Who is U23 eligible? Team USA should be loaded for U23 Worlds this year

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 12, 2017, 1 p.m. (ET)
Isaiah Martinez, shown at the 2017 World Team Trials, is among the top U23 eligible stars expected at the U23 World Team Trials. Team USA could be loaded with a strong turnout at Trials. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com

United World Wrestling has launched a new U23 World Championships this year, set for Poland in late November. USA Wrestling will be hold an open U23 World Team Trials in Rochester, Minn. on October 6-8 to select its team in the three Olympic disciplines.

Basically, the U23 age group is for those between 18-23 years old. For this year, that is for wrestlers born between 1994-1998, with those born in 1999 also eligible with a medical letter. That is a five-year spread of athletes, covering wrestlers from high school age, through college, and some college post-graduates.

Since this is a new age-group, we are putting together a preliminary list of nationally recognized wrestlers who are eligible for the U23 age group.

In all three styles, there are 10 members of the 2017 Senior World Team who are eligible, as well as 23 members of the 2017-18 Senior National Team within the age group. Among the Senior World Team members who are eligible are World champion Kyle Snyder, World silver medalist Thomas Gilman, and World bronze medalists Becka Leathers and J’den Cox.

While some of the Senior World Team members on this list do not try out this year for the U23 Worlds, the USA is loaded with talent in all three disciplines. There are numerous age-group World medalists who could try out for this team. We can also expect top college wrestlers, both on the men’s side and the women’s side, to make a run at this tournament.

Just last week, two-time NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez of Illinois announced he will attend the U23 Trials via Twitter. Many other talented athletes and their coaches are currently making a decision on whether to try out for the U23 Worlds.

Check out the list below. Editor’s Note: This is a preliminary review and for sure we may have missed some great wrestlers in the U23 age group. If you have somebody deserving to be added to this list, please email that information to me at gabbott@usawrestling.org.

Athletes can register for the U23 World Team Trials online at TrackWrestling at this time. Visit the official website for more information or to register at:
http://usawevents.sportngin.com/u23/

The U23 World Team Trials will be broadcast live on TrackCast.

U23 ELIGIBLE WRESTLERS IN THE UNITED STATES
(1994-1998, plus athletes born in 1999 with medical letter)

Men’s freestyle


57 kg
Thomas Gilman, No. 1 on National Team, World silver medalist, Born 1994
Nathan Tomasello, No. 3 on National Team, Born 1994
Darian Cruz, WTT qualifier, NCAA champ, Born 1995
Daton Fix, 2017 Junior World champion, 2016 Junior World bronze, Born 1998
Spencer Lee, 2x Junior World champion at 50 kg, Born 1998
Brandon Courtney, 2nd in Junior WTT, Born 1998
Luke Welch, 17 University champ, Born 1995
Ethan Lizak, 17 NCAA runner-up, past Junior World Team, born 1995

61 kg
Kanen Storr, WTT qualifier, Born 1998
Seth Gross, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Stevan Micic, 3rd in 2017 NCAA, Junior World medalist, Born 1996
Mitchell McKee, 17 Junior World silver, Born 1997
Austin Gomez, 2nd in Junior WTT, Born 1998
Vitali Arujau, 3rd in Junior WTT, Born 1999
Jack Mueller, 4th in Junior WTT, 6th 2017 NCAAs, Born 1997
Kaid Brock, 5th 2017 NCAAs, Born 1996
Zane Richards, 7th 2017 NCAAs, 2nd 2016 University, Born 1994
Nick Lee, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1998

65 kg
Zain Retherford, No. 1 on National Team, 2x NCAA champ, Born 1995
Dean Heil, WTT qualifier, 2x NCAA champ, Born 1995
Joey McKenna, Junior World silver medalist, Born 1995
Jaydin Eierman, WTT qualifier, 5th 2017 NCAA, Born 1996
Ryan Deakin, 17 Junior World silver, Born 1997
Robbie Mathers, 17 University champ, Born 1994
Matthew Kolodzik, 7th 2017 NCAAs, 2016 University champ, Born 1996
Tommy Thorn, 17 University runner-up, 8th 2017 NCAAs, Born 1995
Brock Zacherl, 17 University third, Born 1995
Lavion Mayes, 17 NCAA runner-up, Born 1994
Kevin Jack, 3rd in 17 NCAAs, Born 1996
Yianni Diakomihalis, 3rd in 2017 UWW Junior Nationals, 2x Cadet World champion, Born 1999
Luke Pletcher, 2015 UWW Junior champ at 63 kg, Born 1997
Patricio Lugo, 2nd in Junior WTT, Born 1997
Brady Berge, 3rd in Junior WTT, Born 1998
David Carr, 4th in Junior WTT, Born 1999

70 kg
Jason Nolf, No. 3 on National Team, NCAA champ, Born 1996
Alec Pantaleo, WTT qualifier, 2016 Junior World Team, Born 1996
Aaron Pico, 2016 OTT qualifier, 2x Junior World medalist, Born 1996
Brandon Sorensen, 17 University champ, 3rd 2017 NCAA, Born 1994
Griffin Parriott, 2017 Junior WTT champ, Born 1997
Grant LaMont, 17 University runner-up, Born 1995
Mitch Finesilver, 17 University third, Maccabiah Games champ, Born 1996
Michael Kemerer, 3rd NCAA, 3rd 2016 University, Born 1996
Joe Smith, 4th 2017 NCAAs, Born 1996
Tyler Berger, 5th 2017 NCAA, Born 1996
Anthony Collica, 4th 2016 NCAA, Born 1994
Joe Lee, 2nd 2017 UWW Junior Nationals, Born 1999

74 kg
Anthony Valencia, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Mark Hall, Two-time Junior World champion, NCAA champion, Born 1997
Vincenzo Joseph, WTT qualifier, NCAA champion, Born 1996
Isaiah Martinez, WTT qualifier, 2x NCAA champion, 2016 University champ, Born 1994
Chance Marsteller, WTT qualifier, 17 University champ, Born 1995
Logan Massa, 2016 OTT qualifier, Born 1997
Alex Marinelli, 2nd in Junior WTT, Born 1998
Connor Flynn, 2017 University runnerup, Born 1996
Joseph Lavallee, 2017 University third, Born 1994
Hayden Hidlay, 3rd in Junior WTT, Born 1997

86 kg
J’den Cox, No. 1 on National Team, 2016 Olympic bronze, 2017 World bronze, Born 1995
Bo Nickal, WTT qualifier, NCAA champ, Born 1996
Gabe Dean, WTT qualifier, 2x NCAA champ, Born 1994
Myles Martin, 2016 OTT qualifier, 17 University champ, NCAA champ, Born 1996
Pete Renda, 17 University runner-up, Born 1995
Zahid Valencia, 2017 Junior World silver, Born 1997
T.J Dudley, 3rd 2017 NCAAs, Born 1994
Sammy Brooks, 4th 2017 NCAAs, 2nd 2016 University, Born 1994
Jordan Kutler, 17 University champ at 80kg, Born 1996
Jacobe Smith, 17 University runner-up, Born 1966
Daniel Lewis, 17 University third 80 kg, 6th 2017 NCAAs, Born 1995
Nick Reenan, 2nd in Junior WTT, Born 1997
Chandler Rogers, 5th 2017 NCAA, Born 1996
Jack Dechow, 3rd 2016 University, Born 1994
Bobby Steveson, 3rd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1996

97 kg
Kyle Snyder, No. 1 on National Team, 2016 Olympic champion, 2015 and 2017 World champion, Born 1995
Nikko Reyes, WTT qualifier, 2nd 2016 University, Born 1994
Ty Walz, WTT qualifier, 4th 2017 NCAA, Born 1994
Matt Williams, WTT qualifier, Born 1995
Brett Pfarr, 2017 NCAA runner-up, Born 1994
Kollin Moore, 2017 Junior World bronze, 3rd 2017 NCAA, Born 1997
Jacob Seely, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1996
Jared Haught, 4th 2017 NCAA, Born 1994
Jeric Kasunic, 17 University champ, Born 1996
Danny Chaid, 17 University runner-up, Born 1994
Andrew Marsden, 2nd in Junior WTT, Born 1997
Jacob Warner, 3rd in Junior WTT, Born 1999
Riley Lefever, 4th 2016 University, 4x D-III national champion, Born 1995
Chase Singletary, 3rd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1997

130 kg
Nathan Butler, WTT qualifier, Junior World bronze, Born 1995
Adam Coon, Junior World bronze, Born 1994
Garrett Ryan, 17 University champ, Born 1995
Michael Hughes, 17 University runner-up, Born 1995
Jordan Wood, 2nd in Junior WTT, Born 1998
Nick Nevills, 5th NCAAs, Born
Carter Isley, 2nd in Junior WTT, Born 1997
Michael Kroells, 6th 2016 University, 7th NCAA, Born 1994
Rylee Streifel, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1997
Jake Gunning, 3rd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1996

Greco-Roman

59 kg
Hayden Tuma, No. 3 on National Team, Born 1995
Taylor LaMont, WTT qualifier, 2016 Junior World bronze, Born 1998
Randon Miranda, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Dalton Roberts, WTT qualifier, 2016 University champ, Born 1996
Andrew Ibarra, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Xavier Johnson, WTT qualifier, 4th 2016 University, Born 1995
Trey Andrews, WTT qualifier, 2nd 2016 University, Born 1994
Michael Hillingsworth, WTT qualifier, Born 1994
Gabriel Townsell, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1997
Patrick McKee, 3rd Junior WTT, Born 1999
Dalton Young, 1st Junior WTT at 60 kg, Born 1998
Wesley Dawkins, 2nd Junior WTT at 60 kg, Born 1997
Jordan Martinez, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1998
Josiah Seaton, 2x Junior World Team member, Born 1996
Cade Olivas, WTT qualifier, Born 1998
Dack Punke, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1998

66 kg
Alejandro Sancho, No. 2 on National Team, Born 1994
Jamal DeArmond, WTT qualifier, 2016 Junior World Team, Born 1996
Rodolpho Guillen WTT qualifier, 4th Junior WTT, Born 1997
Nate Higgins, WTT qualifier, Born 1995
Sahid Kargbo, Junior World Team, Born 1994
Travis Rice, 5th 2016 University, 2x Junior World Team, Born 1995
William Koll, 2016 Junior WTT champ at 63 kg, Born 1995
Dominick Demas, 1st Junior WTT, Born 1998
Lenny Merkin, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1998
Calvin Germinaro, 3rd Junior WTT, Born 1999
Tristan Porsch, 1st Junior WTT at 63 kg, Born 1998
Jamel Sharp, 3rd 2016 University, Born 1994
Francisco Casas, 2016 Junior WTT champion at 63 kg, Born 1996
Jaron Jensen, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1998
Dante Rodriguez, 2nd 2017 Junior WTT, Born 1996

71 kg
Logan Kass, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Chandler Michael, 2nd Junior WTT at 70 kg, 3rd at 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1997
Quentin Hovis, 2016 Junior WWT champ at 70 kg, Born 1998

75 kg
Mason Manville, No. 1 on National Team, Born 1997
Kamal Bey, No. 2 on National Team, 2017 Junior World champion, Born 1998
Jon Jay Chavez, No. 3 on National Team, Born 1996
Jesse Porter, WTT qualifier, 2016 University champ, Born 1997
Jake Allar, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1999
Colin Schubert, WTT qualifier, Born 1994
Corey Fitzgerald, WTT qualifier, Born 1994
Michael Donato, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Tyler Westlund, WTT qualifier, Born 1995
Nick Tarpley, 4th 2015 Junior WTT, Born 1995
Casey Dobson, 4th 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1996

80 kg
Tommy Bracket, WTT qualifier, 2nd Junior WTT at 84 kg, Born 1998
Spencer Cary, 1st Junior WTT, Born 1998
Adam Blees, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1997
Curt Calovecchi, 4th 2016 University, Born 1994
Jacobi Jones, 2016 Junior WTT champ, Born 1996
Carter Nielsen, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1996

85 kg
Gabe Dean, 2x NCAA champ, Born 1994
Nick Reenan, 2016 Junior WTT champ, Born 1997
Wyatt Koelling, 2017 Junior WTT champ, Born 1998
Nick Corba, 2015 Junior World Team, Born 1995
Logan Gruszka, 3rd Junior WTT, Born 1998
Jason Grimes, 4th 2016 University, Born 1994
Austin Chaon, 3rd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1997

98 kg
G’Angelo Hancock, No. 1 on National Team, 2015 Junior World bronze, Born 1997
Kevin Beazley, 8th 2017 NCAAs, past National Team member, Born 1994
Jacob Kasper, WTT qualifier, 3rd 2016 University, Born 1994
Trent Osnes, WTT qualifier, Born 1995
Blake Smith, 1st Junior WTT (lost wrestle-off to Hancock), Born 1997
Haydn Maley, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1998
Angus Arthur, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1996
Christian Dulaney, 3rd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1996
Ben Honis, 2nd 2015 Junior WTT, Born 1994

130 kg
Adam Coon, 2016 Olympic Trials runner-up, Junior World bronze, Born 1994
Sam Stoll, 2016 OTT qualifier, Junior World bronze, Born 1995
Eric Fader, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Matthew Voss, WTT qualifier, 2nd 2016 University, Born 1995
Nolan Terrance, WTT qualifier, 3rd 2016 University, Born 1996
Michael Rogers, 2016 Junior WTT champ, Born 1998
Anthony Cassioppi, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1999
Nicholas Boykin, 3rd Junior WTT, Born 1999
Tate Orndorff, 2015 Junior World Team, Born 1997
Thomas Helton, 3rd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1998

Women

48 kg
Cody Pfau No. 2 on National Team, Born 1995
Marina Doi, WTT qualifier, 1st WCWA, Born 1996
Regina Doi, WTT qualifier, 2nd WCWA, Born 1996
Sarah Allen, WTT qualifier, 3rd WCWA, Born 1995
McKayla Campbell, WTT qualifier, 1st Junior WTT, Born 1999
Vanessa Ramirez, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Naomi Chavez, WTT qualifier, Born 1998
Genae Sampract, WTT qualifier, Born 1998
Aleeah Gould, WTT qualifier, 3rd Junior WTT, 7th WCWA, Born 1998
Katlyn Pizzo, WTT qualifier, 5th Junior WTT, Born 1999
Tayler Resuriz, WTT qualifier, Born 1995
Maria Vidales, WTT qualifier, 3rd WCWA, Born 1998
Kateri Rowell, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1997
Angel Rios, 4th Junior WTT, Born 1999
Sariyah Jones, 2nd 2015 Junior WTT, Born 1998

53 kg
Haley Augello, No. 1 on National Team, 2016 Olympian, Cadet World champion, Born 1994
Amy Fearnside, No. 3 on National Team, 2nd WCWA, Born 1994
Brenda Reyna, WTT qualifier, Born 1999
Dajan Treder, WTT qualifier, Born 1994
Cassidy Jasperson, WTT qualifier, 4th WCWA, Born 1996
Christina Powell, WTT qualifier, 4th WCWA, Born 1995
Mayra Ramirez, WTT qualifier, Born 1995
Autumn Gordon, WTT qualifier, 4th Junior WTT, Born 1998
Lindsey Spjut, WTT qualifier, Born 1994
Cady Chessin, WTT qualifier, 2nd WCWA, Born 1995
Charlotte Fowler, 3rd Junior WTT, 5th WCWA, Born 1998
Kasey Baynon, WTT qualifier, 7th Junior WTT, Born 1999
Vanessa Ramirez, 5th Junior WTT, Born 1997

55 kg
Becka Leathers, No. 1 on National Team, 2015 Junior World bronze, Born 1996
Dominique Parrish, No. 3 on National Team, 2nd WCWA, Born 1996
Ronna Heaton, WTT qualifier, 2x Cadet World medalist, 1st Junior WTT, Born 1999
Gabrielle Weyhrich, WTT qualifier, Born 1994
Rachel Archer, WTT qualifier, Born 1994
Hanna Grisewood, WTT qualifier, 3rd WCWA, Born 1994
Jathiya Isaac, 4th Junior WTT, 5th WCWA, Born 1998

58 kg
Kayla Miracle, No. 2 on National Team. 2x Junior World medalist, Born 1996
Areana Villeascusa, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Megan Black, WTT qualifier, 2nd WCWA, Born 1994
Cheyenne Youngblood, WTT qualifier, WCWA champion, Born 1994
Marizza Birrueta, 3rd 2017 University, 2015 Junior World Team, Born 1996
Elissa Douglass, WTT qualifier, 2nd 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1997
Sophia Carson, WTT qualifier, Born 1998
Alicia Reyes, WTT qualifier, 3rd WCWA, Born 1995
Emma Bruntil, 3rd Junior WTT, Born 1999
Teniya Alo, 4th Junior WTT, Born 1999

60 kg
Francesca Giorgio, No. 2 on National Team, 4th WCWA, Born 1996
Koral Sugiyama, No 3 on National Team, 3rd WCWA, Born 1997
Carla Ponce, WTT qualifier, 8th WCWA, Born 1994
Nicole Joseph, WTT qualifier, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1998
Abigail Nette, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Cheyenne Bates, WTT qualifier, Born 1998
Arian Carpio, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Darla Allen, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Chloe Spencer, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Shelby Hall, 4th WCWA, Born 1995

63 kg
Mallory Velte, No. 1 on National Team, WCWA champion, Born 1995
Maya Nelson, No. 3 on National Team, 2017 Junior World champion, Born 1997
Teshya Alo, Cadet World champion, 2nd 17 Junior WTT, U.S. Open champion, Born 1997
Alexis Porter, WTT qualifier, 2016 Junior World bronze, Born 1996
Jessi Kee, WTT qualifier, 2nd WCWA, Born 1996
Maggie Douma, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Katerina Lobsinger, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Marina Briceno, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Desiree Zavala, WTT qualifier, 3rd Junior WTT at 67 kg, 3rd WCWA, Born 1997
Olivia Seppinni, 3rd 2016 University, Born 1995
Solin Piearcy, 5th WCWA, Born 1998
Gladdys Palma, 3rd Junior WTT, Born 1997
Montana Drum, 4th WCWA, Born 1994
Jasmine Bailey, 5th WCWA, Born 1995

69 kg
Niauni Hill, No. 3 on National Team, 2nd WCWA, Born 1996
Forrest Molinari, WTT qualifier, 2nd WCWA, Born 1995
Rachel Watters, WTT qualifier, 2x Junior World Team, Born 1997
Alexandria Glaude, WTT qualifier, Junior World Team, 5th WCWA, Born 1997
Skylar Grote, WTT qualifier, Born 1997
Hanna Gladden, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Andrea Sennett, WTT qualifier, Born 1998
Cara Romeike, WTT qualifier, Born 1996
Kiera Gabaldon, WTT qualifier, 3rd WCWA, Born 1995
Kayla Marano, Cadet World medalist, 5th 2016 Junior WTT, Born 1998
Imam Kazem, 4th WCWA, Born 1997

75 kg
Victoria Francis, No. 1 on National Team, Junior World bronze, Born 1994
Brittany Marshall, No. 3 on National Team, 4th WCWA, Born 1996
Nadine Fiege, WTT qualifier, 4th WCWA, Born 1997
Nahiela Magee, WTT qualifier, Born 1995
Jessika Rottier, WTT qualifier, 2nd 2016 University, Born 1997
Kacie Moorehouse, WTT qualifier, 8th WCWA, Born 1998
Brandy Lowe, WTT qualifier, 3rd WCWA, Born 1995
Yvette Garcia, WTT qualifier, Born 1998
Andrea Sennett, 2nd Junior WTT, Born 1998
Alyvia Fiske, 3rd Junior WTT, Born 1999
Destine Garrick, 4th 2016 Junior WTT, 2nd 2015 Junior WTT, Born 1996
Clarq Walker, 5th 2016 Junior WTT, 2015 Junior WTT champ, Born 1996