Overview of the Greco-Roman World Team Trials 2018


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Today marks the start of the 2018 Greco-Roman World Team Trials in Tulsa, OK. Athletes competing in the classic style will complete the challenge tournament today to determine who wrestles in Friday’s finals. The fight begins at 10:00 a.m. Central.

The 10 athletes who won the US Open in April all have passes to the best of three trials finals on Friday. Below is a quick rundown of each weight, along with the seeds and people seated. You can find supports in FloArena.

When: June 21-22 | Where: Tulsa, okay

55kg

Sitting in the final: Max Nowry, US Army WCAP

  1. Sam Hazewinkel
  2. Kyndall Rutz
  3. Dalton duffield
  4. Great Britain Longmire
  5. Jabari moody
  6. Jerome Carter
  7. Schuyler Swanton
  8. Sean sesnan

Remark: Nowry never made a senior world team, but made two junior teams, three varsity teams, and one military team. He won a world university title in 2012, a Pan American gold medal in 2013 and a Pan American silver medal in 2018. An interesting clash could occur in the semifinals between U23 Trials winner Dalton Duffield and Sam Hazewinkel, who spent several years training Duffield.

60kg

Sitting in the final: Dalton Roberts, NYAC / NMU

  1. Mike (Leslie) Fuenffinger
  2. Ildar Hafizov
  3. Randon Miranda
  4. Taylor LaMont
  5. Ty Pelot
  6. Austin lister
  7. Devin Hester
  8. Jordan Auen
  9. Nicolas quillen

Remark: That weight could have the greatest volatility of all in this year’s tournament. Roberts was age stable Eddy, making world team after world team and winning the US Open in impressive style. But he lost in a three-game streak to Miranda at U23 trials, as well as to him at Bill Farrell. Roberts also went back and forth with Taylor LaMont, who won a junior medal when he and Roberts were teammates. Hafizov was a three-time World Team member for Uzbekistan and an Olympian in 2008 before coming to America, where he has since finished second at the 2016 Olympic Trials and was part of last year’s World Team.

63kg

Sitting in the final: Ryan Mango, US Army WCAP

  1. Jesse thielke
  2. Sammy Jones
  3. LilShawn Greedy
  4. Travis Rice
  5. Taylor Zipped
  6. Colton Rasche
  7. Xavier johnston
  8. Christian Hunt

Remark: Much of the 63kg equation was taken away with US Open seed Hayden Tuma gaining weight. Mango won in the Open, including a 9-0 victory over 2016 Olympian and former world junior medalist Jesse Thielke. Thielke technically has Sammy Jones at Dave Schultz, and Jones, in turn, technically has U23 Trials winner Travis Rice at the Open.

67kg

Sitting in the final: Ellis Coleman, US Army WCAP

  1. Alejandro sancho
  2. Hayden tuma
  3. Jessy williams
  4. Bunker Raymond
  5. Jamel johnson
  6. Austin Morrow
  7. Antoine Linares
  8. Connor myers
  9. Wesley dawkins
  10. Britton holms
  11. Morgan flaharty
  12. Chris Anderson

Remark: It will be hard not to pick Coleman against Alejandro Sancho, who goes from 72kg. Coleman has been an Olympian and made two world teams, while Sancho has been a finalist each of the past three years at WTT. The two met in last year’s final, with the series playing three games, although almost all runs scored were the result of a passive appeal. Tuma ahead is a fascinating ride, as like Sancho he’s still on the hunt for his first senior team, although Tuma has formed a number of junior teams.

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72kg

Sitting in the final: RaVaughn Perkins, NYAC

  1. Pat smith
  2. Chris Gonzalez
  3. Jon Jay Chavez
  4. Logan kass
  5. Nick tarpley
  6. Colin Shubert
  7. Eleazar Deluca
  8. Isaac Dukes
  9. Goodbye Brett
  10. Sergio Guerro
  11. Michel donato

Remark: The weight with the greatest parity at the Open is slightly different here in Tulsa, with Vegas champion Perkins sitting until the final, Alejandro Sancho dropping to 67kg and former age medalist Jon Jay Chavez dropping from 77 kg.

77kg

Sitting in the final: Kamal Bey, Sunkist Kids

  1. Mason Manville
  2. Peyton walsh
  3. Cody Pack
  4. Alec ortiz
  5. Jesse porter
  6. Michael hooker
  7. Brandon mueller
  8. Fritz schriel
  9. Corey fitzgerald
  10. Curt Calovecchi
  11. Eddie smith
  12. Jayshon wilson

Remark: Perhaps the biggest shake-up from last year’s testing was Mason Manville’s victory over Bey in the final, but Bey would go on to win a world junior title. Back in March at Bill Farrell, Bey had a close game with Kendrick Sanders, but Sanders will have to go through the mini-tournament just to reach Bey. The one everyone probably wants to see come to fruition is Jesse Porter, as Bey and Porter have fought a number of times over the years and there are almost never any dull moments in these matches.

82kg

Sitting in the final: Geordan Speiller, Florida Jets

  1. Cheney haight
  2. Barret Stanghill
  3. John stefanowicz
  4. Jacob Fisher
  5. Terrance Zaleski
  6. Carter Nielsen

Remark: Cheney Haight broke through to make his world second team last year, but it looks like Speiller’s weight to lose. Speiller is younger and made a Pan Am final last month.

87kg

Sitting in the final: Ben Provisor, Nittany Lion WC

  1. Pat Martinez
  2. Kevin radford
  3. Khymba johnson
  4. Richard carlson
  5. Easton Hargrave
  6. James souza
  7. Vaughn-Monreal-Bermer

Remark: Two-time Olympian and member of the 2017 World Team, Provisor is the prohibitive favorite, especially with Joe Rau not competing. But with Rau not struggling, double world teammate Patrick Martinez slips. The third seed is Khymba Johnson, who beat Provisor in December 2016.

97kg

Sitting in the final: Daniel Miller, United States Marines

  1. Tracy hancock
  2. Micah Bourak
  3. Lucas sheridan
  4. Kevin beazley
  5. Nicolas boykin
  6. Pete Gounaridis
  7. Daniel Olson
  8. Roy Nash

Remark: The return of G’Angelo Hancock breathes some life into that weight. Hancock, who was on the world junior, senior and U23 teams last year, has spent several months training abroad. The Colorado native was a bronze medalist at the 2016 world junior championships and represents an uncommon level of potential in recent years in America. Kevin Beazley, whose NCAA career was sadly cut short last season before he could make his final national tournament appearance, also wrestles.

130kg

Sitting in the final: Robby Smith, NYAC

  1. Adam coon
  2. Jacob Mitchell
  3. David Tate Orndorff
  4. Toby Ericson
  5. Dom bradley
  6. Donny Longendyke
  7. Alton Meeks
  8. Jarrod hinrichs
  9. Trent Osnes
  10. Malcolm Allen
  11. Logan renas
  12. Christophe pierce

Remark: In addition to Adam Coon doing the unthinkable and trying to make both the world freestyle and Greco teams at the same time, Dom Bradley will also compete in the classic style this weekend. Bradley has never competed in Greco at the senior level and will face three-time WTT finalist Toby Erickson in the quarterfinals. Erickson was a finalist in 2014, 2015 and 2017, finishing third in 2016, which is also the last time Coon was involved. Coon and Bradley could meet in the semi-finals in a rematch of the US Open semi-finals freestyle, won 3-3 on criteria by Coon. However, Robby Smith is the big favorite to make his sixth consecutive World or Olympic team, regardless of who comes out of the challenge tournament.

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Robert J. King