Orange County Grappling Masters Wrestlers Defend their U.S. Open Titles – Updated

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Orange County Grappling (OCG) Masters Wrestlers, Dr. Petros Petrosyan and Brian Jones Defend their U.S. Open Titles on April 26, 2023, in Las Vegas, NV.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated following the victories of Dr. Petrosyan and Mr. Jones at the U.S. Open, who will now go on to defend their titles at the World Championships. Dr. Petrosyan won gold in freestyle and Greco-Roman at 88 Kilos, while Mr. Jones took Bronze in Freestyle and Gold in Greco-Roman Wrestling in the 130 Kilos weight class.

Dr. Petros Petrosyan, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, Rulon Gardner and Brian Jones at the U.S. Open.

In 2022, Dr. Petros Petrosyan and Brian Jones competed on behalf of Huntington Beach-based Orange County Grappling (OCG) at the U.S. Open Wrestling tournament in Las Vegas. At that year’s tournament, both Dr. Petrosyan took gold while Mr. Jones won bronze in their respective weight classes in the Masters Division for Freestyle Wrestling.

Upon entering the 2022 World Championships, Mr. Jones had a horrible first round match in Freestyle, which derailed his opportunity to win the Freestyle Heavyweight gold, but due to his mental resilience, recovered in Greco-Roman, and became the new 2022 United Wrestling World (UWW) Master’s World’s Heavyweight Champion. Dr. Petrosyan at 88Kg on the other hand, won the 2022 UWW (World) Freestyle Wrestling Gold going unscored upon on and pinning all his competition in the first period. This is unheard of in world class competition. He did not wrestle in the Greco-Roman division.

This year, Dr. Petrosyan will be aging out of his current Masters division and wants to go out with a bang! So he has decided to compete in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions, defending his 2022 Freestyle title at the same time shooting of course for gold in Greco-Roman as well. Brian Jones likewise will be attempting the same, defending his Greco-Roman gold. allowing them to go one more run as both will be competing in Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling in Las Vegas, NV, on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

Dr. Petrosyan is the head coach for OCG, who hold their practices at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, CA. Mr. Jones, an assistant coach with Orange County Grappling has downplayed his wrestling skills claiming to be just an average wrestling, but being able to pivot from a loss at the world championships in Freestyle to comeback and bring home the gold to the good ol’ U.S. of A. proves otherwise.

Both men plan on repeating at the U.S. Open, with Dr. Petrosyan competing in both styles will put him at 10 U.S. Championships.

If you live in the Southern California Area and wish to train with two world champions, visit www.oc-grappling.org for their full training schedule from youth wrestling to the masters division.

Follow Orange County Grappling on Instagram @orangecountygrappling.

The U.S. Open begins in Las Vegas, NV, on Wednesday April 26, 2023 and runs through April 30, 2023.

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