A look at Kamel Bey - Junior World Champion11 Nov 2017
By Tom Blair , ICW Staff
While watching Greco and the Women Freestyle at the Dave Schultz International Tournament on Nov 2nd at the OTC in Colorado Springs we came across Junior World Greco Champ Kamal Bey. This 19-year-old kid has taken on the chore of as one might say putting all his marbles into one bag as he changed from wrestling all three styles to just focus strictly on Greco.
Bey moved to the Olympic Training Center from Illinois where he is a high school state champion for Park-River Forest HS. He is also a five-time finalist during the Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. and won the Greco title in 2015.
Bey said “The change to one style is a great advance as you have training every day on just one aspect of the sports three styles and because changing from style to style can mess up your timing with each having different tactics.” Some of his best friends since coming to the OTC and being a resident are his training partners Pat Martinez and Ray plus Tracy Hancock. Tracy and I always want to one up on each other as we both are fierce competitors and don’t want to lose.
Bey is enjoying the challenges that comes with going overseas to all the different countries and seeing their training facilities and training methods, plus the international competition. Checking out the landscape and countryside also shows how much USA has for opportunities. Bey said he just wants to be a kid for a little longer and not have to deal with being adult yet”.
The move to the OTC has been a good one with new friends, new teammates and new coaches, all of which has given him added knowledge of the sport of wrestling. The team comradery has been super with the support of fellow members and he has a lot of brothers to watch over him to not get into any serious trouble but still have fun. As his parents still live in Illinois, there have families in town that have stepped up to take him in for home cook meals and family events. Bey’s parents is retired so they do make all of his major events to cheer him on and give him support.
The benefits of training and hanging out with the best people in the world of Greco has accelerated the learning process and has gotten him where he is today, a World Champion.
Bey followed up his World Junior title he won in Finland with earning a berth on the U23 World Team that will compete in Bydogoszcz, Poland on Nov. 21st – 26. But at the Dave Schultz tournament he was just watching his teammates and relaxing with a joke or two. Four of the teammates going to the U23 were taking the Dave Schultz Tournament off with just plan training hard taking most of their time. With the World Championships taking precedence and the opportunity to get over to Europe for what will be a multi-national training camp and tough international tournament, the four wrestlers opted to sit out the Schultz so as to avoid cramming too much in before Poland.
When asked about his expectation at the U23 World Championship, he said” nothing but first place is his goal” “have the skills, knowledge and training to go with my mind set, If I don’t beat myself – no one will beat me.”
Four team members from the U23 World Team, are flying off to Belarus Saturday Nov 4th for a camp, a potential dual meet, and the highly competitive Oleg Karavaev tournament in Minsk. Following that event, the four World Team members — Kamal Bey (80 kg, Sunkist, world no. 18 at 75 kg), Barrett Stanghill (85 kg, Minnesota Storm), Blake Smith (98 kg, NMU/OTS), and G’Angelo “Tracy” Hancock (130 kg, Sunkist, world no. 16 at 98 kg) — will be staying in Europe to further prepare ahead of the World Championships, set to begin just four days later on November 21st in Bydgoszcz, Poland.