SJU Wrestling to Host Members of Mongolian National Team March 22-23 for Camp

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s will host the Mongolian national wrestling team for a day camp on Saturday-Sunday, March 22-23, in Sexton Arena. The two-day camp is $50 per registrant and features two sessions per day, 10 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m., with lunch provided in between. If interested, please contact SJU assistant coach Tony Willaert at aawillaert@csbsju.edu or 507-327-7582.

The Mongolian team will compete at the 2014 Freestyle World Cup this weekend, March 15-16, in Los Angeles. The event is the annual dual-meet championships and features the top 10 men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world, based on the results of the 2013 World Championships. Mongolia is currently tied with Cuba for seventh, the United States is fifth.

Saint John's JohnniesThe camp clinicians include current and former members of the team, including SJU graduate and three-time NCAA Division III national champion Minga Batsukh ’11 (66 kg./145 lbs.). Batsukh finished his collegiate career with an 88-19 career record in March 2011, though 12 of the 19 losses occurred during his freshman season in 2007-08. He was awarded with the NCAA Championships’ prestigious Outstanding Wrestler award and the D3wrestle.com National Wrestler of the Year awards as a senior after capping his senior season with a near-perfect 27-1 record. Internationally, Batsukh finished first at the Tulgat Open in 2011 and second at the 2012 Mongolian Open.

Camp Clinicians:
-Naranbaatar “Nambaa” Bayaraa (55 kg./121 lbs.): A three-time Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012); placed first at the 2012 World Olympic Qualifying tournament; claimed second at the 2007 World Championships; placed third at the 2005 World Championships; claimed first at the 2005 World University Championships; placed fifth at the 2010 World Championships.

-Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (66 kg./145 lbs.): Claimed third at the 2013 World Championships; finished second at the 2013 Asian Championships; placed third at the University World Championships.

-Nyamochir Enkhsaikhan (60 kg./132 lbs.): Placed fifth at the 2013 World Championships; claimed first at the 2012 Kunaev International tournament held in Kazakhstan; finished second at the 2010 NYAC Open; Claimed third at the 2007 Asian Championships.

-Chuluunbat Jargalsaikhan (120 kg./heavyweight): Claimed fifth at the 2011 World Championships; finished second in the 2010, and 2013 Asian Senior Championships; finished third at the 2008, 2011 and 2012 Asian World Championships.

-Head coach Battulga Byambajav: Three-time Olympic head coach for the Mongolian National team (2000, 2004, 2008); earned Coach of the Year recognition in 2005 and 2007; coached for Mongolia’s cadet-, junior- and senior-level national teams at the respective World Championships (1998-2013).

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