Three Olympic Champions and four world champions headline field at Final X New York on June 8

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

The field has been finalized for Final X New York. presented by Tezos, on Wednesday, June 8 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Athletes qualified for Final X New York either by winning a 2021 World medal, or based upon their placement at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Coralville, Iowa, May 20-21.

The winner of each Final X Championship Series will represent the Team USA at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 10-18.

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Two Olympic Champions and five world champions headline field at Final X Stillwater on June 3

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

The field has been finalized for Final X Stillwater, presented by Tezos, on Friday, June 3 at Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

Athletes qualified for Final X Stillwater either by winning a 2021 World medal, or based upon their placement at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Coralville, Iowa, May 20-21.

The winner of each Final X Championship Series will represent the Team USA at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 10-18.

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14 Athletes Win World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Finals, to Advance to Final X Against a World Medalist

Seth Gross over Daniel Deshazer; Zahid Valencia over Mark Hall

CORALVILLE, Iowa – Final X 2022 has been completely determined, based upon the results of the final session at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament on Sunday.

On Sunday night, 14 weight classes had a best-of-three series on Sunday night, with only the winner advancing to Final X, where they will face a 2021 World medalist who had already qualified for Final X. In the first session Sunday morning, the two semifinal winners at 16 other weight classes also advanced to compete in Final X.

Tonight’s best of three series included seven weights in men’s freestyle, six in women’s freestyle and one in Greco-Roman.

Of the 14 series, 11 were finished in two-match sweeps, while three series went the full three matches. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

32 Wrestlers in 16 Weights Win World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Semifinals and Advance to Final X

Patrick Smith and Hayden Zillmer earn spots at Final X; Seth Gross, Daniel Deshazer, Mark Hall compete tonight

CORALVILLE, Iowa – The first group of wrestlers who have earned a spot in Final X were determined during the morning session of the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament at Xteam Arena this morning.

Winners of the semifinals in 16 weight classes punched their tickets to either Final X Stillwater on June 3 or Final X New York on June 8. Included were nine Greco-Roman weight classes, four women’s weight classes and three men’s freestyle weight classes.

Among the Greco-Roman athletes who qualified for Final X are past Olympians Ildar Hafizov (60 kg), Jesse Thielke (63 kg), Alejandro Sancho (67 kg) and Ben Provisor (82 kg).

Past World Team members in Greco-Roman advancing to Final X were Hafizov, Thielke, Provisor, Max Nowry (55 kg), Dalton Roberts (60 kg), Sammy Jones (63 kg), Patrick Smith (72 kg), Kamal Bey (77 kg), Alan Vera (87 kg) and Cohlton Schultz (130 kg). Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Five Top Seeds Are Knocked Off As 14 Men’s And Women’s Finals Set At World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Minnesota connection wrestlers Seth Gross, Daniel Deshazer, Mark Hall, Hayden Zillmer, and Marlynne Deede in contention

CORALVILLE, Iowa – Finals were set in 14 weight classes, including seven men’s freestyle weights, six women’s freestyle weights and one Greco-Roman weight at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament on Saturday night.

These 14 weight classes have a 2021 World medalist who has already advanced to Final X. These semifinal winners will compete in a best-of-three championship series on Sunday night for the right to compete in Final X.

During the session, four No. 1 seeds in men’s freestyle were beaten, as well as one No. 1 seed in Greco-Roman, to advance to the finals series.

In men’s freestyle, at 57 kg, NC State star Jakob Camacho, the No. 4 seed knocked off 2022 U.S. Open champion and top seed Matthew Ramos, 11-7. Camacho led 2-0 at the break and scored eight points in a wide open second period for the victory. Camacho won a U.S. Open title in 2021. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Four Olympians, Nine 2021 World Team Members Reach Greco-Roman Semifinals At World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Minnesota wrestlers Pat Smith, Ryan Epps, and Christian Dulaney are in the Greco semifinals

CORALVILLE, Iowa — The first session of the 2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament showcased on Saturday featured Greco-Roman wrestlers who are attempting to qualify for Final X New York or Final X Stillwater.

Past Olympians Ildar Hafizov (55 kg), Jesse Thielke (63 kg), Alejandro Sancho (67 kg), Ben Provisor (82 kg) advanced to the semifinals.

Hafizov pinned Phillip Moomey in 51 seconds in his quarterfinals match. Thielke also had a quarterfinal pin over Logan Savvy in 1:28. Sancho won by a 9-0 technical fall over We Rachel. Provisor had a bye this session.

Members of the 2021 World Team qualified for the semifinals also, including Max Nowry (55 kg), Dalton Roberts (60 kg), Sammy Jones (63 kg), Peyton Omania (67 kg), Patrick Smith (72 kg), Jesse Porter (77 kg), Provisor, Alan Vera (87 kg), and Cohlton Schultz (130 kg). Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Olympians Provisor and Hancock make Greco-Roman World Team; Roberts and Omania beat 2020 Olympians

The 2021 U.S. Senior World Greco-Roman Team will feature a pair of Olympians, three others with Senior World Championships experience and five first-time Senior World Team members when it travels to Oslo, Norway for the 2021 Senior World Championships, October 2-10.

The Greco-Roman championship series at the Senior World Team Trials in Lincoln, Neb. was a display of some veteran talent, and some exciting young stars looking to make a breakthrough.

Two-time Olympian Ben Provisor of the New York AC qualified for his second Senior World Team with an impressive two-match victory over Spencer Woods of Army WCAP at 82 kg. Provisor opened with a dominant 7-1 win in the first match, then kept good position on the way to a 4-2 win in bout two. Provisor wrestled at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and is now going to his second Senior Worlds. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Burroughs makes 10th USA Senior Team; World/Olympic medalists Cox, Green, Gwiazdowski also on men’s freestyle team

Jordan Burroughs of the Sunkist Kids won a new weight class to qualify for his 10th career U.S. World or Olympic Team, with an impressive victory at the World Team Trials in his college hometown of Lincoln, Neb. on Sunday.

Burroughs has made his eighth Senior World teams, along with two U.S. Olympic Team berths. In his previous nine World or Olympic appearances, he has won eight medals, five gold and three bronze.

He defeated talented Alex Dieringer of the Titan Mercury WC/CKWC in the finals series to the delight of his local fans. He secured a 10-5 victory in the first match, winning the key positions, then got an early lead and scored a 4-3 win over Dieringer in match two. Burroughs was a Hodge Trophy winner for Nebraska, then trained there during his international career until recently moving back to his Jersey roots with the Pennsylvania RTC.

Two-time World champion J’den Cox of the Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC secured a spot on his fourth Senior World team with two-match sweep over Kollin Moore of the Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC at 97 kg. Cox shut out Moore in both matches, winning 5-0 in the first match and 4-0 in the second bout. Cox boasts two World titles, an Olympic bronze and a World bronze in his four World-level appearances, winning a medal every time. Continue reading at teamusa.org →