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 →

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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Steveson declines World Team spot, so eight Olympic medalists will compete in Worlds in Oslo

World Team Trials in Lincoln to have 22 weight classes

Olympic champion Gable Steveson, who won his medal at 125 kg in men’s freestyle at the Tokyo Games, has notified USA Wrestling that he will not accept a position on the U.S. World Team that will compete at the 2021 Senior World Championships in Oslo, Norway, October 2-10.

According to the 2021 World Team Selection Procedures, “The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Medalist, if competing at the same weight class, will receive the automatic selection to the 2021 World Team at that same weight.”

The USA won nine medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and eight of the medalists have accepted their spot on the 2021 U.S. Senior World Team: Olympic champion Tamyra Mensah Stock (68 kg in women’s freestyle), Olympic champion David Taylor (86 kg in men’s freestyle), Olympic silver medalist Adeline Gray (76 kg in women’s freestyle), Olympic silver medalist Kyle Snyder (97 kg in men’s freestyle), Olympic bronze medalist Helen Maroulis (57 kg in women’s freestyle), Olympic bronze medalist Kyle Dake (74 kg in men’s freestyle), Olympic bronze medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kg in women’s freestyle) and Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Gilman (57 kg in men’s freestyle). Continue reading at teamusa.org →

2018 Junior World Greco-Roman Team set during exciting Trials event in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 2018 U.S. Junior World Greco-Roman team was determined at the World Team Trials event held on Friday.

Winners of the best-of-three Championship Series in the 10 international weight classes have earned the right to represent Team USA at the Junior World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia, Sept. 17-23.

Two of the 10 series went the full three matches. 2017 Cadet World Champion Cohlton Schultz lost the first match at 130 kg to Anthony Cassioppi, but powered back with a 7-7 win in bout two and an 8-4 win in bout three to take the series. Schultz was also a member of the 2017 Junior World Team, and earns a repeat trip.

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Kerkvliet and Howard punch tickets to second-consecutive Cadet Worlds

AKRON, Ohio – Team USA’s Cadet World Team is completed after the Cadet Freestyle Trials wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with 10 talented, young athletes punching their tickets to the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, July 2-8.

Highlighting the 2018 squad are returning World Team members Daniel Kerkvliet at 110 kg and Robert Howard at 55 kg.

Kerkvliet will head to Croatia to defend his World title from 2017. In Akron, he went unscored on, winning three shutout technical falls to advance to the finals. There, Kerkvliet continued his dominance with two quick wins over Hunter Catka.

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