The American Greco-Roman team led by senior world team members Schultz, Peak, Omania is ready for the U23 World Championships in Spain


Cohlton Schultz (USA) competing at the 2022 Senior World Championships. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers are Warriors

USA brings an experienced team of hungry Greco-Roman wrestlers, as they seek to win their first U23 world medal in this style since the event was established by United World Wrestling in 2017. Team USA will feature three former members of the Senior World Team. in the program in Greco-Roman, which will be the first discipline disputed, from October 17 to 19 in Pontavedra, Spain.

Leading the team, two-time World Senior Team member Cohlton Schultz at 130 kg. Schultz competed at the 2021 and 2022 Senior World Championships and is one of the most successful age group wrestlers in United States Greco-Roman history. This will be Schultz’s seventh age group world championships, and he has three medals, an U17 world title in 2017, an U20 world silver in 2019 and an U20 world bronze in 2018.

Schultz is also one of the top college stars in the country, placing second to Olympic freestyle champion Gable Steveson of Minnesota at the 2022 NCAA Division I Championships. Schultz also finished fourth in the 2021 NCAA Championships.

The other two former World Senior Team members of this U23 World Team are Peak Benji at 72 kg, who competed at the 2022 Senior Worlds, and Peyton Omania at 67kg, who wrestled at the 2021 Senior Worlds.

Peak is an explosive athlete who loves to throw his opponents. Ironically, Peak made his first senior world team before making an age group world team, of which the 2022 U23 Worlds are his first. He is a two-time United States Senior National Championship champion.

Omania is competing in its fifth Age Group World Championships and has wrestled at the U17, U20 and U23 World Championships in the past. He won a bronze medal at the U20 World Cup in 2019, which was his breakthrough at world level. He was an NCAA qualifier for Michigan State last year and was able to excel in both the Greco-Roman and folk style.

This group of Greco-Roman wrestlers have enjoyed success at the senior US level in the past. There are six former senior Greco-Roman national team members in the squad, with Schultz, Peak and Omania joined by Mason Carzino Hartshorn at 65 kg, British Holmes at 77 kg and Nicholas Boykin at 97 kg.

Holmes placed second in Final X 2022, losing to WCAP Army teammate Kamal Bey in the final series. Holmes was the 2022 USA Senior Nationals Champion and has global age group experience as a member of the 2021 U23 World Team. Holmes grew up in Colorado and trained in the ‘USOPTC while in high school, then spent some time in northern Michigan at its Greco-Roman training site before entering the military.

Boykin reached No. 2 on the US senior ladder and also won the US senior national championships twice during his career. This will be the third Age Group World Championships for Boykin, who competed at the 2021 U23 Worlds and 2019 U20 Worlds. Boykin spent time at the USOPTC before joining the Ohio State program .

Carzino-Hartshorn is currently ranked No. 3 on the senior national team. He also participated in the 2019 U20 World Championships.

There are three members of the 2022 USA U23 World Team who are currently in the UWW Senior World Rankings, with Schultz at No. 21, Boykin at No. 27 and Tyler Cunningham at No. 30 at 82kg. Cunningham earned valuable ranking points with his third-place finish at the 2022 Senior Pan American Championships. A two-time winner of the Senior Nationals, Cunningham will be part of his first U.S. World Team at any level.

Another former World Age Group Team member is Philippe Moomey, who competes at 60 kg in Pontavedra. Moomey wrestled at the 2018 U17 World Championships. Moomey finished third at the 2021 Junior Pan Am Games.

You might recognize the name of the team’s 87 kg team member, NCAA qualified Michal Foy from the University of Minnesota. Foy’s father was Michial Foy, a two-time Greco-Roman Olympian and 1989 world silver medalist, who was also a Minnesota star. Young Michial was the 2018 NJCAA Junior College National Champion for Harper College before joining the Gophers.

Camden Russellwho was champion at the National Junior Championships in Fargo in 2019, will compete in his first Age Group World Championships at 55kg.

In 2021, Greco-Roman specialist Taylor LaMont became the first American athlete to win a medal match in Greco-Roman at the U23 World Championships, when he placed fifth at 55kg. The 2022 U23 team would like to be the ones to win a few medals from the U23 World Championships, as well as showcase some of the rising young talent in the US Greco-Roman program.

American Greco-Roman List
55kg: Camden Russell, Omaha, Neb. (MWC Wrestling Academy)
60kg: Phillip Moomey, Kearney, Neb. (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC)
65 kg: Mason Carzino-Hartshorn, Antioch, CA (West Coast Greco RTC)
67kg: Peyton Omania, Concord, CA (New York AC)
72kg: Benjamin Peak, Marquette, Mich. (NMU-OTS/Sunkist Kids)
77kg: Britton Holmes, Colorado Springs, Colorado (US Army WCAP)
82kg: Tyler Cunningham, Gretna, Neb. (MWC Wrestling Academy)
87kg: Michial Foy, Crete, Illinois (Gopher WC RTC)
97kg: Nicholas Boykin, Murfreesboro, TN (Ohio RTC/Sunkist Kids)
130 kg: Cohlton Schultz, Parker, Colorado (Sunkist Kids)

Athletes College Affiliation
Northern Michigan 3 (Carzino-Hartshorn, Holmes, Peak), Arizona State (Schultz), Cornell (Moomey), Iowa Western CC (Russell), Michigan State (Omania), Minnesota (Foy), Nebraska-Kearney (Cunningham), Ohio State (Boykin)

U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CALENDAR
Greco-Roman competition

monday october 17
10:30 am – Qualifications (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
6 p.m. – Semi-finals (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)

tuesday october 18
10:30 am – Qualifications (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)
10:30 am – Repechage (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semi-finals (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)

Wednesday October 19
10:30 am – Repechage (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)

* All times listed refer to local time in Pontevedra, six hours ahead of Eastern US Time

Robert J. King