Beach wrestling

No Beach, No Problem

By Marc Berman

SARIGERME, Turkey (October 6th and 7th) --  St. Louis, USA to Sarigerme, Turkey is a long trip- don’t tell that to Michael PETERS (USA).  He was happy to make the trip if it would mean another chance to compete for his first world championship title. After being stopped short for a 5th place finish in the Senior Men’s 70kg last year, Peters has his eye on gold.

“This year my strategy is to slow the matches down and be more selective with my shots. The footing is different in the sand, your reaction time is slower.”

Training for the beach style is not always a simple task logistically, with no beaches near by his home, to find sand to practice on Michael makes use of a local volleyball court. “Half of my training time is spent with my college team in folkstyle and half is independently on the sand on the volleyball court. In the sand, I focus on practicing throws that can work on the beach because some throws do not work as well.”

Being used to traveling around the United States to find tournaments in folkstyle and freestyle, Michael is excited for the potential of taking part in the Beach Wrestling World Series starting next year and traveling to beaches around the world.

Watch the medal rounds live tomorrow in United World Wrestling. The matches start at 7am GMT.


Beach wrestling

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

To read up on the full regulations for the Beach Wrestling World Series, visit:

Uniform Guidelines

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