Army seeks to defend Armed Forces Championships at Fort Carson, Colo., Mar. 27-28

By Alexandra Pernice, USA Wrestling | March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015 -- The U.S. Army will seek to defend its team titles at the 2015 Armed Forces Wrestling Championships, which will be held at the Special Events Center at Fort Carson, Colorado, Mar. 27-28.

Teams from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps will be competing for bragging rights within the U.S. military. Competition will begin on Friday with Greco-Roman, and continuing with men’s and women’s freestyle on Saturday.

The Armed Forces Championships is a dual meet competition. Each of the teams will face the other three teams in dual meets in each style. In addition, individual medals are awarded based upon the results of the matches at each weight class.

This event will set the U.S. team to compete in the CISM World Military Games in Mungyeong, Korea, October 6-10.

Last year, the U.S. Army captured their 13th straight team titles in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. Army was led by Olympians Spenser Mango and Justin Lester, along with teammate Jon Anderson, who all won gold in both the Greco-Roman and freestyle competitions. All three are expected to compete again this year. Army athletes won six of the eight gold medals in each style last year, and went undefeated in dual meets.

The U.S. Marine Corps placed second in both styles last year, with two individual champions in each style. Three U.S. Marines are expected to return to defend their titles: men’s freestyle champions Aaron Kalil (61 kg) and Bryce Saddoris (65 kg), along with Greco-Roman champion David Arendt (130 kg).

There may be some challenge matches this week to determine the U.S. women athletes who will compete at the CISM World Military Championships.

The preliminary rosters have been submitted, with final rosters completed on March 26.

Fans will be able to watch both days of the action via webcast on
TheMat.com and on USA Wrestling’s YouTube channel.


2015 ARMED FORCES WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Fort Carson, Colo., March 27-28


Friday, March 27
10:00 a.m. – Greco-Roman Session I
Session II will begin 30 minutes after Session I concludes

1:00 p.m. – Greco-Roman Session III

Saturday, March 28
9:00 a.m. – Freestyle Session I
Session II will begin 30 minutes after Session I concludes

1:00 p.m. – Freestyle Session III

TENTATIVE ARMED FORCES TEAM ROSTERS

U.S. Army
Women’s Freestyle Roster
53 kg/117 lbs – Whitney Conder
53 kg/117 lbs – Sharon Jacobson
58 kg/128 lbs – Leigh Provisor
60 kg/132 lbs – Sally Roberts
69 kg/152 lbs – Randi Miller
75 kg/165 lbs – Iris Smith
Men’s Freestyle Roster
57 kg/126 lbs – Max Nowry
57 kg/126 lbs – Spenser Mango
61 kg/134 lbs – William Simpson
65 kg/143 lbs – Warren Stewart
65 kg/143 lbs – Jamel Johnson
70 kg/154 lbs – Vlad Dombrovskiy
74 kg/163 lbs – Moza Fay
86 kg/190 lbs – Victor Terrell
97 kg/214 lbs – Endhyr Meza
125 kg/276 lbs – Matthew Lamb
125 kg/276 lbs – Sean Owen
Greco-Roman Roster
59 kg/130 lbs – Max Nowry
59 kg/130 lbs – Spenser Mango
66 kg/145.5 lbs – Jamel Johnson
71 kg/156 lbs – Michael Hooker
75 kg/165 lbs – Justin Lester
80 kg/176 lbs – Aaron Sieracki
85 kg/187 lbs – Jon Anderson
98 kg/216 lbs – Caylor Williams
130 kg/286.5 lbs – Matthew Lamb
130 kg/286.5 lbs – Sean Owen
Coach – Shon Lewis (Fort Carson, Colo.)
Assistant Coach – Bruce Robinson (Fort Carson, Colo.)
OIC – Martha Reed (Fort Carson, Colo.)
Medical – Kyle Eckert (Fort Carson, Colo.)
Service Rep. – Claudia Berwager (Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.)

U.S. Air Force
Men’s Freestyle Roster
57 kg/126 lbs – Jeffrey Warra
61 kg/134 lbs – Tyler Knepper
65 kg/143 lbs – Cole VonOhlen
70 kg/154 lbs – Ryan Vottero
74 kg/lbs – Tyler Westlund
86 kg/190 lbs – Brandon Johnson
97 kg/214 lbs – Eric Lapotsky
125 kg/276 lbs – Joel Bane
Greco-Roman Roster
59 kg/130 lbs – Randy Duncan
66 kg/145.5 lbs – Nathan Higgins
71 kg/156 lbs – Ryan Vottero
75 kg/165 lbs – Tyler Westlund
80 kg/176 lbs – Joel Severin
85 kg/187 lbs – Brandon Johnson
98 kg/216 lbs – Jeffrey Zastrow
130 kg/286.5 lbs – Joel Bane
Coach – Floyd Winters (McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.)
Assistant Coach – Stephen Horton (Scott Air Force Base, Illinois)

U.S. Navy
Men’s Freestyle Roster
57 kg/126 lbs – Angel Oliveras
61 kg/134 lbs – Sheldon Wilder
65 kg/143 lbs – Adrian Montoya
70 kg/154 lbs – Blake Borges
74 kg/163 lbs – Ronald Latimer
86 kg/190 lbs – James Souza
97 kg/214 lbs – Keenan Feldpausch
125 kg/276 lbs – Teddy Gardner
Greco-Roman Roster
59 kg/130 lbs – Shedon Wilder
66 kg/145.5 lbs – Adrian Montoya
71 kg/156 lbs – Bobby Yamashita
75 kg/165 lbs – Ronald Latimer
80 kg/176 lbs – Joshua Moulton
85 kg/187 lbs – James Souza
98 kg/216 lbs – Antonio Harris
130 kg/286.5 lbs – Teddy Gardner
Coach – Alejandro Delapena (Keyport, Wash.)
Service Rep. – James Senn (Washington, D.C.)

U.S. Marine Corps
Women’s Freestyle Roster
58 kg/128 lbs – Melissa Apodaca
Men’s Freestyle Roster
57 kg/126 lbs – Aaron Kalil
65 kg/143 lbs – Josh Russo
65 kg/143 lbs – Bryce Saddoris
70 kg/154 lbs – Josh Headworth
70 kg/154 lbs – Robby Neill
74 kg/163 lbs – Michael Brant
86 kg/190 lbs – Daniel Matthews
97 kg/214 lbs – Dustin Lewis
125 kg/276 lbs – David Arendt
Greco-Roman Roster
59 kg/130 lbs – Aaron Kalil
66 kg/145.5 lbs – Bryce Saddoris
71 kg/156 lbs – Robby Neill
75 kg/165 lbs – Michael Brant
80 kg/176 lbs – Stephen Gutka
80 kg/176 lbs – Daniel Matthews
85 kg/187 lbs – Tim Stahl
98 kg/216 lbs – Dustin Lewis
130 kg/286.5 lbs – David Arendt
Coach – Jason Loukides
Assistant Coach – James Shilow (Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
Medical – Aaron Bachert
Service Rep. – Medley Jim

2014 ARMED FORCES WRESTLING RESULTS

Greco-Roman champions
59 kg/130 lbs – Spenser Mango (Army)
66 kg/145.5 lbs – Ellis Coleman (Army)
71 kg/156 lbs – Justin Lester (Army)
75 kg/165 lbs – Jon Anderson (Army)
80 kg/176 lbs – Aaron Sieracki (Army)
85 kg/187 lbs – Peter Hicks (Army)
98 kg/216 lbs – Donald Simmons (USMC)
130 kg/286.5 lbs – David Arendt (USMC)

Greco-Roman Team Standings
1st – U.S. Army
2nd – U.S. Marine Corps
3rd – U.S. Air Force
4th – U.S. Navy

Men’s Freestyle champions
57 kg/126 lbs – Spenser Mango (Army)
61 kg/134 lbs – Aaron Kalil (USMC)
65 kg/143 lbs – Bryce Saddoris (USMC)
70 kg/154 lbs – Justin Lester (Army)
74 kg/163 lbs – Moza Fay (Army)
86 kg/190 lbs – Jon Anderson (Army)
97 kg/214 lbs – Jack Jensen (Army)
125 kg/276 lbs – Eric Nye (Army)

Men’s Freestyle Team Standings
1st – U.S. Army
2nd – U.S. Marine Corps
3rd – U.S. Air Force
4th – U.S. Navy
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