photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
Thursday through Saturday, the US Olympic Training Center will play host to athletes from around the world in all three disciplines as they compete for titles at the Dave Schultz Memorial International. The Dave Schultz, along with the Ivan Yarguin, marks the beginning of the new year for international wrestling. Stakes are always high at this tournament, as the winners lock up a berth at the World Team Trials later this year. Here are some of the wrestlers to watch at each weight class in all three styles, along with a finals prediction.
****This was written with Tuesday evening with entries that were made public as of then*****
This is a pretty balanced weight class with several potential title threats entered. Frank Perrelli is always a tough out and in the mix at 57 kg. Last year at the US Open, Perrelli finished fourth and is the highest placewinner from that field at the Schultz. Eddie Klimara has had some good results domestically including a seventh at the 2018 US Open, but is looking to improve upon his 0-2 performance the last time he competed in this event. 2017 NCAA Champion Darian Cruz is a nice addition that should be able to compete for the title. One of the top high schoolers that is training at the OTC in the Elite Accelerator Program (EAP) is Julian Tagg, who is a HS junior from Brecksville, Ohio. Some of the notable foreign competitors at this were are Darthe Capellan and Nodir Safarov. Capellan was on Canada’s Senior world team last year and the U23 world team the past two years. Safarov has been Uzbekistan’s representative at the last two Senior World Championship, is a Junior World Bronze medalist, and training in Iowa at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.
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