Cox and Dake both No.1 in UWW men's freestyle rankings, 11 other Americans ranked in top-20

By Mike Willis | May 07, 2019, 5:37 p.m. (ET)

J'den Cox is currently ranked No. 1 at 92 kg in the United World Wrestling rankings.

The United States currently has nine men's freestyle wrestlers ranked in the top-10 in United World Wrestling's May weight class rankings. A total of 13 wrestlers representing the United States made the top-20 in the May rankings.

Leading the way for Team USA are No. 1 ranked Kyle Dake and J'den Cox at 79 kg and 92 kg respectively. Both are returning World Champions.

Joe Colon at 61 kg, Jordan Burroughs at 74 kg, David Taylor at 86 kg and Kyle Snyder at 97 kg are all ranked second in their weight classes.

Several Americans entered the rankings for the first time on the strength of winning Pan American titles including No. 11 at 57 kg, Josh Rodriguez, No. 13 at 65 kg, Colton McCrystal, No. 13 at 70 kg, Anthony Ashnault, and No. 15 at 79 kg, Chandler Rogers.

Other ranked wrestlers include, No. 7 Thomas Gilman at 57 kg, No. 7 Alex Dieringer at 79 kg and No. 5 Nick Gwiazdowski at 125 kg.

United World Wrestling bases their rankings off a points system. Besides the Continental Championships, the current men’s freestyle points are based off placements at last year’s World Championships, the Ivan Yariguin Grand Prix and the Dan Kolov- Nikola Petrov International. There are two remaining ranking series tournaments before the 2019 World Championships, the Sassari City Matteo Pellicone Memorial in Italy, May 23-25, and the Yasar Dogu in Turkey, July 11-14.

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No. 1 at 79 kg- Kyle Dake- Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/ NYRTC)

No. 1 at 92 kg- J'den Cox- Colorado Springs, Colo.(Titan Mercury WC/ USOTC)

No. 2 at 61 kg- Joseph Colon- Fresno, Calif.(Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)

No. 2 at 74 kg- Jordan Burroughs- Lincoln, Neb.(Sunkist Kids)

No. 2 at 86 kg- David Taylor- State College, Pa.(Nittany Lion WC)

No. 2 at 97 kg- Kyle Snyder- Columbus, Ohio(Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

No. 5 at 125 kg- Nick Gwiazdowski- Raleigh, N.C.(Titan Mercury WC)

No. 7 at 57 kg- Thomas Gilman Iowa City, Iowa(Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)

No. 7 at 79 kg- Alex Dieringer- Stillwater, Okla.(Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)

No. 11 at 57 kg- Joshua Rodriguez- State College, P.A.(Nittany Lion WC)

No. 13 at 65 kg- Colton McCrystal- Lincoln, Neb.(Nebraska WTC)

No. 13 at 70 kg- Anthony Ashnault- South Plainfield, N.J.(NJRTC)

No. 15 at 79 kg- Chandler Rogers- Stillwater, Okla.(Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)