Bono to Lead Team USA to Istanbul, Turkey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — South Dakota State head wrestling coach Chris Bono has been selected to lead one of five USA Wrestling teams that will compete in five countries as part of the winter international tour season.

Bono will lead a 16-man roster that includes SDSU assistant Jon Reader to the Yasar Dogu International on March 28-29.

“I want to thank USA Wrestling for the opportunity to go overseas and coach some of the best guys in the world,” Bono said of his selection.

Joining Reader on the roster is 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott, along with a strong group of young talent that includes 2014 NCAA champion David Taylor.

“Winter tours are practice. Athletes come into camp and they learn. They have to take the tools they learn and apply them in a match. Winter tours are practice matches, but make no mistakes, practice counts. How you do counts. You have to compete hard and continue to improve. You especially have to test yourself in weak areas. Winter tours are very important,” said National Freestyle Coach Bruce Burnett.

Yasar Dogu International, Istanbul, Turkey (Mar. 28-29)
57 kg/125.5 lbs – Joe Colon, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Panther WC of NE Iowa)
57 kg/125.5 lbs – Kyle Hutter, Norfolk, Va. (Titan Mercury WC)
57 kg/125.5 lbs – Dan Mitcheff, Lorain, Ohio (NEORTC)
61 kg/134 lbs – Coleman Scott, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC)
61 kg/134 lbs – Brandon Precin, Ann Arbor, Mich. (NYAC/Michigan RTC)
65 kg/143 lbs – Jason Chamberlain, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC)
65 kg/143 lbs – Kellen Russell, High Bridge, N.J. (NYAC/Cliff Keen WC)
70 kg/154 lbs – Kyle Ruschell, Madison, Wis. (NYAC/Wisconsin RTC)
74 kg/163 lbs – David Taylor, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
74 kg/163 lbs – Jason Welch, Evanston, Ill. (Chicago RTC/Wrestling Prep)
86 kg/189 lbs – Keith Gavin, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
86 kg/189 lbs – Jon Reader, Brookings, S.D. (Sunkist Kids)
86 kg/189 lbs – Austin Trotman, Boone, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC)
97 kg/213 lbs – J.D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (NYAC/Ohio RTC)
97 kg/213 lbs – Wynn Michalk, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs – Matthew Meuleners, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC)
Coach – Chris Bono, Brookings, S.D.
Team Leader – Les Gutches, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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