2024 World Olympic Qualifier

American College Wrestlers At The World Olympic Games Qualifier

American College Wrestlers At The World Olympic Games Qualifier

All the wrestlers registered to compete in the men's freestyle brackets with ties to American colleges.

May 9, 2024 by Andrew Spey
American College Wrestlers At The World Olympic Games Qualifier

There is a substantial number of wrestlers with experience at American college wrestling programs in the World Olympic Games Qualifier's men's freestyle brackets this weekend in Istanbul. 

And we're not just talking about Spencer Lee and Zain Retherford, who will be representing Team USA in Turkey. We combed the entries and found 18 wrestlers that had ties to American college wrestling programs that will be trying to qualify for the Paris Games. 

Below is a list of all the men's freestyles we could find at the tournament that also wrestled in college in the USA. Let us know if we missed anyone!

57: Peter Hammer, Costa Rico - Oklahoma State

Hammer wrestled at Oklahoma State for two seasons before transferring to North Texas. 

57: Guesseppe Rea, Ecuador - Wilkes

Originally from Stroudsburg, PA, Rea was an NCAA DIII All-American at Wilkes, also located in Pennsylvania. 

57: Ibrahim Bunduka, Sierra Leone - George Mason

Bunduka is a two-time national qualifier for the Patriots who went to high school in Alexandria, Virginia. 

57: Spencer Lee, United States - Iowa

There's no way you're just learning about Spencer Lee now from this article so I won't bother to enter any more copy here. 

65: Shannon Hanna, Bahamas - Campbell

Hanna grew up in central Florida and was a two-time national qualifier for the Camels, though he started his collegiate career at the lamentably shuttered program at Old Dominion University. 

65: Lachlan McNeil, Canada - North Carolina

McNeil is a two-time All-American, having taken fourth and sixth at the 2023 and 2024 NCAAs, and still has two more years of eligibility with the Tar Heels. McNeil was raised in Toronto and graduated from Wyoming Seminary prep school in eastern Pennsylvania. 

65: Anthony Wesley, Cape Verde - Iowa State

A graduate of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Wesley was part of the Cyclone program for several years. 

65: Josh Kramer, Ecuador - Arizona State

From Buckeye, Arizona, Kramer stayed in his home state for college and wrestled in two postseasons for the Sun Devils. 

65: Kizhan Clarke, Germany - American/North Carolina

Born in Germany to an American father and German mother, Clarke was a four-year starter for American University before transferring to North Carolina. Clarke made the 2022 NCAA finals in his last year of eligibility. 

65: Sahid Kargbo, Sierra Leone - George Mason

Like his Sierra Leonean teammate Bunduka, Karbo is from Alexandria, Virginia and wrestled at George Mason University, where he was 2017 NCAA qualifier. 

65: Zain Retherford, United States - Penn State

See the above comments for Spencer Lee.

74: Sonny Santiago, Puerto Rico - North Carolina

From Downey, California, Santiago is a two-time starter and one-time NCAA qualifier for the Tar Heels with one year of eligibility remaining. 

74: Malik Amine, San Marino - Michigan

Originally from Brighton, Michigan, Amine was a two-time NCAA qualifier while in Ann Arbor. He is also a talented and experienced sports broadcaster. 

86: Ariston Bartley, American Samoa - Lyon

A senior at Lyon College in Batesville Arkansas, Bartley graduated from King Kamehameha High School in Hawaii.  

86: Noel Torres, Mexico - Newman

Torres graduated from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas as the school's first and only NCAA champion in any sport when he won the DII national title in 2017. Newman grew up in Emporia, Kansas and has been training in Oklahoma for several years. 

97: Maxwell Lacey, Costa Rico - Wheeling

From Columbus, Ohio, Lacey was a four-year starter for the Wheeling Cardinals, graduating in 2017. 

97: Ben Honis, Italy - Cornell

After Ben Honis graduated from Cornell University as a 2019 All-American, he took his talents to his hometown of Syracuse, New York and used his final year of NCAA eligibility as a member of the Syracuse University football team. 

125: Aaron Johnson, Jamaica - Cumberlands

Originally from Kennesaw, Georgia, Johnson was an All-American at NAIA's University of the Cumberlands.