The 2018 U.S. World Wrestling Teams in the three Olympic disciplines have set high goals for the 2018 World Wrestling Championships, set for the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28.
The United States was the 2017 World Team Champions in men’s freestyle, and will be seeking to win back-to-back World titles for the first time in history. Last year was only the third time ever, and the first time in 22 years, that Team USA won the World Team title in men’s freestyle wrestling. The team was led by two champions and six individual medalists.
The U.S. women’s freestyle team placed a strong second at the 2017 World Championships, one of its greatest performances ever. The 2017 team featured three medalists, including a World champion. The USA is seeking to win the World Team title in women’s freestyle for only the second time, with its previous team title in 1999.
The U.S. Greco-Roman program, led by a group of young talents, is poised to challenge for individual medals and improve upon its team finish from recent World Championships. The USA has won one Greco-Roman World Team title in 2007.
One of the most dedicated forces to promoting wrestling globally is from Minnesota. No, he doesn’t live there now, but LeSueur native Bill May has been steadily churning out news, notes and rankings for nearly four decades.
May, who wrestled at St. Thomas and for the Minnesota Wrestling Club, left the U.S. decades ago and has been one of the most knowledgable wrestling journalists in the world. His career has taken him to numerous Olympic Games and World Championships and on Episode 30 of The Guillotine Grapevine, May will explain his journey from Minnesota to Japan to his home now in the Czech Republic.
Bill’s a fun guy and is one of the world’s top experts on women’s wrestling. We’ll look at things beyond the sport and how the Helen Maroulis gold medal changed women’s wrestling.