Final X Qualification Process: Explained

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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!

First Round Upsets At The 2019 NCAA Tournament

The first session of NCAAs is over, and before we bring you our top matches for Thursday night, here are the best upsets from this afternoon.

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2019 NCAA Podium Race

Early projections have Penn State as a prohibitive favorite for the 2019 NCAA Team Title, which would be their fourth in a row and eighth in nine seasons. However there is still a lot of drama in the hunt for podium finishes. The next tier has projections that are super close. Follow along with these updates which will monitor current team scores, big swings, and upsets on the teams in contention.

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2019 NCAAs Match Notes: Round 1

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The wait is over. The weigh-ins are over. The brackets are set. We have found our assigned logging station and have nestled in for an incredible day of wrestling. 

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Points Of Emphasis For NCAA Officials This Week

Curious what the points of emphasis are for the officials? Well, here they are!

Pre 2019 NCAA Tournament Hodge Rankings

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There's one final opportunity for the best wrestlers in the country to make an impression in the race for the Hodge trophy: the NCAA championships.

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NCAA Qualifier Heat Maps

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It's like Christmas Eve, but for wrestling. But before we unwrap out NCAA Championship presents, let's check out everyone's favorite maps: heat maps!

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Best Round 1 Bouts at NCAA's

The NCAA tournament is chaos. Nothing is a given and with the best 33 wrestlers at each weight, there are matchups right out of the gate that we have our eyes on.

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What Seed Do Sleeper Finalists Come From?

Looking for a sleeper finalist? We all need that guy one guy in our fantasy draft or pick’em contest to blow it open for us by making the finals from a low seed. If you like to follow historical trends you should be able to pinpoint your guy after reading.

Longest Win Streaks Entering The 2019 NCAA Tournament

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One of my favorite articles to write every year, the longest win streak entering the NCAA tournament. The cutoff this year is 20 matches, in part because that created a three way tie for tenth.

2019 NCAA Party Crashers, Dark Horses And Sleepers

One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked since the 2019 NCAA Wrestling brackets dropped is who are my sleepers?  What high seeds could make a run?  They act like they care about my opinion, but really they are scouring anyone for information so they can bolster their fantasy teams and dunk on their friends. I see through every last one of you.

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