Jerry Milani sent along the following:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK PITBULLS HEAVYWEIGHT BRYAN VETELL WINS GOLD IN USA WRESTLING
GRAPPLING QUALIFIER, TAKES BIG STEP TOWARD QUALIFYING FOR FIRST-EVER
GRAPPLING TEAM FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hofstra University grad, Long Island native will compete in the USA
Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas June 9-10
NEW YORK May 21, 2007 — The International Fight League (OTC.BB:
the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts
league, today announced that New York Pitbulls heavyweight Bryan Vetell
has qualified for the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials on June
9-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vetell took gold in the USA Wrestling Grappling qualifier in Virginia
Beach, Va. last week, and now will compete for a spot on the first-ever
U.S. Grappling World Team that will go to the Wrestling World Games in
Antalya, Turkey in September. Grappling (also called submission
wrestling) was recognized earlier this year by FILA, the international
wrestling federation, to be a style of international wrestling. FILA
governs the Olympic styles of wrestling (freestyle and Greco-Roman), as
well as additional styles of the sport including Grappling, Sombo and
“We are very proud of Bryan, and think this is a great example of how
our partnership with USA Wrestling can work really well,” said Kurt
Otto, IFL co-founder and commissioner. “This shows how our
will be a great two way street…giving MMA athletes a chance to follow
Olympic dreams if they are accomplished grapplers, while providing a
professional athletic career for elite wrestlers once their amateur
ends. It’s a win-win for everyone involved and will really raise the
visibility of both groups.”
Vetell is a Hofstra University graduate and Long Island native who has
competed for Renzo Gracie’s Pitbulls, training out of the Gracie
in Manhattan, during the inaugural IFL season. He has split his last
Pitbulls matches, winning over the Chicago Red Bears Mo Fowzi on Feb.
and losing a highly entertaining bout to the Portland Wolfpacks Devin
on April 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The KO loss to Cole made Vetell
ineligible to compete in the Pitbulls next event (in Las Vegas on June
but he is expected to be available should the second place Pitbulls
the IFL playoffs, slated for August 2 at Continental Airlines Arena.
Vetell claimed a gold medal at the USA Wrestling Grappling Qualifier in
Virginia Beach, Va., one of four USA Wrestling sanctioned qualifiers
the World Team Trials. Five other qualifying events from other
within the Grappling community will complete the field of participants
the World Team Trials. The Grappling World Team Trials will be held
alongside the U.S. World Team Trials in men’s freestyle, men’s
Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle in Las Vegas that weekend.
Currently no less than 30% of IFL coaches and athletes come from a
wrestling background, many with international and college success.
include Olympic medalist Matt Lindland (Nebraska), two-time Olympian
Henderson, past national champion Don Frye (Arizona State) and current
athletes Wayne Cole (Oklahoma), Jay Hieron (Nassau Community College
Hofstra University), Gerald Harris (Cleveland State), Ryan McGivern
(Iowa), Mike Whitehead (Missouri), Aaron Stark (Wisconsin), Ryan
(Nebraska), Reese Andy (Wyoming), Shad Lierley (NYU) and others.
For more information on USA Wrestling’s World Team Trials in Las
usawrestlinglasvegas dot com
The IFL/USA Wrestling partnership announced earlier this year will
joint USA Wrestling/IFL clinics and information sessions featuring IFL
athletes and coaches and USA Wrestling staff in strategic locations,
beginning with the Fan Festival held alongside the USA Wrestling World
Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 9-10.
About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for wrestling in the
States, and is a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee and
international wrestling federation FILA. USA Wrestling conducts events
programs for wrestling at all levels. Its membership includes athletes,
coaches, officials, volunteers and fans all across the nation.