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Seven National Champions

The weekend of April 17th through 21st was an amazing one for NYAC wrestling. The USA Wrestling National championships were held in Las Vegas, Nv. bringing together the top wrestlers in the country. Over the course of the weekend our team was crowned champion of the Women’s division (even without the help of our world champion, Adeline Gray who is sidelined with a broken collar bone), Men’s freestyle division, Overall team champions and finished an extremely close second behind Army, in Men’s Greco. The entire team did a fantastic job as all of our wrestlers showed up in Vegas ready to do battle. No less than seven athletes won individual championships including Alli Ragan (59kg) and Veronica Carlson (67kg) in the women’s category; Ellis Coleman (who moved up to 66kgs from his Olympic weight of 60kg) and Ben Provisor (a new addition for the AC, who was the US’s Olympian in London at 74kg) in Greco Roman and Reece Humphrey (60kg), Kellen Russell (66kg) and JD Berman (96kg) in Men’s freestyle. The men’s freestyle division was exceptionally gratifying as several pay backs were made from last year’s Olympic trials. At 60kg, Reece Humphrey defeated 2012 bronze medalist Coleman Scott in the finals. Last year, Humphreys lost to Scott in the final wrestle off in Times Square. The match last year went to 3 periods with Scott winning on 2 positive ball drops which gave him choice in the clinch. This year Humphrey did not allow the match to go that far as he shut out Scott 2 periods to 0, not requiring the coin flip to gain the upper hand. At 96kg, JD Bergman defeated Chris Pendleton, 2 periods to 0, as he avenged an upset victory by Pendleton in the first round of last year’s trials. Bergman, who has beaten Olympic gold medalist, Jake Varner 4 out of 4 times, missed out on his trip to London last year due to the loss to Pendleton. At 66kg, Michigan grad, Kellen Russell, upset the entire weight class. Russell was seeded 9th going into the weekend and as a result was forced to compete in the qualifying tournament the day before to make it to the Nationals. The qualifying competition proved to be an excellent warm up for him as he went 3-0, pinning or teching all 3 of his opponents. In the Open, he marched through like the champion he has become, defeating NCAA champ Jordan Oliver in 3 periods, 0-1, 2-1, 1-0.

For their performances, Humphrey and Ellis Coleman were voted their divisions Outstanding Wrestler award. The top 8 finishers in each weight class earn a shot at making the 2013 US World team. The WT trials will be held in Stillwater, Ok June 21st and 22nd. Our guys and gals will take a very short break following the nationals but then get right back to work preparing to make the World team, which will be competing in Budapest, Hungary September 16th to 22nd. To see all the results from nationals go to

IOC Decision Update

By the time this article comes out, the IOC special committee will have meet again to decide which of 3 sports will be put in front of the general IOC membership in September to see which 1 of the 3 will be invited to join the 2020 Olympic games. USAW and FILA (the international governing body of wrestling) have been working none stop to convince the IOC that they made a huge mistake in voting wrestling out of the Olympics back in February. A dozen states across the US have issued resolutions, calling for wrestling to be brought back. The Presidents of Russia and Iran have sent personal memoirs to the IOC asking for wrestling to come back. People from countries all over the world have signed petitions and formed groups and coalitions to fight the decision made by the IOC, and are prepared to do whatever is necessary to bring back the world’s oldest sport. Let’s hope that the IOC clearly sees what is right and corrects the error that they made and makes sure wrestling is brought back to the games.

Thank you all again for your continued support of our team and all the teams of the NYAC. 

USA Wrestling Senior National Championships, Las Vegas, NV April 17th to 20th

Women's Freestyle

Team Champion, NYAC

Erin Golston, 3rd

Haley Augello, 2nd
Carlene Sluburski, 3rd

Katherine Fulp-Allen, 2nd

Alli Ragan, 1st
Jenna Burkert, 4th

Veronica Carlson, 1st

Men's Greco Roman

Max Nowry, 2nd
Nikko Triggas, 4th
Dimtry Ryabchinsky, 5th

Ellis Coleman, 1st
Kendrick Sanders, 2nd
Ben Sanchez, 4th

Ben Provisor, 1st
Tanner ANdrews, 4th

Mark Stemberg, 6th

Marcus Finau, 3rd

Robbie Smith, 3rd
Toby Erickson, 5th

Men's Freestyle
Team Champion, NYAC

Frank Perrilli, 2nd
Brandon Precin, 3rd

Reece Humphrey, 1st
Tyler Graff, 3rd
Logan Stieber, 4th

Kellen Russell, 1st
Brent Metcalf, 3rd
Adam Hall, 4th

Colt Sponseller, 5th

JD Bergman, 1st
Trevor Brandvold, 6th

Kyle Massey, 6th
Nick Gwiazdowski, 7th

Overall Team Champion (Wmn, GR, Men's FS), NYAC

Wrestlers prepare for tough winter overseas competitions

While most of us were home with our families and friends over the holidays attending various Christmas and New Years’ parties and packing in the calories and beverages, the NYAC wrestling team was busy preparing themselves for a string of world class tournaments to be held in Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria, Mongolia and Cuba in January, February and March. In order to be the best you have to compete and train with the best and that’s exactly what our top athletes will be doing. The schedule is brutal as the athlete’s goal is to attend two or more overseas camps and tournaments than head back to their US based training centers to get ready for the US Nationals (April 19-21) and World team trials (June 21-22). To win a spot on the US National team in wrestling has become a full time job. Our wrestlers who are truly committed to making the next Olympic team and winning a medal understand the time and energy they must put in to achieve their goal and the NYAC is committed to help them do this. Funding for these activities is not an easy task either but is made possible by splitting up the costs between USA Wrestling; the NYAC; and the athletes themselves. Between women’s and men’s freestyle and men’s Greco roman teams we will have 12 to 15 of our top athletes competing abroad. We will keep you posted as to how they perform as the winter season progresses.

On December 14th and 15th several members of our team competed at the Minnesota Storm Holiday Cup in Rochester, Mn. All of them did very well as 11 of the 13 who competed ended up placing in their weight class. Our standout wrestler however was Kendrick Sanders, who won the 66kg Greco roman division and was voted the tournaments outstanding wrestler. Kendrick was coming off a shoulder injury in November and apparently that problem is now gone as he went 3 and 0 and defeated Vaughn Perkins in the finals. Perkins had just won the NYAC International championships a few weeks earlier. Kendrick was also named Wrestler of the Week by for his achievement. Thank you all again for supporting wrestling and all of the NYAC teams, without your help none of our athletes would be able to achieve their goals.

NYAC Wrestling Committee

NYAC International Wrestling championships - November 9th - 11th, 2012

Women's Freestyle
51kg Haley Augella, 2nd
55kg; Carlene Sluberski, 2nd
Katherine Fulp-Allen, 5th
72kg; Adeline Gray, 2nd

Men's Greco Roman
55kg; Max Nowry, 2nd
Dmitry Rabchinsky, 3rd
66kg; Ben Sanchez, 3rd
74kg; Tanner Andrews, 4th
96kg; Marcus Finau, 2nd
120kg; Robbie Smith, 1st

Men's Freestyle
55kg; Angel Escobedo, 4th
60kg; Jimmy Kennedy, 1st
Reece Humphrey, 2nd
66kg; Adam Hall, 2nd
74kg; Bersod Ahdurakmodov, 4th

For information about our program please contact: 
Dave Foxen, NYAC Wrestling Chairman,

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