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ALL-MARINE WRESTLERS CLENCH 10 MEDALS AT ARMED FORCES CHAMPIONSHIP


Release Date: 4/27/2006

MCB QUANTICO, VA -  Perseverance prevails as the All-Marine Corps Wrestling Team captured 10 medals and earned the overall Team Silver in the 2006 Armed Forces Wrestling Championship held March 23 and 24 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

            Seven weight classes were contested in both Greco-Roman and freestyle competitions in a round-robin, dual-match format.  The Army led team freestyle results with seven medals. The Marines followed with five; Air Force, two, and Navy, none. In Greco-Roman team competition, the Army garnered seven medals; the Marines, five; and the Navy and Air Force, one each.

            "The team was the youngest I have ever seen the Marine Corps put on the mat.  Seven of the Marines were competing in their first ever Armed Forces Wrestling Championships, said team Head Coach, Major Dan Hicks.  For this team to come away with 10 medals is outstanding.  It's a true testament to how hard they have been working and how mentally tough these Marines are. 

            On day one, team Marines flattened the Air Force 5 matches to 2, and then crushed the Navy 7 matches to 0 in the Greco-Roman competition. Team veterans Sgt. Jeremy McClean (MCB Quantico) - 60Kg, SSgt. James Shillow (MCB Camp Lejeune)  74Kg, Sgt. Jacob Clark (MCB Camp Butler)  96Kg, and Capt. Frank Workman (MCB Quantico)  120Kg, fought tough matches against the Army, each earning the silver medal in the Greco-Roman competition.  LCpl Jeremy Pederson (MCB Quantico), making his first appearance at the Armed Forces competition, stepped up and wrestled a proven veteran in former Airman Aaron Sieracki and earned the silver medal in the 84Kg weight class in the Greco-Roman competition.

            SSgt. Shillow finished second to Army Sgt. Glenn Garrison, currently ranked #2 in the country. Of course we were expecting the win, we didn"t get it this time, said Hicks. Shillow is really just getting his legs under him after a tour in Iraq.  Hell keep working and the next time he wrestles Garrison, the outcome will be different.

            Team rookie Cpl. Steven Forrest (MCB Camp Lejeune) stepped up in the Freestyle event, defeating veteran Navy wrestler Lt. Grant Whitmer to advance to the gold medal match against Armys 1st Lt Phillip Simpson.  During the match, a previous rib injury was aggravated, causing the match to be called due to injury. 

            Competing in his first Armed Forces Championship, Cpl. Ryan Cunningham (MCB Quantico) 84kg weight class battled through a knee injury to win against Air Force and Navy opponents in the Greco-Roman competition.  Unfortunately, his knee did not hold up during the final match versus the Army. 

            Sgt. Jacob Clark (MCB Butler, Okinawa) who is the 2005 Marine Athlete of Year,  was battling nagging injuries, but stepped up for the team and wrestled up a weight class in the Greco-Roman event, barely loosing to his Army opponent, then took the gold in the Freestyle event [at 96kg].

            In the final match of the night, LCpl. David Arendt (Marine Barracks 8th & I) wrestled for the first time since high school to capture the silver medal in the 120Kg Freestyle event. 

For more information about the Marine Corps Sports Wrestling Program please contact Steven Dinote, HQMC Semper Fit, 703-784- 9542, or email: steven.dinote@usmc.mil.

 

 

2006 Marine Corps Wrestling Team


2006 Armed Forces Wrestling Championship results:

Greco-Roman competition 

55-Kg:

Gold medal, Pfc. Jermaine Hodge, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, SrA Jared Moreland, USAF, Cannon AFB, N.M.

60-Kg:

Gold medal, Staff Sgt. James Johnston, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Sgt. Jeremy McLean, USMC, Quantico, Va.

66-Kg:

Gold medal, Sgt. Glenn Garrison, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Staff Sgt. James Shillow, USMC, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

74-Kg:

Gold medal, Lt. Grant Whitmer, USN, Mobile Security Squad 3.

Silver medal, Pfc. Brandon McNab, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

84-Kg:

Gold medal, Spc. Aaron Sieracki, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Lance Cpl. Jeremy Pederson, USMC, Quantico, Va.

96-Kg:

Gold medal, Capt. Phillip Johnston, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Sgt. Jacob Clark, USMC, Okinawa, Japan.

120-Kg:

Gold medal, Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Capt. Frank Workman, USMC, Quantico, Va.

Team Greco-Roman results 

USA, 6

USMC, 4

USAF, 2

USN, 0

 

Freestyle competition 

55-Kg:

Gold medal, Capt. Eric Albarracin, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, SrA Jared Moreland, USAF, Cannon AFB, N.M.

60-Kg:

Gold medal, Spc. Joshua Habeck, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Lance Cpl. Anthony Zender, USMC, 29 Palms, Calif.

66-Kg:

Gold medal, Spc. Aaron Holker, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Capt. Ryan Montanez, USAF, Pope AFB, N.C.

74-Kg:

Gold medal, Lt. Phillip Simpson, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Cpl. Steven Forrest, USMC, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

84-Kg:

Gold medal, Sgt. Kevin Ahearn, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Cpl. Ryan Cunningham, USMC, Quantico, Va.

 

96-Kg:

Gold medal, Sgt. Jacob Clark, USMC, Okinawa, Japan.

Silver medal, Spc. Anton Talamantes, USA, Fort Lewis, Wash.

 

120-Kg:

Gold medal, Spc. Timothy Taylor, USA, Fort Carson, Colo.

Silver medal, Lance Cpl. David Arendt, USMC, Marine Barracks 8th & I, D.C.

 

Team freestyle results 

USA, 6

USMC, 4

USAF, 2

USN, 0

 

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