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Nathan Burak makes his International HWC debut next weekend in Paris (Sam Janicki – SJanicki Photo)

The U.S. will be sending 18 Men’s Freestyle competitors to the 4th Paris International Tournament next weekend in Paris, France. Former Iowa Hawkeye standout Tony Ramos will be looking to win gold at 61 kg after winning the tournament at 57 kg last year. In addition to Ramos the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will have three of their athletes entered in the tournament.

Ramos is one of the bigger name Americans making the trip to Paris this weekend as he is one of three former World Team members listed on the U.S. roster. Ramos was the 57 kg representative for the United States in 2014 and 2015, and was the 2016 Olympic Trials runner-up. After April’s Olympic Trials, Ramos entered the coaching ranks and is currently serving as the volunteer assistant coach for the University of North Carolina.

Three-time Hawkeye All-American Nathan Burak will make his International debut for the HWC at the Paris International competing up at 97 kg. He will be joined by former teammate Bobby Telford, who will compete at 125 kg, and Nick Dardanes, who joined the HWC in mid-2016, competing at 65 kg.

More info on the entire U.S. squad at

4th Paris International Tournament schedule

Saturday, January 28
Men’s freestyle (57 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 97 kg), Greco- Roman (71 kg, 75 kg, 85 kg, 98 kg), Women’s freestyle (48kg, 53kg, 60kg, 69 kg)

Sunday, January 29
Men’s freestyle (61 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 125 kg), Greco- Roman (59 kg, 66 kg, 80 kg, 130 kg), Women’s freestyle (55 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg, 75 kg)

Men’s freestyle roster

57 kg/125.5 lbs.- Nico Megaludis, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
61 kg/134 lbs.- Tony Ramos, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sunkist Kids/ Tarheel RTC)
65 kg/143 lbs.- BJ Futrell, Philadelphia, Pa (Titan Mercury WC/ Pennsylvania RTC)
65 kg/143 lbs.- Nick Dardanes, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
65 kg/143 lbs.- Jayson Ness, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
65 kg/143 lbs.- Jimmy Kennedy, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/ Michigan RTC)
70 kg/154 lbs.- Chase Pami, Philadelphia, PA (Sunkist Kids/ Pennsylvania RTC)
70 kg/154 lbs.- Jason Welch, Evanston, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC)
74 kg/163 lbs.- Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/ Finger Lakes RTC)
74 kg/163 lbs.- Dan Valimont, Philadelphia, Pa. (New York AC)
74 kg/163 lbs.- Matt Brown, State College, Pa. (Army WCAP)
74 kg/163 lbs.- Alex Dieringer, Stillwater, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC)
86 kg/189 lbs.- David Taylor, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
86 kg/189 lbs.- Richard Perry, Philadelphia, Pa. (New York AC)
97 kg/215 lbs.- Nathan Burak, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC)
125 kg/275 lbs.- Zach Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley WC/ Hawkeye WC)
125 kg/275 lbs.- Bobby Telford, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC)
125 kg/275 lbs.- Tony Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
Coach- Brandon Slay, Philadelphia, Pa.
Coach- Jeff Buxton, Blairstown, N.J.
Coach- Kenny Monday, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Referee- Rob Williamson, Knoxville, Iowa
Medical- Joseph “Jody” Moore, Waco, Texas

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle