Olympic medalists Cox, Burroughs among men’s freestyle stars to reach World Team Trials finals series

There will be best-of-three championship series in six weight classes on Sunday afternoon

A pair of past Olympic medalists were among the men’s freestyle stars to win their World Team Trials semifinals on Saturday evening, and earn a spot in the best-of-three championships series at their weights on Sunday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.

2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World champion J’den Cox of the Titan Mercury WC was in control of his semifinals, an 8-0 victory over Myles Martin of the Titan Mercury WC. Cox, at the weight where he won his two World titles, will battle Kollin Moore of the Titan Mercury WC in the finals, after Moore defeated Nathan Jackson of the NYAC in his semifinals, 12-6.

2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs continued his strong run at a new weight class, with a crafty 5-3 win over former Penn State star Jason Nolf at 79 kg. Burroughs, a two-time Olympian who was second at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 74 kg, bumped up to this non-Olympic weight class for a chance at another Senior World Team. He will face Alex Dieringer of the Titan Mercury WC, who secured a 6-1 decision over Isaiah Martinez of Titan Mercury WC in the other final. Dieringer had been competing at 86 kg during the Olympic year.

Two-time World medalists James Green of the Titan Mercury WC at 70 kg and Nick Gwiazdowski of the Titan Mercury WC at 125 kg were also semifinals winners in their weight class. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Olympians Winchester, Miracle, Junior World champs Nelson, Blades, Welker reach World Team Trials finals in women’s freestyle

A ton of young talent was on display at the Senior World Team Trials in the women’s freestyle division, as the championships series finals have been set in the six weight classes being contested this weekend at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.

A pair of 2020 Olympians who are seeking a spot on the Senior World Team won their semifinals, Jacarra Winchester of the Titan Mercury WC at 55 kg and Kayla Miracle of the Sunkist Kids at 62 kg.

Winchester, who was fifth at the 2020 Olympics down at 53 kg, won a 12-0 technical fall over Amanda Martinez of the Cardinal WC at 55 kg. Winchester was a 2019 World champion at 55 kg. She will battle 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up Jenna Burkert of Army WCAP, who also had a technical fall win in the semifinals. Burkert was second in the Olympic Trials up at 57 kg. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Webster joins Gopher Wrestling Club

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Minnesota 184-pounder Owen Webster has joined the Gopher Wrestling Club RTC, as announced by the club on Thursday morning.

Webster finished his career as a Gopher this past March as a two-time NCAA Qualifier and a three-time letterwinner in the Maroon & Gold. He posted a 48-30 career record and holds the record for the fastest pin in program history at 11 seconds.

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Olympian Gable Steveson returns to jubilant Apple Valley High for a golden hometown celebration

Gophers wrestler has yet to say whether he’s returning to the U or explore other opportunities.

Olympic wrestling gold medalist Gable Steveson returned for a celebration Thursday to the Apple Valley High School gym where just three years ago he would have been sitting among the school’s 1,600 students.

Steveson, 21, spent the last two years wrestling for the University of Minnesota before becoming a bona fide global sports star in August with a come-from-behind victory in the final second of the gold medal match in Tokyo.

“Life’s been crazy for me,” the 2018 Apple Valley High graduate said in brief remarks at a 15-minute welcome home rally. “Never give up on your dreams. Your life can change in a second just like mine did. … Happy Gable Steveson Day!”

Since winning the gold, Steveson gets recognized and stopped everywhere he goes. He’s been weighing numerous lucrative opportunities, ranging from the NFL and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to staying at the U and wrestling for the Gophers, where he can now profit from his own name, image and likeness under recent NCAA rule changes.

In an interview, Steveson said he’s “90 percent” decided on his next step and will make an announcement in a week or two. But Thursday was all about soaking up the hometown love in his old gym among people who knew him before the rest of the world did. Continue reading at startribune.com →

USA Wrestling to give free tickets to military and first responder families to its Senior World Team Trials

USA Wrestling to give free tickets to military and first responder families to its Senior World Team Trials in Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 11-12

During the weekend which marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attack on the United States, USA Wrestling will make a special invitation to one of its most important events to honor and recognize those who have served our great nation.

USA Wrestling will provide free tickets to the Senior World Team Trials, held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 11-12, to military and first responders, as well as their immediate families.

This invitation covers both days of the competition, Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12.

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