Case Western Reserve University wrestlers will leave for an international summer trip to Italy on Tuesday, May 21st. The 10-day trip will provide the wrestlers with an opportunity for sightseeing and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, in addition to having the chance to compete at the prestigious Matteo Pellicone Open.
"We have been planning an international trip for two years now and for it to be right around the corner is surreal," said Head Coach Danny Song. "What is unique about this event is that it was recently named a United World Wrestling Championships Ranking event. With that being said, we were required to apply for licenses to compete on behalf of our USA Wrestling national office as Team USA. This is a something that no CWRU program has done before and we are excited to blaze this trail and pave the wave for future Spartan Wrestlers. In addition to competing in Sassari City, we will also be training at the Italian Olympic Training Center."
An incredibly unique spin to the trip is that members of Case Western Reserve and John Carroll University will join as one team to represent Cleveland-Ohio-USA.
The Spartans are scheduled to begin their trip in Rome, where they will work out at the Olympic Training Center and also have the opportunity to sightsee and discover the cultural experiences.
The CWRU wrestlers will also have the opportunity to compete in the Sassari City Matteo Pellicone Memorial Open in Sardinia, Italy from Saturday, May 25th through Sunday, May 26th. Saturday will serve as a freestyle tournament, while Sunday is an international tournament of beach wrestling.
Check back at athletics.case.edu throughout the trip for photos from the trip and updated diary entries from the athletes.