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 →

Olympian Miracle makes World Team in women’s freestyle; Burkert wins in deciding third bout for fourth World Team

Six new U.S. Senior World Team members in women’s wrestling were determined during the Championship Series at the Senior World Team Trials in Lincoln, Neb.

The winners join four Tokyo Olympic medalists from the USA to form the 10-athlete team competing in Oslo, Norway, October 2-10.

2020 Tokyo Olympian Kayla Miracle of the Sunkist Kids will also compete in the World Championships in Oslo after defeating 2018 World bronze medalist Mallory Velte in two matches at 62 kg. Miracle won the first bout, 5-3, but was able to open up her offense in a 10-2 victory in bout two. This will be Miracle’s second Senior World team, to go along with the Olympic berth.

Making her fourth Senior World Team was Jenna Burkert of Army WCAP, who needed three full matches to defeat 2019 World champion and 2020 Olympian Jacarra Winchester of the Titan Mercury WC at 55 kg. All three bouts were close, with exciting finishes. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Olympians Hafizov, Sancho, Hancock, Provisor reach Greco-Roman finals series at World Team Trials

Minnesota wrestlers Pat Smith and Ryan Epps are in the finals

There were 10 spots on the U.S. Senior World Team in Greco-Roman up for grabs this weekend at the World Team Trials at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. The finalists were set in each of these weight classes during a competitive semifinal round on Saturday night.

Advancing into the best-of-three Championship Series on Saturday afternoon are four past Olympians: 2020 Tokyo Olympians Ildar Hafizov of Army WCAP at 60 kg, Alejandro Sancho of Army WCAP at 67 kg and G’Angelo Hancock of the Sunkist Kids at 97 kg, plus 2012 and 2016 Olympian Ben Provisor at 82 kg.

All will compete in a best-of-three Championship Series on Sunday afternoon, with winners advancing to the Senior World Championships in Oslo, Norway, October 2-10. Continue reading at teamusa.org →