125kg World Team Trials Preview: It's Coon's Year

125 kg Rnd Of 16 - Ben Durbin, TMWC vs Adam Coon, NYAC/MWC

With the World Team Trials challenge tournament finally upon us, all eyes are on 125kg. The deepest and most interesting weight at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas carries over to Rochester, Minnesota this weekend.

The world finally got the senior level debut of Gable Steveson, and he ended up fourth, losing to Adam Coon and Dom Bradley. The Coon match wasn't close, but Steveson was leading with fewer than 10 seconds remaining.


WHEN: May 19-20 | WHERE: Rochester, MN

Coon would go on to beat Jake Varner in the Open finals, granting him a bye to the best-of-three finals on Saturday, May 20th. Whether it's Coon, or someone who comes out of the challenge tournament, they'll have Nick Gwiazdowski in Final X Lehigh on June 23rd.

In Final X: Nick Gwiazdowski

In Trials Finals: Adam Coon

WTT Qualifiers







Jake Varner

Nittany Lion WC

US Open runner-up


Dom Bradley


Sunkist Kids

US Open 3rd place


Gable Steveson

Minnesota Storm

US Open 4th place


Tony Nelson

Minnesota Storm

US Open 5th place


Tanner Hall

Sunkist Kids

US Open 6th place


Mike Kosoy

Wolfpack WC

Titan Mercury

US Open 7th place

Commentary: What a year it's been for Adam Coon. He takes out Kyle Snyder in the dual meet, makes his second NCAA final, and wins the U.S. Open. He seems vastly improved since the last time he wrestled freestyle, which already may have been his best style. If he makes it to Final X, it will be on the strength of his knee pull single and body lock.

125 kg Final - Adam Coon, NYAC vs Jacob Varner, NLWC

Varner is a long way from his 2012 Olympic gold medal. But his most recent competition prior to the Open was in the 2016 World Cup as the heavyweight for Team USA. Varner went through the guys who finished fifth and sixth in Vegas, meaning he did not wrestle Bradley or Steveson. The offense he did display is even more mitigated by the big bodies at heavyweight.

Bradley dominated his opponents early on at the Open, but then totaled just six points from the semis on. He is more active than Zach Rey, who frequently won matches 1-1, and has a solid gut wrench, but may need to up his pace to topple Coon or Varner.

The difficult thing for Gable may be that he has to compete three days in a row after deciding to do both juniors and seniors. However, he very much proved he can still hit his snaps on seniors, as well as fire off shots and even launch a couple guys for 4s and 5s. His semis rematch with Dom Bradley will say a lot about the kinds of adjustments he can make.

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125kg 3rd - Gable Steveson, MN Storm vs Dominique Bradley, Sunkist Kids WC

Last year in Linclon, Tony Nelson knocked off Zach Rey. He will have a similarly difficult task in Jake Varner in the semis, assuming he gets by Mike Kosoy in the quarters. Tanner Hall will get a crack at avenging his 11-0 tech to Steveson in the quarters.

I think Gable Steveson is the greatest high school wrestler of all-time, and has a great shot to be a four-time NCAA champ. I also think he will have a Tervel-like run on the senior level of making world teams and winning medals. Getting teched by Coon may wind up being the worst senior level loss of his career. But I think between also wrestling juniors and the size of Bradley and Varner, Steveson is just a hair short right now of being able to knock them off.

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As I mentioned at the top, Varner did not have to wrestle either Bradley or Steveson in Vegas, so the winner of that one may just vanquish Varner quickly. But that semi might take too much out of the victor, leaving Varner a little fresher. If he faces Bradley, the over/under on that one is about four points. With Gable, he'll need to score more.

Either way, Adam Coon is a mountain, moves people around like a tractor, and clearly seems to be in the best shape of his life. It's his time to make Final X and get himself another rematch with Nick Gwiazdowski. I'm not sure when it's coming, but he'll get his body lock a couple times on Sunday.

Nomad's Picks

Trials Finals: Coon over Varner two matches to none

Challenge Finals: Varner over Bradley

#4 Travis Ford-Melton Commits To Purdue

113 lbs Semifinal - Travis Ford-Melton, IL vs Adam Busiello, NY

More big recruiting news today. Travis Ford-Melton released his college decision on social media, announcing he will be wrestling for the Purdue Boilermakers.

Decision Time For Cam Amine

152 lbs Round Of 128 - Cameron Amine, Michigan vs Braydon Huber, Idaho

Find a bucolic setting in Michigan and name it Amine Arbor.

Cohlton Schultz Wins Bronze, Andrew Berreyesa In World Finals

130kg, Final 3 of 3, Cohlton Schultz, NYAC vs Anthony Cassioppi, ISI

Team USA picked up two medals today in Greco-Roman at the Junior world championships. Cohlton Schultz won a bronze medal at 130kg and Andrew Berreyesa made the finals at 82kg.

Meet The Contenders: #1 Jakason Burks vs #2 Greg Diakomihalis

51 R16 - Greg Diakomihalis, FLWC vs Garett Lautzenheiser, Parkview

Jakason Burks has a big move arsenal and Greg Diakomihalis is nasty from an elbow tie. Burks is a walking warning sign when it comes to big throws while Greg D doesn’t always need to manufacture his own offense in order to score. 

FRL 317 - Penn State's Schedule, 125 and 133 Rankings Drop

FRL 317 discusses the Penn State wrestling schedule as well as the new NCAA rankings at 125 and 133 pounds.

Penn State Releases 2018-19 Schedule

174 lbs Round of 16 - Mark Hall, Penn State vs Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech

The three-time defending national champion Penn State Nittany Lions have released their 2018-19 wrestling schedule.

Returning Division 1 All-Americans: 184lbs

184 lbs Semifinal - Taylor Venz, Nebraska vs Myles Martin, Ohio State

Now that preseason has officially started, pictures and videos are starting to filter in of teams practicing, all striving for the same goal: to win national championships and become All-Americans.

Ben Darmstadt Out, Ben Honis In For Cornell At 197

197 lbs Semifinal - Ben Darmstadt, Cornell vs Chris Weiler, Lehigh

Ben Darmstadt is likely to miss at least part of the the 2018-19 season due to injury. If possible (Ivy League has their own guidelines), Cornell may apply for a medical redshirt in the hopes of maintaining his final three years of eligibility.

#7 Theorius Robison Commits To Northern Colorado

132lbs Final: Carmen Ferrante, Bergen Catholic vs Theorius Robison, Pomona

Theorius Robison (Pomona, CO) has verbally committed to wrestle for the Northern Colorado Bears after high school.

Virginia Tech Recruiting Targets

Tony Robie is passing all the tests.

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