picture of 2021 U23 World Championship

Completed , Nov 1-7, 2021

The 2021 UWW U23 World Championships will take place in Belgrade, Serbia and feature the best 23-and-under wrestlers on the planet in men's freestyle, women's freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling.

Men's Freestyle

57 kg: Pat Glory

61 kg: Chris Cannon

65 kg: Dom Demas

70 kg: Brock Mauller

74 kg: Peyton Robb

79 kg: Jake Marsh

86 kg: Myles Wilson

92 kg: Nino Bonaccorsi

97 kg: Jay Aiello

125 kg: Anthony Cassioppi

Women's Freestyle

50 kg: Emily Shilson

53 kg: Ronna Heaton

55 kg: Alex Hedrick

57 kg: Amanda Martinez

59 kg: Michaela Beck

62 kg: Emma Bruntil

65 kg: Ashlynn Ortega

68 kg: Alyvia Fiske

72 kg: Kayla Marano

76 kg: Kyle Welker

Greco-Roman

55 kg: Taylor LaMont

60 kg: Dylan Gregerson

63 kg: David Stepanian

67 kg: Alston Nutter

72 kg: Nate Moore

77 kg: Britton Holmes

82 kg: Tommy Brackett

87 kg: Spencer Woods

97 kg: Nicholas Boykin

130 kg: Brandon Metz


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Men's Freestyle

Pat Glory

Weight: 57 kg

Hometown: Randolph, New Jersey

High School: Delbarton

College: Princeton

Club: New Jersey RTC

Instagram: @patrick_glory

What you need to know: Glory missed the 2021 college season since Ivy League schools did not participate the entire season. He was undefeated in 2020 prior to the NCAA Championships being cancelled due to COVID-19. Glory completed his freshman season with a 30-7 record and a sixth place finish at the 2019 NCAA tournament in the 125-pound weight class. 

Championship series

Pat Glory over Taylor LaMont, 2-0

Match 1: Glory over LaMont, 8-0

Match 2: Glory over LaMont, 10-0


Chris Cannon

Weight: 61 kg

Hometown: Oceanport, New Jersey

High School: Blair Academy

College: Northwestern

Club: Wildcat Wrestling Club

Instagram: @chris_cannon18

What you need to know: Cannon completed his freshman season at Northwestern as a 133-pound All-American after placing seventh at the 2021 NCAA Championships. 

Championship series

Chris Cannon over Jesse Mendez, 2-0

Match 1: Cannon over Mendez, 13-2

Match 2: Mendez over Cannon, 9-8

Match 3: Cannon over Mendez, INJ :32


Dom Demas

Weight: 65 kg

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

High School: Dublin Coffman

College: Oklahoma

Club: Oklahoma RTC

Instagram: @dombreezzy

What you need to know: Demas enters his “junior” season as a Sooner following three appearances at the NCAA Championships, including a fourth place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships as a freshman and a Round of 12 appearance in 2021. 

Championship series

Dom Demas over Lawrence Saenz, 2-0

Match 1: Demas over Saenz, 10-0

Match 2: Demas over Saenz, 10-0


Brock Mauller

Weight: 70 kg

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

High School: Father Tolton

College: Missouri

Club: Tiger Style Wrestling Club

Instagram: @brock_mauller149

What you need to know: Mauller replaces Jacori Teemer who won the spot over Mauller at the U23 World Team Trials. He has an 83-8 career college record and has placed twice at the NCAA Championships (sixth in 2019 and fifth in 2021).

Championship series

Jacori Teemer over Brock Mauller, 2-0

Match 1: Teemer over Mauller, 4-2

Match 2: Teemer over Mauller, 9-8


Peyton Robb

Weight: 74 kg

Hometown: Owatonna, Minnesota

High School: Owatonna

College: Nebraska

Club: Nebraska Wrestling Training Center

Instagram: @iamprobb

What you need to know: Robb is a two-time national qualifier for Nebraska who reached the Round of 16 at the 2021 NCAA Championships at 165 pounds. He was his high school’s first three-time state champion. 

Championship series

Peyton Robb over Quincy Monday, 2-0

Match 1: Robb over Monday, 12-3

Match 2: Robb over Monday, 7-5


Jake Marsh

Weight: 79 kg

Hometown: Marysville, Ohio

High School: Marysville

College: Princeton

Club: NJRTC

Instagram: @swagyu_beef

What you need to know: Jake Marsh is a late replacement for Mikey Labriola at 79 kg. He finished eighth at the 2021 U23 Nationals.


Myles Wilson

Weight: 86 kg

Hometown: Junction, Colorado

High School: Glenwood Springs

College: Iowa

Club: Hawkeye Wrestling Club

Instagram: @wilmyl90

What you need to know: Wilson was a two-time Colorado state champion who will look to find a spot in the loaded Iowa line-up. He started five duals for the Hawkeyes at 174 pounds during the 2019 season and could contend at 174, 184, and 197 this season. 

Championship series

Myles Wilson over Chris Foca, 2-1

Match 1: Wilson over Foca, 6-1

Match 2: Foca over Wilson, 19-8

Match 3: Wilson over Foca, 5-4


Nino Bonaccorsi

Weight: 92 kg

Hometown: Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

High School: Bethel Park 

College: Pittsburgh

Club: Pittsburgh Wrestling Club

Instagram: @ninobonaccorsi_ 

What you need to know: Bonaccorsi reached the 2021 NCAA Championship finals at 197-pounds and finished the season with a 13-2 record after qualifying for the NCAA tournament in 2019 and 2020. His college career record is 57-15. 

Championship series

Nino Bonacorrsi Rocky Elam, 2-0

Match 1: Bonaccorsi DEC ELam, 2-2

Match 2: Bonaccorsi DEC Elam, 8-1


Jay Aiello 

Weight: 97 kg

Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia

High School: Westfield

College: Virginia

Club: Cavalier Wrestling Club

Instagram: @jay_aiello9

What you need to know: Aiello enters his sixth season at Virginia as a three-time national qualifier at 197 pounds. His career college record is 74-31. 

Championship series

Jay Aiello over Samuel Mitchell, 2-0

Match 1: Aiello over Mitchell, 11-0

Match 2: Aiello over Mitchell, 11-0


Anthony Cassioppi

Weight: 125 kg

Hometown: Roscoe, Illinois

High School: Hononegah

College: Iowa

Club: Hawkeye Wrestling Club

Instagram: @tony3735

What you need to know: Cassioppi finished third at the 2021 NCAA Championships after qualifying for the 2020 NCAA tournament that was canceled due to COVID-19. His current career college record is 33-6. 

Championship series 

Anthony Cassioppi over Lucas Davison, 2-1

Match 1: Cassioppi FALL Davison, 1:28

Match 2: Davison over Cassioppi, 14-4

Match 3: Cassioppi over Davison, 13-5


Women's Freestyle

Emily Shilson

Weight: 50 kg

Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota

High School: Mounds View

College: Augsburg

Club: TMWC/Twin Cities RTC

Instagram: @emilyshilson22

What you need to know: Shilson is entering her junior year at Augsburg with an undefeated college career, winning a WCWA title in 2020 and WCWC titles in 2020 and 2021, all at 109 pounds. She also has a hefty international resume, including a silver medal at the 2017 Cadet Worlds, gold in 2018, and gold at the 2021 Junior Worlds.

Championship series

Emily Shilson over Alleida Martinez, 2-0

Round 1: Shilson over Martinez, 12-2

Round 2: Shilson over Martinez, fall 3:19


Ronna Heaton

Weight: 53 kg

Hometown: Brookings, South Dakota

High School: Brookings High School

Club: Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids

Instagram: @ronnahgross

What you need to know: Heaton is the first female to qualify for the South Dakota state boys tournament where she placed seventh and fourth. She reached the finals of the 2021 Olympic Trials and World Team Trials and is a 2015 Cadet World champion and a 2016 silver medalist. Heaton also competed on three Junior World teams. 

Championship series

Ronna Heaton over Alisha Howk, 2-1

Round 1: Heaton over Howk, 5-3

Round 2: Heaton over Howk, 1-1


Alex Hedrick

Weight: 55 kg

Hometown: Fair Oaks, California

High School: Bella Vista

College: Simon Fraser

Club: Titan Mercury Wrestling Club

Instagram: @nails_h

What you need to know: Hedrick was a two-time California state champion and a member of 2018 and 2019 Junior World teams. She reached the 2018 World Team Trials finals (known as Final X) where she faced four-time World/Olympic champion Helen Maroulis. Hedrick is also a two-time WCWA runner-up (2018 and 2019) and a 2020 NCWWC champion. 

Championship series

Alex Hedrick over Sophia Mirabella, 2-0

Round 1: Hedrick over Mirabella, 10-1

Round 2: Hedrick over Mirabella, 8-0


Amanda Martinez

Weight: 57 kg

Hometown: Riverside, Illinois

High School: Riverside-Brookfield

College: North Central College

Club: Team Tornado Wrestling Club

Instagram: @a.mart13

What you need to know: Amanda Martinez is replacing Cheyenne Sisenstein at 57 kg. She also made the finals of the 2021 National Collegiate Women`s Wrestling Championship and competed at the Olympic Trials as well.

Championship series

Cheyenne Sisenstein over Amanda Martinez, 2-1

Round 1 – Martinez over Sisenstein, 10-10

Round 2 – Sisenstein over Martinez, fall 2:09

Round 3 – Sisenstein over Martinez, 7-5


Micaela Beck

Weight: 59 kg

Hometown: New York, New York

High School: Fusion Academy

Club: Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids

Instagram: @mkaykay19

What you need to know: Beck was a member of the 2019 Junior World team after winning Junior Nationals in 2016. She also placed second at the 2018 US Nationals. Her father, Scott, wrestled at Harvard and placed sixth at the 1982 Greco Junior Nationals. They are believed to be the only father-daughter duo to place at “Fargo.” 

Championship series

Michaela Beck over Brenda Reyna, 2-0

Round 1: Beck over Reyna, 5-0

Round 2: Beck over Reyna, 6-0


Emma Bruntil

Weight: 62 kg

Hometown: Acme, Washington

High School: Mount Baker

College: McKendree

Club: McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club/Titan Mercury Wrestling Club

Instagram: @emmaaabruntil

What you need to know: Bruntil won the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships in 2020 and 2021 and was a 2019 U.S. National champion. She reached the 65-kilogram finals of this year’s Senior World Team Trials.

Championship series

Emma Bruntil over Ana Luciano, 2-0

Round 1: Bruntil over Luciano, 3-0

Round 2: Bruntil over Luciano, 2-1


Ashlynn Ortega

Weight: 65 kg

Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado

High School: Wyoming Seminary

College: King

Club: New York Athletic Club

Instagram: @a.ortega13

What you need to know: Ortega placed third at the 2019 WCWA Championships and the 2020 NCWWC Championships and was a finalist in 2021. She made Cadet World teams in 2015 and 2016. 

Championship series

Ashlynn Ortega over Alara Boyd, 2-0

Round 1: Ortega over Boyd, 4-3

Round 2: Ortega over Boyd, 4-1


Alyvia Fiske

Weight: 68 kg

Hometown: Napa, California

High School: Vintage High

College: Simon Fraser

Club: Titan Mercury Wrestling Club

Instagram: @alyviafiske

What you need to know: Fiske placed third at the 2019 WCWA Championships and the 2020 WCWC Championships. She was a member of the 2018 and 2019 Junior World teams as well as the 2019 U23 World team. Fiske reached the finals of the 2019 Senior World Team Trials (known as Final X). 

Championship series

Alyvia Fiske vs. Tiyahna Askew (GA), 2-0

Round 1: Fiske df. Askew, 10-0

Round 2: Fiske df. Askew, 7-2


Kayla Marano

Weight: 72 kg

Hometown: Jefferson, Georgia

High School: Jefferson

College: McKendree

Club: McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club

Instagram: @kayla_marano

What you need to know: Marano dropped her best-of-three series to Kennedy Blades but replaces her on the team due to an injury. Marano currently attends McKendree after transferring from Emmanuel College where she was two-time WCWA All-American and a finalist at the 2021 WCWC tournament. Her mother, Kristie, was a two-time World champion and a nine-time medalist. 

Championship series

Kennedy Blades over Kayla Marano, 2-0

Round 1: Blades df. Marano, 15-4

Round 2: Blades df. Marano, 14-3


Kylie Welker

Weight: 76 kg

Hometown: Franksville, Wisconsin

High School: Burlington

Club: Titan Mercury Wrestling Club 

Instagram: @kylie_welker24

What you need to know: Welker made the Junior, U23, and Senior World teams this year prior to a dominant win at Junior Nationals in July. The 17-year-old reached the finals of the Olympic Trials where she fell to six-time World champion Adeline Gray in the best-of-three series. She’s already scored a bronze medal at the 2019 Cadet Worlds, a gold medal at the 2021 Junior Worlds, and is searching for more this year. 

Championship series

Kylie Welker over Yelena Makoyed, 2-1

Round 1: Makoyed over Welker, 7-2

Round 2: Welker over Makoyed, 3-2

Round 3: Welker over Makoyed, Fall 5:37


Greco-Roman

Taylor Lamont

Weight: 55 kg

Hometown: Mapleton, Utah

High School: Maple Mountain

College: Utah Valley

Club: Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club

Instagram: @lamonster98

What you need to know: Lamont is a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier who placed fifth at the 2021 NCAA tournament. 

Championship series

Taylor LaMont over Brady Koontz, 2-0

Match 1: LaMont over Koontz, 3-1

Match 2: LaMont over Koontz, 4-0


Dylan Gregerson

Weight: 60 kg

Hometown: Bluffdale, Utah

High School: Riverton

College: Utah Valley

Club: Brunson UVRTC

Instagram: @dylang66

What you need to know: Gregerson won the 2018 Junior Pan-Ams in freestyle and Greco. 

Championship series

Dylan Gregerson over Dylan Koontz, 2-0

Match 1: Gregerson over Koontz, 7-5

Match 2: Gregerson over Koontz, 9-6


David Stepanian

Weight: 63 kg

Hometown: Macomb, Michigan

College: Northern Michigan

Club: New York Athletic Club

Instagram: @dstepanian7

What you need to know: Placed second at the 2021 World Team Trials and second at Senior Nationals.

Championship series

David Stepanian over Mosha Schwartz, 2-0

Match 1: Stepanian over Schwartz, 5-2

Match 2: Stepanian over Schwartz, 8-3


Alston Nutter

Weight: 67 kg

Hometown: Fennimore, Wisconsin

College: Northern Michigan

Club: Sunkist Kids 

Instagram: @alstman63kg

What you need to know: Nutter earned a bronze medal at the 2019 Junior World Championships and placed second at the 2021 Senior Nationals.

Championship series

67 kg: Alston Nutter over Jaden Enriquez, 2-0

Match 1: Nutter dec Enriquez, 9-6

Match 2: Nutter dec Enriquez, 8-5


Nate Moore

Weight: 72 kg

Hometown: Buckley, Washington

College: Northern Colorado

Club: Northern Colorado Wrestling Club 

Instagram: @nate_moore13

What you need to know: Moore finished third at the U23 Nationals and replaces Benji Peak who originally qualified for the team. 


Britton Holmes

Weight: 77 kg

Hometown: Peyton, Colorado

Club: Army WCAP

Instagram: @bholmes_67kg

What you need to know: Holmes placed seventh at the 2018 Junior Greco Pan Ams. 

Championship series

Britton Holmes over Ryan Epps, 2-0

Match 1: Holmes over Epps, 4-0

Match 2: Holmes over Epps, 5-3


Tommy Brackett

Weight: 82 kg

Hometown: Eads, Tennessee

Club: Gator Wrestling Club 

Instagram: @tomboogie82kg

What you need to know: Bracket won a silver medal at the 2017 Junior Greco Pan Ams. 

Championship series

Tommy Brackett over George Sikes, 2-0

Match 1: Brackett over Sikes, 5-0

Match 2: Brackett over Sikes, 7-0


Spencer Woods

Weight: 87 kg

Hometown: Shungnak, Alaska

Club: Gator Army WCAP

Instagram: @alaskan_assassin87kg

What you need to know: Bracket won a silver medal at the 2017 Junior Greco Pan Ams. 

Championship series

Spencer Woods over Job Ayala, 2-0

Match 1: Woods tech Ayala, 10-0

Match 2: Woods tech Ayala, 10-0


Nick Boykin

Weight: 97 kg

Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

High School: Riverdale

College: Ohio State

Club: Sunkist Kids 

Instagram: @lil_big_boykin_50

What you need to know: Boykin was a member of the 2019 Junior Greco World team and a three-time Tennessee state champion. 

Championship series

Nick Boykin over Chad Porter, 2-0

Match 1: Boykin tech Porter, 8-0

Match 2: Boykin tech Porter, 8-0


Brandon Metz

Weight: 130 kg

Hometown: West Fargo, North Dakota

High School: West Fargo

College: North Dakota State

Club: Bison Wrestling Club

Instagram: @brandonmetz48

What you need to know: Metz qualified for the 2020 and 2021 NCAA Championships at heavyweight. 

Championship series

Brandon Metz over Spencer Trenary, 2-0

Match 1: Metz FALL Trenary, :44

Match 2: Metz over Trenary, 5-0