Masters National Championships in freestyle and Greco-Roman set for Las Vegas, April 26-27

BY KALA IBARRA, USA WRESTLING

2016 Masters double champion James Kasser of Ohio competing in Las Vegas last year. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

The name is different, but the game is the same. The U.S. Masters Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals, formerly known as the Veterans National Championships, returns to Las Vegas, Nev., April 26-27.

The event, which is for adult athletes 25-years-old and above, is part of the 2017 Open Wrestling Championships at the South Point Hotel. The Open, billed as “All Ages, All Styles,” and offers competitions in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle, Greco-Roman, folkstyle and Grappling in a variety of age-group levels.

The Masters National Championships offers athletes chance to continue their inner warrior and prove they still have what it takes to win the coveted USA Wrestling “Stop Sign.”

One of the major achievements for the Masters wrestlers in Las Vegas will be an effort to win a double title, which goes to anybody who wins USA Wrestling titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman the same year.

Returning double-title winner Brett Clark (Team Fluffy) is making a run for a third double-title as a heavyweight. Clark is set to compete in Division B of the tournament.

Another double-title heavyweight wrestler that is registered for this year’s Masters National Championships is Sean Nonamaker (Unattached) in Division A. 2016 double-title winner at 63 kg, David Yi is also registered and expected to return to this year's Masters.

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