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Europe who can assist you in
in your area. Feel free to contact any of the clubs listed here for information about their
practice times and events.
We are happy to answer your questions or to assist you in forming a wrestling club of your own.
Upcoming 2014 events:
January 18th. - Las Vegas, NV
(Sin City ShootOut)
February 15th. - San Diego, CA
(President's Day Weekend)
February 23rd. - Sydney, AU
May 24th. - Denver, CO
(Memorial Day Weekend)
July 5th. - Columbus, OH
(July 4th. Weekend)
August 11th. - 13th. - Cleveland, OH
(Gay Games 9)
September 21st - San Francisco, CA
(Folsom St. Fair Weekend)
October 11th - Philadelphia, PA
(Columbus Day Weekend)
Welcome to Wrestlers WithOut Borders
Wrestlers WithOut Borders (WWB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
promotion and development of the noble Olympic wrestling sports of
Freestyle Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Beach Wrestling, and Non-Gi Grappling,
as defined by
WWB & FILA.
.... Take a Las Vegas trip, prep for Gay Games IX ....
The 2014 wrestling season, which will climax in August with the Gay Games 9 competition in Cleveland at Case Western University,
kicks off in January at the Las Vegas Sin City Shootout.
Like the Shootout, the Gay Games will offer both freestyle and grappling opportunities.
This will be the first time grappling has ever been held in the Gay Games. Freestyle wrestling is the only sport that has
been sanctioned in every Gay Games since the first one in 1982. Both will be sanctioned in 2014 by USA Wrestling.
For registration and more information for Las Vegas Sin City tournament, click
For registration info for Gay Games 9, Cleveland tournament, click
Information on Grappling and FreeStyle rules used by WWB for both events click
* * * Five wrestlers named to the 2013 WWB Hall of Merit * * *
Five veteran wrestlers from Europe, Australia and the
United States were inducted into the Wrestlers WithOut Borders Hall of Merit at the
Runyon Wrestling Classic tournament in Las Vegas in January 2013,
held as part of the Sin City Shootout sports festival.
This year's inductees are:
- Manfred Molt, Stuttgart, top point-scorer in the 2002 Gay Games in
- Carlis Sharpe, San Francisco, three-time Gay Games gold medalist
in Gay Games I-III
- Peter Verey, Sydney, former Australian National Team member who
drafted the standards used in Gay Games wrestling
- Drew Till, New York City, co-founder of Metro Wrestling Club and a
- Calvin Malone, San Francisco, three-time Gay Games gold medalist in
Gay Games VI-VIII
"Each of these wrestlers has made a significant contribution to the wrestling community
far beyond their excellence on the mat in competition and been invaluable in the success
of WWB and its member clubs," said WWB Chairman Roger Brigham.
"All of them have proven track records as respected coaches and competitors in the
mainstream sports world that translates into acceptance and legitimacy for LGBT wrestling.
Manfred's success at the Gay Games, and EuroGames has been the most consistent and
unifying theme in recent years and his leadership was key to European success at the
Gay Games in Cologne. Carlis and Calvin both had dazzling scholastic careers,
have been tireless fundraising leaders, and have provided inspiration and technical
advice to scores of wrestlers. Peter supplied a framework under which Gay Games wrestling
has been run so successfully the past decade, and Drew has been tireless in his coaching
and organization efforts for more than 20 years."
The Don Jung WWB Hall of Merit is named in honor of Don Jung, a CIF champion,
organizer of the first Gay Games wrestling tournament in 1982. It was founded in 2007,
and there are 28 previous members. It honors those "who have displayed sacrifice and
selflessness to encourage other to achieve as much as they could and to create
safe and supportive wrestling opportunities for athletes regardless of skill level,
gender, orientation, or age." Inductions are made every year on nominations to the WWB board.
For more information on the WWB Hall of Merit, visit our
Forty wrestlers from nine countries competed in the Gay Games VIII freestyle tournament in Cologne.
Powered by three-time gold medalists Gene Dermody and Calvin Malone, San Francisco edged
New York City for top honors in a tight competition. For medal results,
Club membership is open to legitimate wrestling organizations that
have demonstrated a commitment to wrestlers of all ages, gender and orientation in a safe, non-elitist
environment and which adhere to the policies and
procedures as set forth by FILA.
We also have represented our member
clubs as a voting member of the
Federation of Gay Games and assist in the planning of that event.
As of October 2006, WWB was reincorporated to broaden its mission beyond the Gay Games.
Position October 2011: Letter to FGG members regarding 1QE discussions
Keep the Gay Games the premier global LGBT sports-cultural event
Position February 2010:
Wrestlers WithOut Borders NOT to support World OutGames-3 Antwerp 2013