Fast approaching is the end of the calendar year with only seven Senior Greco-Roman events remaining until the start of 2023 — which will then of course usher in the sprint to Olympic qualifying.
The most interesting tournament hanging in the balance is the Oleg Karavaev Memorial. Taking place November 18-19 in Minsk and being run for a 29th time, this year’s version of the event should provide a glaring difference compared to previous editions. That is because Belarus, the host country, is tethered to Russia when it comes to the latter nation’s spot on the global sports blacklist. Neither RUS or BLR have been permitted to send athletes to sanctioned events, including the European and World Championships. Naturally, Russia is expected to participate in Karavaev — and the Belarus federation is advertising that other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) programs are coming, as well, though entries thus far have not been released.
Also occurring next weekend is the 2022 Bill Farrell Memorial. Unlike this past April, the cornerstone (and pseudo-international) tournament for the US program will be held at its home, the New York Athletic Club. Entries for the Farrell have become available and a list of those for the classical style can be viewed below. It should be noted that several highly-established athletes from overseas are in fact anticipated to compete, but particulars to that effect are being withheld for now.
In early-December are two Scandinavian tournaments that have long involved American combatants — Sweden’s Haparanda Cup and the Haavisto Cup in Finland. At press time, a collection of US athletes are purportedly considering competing in either one or both events but exact roster presences are as of yet unavailable until such plans are finalized.
And coming up this very week are three tournaments in Egypt, although only one is open to outside competitors. First are the Arab Championships, followed by the Arab Club Championships. Then on November 12-13 is the Ibrahim Moustafa, which last year was won by American Randon Miranda (60 kg, Unattached). All three events in Egypt will be held in Alexandria.
Senior Greco-Roman Events
8 — Arab Championship | Alexandria, EGY
9-10 — Arab Clubs Championship | Alexandria, EGY
12-13 — Ibrahim Moustafa Memorial | Alexandria, EGY
18-19 — Oleg Karavaev Memorial | Minsk, BLR
18-19 — Bill Farrell Memorial | New York, USA
3-4 — Haparanda Cup | Haparanda, SWE
10 — Haavisto Cup | Ilmajoki, FIN
Serving as the kick-off to the Senior season in the United States, the Bill Farrell Memorial/NYAC International Open is back where it belongs — home base in New York. This past spring, tournament organizers were forced to move the Farrell to Cedar Falls, Iowa due to COVID-related restrictions (restrictions that were lifted in advance, but not far enough so to keep the event in NY).
Even with plenty of time until the no-penalty registration deadline, the 2022 Bill Farrell Memorial already boasts a promising number of competitors, with two-time World Team members Dalton Roberts (60 kg, Army/WCAP) and Sammy Jones (63 kg, NYAC), ’21 World rep Jesse Porter (77 kg, NYAC), Miranda, ’22 Open champ Britton Holmes (77 kg, Army/WCAP), ’21 National titlist Alec Ortiz (77 kg, Minnesota Storm), and ’21 U23 World Team member David Stepanyan (63 kg, NYAC/NTS) among the most recognizable names.
The entry list below is fluid and will be updated. A glossover preview will be released the week of competition.
*- Current US National Team
Nick Curley (MA)
Mitchell Brown (Air Force RTC)
Kaden Ercanbrack (UT)
DeCory Hussey (TX)
Randon Miranda (Unattached)
*Dalton Roberts (Army/WCAP) — 2X US World Team
Jeremy Bockert (IGA)
Dylan Gregerson (UVRTC) — ’20 U23 National Champion
*Sammy Jones (NYAC) — 2X US World Team
Ty Lydic (Knights WC)
Corbin Nirschl (MWC)
Diego Romero (NMU/NTS)
Logan Savvy (NYAC)
David Stepanyan (NYAC/NTS) — ’21 U23 World Team, ’21 World Team Trials runner-up
Jaxon Bearden (NMU/NTS)
Ryu Brown (NMU/NTS)
Logan Hatch (EAP/USOPC)
Justin Kopet (Minnesota Storm)
Michael Lowry (NC)
Lenny Merkin (NYAC/NJRTC) — ’19 U23 World Team
Michael Orange (MN)
Colton Parduhn (IGA)
Hayden Tuma (Suples) — 2X National Champion, ’17 World Team Trials runner-up
Robert Perez III (Sunkist) — ’19 U17 World Team, ’22 U20 World Team
Pete Ogunsanya (West Point WC)
Corey Shie (West Point WC)
*Noah Wachsmuth (Cobra)
Adrian Artsisheuskiy (NYAC) — ’22 U20 World Team
*Britton Holmes (Army/WCAP) — ’22 Final X runner-up, ’22 National Champion, ’22 U23 World Team
Rudy James (Minnesota Storm)
Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) — ’21 National Champion
Jesse Porter (NYAC) — ’21 World Team, 3X U23 World Team
Glenn Rhees (Graham Greco)
Ty Cunningham (MWC) — ’22 U23 World Team
Ryan Epps (Minnesota Storm) — ’21 World Team Trials runner-up
Quentin Perez (California RTC)
Fritz Schierl (Minnesota Storm) — ’21 World Team Trials runner-up
Andrei Stashonak (NY)
Rich Carlson (Minnesota Storm)
Jovan Mercado (NMU/NTS)
Austin Craig (Navy)
Christian Rouleau (Minnesota Storm)
Max Diaz (NMU/NTS)
Courtney Freeman (Marines)
Sammy Deseriere (Western Colorado WC)
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