21st Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open Set for This Weekend at WFA

Oct. 17, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 21st Annual Sunkist Kids/Arizona State University International Open will be held this weekend, Oct. 21-22, inside Wells Fargo Arena on the campus of ASU in Tempe. The longest standing international open wrestling tournament in the United States, the Open is a premiere event that kicks off each USA Wrestling season and includes numerous elite wrestlers from around the world.

The tournament, which is used as a selection tool for choosing Team USA's winter touring team, will again feature men's and women's freestyle wrestling as well as men's Greco-Roman wrestling. The event opens Friday at 9 a.m. with the men's freestyle and Greco-Roman preliminary and consolation rounds and will last until 1 p.m. The same two groups will compete in preliminary, quarterfinal and consolation rounds starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until it the rounds are completed.

Saturday, the women's preliminary, quarterfinals and consolations, as well as the men's freestyle and Greco-Roman semifinals and consolations, are set for 9 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. before the women's semifinals and consolations and all men's third place bouts take the mat from 2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The event concludes at 4:30 p.m. when the women's third place bouts and all championship matches take the mat.

Included with the tournament is the annual Sunkist Kids/Sun Devil Coaches & Wrestling Clinic. The clinic runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be hosted by several outstanding members of the ASU and Sunkist coaching staffs, including Sun Devil Head Coach Thom Ortiz and assistants Aaron Simpson and Eric Larkin. Former Sun Devil Joe Romero and two-time Olympic champion Sergei Beloglazav also will be on hand, as well as many members of the current Sun Devil roster.

Tickets to the Open will be available at the front entrances of Wells Fargo Arena both days for $10.

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