WRESTLING: Haight, Regner place fifth at Granma Cup in Cuba

Gary Abbott
February 16, 2011 7:54 PM
HAVANA, Cuba – Two U.S. Greco-Romn wrestlers placed fifth in their divisions on the first day of the Granma Cup on Wednesday.
Placing fifth after dropping their bronze medal bouts were Cheney Haight, Boise Idaho (New York AC) at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Kerry Regner (Darlington, Pa./Sunkist Kids) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Haight, a 2010 U.S. Open champion, started strong with wins over Jose Antonio Mendoza of Mexico and Talan Knox of the United States. In the semifinals, he lost a close three-period match to 2006 Junior World silver medalist Jan Fischer of Germany, 2-1, 0-2, 0-1.
Haight lost his bronze-medal bout to Francia of Cuba, 1-0, 0-1, 0-2.
Regner, a member of the 2010 U.S. University World Team, lost his opening bout. He won his first repechage bout to eventual runner-up Reinier Lescay of Cuba. In the repechage rounds, he beat Benito Mejias of Honduras, 6-0, 1-0.
Regner fell in the bronze-medal round to 2008 Pan American bronze medalist Ivan Duque of Colombia, 2-0, 0-1, 0-2.
“We wrestled tough today,” said National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser. “We look forward to a strong day tomorrow.”
Seven U.S. athletes compete on the final day of the event on Thursday, including 2002 World champion and three-time World medalist Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. along with two-time World bronze medalist Harry Lester (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 74 kg/163 lbs.
At Havana, Cuba, Feb. 16
Greco-Roman medalists
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Javier Dumenico Gonzalez (Cuba)
Silver – Gustavo Balart (Cuba)
Bronze – Carderas (Cuba)
Bronze – Juan Carlos Lopez (Cuba)
5th – Jefferson Mayea (Ecuador)
5th – Nilford Baptist (Honduras)
Gold – Gonzales dec. Balart, 1-0, 0-1, 2-0
Bronze – Carderas dec. Mayea, 6-0, 6-0
Bronze – Lopez dec. Baptist, 7-0, 7-1
66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Reineri Salas (Cuba)
Silver – Reinier Lescay (Cuba)
Bronze – Frank Staebler (Germany)
Bronze – Ivan Duque (Colombia)
5th – Manuel Torres (Venezuela)
5th – Kerry Regner (USA)
Gold – Salas dec. Lescay, 1-0, 1-0
Bronze – Staebler dec. Torrez, 1-0, 6-0
Bronze – Duque dec. Regner, 0-2, 1-0, 2-0
84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold – Melonin Noumonvi (France)
Silver – Jan Fischer (Germany)
Bronze – Francia (Cuba)
Bronze – Olivera (Cuba)
5th – Cheney Haight (USA)
5th – Kevin Mejias (Honduras)
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When you travel to other countries you realize how awesome you have it, Cuba is one of those countries. We wrestle in a room that is big, but birds live in the ceiling. The weight room is bar far the worst weight room I have ever seen. I saw two men riding on a bicycle with one of them having a goat on his shoulders. Horses here would be considered starved or very ill if seen in the states. However, I have been enjoying my stay in Cuba. I am well into my two week stay here. I wrestled in their top tournament last week. For those who are not up to date in their international wrestling Cuba is one of the premier countries in wrestling. If my random wrestling facts are correct they are one of a select few countries that have a team world title in Greco Roman Wrestling. I ended up finishing fifth. I believe this at least the forth time I have wrestled in the bronze medal match and not brought home a medal. I lost a close one in a three period battle with a tough kid from Columbia. It was very disappointing and frustrating to lose a close battle. On a brighter side I felt I wrestled with my all and my performance was ok, which is different from the past few tournaments. We had some good practices today. They are short and intense here which is nice. I am excited to grab the foreign wrestlers here and learn some great things. After the week is up I will return to Colorado Springs and will prepare for US Nationals in April.

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NYAC 2010

Only five days after returning from Turin, Italy I headed to New York City to compete in the New York Athletic Club tournament. This was a loaded tournament for some of the top guys in my weight from the USA. There was also a few tough international guys at 66 kgs. The day started off well for me winning my first match 2-0, 7-0. My next match I lost to friend and old teammate Bo Beckman. We used to work out a lot together and even have wrestled each other before. I lost 0-1, 1-0, 0-1. I then bounced back with a close win 0-1, 2-1, 1-0. My last match of the day I fell to Glenn Garrison of the Army 1-0, 7-0. Knocking me out of the tournament with a record of 2-2. These are not satisfying results. Since then, I have returned to Boise where I will continue to train and focus on scoring and winning. That’s all I have for now, you keep me in your prayers and I will keep you updated.

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University Worlds Results

Please excuse me for my delay and lack of effort to keep you updated on my recent trips. University Worlds is a prestigious tournament, countries all over the world bring some of their best athletes to participate in this tournament. I cannot say that I brought my A game on the day of the tournament. After losing to Spain 0-2, 0-2 in my first match I came off feeling sluggish and tired. I cannot pin point the reason why I felt that way but it was very disappointing to me. Losing is always disappointing. Losing and feeling like you did not wrestle your best is even more disappointing. My opponent from Spain did not reach the finals, so I was unable to try for a bronze and finished 16th.  I trained hard for this tournament and friends helped me financially get to this tournament. All in all, this was not a good trip. I did however get to take this trip with some old teammates from the USOEC. It was great to catch up with them. There are some great things going on with that team, as they continue to get together on Saturday’s and have  a Bible Study together which we like to call Man’s Breakfast. Some of the guys have jumped leaps and bounds towards God, which will give them so much more than wrestling can ever do. That’s all I have for now, you keep me in your prayers and I will keep you updated.

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Turin, Italy

Hi folks,

Tomorrow I will leave Boise and eventually land in Turin, Italy, or as we know it as Torino. There I will be wrestling in the University World Championships. I will weigh in on Thursday and compete on Friday. I will do my best to keep you all posted. I no longer have a computer but will bully some of my teammates, until they let me use theirs. That’s all I have for now, you keep me in your prayers and I will keep you updated.

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Angry Fish Gear

The Angry Fish Wrestling Club is currently selling club apparel as a fundraiser for next season. Orders / Payment are due by November 4th with anticipation of having merchandise shipped 2-3 weeks before Christmas. All prices include free delivery.

T-Shirts @ $16 ea.
Dri-Fit T’s @ $23 ea.
Hooded Sweatshirts @ $37 ea.
MMA/Fight Shorts @ $42 ea.
Car Decals @ $9 ea.
*** Fish Gear – Order Form ***

Use Paypal Donate Option If You Want To Pay Online or Use A Credit Card. Must Also Email Order Form To My Email.

Details are listed on the order form. Please feel free to contact Jason with questions: scarbro103@gmail.com

MMA / Fight Shorts

(There Is A Misspelling On The Picture Of The Shorts…This Will Be Corrected For The Actual Order)

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Interview: USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Developmental Coach Ike Anderson

University World Championship’s are discussed with the University World Coach.

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Talented U.S. team set for University World Championships in Torino, Italy, Oct. 26-30

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling 10/04/2010

USA Wrestling will be sending strong teams in all three Olympic styles to the 2010 FISU University World Championships, set for Torino, Italy, October 26-30.

The U.S. teams will feature numerous athletes who have had previous international success on the Senior and age-group levels. Many are currently college students, or recent college graduates.

The men’s freestyle competition is set for October 26-27, with women’s freestyle on October 27-28 and Greco-Roman on October 29-30.

The men’s teams were set at the 2010 University World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. in May, and the women’s team was set at the 2010 University Nationals in Akron, Ohio in April.

Leading the U.S. men’s freestyle team is 2008 University World silver medalist Reece Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC) at 60 kg/132 lbs. Humphrey, a past NCAA runner-up, graduated from The Ohio State Univ. last year.

Competing at 55 kg/121 lbs. is Angel Escobedo (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC), who is currently ranked No. 2 in the USA on the Senior level. Escobedo is a past NCAA champion and recent graduate from Indiana Univ.

Four of the U.S. freestyle team members are currently NCAA Div. I stars in college wrestling; Kevin LeValley (Hugo, Colo./Bison WC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Jon Reader (Davison, Mich./Iowa State) at 74 kg/163 lbs., Sonny Yohn (Alamosa, Colo./Minnesota Storm) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and Zach Rey (Hopatcong, N.J./Lehigh Valley AC) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. LeValley attends Bucknell Univ., Reader goes to Iowa State Univ., Yohn competes for the Univ. of Minnesota and Rey wrestles for Lehigh Univ.

The final spot on the team will feature Marty Usman (Colorado Springs, Colo./FTW Eagles) at 84 kg/185 lbs., who was a 2010 Div. II champion and three-time All-American at Nebraska-Kearney.

The U.S. team is coached by two respected college coaches, Bruce Burnett of Annapolis, Md. and Lou Rosselli of Columbus, Ohio. Burnett is the head coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, while Rosselli is the assistant coach at The Ohio State Univ. Burnett is a past USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach. Rosselli, a 1996 Olympian, has served as a U.S. Senior World Team Coach.

The women’s freestyle team has a number of athletes who are top stars on the Senior level.

2010 Senior World silver medalist Elena Pirozhkova (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) will wrestle at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. She normally competes at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. Pirozhkova was a 2008 University World champion at 67 kg.

2008 Olympian Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn./Gator WC) will compete at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. Bernard was on the U.S. Senior World Team in 2009. She also has won two Junior World titles (2003 and 2005). Bernard wrestled in college for the Univ. of Calgary and the Univ. of Regina in Canada.

2010 U.S. Senior World Team member Alyssa Lampe (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) will wrestle at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. Lampe is a two-time Junior World bronze medalist (2007, 2008). She attended the USOEC program at Northern Michigan Univ. before becoming a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete.

Three of the U.S. women’s freestyle team members come from the WCWA women’s college ranks. Two members of the Oklahoma City Univ. team will compete: Ashley Hudson (Wildwood, Mo./Gator WC/OCU) at 59 kg/130 lbs. and Amberle Montgomery (Kent, Wash./Gator WC/OCU) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. Also competing is Gabrielle Henry (Columbus, Ohio/Univ. of the Cumberlands) at 51 kg/112.25 lbs., a star at the Univ. of the Cumberlands.

Montgomery was a 2010 WCWA Women’s College national champion, and currently is ranked No. 3 in the USA on the Senior level. She won a silver medal at the SportAccord World Combat Games this summer.

Rounding out the U.S. women’s team is USOTC resident athlete Trinity Plessinger (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs. She was a member of the 2009 U.S. Junior World Team.

The U.S. women’s freestyle team will be coached by USOEC head coach Shannyn Gillespie of Marquette, Mich. and Link Davis of Oklahoma City, Okla. Davis is an assistant coach at Oklahoma City Univ., and was a 2010 U.S. Senior World Team coach.

The U.S. men’s Greco-Roman Team will be led by Max Nowry (Wheeling, Ill./New York AC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. Nowry has placed fifth and sixth in the Junior World Championships the last two years.

Five Greco-Roman team members have competed for the USOEC program at Northern Michigan Univ. including Nowry, Kerry Regner (Darlington, Pa./Sunkist Kids) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Aaron Briggs (Tucson, Ariz./New York AC) at 74 kg/163 lbs., Talan Knox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Zack Nielsen (Zimmerman, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Nowry, Briggs and Nielsen are still currently members of the 2010-11 USOEC program.

Competing at 60 kg/132 lbs. is Joe Kemmerer (Mountain Top, Pa./Virginia Gold), who was a two-time Div. II national champion for Kutztown Univ., and previously competed at UNC-Greensboro. Competing at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. is Jarod Trice (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Central Michigan), a former star at Central Michigan Univ.

The U.S. Greco-Roman team will be coached by National Greco-Roman Developmental Coach Ike Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo., Eric Wetzel of Oak Park, Ill. and John Matthews of Phoenix, Ariz. Anderson and Matthews are past U.S. Olympians, and all three coaches are past U.S. Senior World Team members as athletes.

The last University World Championships was held in Thessolonica, Greece in 2008. The U.S. had three women’s freestyle champions, Pirozhkova, plus Katherine Fulp-Allen at 51 kg and Stephany Lee at 72 kg. Sam Hazewinkel won a Greco-Roman gold medal at 55 kg and Tervel Dlagnev won a men’s freestyle gold medal at 120 kg.

The event is conducted by FISU, in cooperation with the international wrestling federation FILA.

For information on the event, visit the official website at:

At Torino, Italy, Oct. 26-30

U.S. University World Team rosters

Men’s Freestyle (Oct. 26-27)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Angel Escobedo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Kevin LeValley, Hugo, Colo. (Bison WC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jon Reader, Davison, Mich. (Iowa State)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Marty Usman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (FTW Eagles)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Sonny Yohn, Alamosa, Colo. (Minnesota Storm)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Zach Rey, Hopatcong, N.J. (Lehigh Valley AC)
Coaches – Bruce Burnett, Annapolis, Md., Lou Rosselli, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s freestyle (Oct 27-28)
48 kg/105.5 lbs.– Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Gabrielle Henry, Columbus, Ohio (Univ. of the Cumberlands)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Trinity Plessinger, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Ashley Hudson, Wildwood, Mo. (Gator WC/OCU)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Amberle Montgomery. Kent, Wash. (Gator WC/OCU)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. – Elena Pirozhkova, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn. (Gator WC)
Coaches – USOEC head coach Shannyn Gillespie, Marquette, Mich.; Link Davis, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Greco-Roman (Oct. 29-30)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill. (New York AC)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Joe Kemmerer, Mountain Top, Pa. (Virginia Gold)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Kerry Regner, Darlington, Pa. (Sunkist Kids)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Aaron Briggs, Tucson, Ariz. (New York AC)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Talan Knox, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Zack Nielsen, Zimmerman, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Jarod Trice, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Central Michigan)
Coaches – National Greco-Roman Developmental Coach Ike Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Eric Wetzel, Oak Park, Ill., John Matthews, Phoenix, Ariz.


Tuesday, October 26
Men’s freestyle 55 kg (Escobedo), 66 kg (LeValley), 84 kg (Usman) and 120 kg (Rey)

Wednesday, October 27
Men’s freestyle 60 kg (Humphrey), 74 kg (Reader), 96 kg (Yohn)
Women’s freestyle 51 kg (Henry), 67 kg (Pirozhkova)

Thursday, October 28
Women’s freestyle 48 kg (Lampe), 55 kg (Plessinger), 59 kg (Hudson), 63 kg (Montgomery), 72 kg (Bernard)

Friday, October 29
Greco-Roman 55 kg (Nowry), 66 kg (Regner), 84 kg (Knox), 120 kg (Trice)

Saturday, October 30
Greco-Roman 60 kg (Kemmerer), 74 kg (Briggs), 96 kg (Nielsen)

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University Worlds Fundraising

Next month I will be traveling to Torino, Italy for the University Worlds. This will be my first trip to a World Championship (first of many). This trip is paid for out of my pocket and will cost $1200. I am trying to raise as much money as possible for this trip. If you would like to donate, you can do this by two ways. Either click the donate button to the right or send it to Jason Scarborough.

Donations Are Tax Deductible via The Angry Fish Athletic Club, EIN: 25-1887532

Jason Scarborough
c/o Angry Fish Athletic Club
1011 Cottonwood Court
Cranberry Township, PA 160665205

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Combat Fitness at the World Championships

This past week the World Championships for Olympic Style Wrestling were held in Moscow, Russia. Three styles were held over six days of competition, Greco Roman, Freestyle, and Womens Freestyle. Combat Fitness had two of the seven wrestlers on the Greco Roman team for the U.S., Jake Fisher at 74 kilograms and Justin Ruiz at 96 kilograms. Fisher was the only rookie on the U.S. team, Ruiz made his fifth appearance at the World Championships.
Fisher had a difficult draw, matched up with France’s Olympic Bronze Medalist Christophe Guenot. Fisher pushed Guenot to the max in a three period battle, however fell short at the end of the match 0-1, 1-0, 1-0. Guenot did not reach the finals so Fisher was unable to wrestle for the bronze medal. Fisher had this to say about his performance, “In the first period, I controlled the pace. I won that period and felt good. In the second period, he came at me and I let him control the pace. He got a pushout. The third period kind of was even. I made a mistake. I tried to push him out, lost my balance and he pushed me out,” said Fisher. “I thought he would pull me back in. He lost. That’s what you get for losing.” Fisher will be back for more World Championships, unfortunately this World Championship turned out to be a learning experience. There is no question that Fisher will be a top contender in the world in upcoming championships.
Our own Justin Ruiz who was a 2005 World Bronze medalist was one of the leaders for the U.S. Ruiz proved that by finishing fifth this year which was the highest finish for the U.S. guys teams this year. Ruiz started his run off by beating Richard Karelson of Estonia 1-0, 1-0. Ruiz then fell to Tsimafei Dzeinichenka of Belarus in a three period battle royale 1-0, 0-2, 4-0. Dzeinichenka reached the finals which put Justin in the running for a bronze medal. First, Ruiz had to rattle off a couple of wins against Azerbaijan and Cuba. Ruiz would then face another past World Medalist Jimmy Lidberg of Sweden for the Bronze Medal. Ruiz would fall just short of a medal this year but showed that he is a top dog in the World. Justin retired in 2008, then made his return to the mat only one year ago. Ruiz made sure the world knows he is back and will be a medal contender until he hangs up the shoes for good. Ruiz had this to say about his bronze medal match, “I felt good going into the match,” Ruiz said. “In the first period, I got a lock but couldn’t get a turn. In the second period, he had a couple good attempts I fought off. My mistake was I was preparing for another attempt and he caught me going the other way. It cost me the match.”
The USA finished 13th as a team out of 64 in the Greco Roman competition. As the U.S. team continues to mature and change they outlooks for the years to come are bright. Combat Fitness has made a huge impact in the Greco Roman world in only one year. The sky is the limit for Combat Fitness.

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