Gilman, Stieber, Cox and Gwiazdowski receive men’s freestyle draws for World Championships

PARIS – The first four U.S. men’s freestyle athletes have weighed in and received their draws for the World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.

Americans taking the mat on Friday are Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF), World champion Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) and first time World Team members Thomas Gilman (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) and Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack WC).

“I know all of these guys are capable,” said Bill Zadick, U.S. National Freestyle Coach. “My hope for them is that they are smart and tough. I know they are well prepared, are physically prepared and they are good athletes. They have been winners at all levels. You still have to do it on the day, between the whistles. If we wrestle with great attitude, are exciting, and are smart and tough, we will be in a good spot.”

World No. 5 Cox will begin his first World Championships run against 2012 Junior World silver medalist Ahmed Dudarov of Germany at 86 kg/189 lbs. Continue reading at