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Brackets Released For 2018 Beach Wrestling World Championships

By United World Wrestling Press

SARIGERME, Turkey (October 5) – Brackets for the 2018 Beach Wrestling World Championships were released on Friday night, with defending champions Turkey set to their defend their title in the coastal city of Sarigerme. 

In all five individual champions will be returning to Turkey to defend their titles. To do so they'll need to navigate a field of seasoned veterans, and first-time beach wrestlers with international experience in other styles.

Defending senior men’s 70kg division champion Semen RADULOV (UKR) will need to work his way past a loaded field of 20 competitors should he want to take the Group A title. Meanwhile, United States' Michael PETERS loooks to improve on his medal performance from a year ago and upgrade to gold. Greco-Roman European medalist Konstantine KHABALASHVILI (GEO) has entered Group C and could be a standout performer. Frank ANDERSEN (NOR) comes back to Turkey looking to capture a podium finish in Group E.

At 90kg Muhammed INAM (PAK) will be starting his day in Group A. He took home gold last year, but to make the medal rounds he will first need to get past the tough Norwegian Bo BERGEN (NOR). Anton CHUIEV (UKR) fell short in last year's quarterfinal last year, but comes into Group D with a lot to prove. Christos SAMARTSIDIS (GRE), who took off last year's championships having medaled in year's previous, will start in the tough Group C.

Francesca INDELICATO (ITA) is the defending champion in the Women’s 60kg division, but will need to get past Rikke BUGGE (NOR) and  Mihaela Denisa BARBULESCU (ROU). Bugge is part of the large Norwegian team that is in the hunt for the team title in the women’s division. Another Norwegian to watch is Charlotte SKAUEN (NOR) at 70kg. If she makes it out of Group A, she is likely to face teammate, Cesilie Hoeivik MAGNUSSEN (NOR) who is a favorite in Group B. Both will need to beat tough opponents from Turkey and Romania.

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UWW Launches Beach Wrestling World Series; Will Award Prize Money

By Tim Foley

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (February 26) – United World Wrestling, the international federation for the sport of wrestling, has confirmed plans for an ambitious worldwide tour of Beach Wrestling, the organization’s fastest growing new discipline.

The 2019 Beach Wresting World Series will launch in late March and include four stops around the globe. In addition to sun-drenched beaches and high-flying competition, the series will feature equally attractive cash prizes totaling 15,000 CHF per event.

Each weight category will be awarded a total of 1750 CHF; 1000 CHF for gold, 500 CHF for silver, and 250 CHF for bronze. To incentivize crowd-pleasing techniques, fans in attendance will also be asked to vote on the “Big Move from the Beach,” – an award that comes with an additional 1000 CHF for the winner.

“Beach wrestling appeals to fans and wrestlers of all ages,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “Our young wrestlers and older lions can compete together on the beach and showcase our sport in a new and exciting way. The World Series events will have a fun atmosphere with music, food, and high energy competition.”

The Beach Wrestling World Series kicks off in the historic town of Chaves, Portugal on March 29-30 before quickly moving to Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, May 11-12. Wrestlers at the first two Beach Wrestling World Series event will also earn points to qualify for the 1st ANOC World Beach Games, scheduled to take place this October in San Diego.

The third stop of the world series will head to Odessa on August 9-10, before wrapping up at the Beach Wrestling World Series Final in Zagreb, September 6-9.

The Beach Wrestling World Series will follow a pool format with each wrestler competing against every wrestler in the pool to determine who will compete for the gold and bronze.

Weight classes for the Beach Wrestling World Series are below. National federations are reminded that they are limited to three entries per weight category.

Women:          50kg | 60kg | 70kg | +70kg

Men:               70kg | 80kg | 90kg | +90kg

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