Final X runner-up Braxton Amos will represent the United States at the 97 kg in Greco-Roman at the 2022 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 12-18.
Amos gets the nod after Final X champion and 2021 Senior World bronze medalist G’Angelo Hancock notified USA Wrestling of his retirement on Monday.
This will mark Amos’ first Senior World Championships; however, he is already a proven force on the international scene as he is a 2021 Junior World champion in freestyle and a 2021 Junior World bronze medalist in Greco-Roman. Amos is also a Pan American silver medalist in both the Senior (2021) and Junior (2019) divisions.
Currently a college student, Amos is entering his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin. In the 2021-22 season, Amos made the lineup as a freshman, going 16-7 in the regular with a 10th-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, where he went 1-2.
Hancock is a four-time Senior World Team member and competed at the Tokyo Olympics, where he took seventh. He was also a multiple-time age-group World Team member, representing the U.S. at the U20 and U23 Worlds. In 2016, he won bronze at the U20 World Championships. Additionally, Hancock is a 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist and a 2020 Pan Am Championships gold medalist.