Final X Qualification Process: Explained

Final X Is Coming

Final X is the new series that will determine the starting senior world teams for USA Wrestling in 2018. 

The top two contenders in men's and women's freestyle will face off in a best-of-three series to determine the starting team. Those best-of-three series will all take place on the same day, with the 20 total weight class series being spread out over three weekends in three different locations: June 9 in Lincoln, NE; June 16 in State College, PA; and June 23 in Bethlehem, PA

2018 Final X Event Hub

How the Final X matchups are determined for men's freestyle is explained in the diagram below.

The U.S. Open will be the key to determining the world team. Placers at the Open will constitute the majority of the field at the World Team Trials, and the winners of the Open will get a bye to Final X in weights that don't have a returning world medalist. 

For more on the 2018 U.S. Open, check out the event hub here. And stay tuned to FloWrestling, as we will be covering Final X top to bottom all summer long!

Meet The Contenders: Julian Ramirez vs Carson Kharchla

80 kg Round Of 16 - David Key, Compound vs Julian Ramirez, Blair

It’s the first boys high school freestyle match to ever go down at Who’s #1. We’ve seen #1 Julian Ramirez and #2 Carson Kharchla square off in folkstyle, so why not see what happens in freestyle?

FRL 309: Iowa vs Oklahoma State

FRL 309 Iowa vs Oklahoma State Whiteboard War

FRL 309 discusses HS wrestlers competing in the Fall, Iowa vs Oklahoma State whiteboard war and Zain Retherford's future.

Husker Targets: All About The Middle

As we covered in A Decade of Recruiting, Nebraska has been one of the best at procuring talent over the last ten years. Their average recruiting class rank over that period was 7.1, the 4th highest of any program. 

World Wrestling Historical Heat Maps

Jordan Burroughs on being a rock star in Iran

Wrestling is famously the world's oldest sport, however true world championships have only been around for the last 70 years or so. Wrestling was first featured at the Olympics in 1904 but did not become a regular staple at the quadrennial until 1924, and it wasn't until 1951 that true World Championships became a regular event on the international wrestling circuit. 

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Tagg Brothers Leave Ohio For OTC

Henry Cejudo. Kyle Snyder.

2018-19 Depth Chart: Nebraska Cornhuskers Entering A New Era

165lbs Consi of 4: Isaiah White, Nebraska vs Jonathon Chavez, Cornell

One of the sneaky good moves by the Big Ten was adding Nebraska to the conference. Now, the Cornhuskers' depth chart is built from a roster being crafted to compete and win the Big Ten.

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Meet The Contenders: Macey Kilty vs Kennedy Blades

152 lbs - Macey Kilty, WI Junior Women's Fargo Champion

Most people are familiar with Macey Kilty. She’s making her second appearance at Who’s #1 this year and is fresh off of doing a whole bunch of winning.

Mike Zadick Issues Statement In Response To Dismissal

Mike Zadick Leads Cyclone Workout

Last Thursday (Aug. 9) it was reported that former Iowa State associate head coach Mike Zadick had been dismissed from the coaching staff via a press release from the Iowa State Athletic Communications Office. 

FRL 308 - What Really Happened At ISU

FRL 308 What Happened At Iowa State

FRL 308 discusses Iowa State's coaching turmoil, 141's tiers and recruiting news. 

2018-19 Redshirt Report: 149 Pounds

149 lbs Round of 64 - Josh Maruca, Arizona State vs Josh Cortez, Cal Poly

Are you wearing your best red colored shirt right now? If not, that's OK, but we'll still be pressing on with Redshirt Report season!

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