AUSTIN, Texas — Today, USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, and FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, have announced which weight classes will be assigned to the two Final X events for 2019.
Final X: Rutgers will be hosted at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Saturday, June 8. Final X: Lincoln will be hosted at the Bob Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Saturday, June 15.
Each of the 30 World Championships weight classes have been assigned to a Final X location:
June 8 Final X: Rutgers weight classes
Men’s Freestyle: 65 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg
Women’s Freestyle: 50 kg, 57 kg, 65 kg, 68 kg, 72 kg
Greco-Roman: 55 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 82 kg, 87 kg
June 15 Final X: Lincoln weight classes
Men's Freestyle: 57kg, 61kg, 70kg, 74kg, 97kg
Women's Freestyle: 53kg, 55kg, 59kg, 62kg, 76kg
Greco-Roman: 60kg, 63kg, 72kg, 97kg, 130kg
Both of these events will have exclusive live and on-demand coverage on FloWrestling, as well as on the FloSports apps on iOS, Roku and Apple TV 4.
The Final X series will determine the 2019 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three of the Olympic disciplines. There will be a best-of-three series to determine who will wrestle at the 2019 Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, Sept. 14-22, 2019.
Athletes who were World medalists in 2018 will advance directly to Final X, if they declare they will compete in the same weight class again this year by a specific date to be determined.
If they declare they will compete in the same weight class, 2018 World medalists who would compete in Final X: Rutgers are men’s freestylers Kyle Dake (79 kg), David Taylor (86 kg), J’den Cox (92 kg) and Nick Gwiazdowski (125 kg), plus women’s freestyler Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68 kg). Dake, Taylor and Cox were 2018 World champions, while Gwiazdowski and Mensah-Stock were 2018 World bronze medalists.
Likewise, if they declare they will stay in the same weight class, 2018 World medalists who would compete in Final X: Lincoln are men’s freestylers Joe Colon (61 kg), Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and Kyle Snyder (97 kg), plus women’s freestylers Sara Hildebrandt (53 kg), Mallory Velte (62 kg) and Adeline Gray (76 kg), along with Greco-Roman wrestler Adam Coon (130 kg). Gray was a 2018 World champion, while Snyder, Hildebrandt and Coon were 2018 World silver medalists. Colon, Burroughs and Velte were 2018 World bronze medalists.
If these athletes remain in their 2018 weight classes, each Final X location will feature at least three past World champions, with Dake, Taylor and Cox at Rutgers, and with Burroughs, Snyder and Gray in Lincoln.
Each event will have 15 weight classes, five in each style. Each site will have two different sessions. Eight of the weights will be completed in their entirety in one session, and the other seven weights will be completed in their entirety in the other session. The assignment of weight classes to a specific session will be determined at a later date.
Information on ordering tickets for the Final X: Rutgers and Final X: Lincoln will be announced next week.
For more information, visit FinalX.tv, FloWrestling.org or TheMat.com.
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About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the sport of wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. USA Wrestling has more than 237,000 members, including athletes, coaches, officials, parents, fans and others who are actively involved in the sport. Its president is Bruce Baumgartner, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender.