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Jan 18 United States teams announced for Kiki Cup in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jan. 28

By Jackie Branca USA Wrestling | Jan. 18, 2012, 2:40 p.m. (ET)
2002 World Champion, Dremiel Byers will be among the wrestlers competing at this year's Kiki Cup in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tony Rotundo photo.

USA Wrestling has announced their rosters for the four U.S. teams that will compete in the Kiki Cup, Saturday, January 28. The Greco-Roman tournament will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The tournament will feature a dual meet format, where each U.S. team will face four foreign teams, but will not compete against each other.

Leading USA-I is three time World medalist and 2002 World Champion, Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 120 kg/264 lbs. Also on the team are 2005 World bronze medalist Justin Ruiz (Orem, Utah/New York AC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs., 2008 Olympian and three time World Team member Spenser Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and two time World Team member Joe Betterman (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 60 kg/132 lbs. 2010 World Team member Jake Fisher, (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. will also be a part of USA-I.

USA-II is led by two time World Team member Jeremiah Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 60 kg/ 132lbs and 2011 World Team member Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) at 74 kg/ 163 lbs. Two time U.S. Open Champion Glenn Garrison (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 66 kg/ 145.5 lbs. and 2011 U.S. Open Champion Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 84 kg/ 185 lbs. will also wrestle for USA-II.

Competing for USA-III is 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Rulon Gardner and 2011 U.S. World Team member Cheney Haight (Orem, Utah/New York AC) at 84 kg/ 185 lbs. 2009 World Team member R.C. Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 96 kg/ 211.5 lbs., 2011 U.S. Open Champion Ben Provisor (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/ 163 lbs. and two time Junior World medalist Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 60kg/ 132 lbs. will also be on the team.

Wrestling for USA-IV will be 2010 Junior World Team member Max Nowry (Wheeling Ill./USOEC/New York AC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and 2011 Junior World Team member Toby Erickson (Helena, Mont. /USOEC) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs, who both placed fifth at the 2011 Junior World Championships. Zach Nielsen (Zimmerman, Minn./Minnesota Storm) who placed fifth at the World University Championships will compete at 84 kg/185 lbs.

The international teams in the tournament include Italy, Spain, India and a mixed international team made up of India, Greece, Slovenia and other nations. The international rosters will be announced next week.

The event will be webcast live on TheMat.com starting at 9:00 a.m. There will be eight rounds of competition throughout the day with the final dual meets will start at 5:00 p.m.

KIKI CUP at Colorado Springs, Colo. January 28, 2012

U.S. Team Rosters
USA Team #1

55 kg/121 lbs.- Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Joe Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. -C.P. Schlatter, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
74 kg/163 lbs. -Jake Fisher, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
84 kg/185 lbs. -Chas Betts, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. -Justin Ruiz, Orem, Utah (New York AC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. -Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

USA Team #2
55 kg/121 lbs.- Paul Tellgren, Anoka, Minn. (USOEC/Minnesota Storm)
60 kg/132 lbs. -Jeremiah Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. -Glenn Garrison, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
74 kg163 lbs. -Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm)
84 kg/185 lbs. -Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. -Pete Gournaridis, Leominster, Mass. (Sunkist Kids)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. -Brandon Rupp, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

USA Team #3
55 kg/121 lbs. - Jermaine Hodge, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
55 kg/ 121 lbs. - Nikko Triggas, Moraga, Calif. (Ohio RTC)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Marco Lara, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
60 kg/ 132 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
66 kg/145 lbs. - Ben Sanchez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Ben Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
74 kg/ 163 lbs. -Aaron Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Cheney Haight, Orem, Utah (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - R.C. Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Pete Kowalczuk, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Rulon Gardner , Logan, Utah (Sunkist Kids)

Team #4
55 kg/121 lbs. - Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill. (USOEC/New York AC)
60 kg132 lbs. - Jesse Thielke, Germantown, Wis. (Ringers)
60 kg/ 132 lbs. -Joey Denova, Fortson, Ga. (USOEC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Josh Castellano, Wood Dale, Ill. (USOEC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. -RaVaughn Perkins, Omaha, Neb. (Ready RP Nationals)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Kendrick Sanders, Homestead, Fla. (USOEC/New York AC)
74 kg/ 163 lbs. -Tanner Andrews, North Aurora, Ill. (USOEC)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Mark Stenberg, Lockport, Ill. (USOEC)
84 kg/185 lbs. -Zach Nielsen, Zimmerman, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Marcus Finau, (USOEC/Northern Michigan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Toby Erickson, Helena, Mont. (USOEC)

alternates
60 kg/132 lbs. - Patrick Smith, Chaska, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
84 kg/185 lbs. -T.C. Dantzler, Colorado Springs, Colo.
84 kg/185 lbs. - Travis Rutt, Jackson, Minn. (Badger WC)

Kiki Cup Schedule
9:00 am to 10:00 am Mixed International Team vs. USA # 3
India vs. USA # 4

10:00 am to 11:00 am India vs. USA # 3
Mixed International Team vs. USA # 4

11:00 am to 12:00 pm Spain vs. USA # 1
Italy vs. USA # 2

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Italy vs. USA # 1
Spain vs. USA # 2

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm BREAK

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm USA # 3 vs. Spain
USA # 4 vs. Italy

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm USA # 3 vs. Italy
USA # 4 vs. Spain

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm USA # 1 vs. Mixed International Team
USA #2 vs. India

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm USA # 1 vs. India
USA # 2 vs. Mixed International Team
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