United World Wrestling announced today that there would be a World Championships for the Non-Olympic weights in December in Budapest, Hungary on December 10-11.
The Non-Olympic weights include 55kg and 60kg for Women's Freestyle, 71kg and 80kg for Greco-Roman and 61kg and 70kg for Men's Freestyle.
"We are pleased that the Hungarian Wrestling Federation has taken on the responsibility of this important championship," said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic in a press release from United World Wrestling. "This tournament will give more wrestlers the chance to seek a world title, even in an Olympic year. Our athletes work hard year round for their sport and we are pleased to give them an opportunity for more medals."
The announcement of this World Championships begs several questions. When and where will the trials for Team USA be?
With everyone forced to pick a weight for the Olympic Trials, the question now is raised is who will be in at the various weights? Could we see Justin Lester give it another go at 71kg? Would Helen Maroulis attempt to win 55kg after the Olympics? A few men's freestyle stars showed interest in the idea of going for the World Team spot.
70kg World Bronze Medalist James Green seems all but committed for the a run to 70kg.
Jordan Oliver could also be in the mix at 70kg.
Hmmm...... 70kg for World Championships in December? #decisions— Jordan Oliver (@that_dude_JO) May 11, 2016
I wrestled at your weight...you can come on up if you want @that_dude_JO— James Green (@WhoIsJamesG) May 11, 2016
Fresh off of a runner-up finish at 57kg, it looks like Tony Ramos is intrigued by the move up to 61kg.
Just seen there is a World Championships for 61kg and 70kg in December.— Anthony Ramos (@T_Ram133) May 11, 2016
Let's take a look at the placers from last years trials at 61 and 70. I believe we could see some of these big players back in the fold for this Summer's trials.
1. Reece Humphrey
2. Daniel Dennis
3. Kendric Maple
4. Coleman Scott
5. Jon Morrison
1. James Green
2. Nick Marable
3. Dustin Schlatter
4. Kevin LeValley
5. Nazar Kulchytskyy
Here are few names that come to mind as potential athletes who could move up from the Olympic Trials and make some waves.
Certainly the fields will be more extensive than the names listed, so who else do you see throwing their hat in the ring and potentially represent the United States in Budapest?
2015 - James Green takes out Nick Marable to make his first World Team