The top wrestlers in America competed in the U.S. National Wrestling Championships on April 29-30 in Las Vegas. Now highlights of the top matches from the finals will be telecast on a tape-delayed basis on Monday, June 6, on ESPN2. Here is the USA Wrestling press release announcing this: U.S. Nationals to air on ESPN2 on Monday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, with eight featured matches on broadcast6/3/2005Gary Abbott/USA Wrestling The Las Vegas/ASICS United States National Wrestling Championships will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 on Monday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. It will be a one-hour broadcast, on a tape-delayed basis, with championship bouts and highlights from the U.S. Nationals finals in men’s freestyle, men’s Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle wrestling. The nation’s best international wrestlers competed at the Las Vegas/ASICS United States National Wrestling Championships on April 29-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There are eight featured matches on the show, from the gold-medal round in all three styles. Fans can enjoy coverage of the following matches: Men’s Freestyle at 55 kg/121 lbs.Sammie Henson, St. Louis, Mo. (Sunkist Kids) vs. Matt Azevedo, San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Sunkist Kids) Women’s Freestyle at 55 kg/121 lbs.Tina George, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) vs. Marcie Van Dusen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) Men’s Greco-Roman at 55 kg/121 lbs.Sam Hazewinkel, Pensacola, Fla. (Gator WC) vs. Lindsey Durlacher, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), Men’s Freestyle at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.Chris Bono, Gilbert, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) vs. Jared Lawrence, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) Men’s Greco-Roman at 84 kg/185 lbs.Brad Vering, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) vs. Keith Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), Men’s Freestyle at 84 kg/185 lbs.Muhammed Lawal, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC) vs. Lee Fullhart, Blacksburg, Va. (Gator WC) Men’s Greco-Roman at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) vs. Russ Davie, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), Men’s Freestyle at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.Tolly Thompson, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) vs. Steve Mocco, N. Bergen, N.J. (New York AC) The broadcast team for this event is veteran play-by-play announcer Van Stokes, color commentator Randy Couture and wrestling broadcaster Joe Miller. Couture was a U.S. World team member in Greco-Roman, before becoming a mixed-martial arts champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). The competition will be one of the first broadcasts in the nation to show the new rules of international wrestling, which were implemented after the 2004 Olympic Games. The show will allow wrestling fans to see for themselves how the new rules have changed the sport. Champions from the U.S. Nationals earned the No. 1 seed at the World Team Trials in Ames, Iowa, June 18-19, which will determine the 2005 U.S. World Championships teams. Mark your calendars for June 6th, and tune in to ESPN2 for the best of international wrestling. Make sure to set your VCRs and TIVOs for the show if you can not watch at the scheduled time, Check your local listings for time and station in your area. Please forward this notice to other wrestling and sports fans that you know.
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