Beach Brawl sees wrestlers battle on Grand Strand sand

If you see a fight breaking out on the beach this weekend, don’t call 911. It’s probably part of the second annual Beach Brawl beach wrestling tournament in town Saturday.

Beach Wrestling was added as a style of international wrestling in 2005.  Athletes compete on sand, in a style that features take-downs, throws and push outs from a 20-foot diameter ring.  The sport has been growing in popularity all over the world.

The event will be held in front of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at 8th Avenue North near the old Myrtle Beach Pavilion site. Proceeds from the tournament will go to support club member and Socastee High wrestler Dylan Martin,  who was diagnosed with leukemia last week.

The Beach Bash will follow the USA Wrestling/Beach Wrestling rules format of one 3-minute match. The tourney is open to males and females ages 10 and up, including open and senior divisions.

There will be no official weigh-ins, however. USA Wrestling officials will make every effort to pair wrestlers according to size, weight, gender and age.

The 2012 US Nationals and World Team Trials will be held in Rochester, NY on July 12-15.  The qualifiers will go on to represent the United States at the FILA Beach Wrestling World Championships in Szombathely, Hungary.

A registration table will be open the day of the event. Same day registration is $25 for Non-USA Wrestling Cardholders and $15 for current USA Wrestling Cardholders.

Admission is free to spectators and wrestling starts at 10:30am. For more information, call at 843-655-1793 or visit www.facebook.com/beachwrestling.

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