U23 Greco-Roman World Team Trials preview

By Mike Willis, USA Wrestling | May 30, 2019, 7:54 a.m. (ET)

Taylor LaMont is looking to make his seventh age group World Team

The U23 Men’s Greco-Roman World Team Trials will take place this weekend in Akron, Ohio. The winners will represent Team USA at the 2019 U23 Senior World
Championships in Budapest, Hungary, November 1-3.

Several U23 World Team eligible wrestlers are competing in Final X for an opportunity to make a Senior World Team. These individuals will be able to wrestle off the winner of the U23 World Team Trials Tournament at a later date. This includes Brady Koontz at 55 kg, Kamal Bey at 77 kg, and Cohlton Schultz at 130 kg.

This would also apply to G’Angelo Hancock at 97 kg, but he has opted to compete in the tournament.

55 kg
2018 World Team Member: Dalton Duffield
Dalton Duffield is looking to reclaim his spot as the U23 World Team member. He will have to fend off Junior World silver medalist, Cevion Severado to do so.

60 kg
2018 World Team Member: Randon Miranda
Another wrestler looking to make back-to-back U23 World Teams is Randon Miranda. He will face a deep weight class featuring 2018 senior World Team member, Dalton Roberts and 2016 Junior World bronze medalist, Taylor LaMont. Miranda lost to Roberts, 6-0, in the third-place match of the 2019 U.S. Open before defeating him in the 2019 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, 8-2. He defeated LaMont at the Open, 5-3, and lost to him in the Challenge Tournament true second match, 4-2.

63 kg
2018 World Team member: Travis Rice
Josh Saunders is probably the best known name in this bracket. The high school junior who is verbally committed to Cornell, represented the Men’s Freestyle Team at Cadet and Junior Worlds last year. He will face tough competition from Fargo Junior champions, Austin Almaguer.and Jaden Enriquez.

67 kg
2018 World Team member: Nolan Baker
Nolan Baker also has the opportunity to make back-to-back U23 World Teams. Attempting to stop him will be, 2018 and 2019 Junior World Team member, Peyton Omania Oklahoma All-American and 2018 Men’s Freestyle Junior World Team member, Dom Demas, 2018 Cadet World Team member, Dominic Damon, and 2018 Junior Team Trials winner, Benji Peak.

72 kg
2018 World Team member: Logan Kass
Junior World Team member, Tyler Eischens will attempt to make his second World Team of 2019. Other tough competitors in this weight class are 2018 Pan American Champion, Leonard Merkin who also finished as a runner-up at the 2018 Junior World Team Trials and third at the U23 World Team Trials, Anthony Artalona who finished in the round-of-12 at the NCAA tournament for Penn., and NCAA qualifier, Josh Finesilver of Duke.

77 kg

2018 World Team member: Jesse Porter
Jesse Porter will make a run at earning another U23 World Team spot. Last year’s runner-up to Porter, Fritz Schierl and 2017 Cadet World Team member, Jake Hendricks will also be in the fray.

82 kg
2018 World Team member: Carter Nielsen
2018 Junior World silver medalist, Andrew Berreyesa looks to move up an age group and claim another World Team spot. Tommy Brackett who defeated Berreyesa, 2-1 at the Senior World Team Trials is also in the bracket. Other top competitors include U.S. Open runner up, Spencer Woods, and former Cadet World Team member and two-time Oklahoma State All-American, Chandler Rogers.

87 kg
2018 World Team member: George Sikes
George Sikes is back in the bracket and aiming for his second U23 World Team. He will have to fend off last year’s runner-up, Jimmy Stillerman again to do so.

97 kg
2018 World Team member: G’Angelo Hancock
G’Angelo Hancock is the heavy favorite to repeat as the U23 World Team member. Hancock was also the Senior World Team member last year. This year Hancock will wrestle in Final X for the opportunity be the Senior World Team representative 2018 Junior World Team member, Chad Porter will challenge Hancock for the spot.

130 kg
2018 World Team member: Cohlton Schultz
Similarly to Hancock, 2018 Junior World Champion, Cohlton Schultz would be a heavy favorite to win the U23 spot again. However, he is not competing in the U23 World Team Trials because he is wrestling for the Senior Team spot in Final X. He will have the ability to challenge the winner of this tournament on a later date. The favorite in the bracket now would most likely be Tate Orndorff, who was No. 3 on the National Team last year.

You will be able to catch all the U23 action on Flowrestling.

Full Schedule

Friday, May 31st

U23 GR & UWW Cadet GR Medical Check/Weigh-ins (Scratch Weight)
7:30AM – 8:00AM

(See Weigh-in Procedures - Athletes competing in both styles must weigh in for each style, no weight allowance will be given.)

Mat Officials Clinic
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Pairing Officials Clinic
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Session 1: Greco-Roman:
U23 GR & UWW Cadet GR Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, & Consolations
10:00 AM - 2:15 PM

Session 2: Greco-Roman:
U23 GR & UWW Cadet GR Semifinals, Consolations, All Medal Matches, and Best 2 out of 3 Finals
4:00PM – Conclusion