U.S. Non-Olympic Weight Team Trials set for New York City, Nov. 9-12

Photo Courtesy : Tony Rotundo / Wrestlersarewarrios.com

Photo Courtesy : Tony Rotundo / Wrestlersarewarrios.com

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING

The schedule has been set for two major Senior-level events to be hosted in the United States this fall, the Bill Farrell Memorial International and the U.S. Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials. These two events will be held together at the world famous New York Athletic Club in Manhattan, New York City, N.Y., Nov. 9-12.

The 2016 Bill Farrell Memorial International, previously known as the New York Athletic Club International, will feature competition in the six Olympic weight classes in each of the Olympic disciplines, men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. Top U.S. athletes, as well as competitors from many other nations, traditionally enter this prestigious event, which has been held for more than 50 years by the New York Athletic Club.

The event is named in honor of the late Bill Farrell, former NYAC Wrestling Chairman, 1972 Olympic coach and member of the UWW International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Added to the schedule this year is the 2016 U.S. Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials, which will serve as the qualifying event for Team USA at the Non-Olympic Weight World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on December 10-11.

Wrestlers who competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are NOT eligible to compete at the Non-Olympic Weight World Championships in Budapest, and therefore cannot enter the U.S. Non-Olympic Weights Trials.

Only wrestlers who meet U.S. citizenship requirements necessary for representing the USA in the World or Olympic Championships are eligible to participate in Non-Olympic Team Trials. An athlete MUST be a U.S. citizen prior to the start of this event.

The Non-Olympic weights are Greco-Roman (71 kg and 80 kg), Men’s Freestyle (61 kg and 70 kg) and Women’s Freestyle (55 kg and 60 kg). Athlete MUST make scratch weight for the 2016 U.S. Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials Qualifier. This means that Non-Olympic weights will NOT be allowed a two 2-kg allowance.

As with other World Team Trials events hosted by USA Wrestling, the finals at the U.S. Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials will be a best-of-three series, to determine the U.S. World Team member.

Per UWW regulations, all competitors are required to have UWW license. Due to the rules, please note that UWW Licenses will NOT be sold on-site.

Wrestlers may also purchase a yearly license through USA Wrestling for $120 and it will only be valid until Dec 31, 2016. If the license is purchased by USA Wrestling on November 1 or after (but not before!), the yearly license will be valid until Dec 31, 2017. In order to purchase a UWW license, wrestlers must provide: 1) annual medical certificate; 2) digital headshot; 3) copy of U.S. passport NO EXCEPTIONS; 4) credit card information. To purchase through USA Wrestling, provide required information to Jamie McNab at jmcnab@usawrestling.org before November 7.

The registration, skin checks and weigh-ins will be held in the basement wrestling room of the New York Athletic Club. The competition will be held in the 6th floor gymnasium at the New York Athletic Club.

For more information, visit the official website at:
http://usawevents.sportngin.com/billfarrellopen

BILL FARRELL INTERNATIONAL and
U.S. NON-OLYMPIC WEIGHT WORLD TEAM TRIALS

At New York Athletic Club, New York, N.Y., Nov. 9-12

Wednesday, November 9
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Women’s Freestyle registration
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Women’s freestyle skin checks
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Women’s freestyle weigh-ins
• Bill Farrell women’s weights (48 kg, 53 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg, 75 kg, plus 2 kg)
• U.S. Non-Olympic Weight Trials women’s weights (55 kg, 60 kg, scratch weight)

Thursday, November 10
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Women’s Freestyle Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Consolations
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Men’s Freestyle registration
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Men’s freestyle skin checks
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Men’s freestyle weigh-ins
• Bill Farrell men’s freestyle weights (57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg, plus 2 kg)
• U.S. Non-Olympic Weight Trials men’s freestyle weights (61 kg, 70 kg, scratch weight)
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Women’s Freestyle Consolations
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Women’s Freestyle Medal Matches. (One match for Bill Farrell weights. Best two-of-three for Non-Olympic weights)

Friday, November 11
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Men’s Freestyle Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Consolations
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Greco-Roman registration
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Greco-Roman skin checks
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Greco-Roman weigh-ins
• Bill Farrell Greco-Roman weights (59 kg, 66 kg, 75 kg, 85 kg, 98 kg, 130 kg, plus 2 kg)
• U.S. Non-Olympic Weight Trials Greco-Roman weights (71 kg, 80 kg, scratch weight)
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Freestyle Consolations
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Men’s Freestyle Medal Matches. (One match for Bill Farrell weights. Best two-of-three for Non-Olympic weights)

Saturday, November 12 (different time schedule than other days)
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Greco-Roman Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Consolations
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Greco-Roman Medal Matches. (One match for Bill Farrell weights. Best two-of-three for Non-Olympic weights)

2015 BILL FARRELL INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Women’s freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Yuka Yago (Japan)
53 kg/116.5 lbs.– Whitney Conder (United States)
58 kg/128 lbs. – Michelle Fazzari (Canada)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Ayaka Ito (Japan)
69 kg/152 lbs. – Dorothy Yeats (Canada)
75 kg/165 lbs. – Erica Wiebe (Canada)
Men’s Freestyle champions
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Tyler Graff (United States)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Jordan Oliver (United States)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (Uzbekistan)
86 kg/189 lbs.– Ed Ruth (United States)
97 kg/213 lbs.– J.D. Bergman (United States)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski (United States)
Greco-Roman champions
59 kg/130 lbs. – Spenser Mango (United States)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Ji Hyun Jung (Korea)
75 kg/165 lbs. – Kendrick Sanders (United States)
85 kg/187 lbs. – Jon Anderson (United States)
98 kg/217 lbs. – Joe Rau (United States)
130 kg/286 lbs. – Adam Coon (United States)