Kyle Snyder and Jordan Burroughs Wrestling Olympic Team USA hopeful attends the Toast to Team USA at MOMA on April 26, 2016 in New York City.
Some familiar faces dominated the wrestling scene and earned spots on team for the 2019 World Wrestling Championships at the Final X Series in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday.
Among them were Olympic gold medalists Kyle Snyder and Jordan Burroughs, along with four-time world champion Adeline Gray, who were all crowned champions at the event.
Six spots were decided in the morning session. One of those belonged to Ildar Hafizov, who competed for Uzbekistan at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 but is now a Greco-Roman wrestler at 60 kg. for the U.S. and the Army’s World Class Athlete Program. He defeated fellow Army WCAP wrestler Mike Fuenffinger with a 9-0 sweep to earn his spot in Kazakhstan.
Also in Greco-Roman, Raymond Bunker of the U.S. Marine Corps defeated Alex Mossing of the Air Force ROTC to claim the 72 kg. spot in Greco.
Ryan Mango, younger brother of Olympian Spenser Mango, earned his first-ever spot on a world team by beating Xavier Johnson at 63 kg.
Rounding out the early session in Greco, G’Angelo Hancock defeated Lucas Sheridan at 97 kg. to make the U.S. team for the third year in a row.
Two women’s freestyle contests were decided in the early session, with two-time world medalist Alli Ragan earning the win over Lauren Louive at 59 kg. to make the world team for the seventh year in a row.
Jacarra Winchester, who finished fifth at the 2018 world championships, made the team for the second year in a row by beating Dominique Parrish at 55 kg.
The second session opened with Kayla Miracle battling returning world medalist Mallory Velte at 62 kg. in the women’s freestyle competition, a battle in which Miracle was victorious.
Sarah Hildebrandt faced off against Katherine Shai at 53 kg. and claimed the victory in two rounds for a return to the world championships.
At 76 kg., Gray took on Precious Bell and emerged with a two-round win to earn her way to fight for her fifth world title.
Returning to Greco, Cohlton Schultz matched up against Adam at 130 kg. It was Coon who held on for the decisive win and a return to the world championships.
Back in freestyle, Snyder earned his fifth consecutive world or Olympic bid with a win over Kyven Gadson at 97 kg., taking the first round handily and wrapping it up with a technical fall for a 12-1 win in the second round.
At 70 kg., James Green beat Ryan Deakin by technical fall in the first round and registered a 4-3 win in the second round to return to the world championships.
Tyler Graff beat reigning world medalist Joe Colon at 61 kg. in three rounds, and at 57 kg. Dalton Fix defeated world medalist Thomas Gilman in three rounds.
Four-time world champion Burroughs closed things out in the final match of the event against Isaiah Martinez at 74 kg. He won the first round in a 5-4 victory with a takedown with one second left, but Martinez evened things up with a 6-5 win in round two. Burroughs was back in championship form in the third round, winning 7-1 to make another world team and improve upon his 2018 bronze medal.