2019 Greco-Roman U23 World Team Trials Preview and Prediction

photo courtesy of John Sachs; Tech-Fall.com

From Friday to Sunday in Akron, Ohio, one of the biggest national events of the year will take place, the Men’s Cadet and World U23 Team Trials. Today we focus on one of the first tournaments played, the Men’s U23 Greco-Roman Championships. For the first two years of this world tournament, the United States was shut out in its quest for world medals. This year’s weather has the potential to be the best and most experienced we have fielded to date. Six of the ten squad members from the 2018 squad have returned and signed up to compete again in the World Under-23 Trials. Here are the top wrestlers to watch in eight of the ten weight classes, along with predictions for first through fourth place in each bracket.

******Preview written using entries at 2pm May 29******

55 kilograms – The favorite at 55kg will be 2018 U23 team member Dalton Duffield. Dalton was the first seed at the Senior World Team Trials two weeks ago; however, he was upset in back-to-back games in the Finals by Brady Koontz. He was also a finalist at the US Open this year. There is one opponent in this area with a win over Duffield in 2019 and that is Sean Sesnan. Sean made it to the Dave Schultz Memorial, but he finished under Dalton after losing more games in their round robin draw. When the pair met at the Senior WTT, it was Duffield who prevailed through technology. Last year in the U23s, Sesnan took third place. Jace Koelzer of northern Colorado is the top winner in the World Junior Team Trials category who entered. He finished fourth in that tournament and lost to the eventual champion by just one point. Cevion Severado, the 2017 world junior silver medalist, was seeded at the same junior trials but put in an unusual performance and missed the standings. Another current DI wrestler to watch is Stanford’s three-time NCAA qualifier Gabe Townsell. In high school, Townsell was a two-time national junior finalist at Fargo, earning a stop sign in 2015. Although he may be younger than most other competitors at this weight, Old Dominion signee Anthony Molton was also a junior national. runner up and comes from a strong Greco state of Illinois.

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Robert J. King