U15 World School Combat Games men's freestyle roster released

By Mike Willis, USA Wrestling | June 12, 2019, 4:01 p.m. (ET)

Aden Valencia is one of three wrestlers competing in both men's freestyle and Greco-Roman

Team USA will be sending a competitive roster of U15 men’s freestyle wrestlers to participate in the first U15 World School Combat Games in Budapest, Hungary, next week.

All ten wrestlers competing won UWW U15 Nationals’ titles this April, which qualified them for the team.

Three wrestlers, Aden Valencia (38 kg), Ethan Stiles (52 kg) and Andrew Blackburn-Forst (85 kg) won titles in Greco-Roman as well and will compete in both styles in Budapest.

Seven of the wrestlers competing earned All-American honors in at least one style at the 2018 Kids Nationals tournament series.

Valencia placed first in folkstyle, second in Greco-Roman, and fourth in freestyle. Tyler Wells (41 kg) took third in folkstyle.

The team has two double-champions in Kael Lauridsen (44 kg) and Antrell Taylor (62 kg), who won titles in Greco-Roman and Freestyle.

At 48 kg, Greyson Clark is a double runner-up in freestyle and Greco-Roman. James Rowley (68 kg) is a folkstyle champion. Bradley Gillum (75 kg) placed fourth in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.

At 57 kg, Francisco Ayala placed second in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman at the 2018 Western Regional Championships.

The men’s and women’s freestyle portions of the competition will take place on June 18, and Greco-Roman will occur on June, 19.

2019 World School Combat Games
Budapest, Hungary, June 17-19
Men’s Freestyle Schedule (GMT +2)

Tuesday, June, 18
9:30 AM- 4:00 PM (3:30 AM-10:00 AM EST)- Qualification rounds and repechage
4:30 PM- 11:30 PM (10:30 AM- 5:30 PM EST) Finals and awards ceremony

U.S. Men’s Freestyle Roster

38kg: Aden Valencia (Morgan Hill, Calif./ Amateur Wrestling Academy)
41kg: Tyler Wells (Princeton, Minn./ PINnacle Wrestling School)
44kg: Kael Lauridsen (Omaha, Neb./ Nebraska Boyz)
48kg: Greyson Clark (Wrightstown, Wisc./ Kaukauna Wrestling Club)
52kg: Ethan Stiles (Chicago Ill./ Izzy Style Wrestling)
57kg: Francisco Ayala (Ellensburg, Wash./ Victory Wrestling)
62kg: Antrell Taylor (Omaha, Neb./MWC Wrestling Academy)
68kg: James Rowley (Corvallis Ore./ Orange Crush Wrestling Club)
75kg: Bradley Gillum (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb Wrestling Club)
85kg: Andrew Blackburn-Forst (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Junior Porters WC)
Coach: Kevin Jackson- Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach: Brian Becher- Defiance, Ohio