Hildebrandt accepts Final X berth, and will compete for U.S. World Team at Final X: Lincoln on June 15

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | April 09, 2019, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC) has officially accepted her berth in Final X. She will battle for the spot at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. on the 2019 U.S. World Team in women’s freestyle at Final X: Lincoln on Saturday, June 15

The event will be hosted at the Bob Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Exclusive live and on-demand coverage will be provided on FloWrestling, as well as on the FloSports apps on iOS, Roku and Apple TV 4.

Hildebrandt won a silver medal at 53 kg at the 2019 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It was her second Senior World appearance for the USA, after placing 10th in the 2016 World Championships, also in Budapest. Hildebrandt is a three-time Pan American champion, with titles in 2013, 2015 and 2018. Also in 2018, Hildbrandt was the U.S. Open champion, Final X champion and won the Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial. She was recently named 2018 USA Wrestling Women’s Freestyle Wrestler of the Year.

She was a two-time WCWA women’s college national champion, and a four-time WCWA finalist for King University. Hildebrandt is a native of Granger, Ind., and is currently a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete.

To order tickets, go to the tickets tab on the official Final X website at: www.FinalX.tv

The Final X series will determine the 2019 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three Olympic discplines, and is held in two different locations and dates in June.

The Team Selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams allow for 2018 Senior World medalists to advance directly to Final X at the weight class where he/she won a medal in 2018. 2018 World medalists must declare, in writing, their intent to accept the automatic berth into by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1. Hildebrandt has met this requirement and accepted her qualification.

In Final X, the top two wrestlers in each World Championships weight class will compete in a best-of-three series, with winners earning spots on the U.S. Senior World Team to compete at the 2019 Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, September 14-22, 2019.

There are two sessions in each Final X event. The series at 53 kg, featuring Hildebrandt, has not yet been assigned a session time.

The Final X opponent for Hildebrandt will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., May 16-19.

The weight classes assigned to the Final X: Lincoln are:
• Men’s Freestyle: 57 kg, 61 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 97 kg
• Women’s Freestyle: 53 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 62 kg, 76 kg
• Greco-Roman: 60 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg

Ticket prices for Final X are:
• VIP Floor - $100
• Reserved seating (100 level) - $65
• General Admission (200 – 300 level) - $40
• Group (GA only) – Buy 10 or more tickets and get $40 off

In addition to Final X: Lincoln, the series also includes Final X: Rutgers on June 8 at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on the campus of Rutgers University

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FINAL X: LINCOLN
At Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, June 15

Qualifiers to date
Women’s FS 53 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Women’s FS 76 kg – Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo./New York AC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

FINAL X: RUTGERS
At the RAC in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, June 8

Qualifiers to date
Men’s FS 86 kg – David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 92 kg – J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

SARAH HILDEBRANDT
Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Club: New York AC
College: King Univ.
High School: Granger, Ind. (Penn)
Born: Sept. 23, 1993 Height: 5-3
• 2018 World silver medalist
• 10th in 2016 World Championships
• 2013, 2015 and 2018 Pan American Championships champion (2013, 2015, 2018)
• 2018 USA Wrestling Women’s Freestyle Wrestler of the Year
• Second in 2017 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)
• 2018 U.S. Open champion
• 2018 Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial champion
• Second in 2016 Klippan Lady Open (Sweden)
• Second in 2014 Phase II World Team Trials
• Third in 2015 and 2016 U.S. Open
• Two-time WCWA national champion and four-time finalist for King Univ.

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