Seven Greco Stars Ready To Break Out In Akron

There are four world teams being decided this weekend in Akron, OH. On the Greco-Roman side of things, they'll kick off on Friday morning at 9:30 eastern time. Since the classic style is jumpstarting our weekend, here are seven guys who have never made world teams that might steal the show.

UWW Cadets

First things first, the new weight classes for Cadet worlds (in kilograms of course): 45, 48, 51, 55, 60, 65, 71, 80, 92, and 110. Now onto the list.

45kg: Chance Lamer, OR

Yeah, that's right, we're starting in the Pacific Northwest. Last year, Lamer eschewed Greco and made the freestyle finals here in Akron. He did both styles in Fargo, losing in the freestyle finals but annihilating the Greco field. Lamer outscored his opponents 42-2, and did it all inside of four minutes. Why do I mention four minutes? Because the Cadet periods in Akron are only two minutes long.

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


51kg: Aizayah Yacapin, WA

We're staying in Pacific NW with Aizayah 'Maka' Yacapin. First of all, the kid is all name team, without a question. Second, if he doesn't give up a 4 to Matt Ramos in the Fargo quarters, he might have a stop sign. He also beat the guy on this list at 60kg last year in Cadet duals.

55kg: Conor Knopick, NE

One of the best Greco clubs in America right now, bar none, is MWC Academy in Nebraska, run by Zac Dominguez. The head of Greco in this country, senior national team coach Matt Lindland, has awarded Dominguez by putting him in the pool to coach age level world teams. I almost went with Nate Rubino at 45kg and Jakason Burks at 51kg, but Knopick is right in that group. I know he went 0-2 here last June, but he was a different cat in Fargo. He teched his way through Northern Plains a couple weeks ago.

60kg: Reid Ballantyne, MN

Someone once said something to the effect of, "Minnesota guys try to break your ribs on every single gut," and meant it as a compliment. Ballantyne didn't do Fargo or Akron last year, but has won back-to-back Northern Plains titles and could be brutal now that he's up a couple weights.

110kg: Louden Haga, WV

Give me a big boy star! I liked what I saw out of Haga at Pan Am trials. Maybe he didn't win the Central regional, and didn't have a great Cadet duals last year, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. Oh and, no big deal, you just have to follow Cohlton Schultz as the anchor of our Cadet lineup. You know, the one who made a Junior world team while still being Cadet eligible, at heavyweight!

U23 Trials

Similar to the old University Nationals, U23s has the same weight classes as the senior level. Additionally, there will now be a U23 world championships every year, whereas Universitys was hit or miss on a yearly basis.

55kg: Dalton Duffield

Duffield hasn't wrestled Greco since Fargo 2016. Remember that, when he teched and pinned his way through? And then put Gavin Teasdale on his back in the freestyle finals. Duffield is perfect for this weight, not afraid to let it fly. Can't wait to watch him.

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


63kg: Xavier Johnson

Johnson has made some big jumps this year, including his first overseas medal that featured a win over a junior world champ, and a win over 2017 world team member Ildar Hafizov. And after injury defaulting out of the Open, he's got something to prove. Making a world team would certainly put the rest of the country on notice.

2019 US Open Preview 79kg: The Ringer

null

All the senior men's freestyle brackets at the U.S. Open will be incredibly rad, but not all senior men's freestyle brackets at the U.S. Open are created equal, and certain brackets, like 65kg, will be a tad more rad than the 79kg bracket.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Kyle Snyder Accepts Final X - Lincoln Berth

2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) has officially accepted his berth in Final X. He will battle for the spot at 97 kg/213 lbs. on the 2019 U.S. World Team in men’s freestyle at Final X: Lincoln on Saturday, June 15.

Bo Nickal and Jason Nolf Sign With ScrapLife

Bo Nickal and Jason Nolf have followed behind fellow former Nittany Lions David Taylor and Zain Retherford as they sign with ScrapLife.

FRL 371: US Open Weight-by-Weight Seeding Breakdown

null

FRL 371 - US Open Weight-by-Weight Seeding Breakdown & Burroughs Pan Am Win Over Franklin Gomez

2019 US Open Women's Upperweight Preview

null

By Jeff Johnson

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

2019 US Open 70kg Preview: Come One, Come All

null

From all over the country, competitors flock to Las Vegas to put it all on the line for the annual slugfest known as the U.S. Open. No other domestic tournament attracts a field as deep and varied as the Open.  

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Pre-Seeds Released For 2019 U.S. Open

null

USA Wrestling has announced the pre-seeds in men's freestyle for this weekend's U.S. Open championships in Las Vegas.

Kyle Snyder & Yianni Diakomihalis Receive Beat The Streets Opponents

NEW YORK–Kyle Snyder, who won gold at 97 kg the 2016 Olympics in Rio, will battle Canada’s Nishan Randhawa at the “Grapple at the Garden” Beat the Streets (BTS) benefit, May 6 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The addition of the superstar and longtime BTS supporter plus a matchup between two-time National Champion Yianni Diakomahlis (Rochester, N.Y.) and Bajrang Punia (India) increases the current number of scheduled matches to eight.

Junior Freestyle Open Seed Projections

The path to making the Junior World Team starts this weekend at the US Open where the Freestyle portion closes the show. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

2019 US Open Women's Middleweight Preview

null

Everything you need to know about women's 57kg, 59kg, and 62kg brackets at the 2019 U.S. Open.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In