (Iran)

130 kg – Daniel Chaid, San Jose, Calif.
Vs. Igor Poletaev (Russia)

130 kg – Brian Jones, Los Angeles, Calif.
Vs. Vedat Kirgiz (Turkey)

Competition Schedule
Loutraki is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone

Tuesday, October 19
10:30 a.m. – Preliminaries and repechage for Freestyle Div. B and Div. E
6:00 p.m. – Finals for Freestyle Div. B and Div. E

Wednesday, October 20
10:30 a.m. – Preliminaries and repechage for Freestyle Div. C and Div. D
6:00 p.m. – Finals for Freestyle Div. C and Div. D

Thursday, October 21
10:30 a.m. – Preliminaries and repechage for Freestyle Div. A
6:00 p.m. – Finals for Freestyle Div. A

Friday, October 22
10:30 a.m. – Preliminaries and repechage for Greco-Roman Div. B and Div. E
6:00 p.m. – Finals for Greco-Roman Div. B and Div. E

Saturday, October 23
10:30 a.m. – Preliminaries and repechage for Greco-Roman Div. C and Div. D
6:00 p.m. – Finals for Greco-Roman Div. C and Div. D

Sunday, October 24
10:30 a.m. – Preliminaries and repechage for Greco-Roman Div. A
6:00 p.m. – Finals for Greco-Roman Div. A