USA Wrestling has announced that the 2009 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz., October 22-24.
The competition will be hosted alongside the Sunkist Kids International Open, which is a major international wrestling tournament in the three Olympic wrestling styles. The Sunkist Kids International will be hosted October 23-25.
The winners at the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials will represent the United States at the 2009 Grappling World Championships, which will be at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dec. 12-13.
The U.S. Grappling World Team Trials will be an open tournament for Senior-level men and women grapplers. There will be no pre-qualification required to enter the competition. There will be competition in both the No-Gi and Gi styles of international Grappling under the FILA rules.
In past years, USA Wrestling had a series of qualifying events which determined the athletes eligible to participate in the World Team Trials. By making it an open event this year, it is expected that the nation’s most talented grappling athletes will choose to participate.
“I want to encourage all U.S. Grappling athletes to mark down this date and try out for the U.S. Grappling World Team,” said National Grappling Coach Ricardo Liborio. “We are expecting high quality competitors to compete, so we can put together a very strong American team. We know that because the USA is hosting the World Championships, the best in the world will be coming here and the quality of the Grappling will be outstanding.”
The Phoenix Convention Center is located in downtown Phoenix, surrounded by restaurants, shops and other entertainment opportunities. Host hotels for the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials and the Sunkist Kids International Open have been identified.
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2277
More information on the official site.