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Monday Roundup: USA ‘January Camp’ 2023; SWE Schedule; Basci; Nakaev

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2023 USA ‘January Camp’

The 2023 USA Greco-Roman Winter Camp, otherwise referred to as “January Camp”, begins January 8 at the US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The camp is scheduled to wrap on January 18. A full preview of the gathering will be released this week.

A wide variety of coaches are expected to participate — along with athletes from outside of the country.

  • One of the “special guest” instructors will be 2X World/’16 Olympic Champion Ismael Borrero Molina of Cuba, who defected to the United States last May. Borrero has recently been involved with coaching youths, and in December wrestled Sammy Jones (63 kg, NYAC) in an exhibition match as part of a special event held at Mead High School in Longmont, CO.
  • 2X US World Team member Cheney Haight has been selected as one of the camp coaches, as well.
  • As of December 28, 2022, “January Camp” is at full capacity.
  • A contingent of US Seniors, mainly National Team members, will depart for Croatia on January 30 in advance of the year’s first “Ranking Series” event, the Grand Prix Zagreb Open (February 3-6) and its accompanying training camp in Porec.

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Sweden’s Upcoming Plans

Swedish athletes at both the Senior and U23 levels are also using January to further settle their foundations for the remainder of the season.

  • Swedish Seniors have training camp in Stockholm from January 16-22.
  • Like the US, SWE is sending competitors to Zagreb for the “Ranking Series” tournament as well as the camp in Porec.
  • SWE is reportedly entering wrestlers in the Ibrahim Moustafa tournament (EGY), which is the second United World Wrestling ranking event of ’23.
  • As is custom, Sweden will have a heavy presence at Thor Masters in March (24-26), with the Thor camp to follow. This event (and camp) is intended to conclude SWE’s main preparation phase for the European Championships (4/17-23, also in Zagreb).

Basci on Hungary’s Goals for 2023

Hungarian Wrestling Federation director (and retired 2X World Champion, multi-time medalist) Peter Basci spoke recently regarding his program’s approach to 2023 and his hopes for what the New Year might bring.

On training & preparing for Paris ’24 qualifying

“The teams are in the middle of camp and everything is going according to plan. Of course, it would have been nice if we could organize the event (World Championships) in Budapest, but actually we can also be happy with Belgrade. It is so close to us, it is almost a domestic event. If our athletes perform the same way they did at last year’s World Championships, also in Belgrade, then the qualification number would also be adequate. I hope for one qualification each from the women’s discipline and freestyle, and two or three from Greco-Roman. Of course, this will be very difficult, since countries can only obtain one less quota compared to the usual because the two fifth-placed wrestlers have to compete with each other.”

Basci’s overall hopes for ’23

“That it will be at least as successful as 2022 was. If we achieve this, it will provide further proof that we are on the right track. Due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, the Russian and Belarusian athletes cannot participate in World competitions for the time being; I hope that if they return, we will still achieve equally good results. We trust in peace, that everything will go back to normal, and that everyone can work in peace to achieve their goals.”

Germany Awards Nakaev

The German Wrestling Federation last week announced their end-of-year award winners. Out of the four honors available, one went to a Greco-Roman athlete — ’22 U20 World Champion Deni Nakaev. Nakaev is currently considered an important part of Germany’s future as well as a potential Senior star.


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