USA Wrestling primed for success at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 20-28

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. Continue reading

James wins silver and Lovell snags bronze at Veteran Freestyle World Championships

Rudy James is an assistant coach for Apple Valley High School

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Rudy James of St. Paul, Minn., earned a silver medal at 70 kg on Friday at the Veteran World Championships in Skopje, Macedonia. Three other Americans placed in the top five.

James competed in Division B, which is for athletes between the ages of 41 and 45. To start the tournament, James collected a pair of shutout technical falls, including a 10-0 win over Onder Ozgul of Turkey and an 11-0 win against M. Tanev of Macedonia.

In the semifinals, Hancock squeaked out a 3-0 decision over Ganbat Dorjgotov of Mongolia to land a spot in the finals.

There, he dropped a 12-2 bout to MuhammadAli Haghighatdou of Great Britain to wrap up a silver-medal finish. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Fix and Berge bounce back for bronze, Brooks and Elam capture silver at Junior Worlds

TRNAVA, Slovakia – The USA Junior men’s freestyle team finished Saturday night’s session with two silver and two bronze medals in Trnava, Slovakia.

Claiming silver medals were Aaron Brooks at 79 kg and Zach Elam at 97 kg.

2017 Cadet World champion Brooks had a back-and-forth battle with Hayato Ishiguro, who was third at the Japanese Senior World Trials. The bout ended with 21 points on the board and an 11-10 win for Ishiguro.

Brooks scored first with a takedown, but Ishiguro responded quickly with a takedown and gut wrench. At the break, Brooks led on criteria, 4-4. The second period saw points flying, which included three takedowns and exposure. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Lewis secures Junior World semifinal bid, three-time World champion Steveson upended in quarterfinals

TRNAVA, Slovakia – In only his third freestyle tournament of his career, Mekhi Lewis advanced to the Junior World semifinals at 70 kg with two quick wins on Saturday morning in Trnava, Slovakia. His wins included a technical fall and a pin.

Against Erik Reinbok of Estonia, Lewis scored takedown after takedown to open his first international tournament with a 10-0 win.

The quarterfinals put the Virginia Tech wrestler against South Africa’s Matthew Bartlett, who is a four-time age-group African Championships silver medalist. Lewis was on the board quickly with a takedown, putting Bartlett to his back and securing the fall at the 1:04 mark.

In tonight’s semifinals, Lewis will face 2018 Junior Asian silver medalist Bat-Erdene Byambasuren of Mongolia. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Steveson Still Improving After Three World Titles

TRNAVA, Slovakia (September 21) – It’s hard to believe that Gable Steveson (USA) is still improving after winning three world titles, but he stood outside Trnava’s City Sports Hall and said it’s possible.

“I’m stronger, quicker and my endurance is better than ever, but I’m still growing,” said Steveson. “I look at myself as the second-place guy, and that’s how I’m approaching every practice. Even though I’ve reached the top, I still train like I’m behind somebody.”

With two years of junior eligibility left, Steveson’s comes to Slovakia chasing his fourth age-level world title.

No doubt that he enters the 2018 Junior World Championships with a target on his back and he knows it. “I love having the target on my back. A lot of people have tried to hit the target, but as of right now, everyone has missed.” Continue reading at unitedworldwrestling.org

Steveson Set for Junior World Championships

The 2018 Junior World Championships are underway in Trnava, Slovakia, where University of Minnesota wrestler Gable Steveson will look to capture his fourth consecutive world championship.

Gable has won three previous world titles up to this point in time. The four-time state champion from Apple Valley won Cadet World Championships in 2015 and 2016 and moving up an age-group in 2017, Stevenson won five matches on his way to claiming the top spot on the podium and a Junior World Championship. Steveson’s first-place finish in 2017 helped the USA capture their first Junior Men’s Freestyle World Team Title since 1984. Continue reading

Kerkvliet out of Junior World Championships, Elam to compete at 97 kg

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 2017 Cadet World champion Daniel Greg Kerkvliet will miss the 2018 Junior World Championships after sustaining a recent injury. Kerkvliet was slated to suit up for the U.S. at 97 kg/213 lbs.

After winning a gold medal on the Cadet World stage last summer, Kerkvliet recently represented the United States once again at the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, in July, where he finished with a silver medal. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org