Mango throws his opponent earlier this season
MARQUETTE—Members of the United States Olympic Education Center men’s Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle wrestling teams will compete this weekend (Feb. 9-10) at the ninth annual Dave Schultz Memorial International Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Wrestlers from more 30 countries are expected to compete, including several world and Olympic champions.
“It’s a strong competition,” said Greco-Roman head coach Ivan Ivanov. “There are more international competitors this year because the United States has done well at competitions the last two years. They want to learn what we’re doing, but it’s mutual. Americans learn from them, too.”
USOEC Greco-Roman wrestlers competing at the tournament include Northern Michigan University sophomore Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo.) at 55 kilograms; junior Joe Betterman (Chicago, Ill.), freshman Chris Iorio (Holbrook, N.Y.), senior Marco Lara (Long Beach, Calif.) and junior Kerry Regner (Darlington, Pa.) at 60 kg; senior Jacob Curby (LaGrange, Ill.), freshman John Dibala (Silverton, Ore.) and senior Harry Lester (Akron, Ohio) at 66 kg; senior Jake Fisher (Platte City, Mo.), junior Cheney Haight (Drem, Utah) and junior Kevin Lozano (Jefferson, La.) at 74 kg; sophomore Chas Betts (St. Michael, Minn.) and freshman Jake Plamann (Appleton, Wis.) at 84 kg.
“I hope our guys finish in the top five and that we get at least one or two of our guys in the top three,” said Ivanov.
NMU sophomore Dany Hedin (Kailua, Hawaii) anticipates stiff competition in the women’s bracket as well.
“I’ve seen most of these girls before,” said Hedin, who will wrestle at 55 kg. “There will always be girls that can give you a good fight. We’ve had some smaller dual-meets since our last competition in addition to our regular training, so we’re ready for this meet.”
USOEC wrestlers joining Hedin at the competition include senior Liz Short (Lombard, Ill.) at 48 kg; and freshman Nicole Darrow (Lanesboro, Mass.) and senior Amy Borgnini (Terre Haute, Ind.) at 55 kg.