Hofstra Hosts Wresting Duel

Hofstra will play host to the wrestling dual meet between the United States and Russia.

The meet, sponsored by the New York Athletic Club and the Friends of Long Island Wrestling, will take place Nov. 19 at Hofstra’s Mack Sports Complex.

Six of the seven U.S. team members have represented the United States at the Senior World Championships and all seven are serious hopefuls for the 2012 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team.

The team features 2009 World silver medalist Jake Herbert and 2009 World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev. Other 2010 U.S. World Team members in the dual meet are Brent Metcalf and J.D. Bergman. Other 2009 U.S. World team members on the U.S. team are Shawn Bunch and Trent Paulson.

Also competing on the team is 2010 University World Team member Angel Escobedo.

All of the team members were outstanding college wrestlers. Two-time NCAA Div. I champions on the team are Metcalf (Iowa) and Herbert (Northwestern). Both won the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation’s best college wrestler.

Escobedo won a Division I NCAA title at Indiana. Dlagnev was a two-time Division II NCAA champion at Nebraska-Kearney.

NCAA Division I runners-up on the team include Bunch (Edinboro) and Bergman (Ohio State). Paulson was a three-time All-American at Iowa State.

The Russian lineup is not set at this time, and will be announced soon.

Tickets are priced at $20 and will be available in advance or at the door. Those who wish to pre-purchase tickets can do so at the following link: http://nyacwrestling.ticketleap.com/usa-vs-russia-freestyle-dual-meet/#

Doors open for those who pre-purchase tickets at 6:00 p.m. Doors open for general admission tickets sold at the door at 6:30 p.m. There will be a pre-match kickoff at 7:30 p.m. followed by the USA vs. Russia match at 8:00 p.m.

At Hempstead, NY, Nov. 19

U.S. freestyle team lineup
55 kg/121 lbs.: Angel Escobedo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
60 kg/132 lbs.: Shawn Bunch, Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs.: Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC)
74 kg/163 lbs.: Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
84 kg/185 lbs.: Jake Herbert, Evanston, Ill. (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs.: J.D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs.: Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)

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