Fans who have been hoping to catch some of the action going on in Sweden will now have the chance. On Wednesday evening, Greco Roman athletes from the US are taking on members of Team Skåne Brottning in a dual meet. Thanks to Lennie Rosen, this match-up of Cadets and Juniors will be broadcast live on Facebook at 3pm EST/2pm CST. If you are interested in watching the dual meet, all you have to do is join the Team Skåne Brottning group on Facebook and the meet is going to stream from there. Also, a roster for the team versus team match on Wednesday can be found at the bottom of this page.
The dual on Wednesday night represents the second competitive excursion for the USA guys on the fall tour. This past Saturday, over a dozen wrestlers took part in the 2016 Klippan Cup in Klippan Sweden, with the US coming away with two golds (Jordan Auen, 59 kg and G’Angelo Hancock, 98 kg) and one bronze (Jesse Porter, 75 kg). Following the dual meet this week, the US has one more official competition planned, which is the Mala Cup held in Västerås. The Mala Cup is a huge event featuring wrestlers from virtually every age-group, so there should be a lot of competitive opportunities for all involved.
While these overseas jaunts are important for the US Greco Roman wrestling program in terms of competition, there is also an element of goodwill involved. The US and Sweden have become consistent training partners with contingents from one country traveling to the other on a semi-regular basis. So although the battles might be fierce once the whistle is blown, there is a mutual appreciation and benefit both countries receive by working closely together. In addition, athletes from Belarus, Estonia, and Bulgaria are also participating at the Klippan Training Camp.
USA vs. Team Skåne Brottning – Team Dual Match List
54 kg – Hunter Lewis vs Samuel Trellid
60 kg – Logan Hatch vs Albin Jönsson
66 kg – Riley Briggs vs Lukas Ahlgren
66 kg – Britton Holmes vs Anton Rosen
66 kg – Alston Nutter vs Erik Persson
98 kg – Anthony Riopelle vs Linus Persson
59 kg – Jordan Martinez vs Anton Holk
71 kg – Aaron Kliamovich vs Elias Andersson
75 kg – Michael Donato vs Liam Kristensson
80 kg – Blake Smith vs Anton Olsson
85 kg – Tommy Bracket vs Jacob Logård
85 kg – Austin Choan vs Elias Kenneryd