Jones and Woods will compete for Team USA in Greco-Roman wrestling at the world championships in Belgrade, Serbia


Sammy Jones (left) and Spencer Woods (right)

USA Wrestling has announced two changes to its roster for the 2022 Senior World Wrestling Championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, beginning Saturday, September 10.

Sammy Jones (Rockford, Mich./New York AC) will compete at 63kg, while Spencer Woods (Colorado Springs, Colo./US Army WCAP) will wrestle at 82kg.

Jones replaces Jesse Thielke (Colorado Springs, Colorado/US Army WCAP), while Woods replaces Ben Provisor (Des Moines, Iowa/New York AC).

Jones and Woods both placed second in the Final X in June and are ranked No. 2 on the Greco-Roman national team.

Jones will be competing at his second senior World Championships, after placing 17th at the 2021 World Championships in Oslo, Norway. Jones was a bronze medalist at the 2014 World University Championships. He won gold at the 2022 Pan American Championships and added a bronze medal at the 2016 Pan American Championships.

Jones is from Folsom, Louisiana and attended Northern Michigan University, where he was a member of the Northern Michigan University National Training Site team.

Jones’ weight class will take place in Belgrade on Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September 12.

Woods is participating in these first senior world championships. He placed 19th at the 2021 U23 World Championships.

Woods is originally from Shungnak, Alaska. He attended the University of Maryland and then Northern Michigan University, where he was a member of the Northern Michigan University National Training Site team. He joined the United States Army and is currently a member of its World Class Athlete Program.

Woods’ weight class will take place in Belgrade on Sunday September 11 and Monday September 12.

United States Greco-Roman World Team Roster
55kg – Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colorado/WCAP Army)
60kg – Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, CO/WCAP Army)
63kg – Sammy Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado/New York AC)
67kg – Alejandro Sancho (Colorado Springs, CO/WCAP Army)
72kg – Benji Peak (Marquette, Mich./Sunkist Kids)
77kg – Kamal Bey (Colorado Springs, Colorado/US Army WCAP)
82 kg – Spencer Woods (Colorado Springs, Colorado/US Army WCAP)
87kg – Alan Vera (Jersey City, NJ/NYC RTC/New York AC)
97kg – Braxton Amos (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids)
130kg – Cohlton Schultz (Parker, Colorado/Sunkist Kids)

Robert J. King