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Updated: World Team Trials Challenge Tournament schedule changed, and single-day tickets for $35 now available

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | May 12, 2022, 9:04 a.m. (ET)

There has been a schedule change for the 2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, set for Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. May 21-22.

The World Team Trials Challenge Tournament features top Olympic hopefuls in the three Olympic disciplines: men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Winners and some of the runners-up will advance to Final X Stillwater on June 3 or Final X New York on June 8. Final X is the last step in the Senior World Team Trials process. which will determine the 2022 U.S. Senior World Team that will compete in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 12-18.

The session times for the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament remain the same, but some of the semifinals matches have been moved from Saturday night to Sunday morning on the schedule.

There are 14 weight classes in which a 2021 World medalist has advanced directly to Final X. In those weight classes, only one athlete will advance to Final X, to challenge the 2021 World medalist for the berth on the World Team.

There are 16 other weight classes in which there is no World medalist, or a World medalist has declined to participate in Final X. In this case, the wrestlers who reach the Challenge Tournament finals in Coralville will both advance to Final X.

Previously, semifinals for all 30 weight classes were scheduled for Saturday evening. That has been changed.

In the new schedule, the semifinals for the weights with a Final X athlete already determined will still be held during the Saturday night session which begins at 4:30 p.m.

However, in the weight classes with no Final X athlete is already determined, the semifnals will be moved to the Sunday morning session which begins at 10:00 a.m.

What this means is that all of the athletes who will advance to Final X will have to weigh in twice.

In addition, all of the berths for Final X will be determined on Sunday, May 22.

Two Final X participants will be determined in the semifinals on Sunday morning at these weight classes:
Men’s Freestyle: 65 KG, 70 KG, and 125 KG
Women’s Freestyle: 53 KG, 59 KG, 72 KG, and 76 KG
Greco-Roman: 55 KG, 60 KG, 63 KG, 67 KG, 72 KG, 77 KG, 82 KG, 87 KG, 130 KG

One Final X participant will be determined Sunday night at these weight classes, with a best two-of-three championship series.
Men’s Freestyle: 57 KG, 61 KG, 74 KG, 79 KG, 86 KG, 92 KG, and 97 KG
Women’s Freestyle: 50 KG, 55 KG, 57 KG, 62 KG, 65 KG, and 68 KG;
Greco-Roman: 97 KG

The new schedule for the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament is posted below.

In addition, the local organizers have now made single-day tickets available for fans to purchase, at a price of $35 each day. Fans can get a ticket to attend only on Saturday, May Saturday. May 21, or on Sunday, May 22.

All-session tickets will be $60 with special youth team/coach ticket packages available.

All-Session tickets or Single-Day tickets are available online at:
Xtream Arena ticket sales

Coralville’s new Xtream Arena opened in September 2020, and USA Wrestling has held a number of major events there, including the 2020 Senior Nationals, the 2021 UWW Junior and Senior Nationals, as well as the 2021 High School National Recruiting Showcase and the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals. The arena is also scheduled to host the 2022 and 2023 Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup events, which are the annual international dual meet championships.

The local organizing committee is Think Iowa City and the Iowa City Area Sports Commission, which helped host the highly-successful 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the 2018 Men’s Freestyle World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, as well as the other USA Wrestling events hosted at Xtream Arena.

UPDATED WORLD TEAM TRIALS CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Saturday May 21

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Session I
Senior Women’s, Men’s Freestyle and Senior Greco-Roman (All Weights): 1st Round, Quarterfinals and Consolation

4:30 p.m. - Session II
Senior Women’s, Men’s Freestyle and Senior Greco-Roman: SEMIFINALS
Mens Freestyle: 57 KG, 61 KG, 74 KG, 79 KG, 86 KG, 92 KG, and 97 KG;
Women’s: 50 KG, 55 KG, 57 KG, 62 KG, 65 KG, and 68 KG;
Greco-Roman: 97 KG
Plus Senior Women’s, Men’s Freestyle and Senior Greco-Roman (All Weights): Consolations

Sunday May 22

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Session III
Senior Women’s, Men’s Freestyle and Senior Greco-Roman: SEMIFINALS
Mens Freestyle: 65 KG, 70 KG, and 125 KG;
Women’s: 53 \KG, 59 KG, 72 KG, and 76 KG;
Greco-Roman: 55 KG, 60 KG, 63 KG, 67 KG, 72 KG, 77 KG, 82 KG, 87 KG, 130 KG
Plus Senior Women’s, Men’s Freestyle and Senior Greco-Roman (All Weights): Consolations, Consolation Semi-finals and 3rd Place

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Session IV
Senior Women’s, Men’s Freestyle and Senior Greco-Roman: Best 2 out of 3 Championship
Mens Freestyle: 57 KG, 61 KG, 74 KG, 79 KG, 86 KG, 92 KG, and 97 KG;
Women’s: 50 KG, 55 KG, 57 KG, 62 KG, 65 KG, and 68 KG;
Greco-Roman: 97 KG