Preview of Final X New York Greco-Roman

On June 8, the country’s top two senior-level athletes in 15 weight classes will battle for the opportunity to represent Team USA at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia (Sept. 10-18) at Final X New York, presented by Tezos. .

A year of senior-level competition will culminate for 30 wrestlers in this best-of-three series at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There will be two sessions to determine the members of the 2022 World Team, with a best-of-three series in each weight.

The first games of the series will take place in the first session starting at 2 p.m. ET. The second session with games two and three (if necessary) of the series will begin at 6 p.m. ET.

Three Olympians, Alejandro Sancho, Ildar Hafizov and G’Angelo Hancock will be featured in the Greco-Roman bouts. Among the 10 wrestlers, there have been 13 trips to a senior world championship and a world championship medal.

Fight 1 – 77 kg GR – Britton Holmes (Army WCAP) against Kamal Bey (Army WCAP)

Britton Holmes and Kamal Bey will kick off the action at the Hulu Theater in what will be their first match in years. However, that’s not to say the two don’t know each other. Bey and Holmes are teammates who train daily with Army WCAP. The match in New York will be an extension of their battles in the training room.

Holmes, a member of the 2021 U23 World Team, has etched his name in Greco-Roman conversation at senior level for some time now. To earn his place in New York, he won the semifinals of the 2021 World Team Trials Challenge tournament after upsetting No. 1 seed RaVaughn Perkins 4-3. The victory over Perkins shows the level at which Holmes struggles. Perkins is the 2016 Olympic Team Trials Champion, two-time Dave Schultz Memorial Champion and Pan Am Gold Medalist in 2022. He was also the 2022 US Open Champion. Holmes has also been at nearly every step of the Greco road -romaine to success after spending time at the OTC in Colorado Springs, NMU-RTC and now training at Army WCAP.

Bey, the 2017 junior world champion, is a name that sheds light on the Greco-Roman conversation. Bey fights an exciting style that people love to watch. He can score in almost any position and it’s dangerous to lock yourself in with him. Bey competed on the 2018 World Senior Team, won silver at the 2019 Pan American Championships, won the 2019 Dave Schultz Memorial International, and placed fifth at the 2018 World Junior Championships. he defeated Jesse Porter, a member of the 2021 Senior World Team and 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Champion.

No recent results

Fight 4 – 87 kg GR – Alan Vera (NYAC) against Timothy Young (Illinois)

The second Greco-Roman match of the evening will be Alan Vera and Timothy Young. Vera, a member of the 2021 World Team, has dominated this year. At the US Open, Vera won the championship without letting a single point score for her throughout the tournament. Vera and Young first met in the US Open semi-finals where Vera wrapped up the match in one period. After Young attempted a forward header, Vera came out on top and got a pin with 24 seconds left in the period. The score at the time of the pinfall was 4-0.

Young, who struggled at Old Dominion before it was dropped, is a former member of the U20 World Team. He took third place at the US Open this year and will be looking to make his first senior world team in New York. As a caddy, Young placed fifth at the World Championships in 2014. It won’t be easy to do it again at the senior level with Vera on her way. Vera, who is an immigrant from Cuba, is the 2019 Dave Schultz Memorial International Champion and won gold at the 2016 Pan Am Championships.

Recent results

April 27, 2022 – USMC US Open semifinals – Vera pin Young, 6-0

Fight 6 – 67 kg GR – Alejandro Sancho (Army WCAP) against Alston Nutter (Sunkist Kids)

Alejandro Sancho vs. Alston Nutter is one of the most anticipated Greco-Roman matches of the evening. In the last two games, they struggled against Sancho, a 2020 Olympian, who slipped past Nutter with 6-5 wins. In the US Open semi-final fight, Sancho scored two points on a first-half arm spin, he then defended a duck under to score another two points and put two more on the board to go out 6- 0 at the end of the first period. Nutter, a member of the 2021 World U23 team and 2019 World U20 bronze medalist, pulled himself together in the second half, scoring a point on passivity and another four on a comeback, but it wasn’t enough to win the game .

In their 2021 Senior World Team Trials semi-final game, Alston defended an arm throw and scored two runs on an out. He added two more points early in the first period with a hose wrench. Sancho answered with a pitch, but Nutter knocked it down, making it 5-2 at the end of the first period. In the second period, Sancho took a body lock for one out to make it 5-4. Sancho scored two more from a body lock for the final score of 6-5. Their last two games have been a battle, as they aren’t afraid to risk points to go for high-scoring moves. As they vie for a spot on the World Team, expect even more fights from Nutter and Sancho.

Recent results
April 27, 2022 – USMC US Open Semi-Finals – Sancho Dec. Crazy, 6-5
September 11, 2021 – Senior World Team Trials Semi-Finals – Sancho Dec. Crazy, 6-5

Combat 8 ​​– 60 kg GR – Dalton Roberts (WCAP Army) vs. Ildar Hafizov (WCAP Army)

This fight is another one to get excited about. Dalton Roberts, 2021 World Tag Team Trials Champion and 2020 Olympian Ildar Hafizov both train at Army WCAP and have historically gone the distance in their previous two best-of-three series matches. At the 2021 Senior World Team Trials, Hafizov won the first match on criteria, 3-3. Roberts came back with a 5-3 victory in the second round and a technical fall over Hafizov in the third and final round. The 2018 World Team Trials went the same way. Hafizov won 4-3 in round 1, Roberts attacked Hafizov 10-2 in round 2 and won by decision in round 3, 4-3. More recently, Roberts narrowly beat Hafizov at the 2022 Bill Farrell Memorial, Roberts went down and Hafizov scored three on a side lift. Roberts scored two points on a forward header to a go behind making the score 3-2. In the second period, Hafizov fell to the ground and Roberts scored three on a lift to make it 6-3 in favor of Roberts. Hafizov scored two more with a turn in the dying seconds of the game, but it wasn’t enough for the win.

Both wrestlers have been on several US senior world teams. It will be interesting to see how they fare in New York given that they are very familiar opponents. Hafizov, who is also a member of the 2019 World Team, has excellent lift and is good on the ground, while Roberts, a member of the 2019 World U23 Team, pushes the pace in his matches and has an incredible gas tank on his side.

Recent results

April 1, 2022 – Bill Farrell Memorial International – Roberts Dec. Hafizov, 6-5
September 11, 2021 – Third Round of Senior World Team Trials – Roberts tech. fall Hafizov, 9-0
September 11, 2021 – Second Round of Senior World Team Trials – Roberts Dec. Hafizov, 5-3
September 11, 2021 – First Round of Senior World Team Trials – Hafizov Dec. Roberts, 3-3
June 21, 2018 – Senior Greco-Roman World Team Trials Round 3 – Roberts Dec. Hafizov, 4-3
June 21, 2018 – Senior Greco-Roman World Team Events Round 2 – Roberts tech. fall Hafizov, 10-2, 4:30
June 21, 2018 – Senior Greco-Roman World Team Events Round 1 – Hafizov Dec. Roberts, 4-3

Fight 10 – 97 kg GR – G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist Kids) against Braxton Amos (Wisconsin RTC)

The final Greco-Roman match of the evening will feature world bronze medalist G’Angelo Hancock and 2021 world junior bronze medalist Braxton Amos. Thanks to his world bronze medal, Hancock was the only Greco-Roman wrestler who had already qualified for Final X. At the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, Amos had to go the distance to qualify the weight. In the semis, he defeated No. 1 seed and 2022 Pan Am bronze medalist Nicholas Boykin. In the finals, he edged Haydn Maley, a 2019 NCAA qualifier for Stanford, to earn the place in New York with Hancock. .

Amos and Hancock have met before in the best of three finals of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials series. Hancock, a 2020 Olympian, won back-to-back matches by technical pinfall with perfect scores of 8- 0 on Amos. Hancock has a lot more experience at the senior level. He is the 2020 Pan Am Champion, 2019 and 2016 Bill Farrell Memorial Champion, 2019 World Team Member, 2019 and 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial Champion, and 2018 and 2017 World U23 and Senior Team Member. . I Wisconsin, is the youngest wrestler, but there’s no way to tell who will have a better day on June 8. Amos is very complete in both styles. He is the 2021 World Junior Freestyle Champion, 2021 Pan American Championships silver medalist and was the #1 P-4-P wrestler in high school by Flo Wrestling.

Recent results
April 3, 2020 – U.S. Olympic Team Trials Round 1 – Hancock Tech. fall Amos, 8-0
April 3, 2020 – Second Round of US Olympic Team Trials – Hancock Tech. fall Amos, 8-0

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Robert J. King