World champion David Taylor announces he will not compete in Final X due to injury

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | May 24, 2019, 10:43 p.m. (ET)

Photo of David Taylor competing at 2018 World Championships.

This evening, 2018 World champion David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) took to Twitter to tell the world that he would not be competing in Final X, and pursuing a chance to compete at the 2019 World Championships.

Taylor injured his knee at the Beat the Streets "Grapple at the Garden" in early May. He is scheduled to compete against 2019 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Patrick Downey in Final X: Rutgers on June 8 in a best-of-three series for the World Team spot at 86 kg in men's freestyle.

Should Taylor not compete at Rutgers, nor ask for an extension of his series due to his injury, the World Team spot will go to Downey.

An excerpt from the Twitter post says:

"Best of luck to the athletes competing in Final X this June. Downey, shoot your shot. Moments like this don't get gifted to you often.

"I'll be back. Faster, stronger and hungrier than ever. Don't count the Magic Man out just yet."

Below is Taylor's Twitter post: