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Third in 2017 Freestyle U.S World Team Trials, Second in 2017 Greco-Roman U.S World Team Trials, Two-time University Nationals Champion, 2015 NCAA All-American for North Dakota State, Three-time Minnesota State Champion for Crosby-Ironton HS, 2007 USAW Cadet Nationals Champion in Freestyle and Greco-Roman.

  1. 21 World & Olympic Medals Make This Women's Final X Field Deep As Ever

    21 World & Olympic Medals Make This Women's Final X Field Deep As Ever

    May 27, 2022

    The women’s field at Final X is loaded with credentials. Is it the best Final X field ever? Take a look at the numbers and decide for yourself. This year's line-up includes five of six 202One Olympians and six of 10 members of the 2021 World team. Six-time World champion Adeline Gray, who is pregnant with twins, is the only member of the Olympic team not competing.
  2. Women's Weekly: Final X Is Set

    Women's Weekly: Final X Is Set

    May 25, 2022

    The World Team Trials were held in Coralville, Iowa, on May 21-22, which set all 10 Final X matchups.
  3. Projecting The 2022 World Team Trials Seeds

    Projecting The 2022 World Team Trials Seeds

    May 13, 2022

    The 2022 World Team Trials are set to go down in Coralville, Iowa May 21-22. This tournament will set the top two wrestlers at every weight who will wrestle-off for the world team spot in June at Final X. Seeds for the trials likely won't be released until a few days prior to the tournament, but because of its importance, we decided to predict what the top 7-8 seeds at each weight will look like. Take a look at those projections for men's freestyle below.
  4. US Open Men's Freestyle Upperweight Preview + Predictions

    US Open Men's Freestyle Upperweight Preview + Predictions

    Apr 28, 2022

    The US Open finally returns, and with it, a chance for the top senior level contenders to qualify for the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in May, which determines who participates in Final X. Challenge Tournament seeds will also largely be determined by the results from the Open.
  5. US Open Men's Freestyle Cheat Sheet

    US Open Men's Freestyle Cheat Sheet

    Apr 25, 2022

    In which we provide a quick guide to the men's freestyle weight classes at the USMC US Open.
  6. Men's Freestyle Olympic Trials Mega Preview

    Men's Freestyle Olympic Trials Mega Preview

    Mar 31, 2021

    The 2021 US Olympic Trials go down this weekend. All the action will be streamed either through NBC Sports Network or NBC's Peackock streaming service. Meanwhile, we'll have a watch party live throughout the trials to keep wrestling fans in the loop. Before all the action goes down, check out the contenders and challengers for the 2021 Olympic Trials.
  7. 2021 Olympic Trials Seed Projections

    2021 Olympic Trials Seed Projections

    Mar 29, 2021

    Olympic Trials week is finally here! Before official seeds come out later in the week, I wanted to take my best guess at how the seeding committee will see things. 
  8. Wild Quarterfinal Matchups Kick Off Money Round At America's Cup

    Wild Quarterfinal Matchups Kick Off Money Round At America's Cup

    Feb 11, 2021

    On day 2 of America's Cup, we're guaranteed some incredible matches in the quarterfinals and could see anything from there. Here's everything you need to know before the money rounds get rolling.
  9. Jordan Burroughs vs David Taylor Card By The Numbers

    Jordan Burroughs vs David Taylor Card By The Numbers

    Jan 5, 2021

    When Jordan Burroughs and David Taylor headline the January 9 card, they'll be joined by a number of incredibly credentialed athletes. The number of accolades this group has collected are staggering. Check out the stack of credentials earned by Saturday night's competitors.
  10. J'den Cox Is Making His Return On January 9. This Is Huge!

    J'den Cox Is Making His Return On January 9. This Is Huge!

    Dec 29, 2020

    J'den Cox hasn't competed since winning the Cerro Pelado in Cuba last February. That means we've been deprived of watching the best wrestler in the US regardless of weight. On January 9, he's coming back to take on his 2018 Final X foe Hayden Zillmer. Cox's return has been highly anticipated, and rightly so. Here are a few reasons J'den's return is so important.
  11. Complete Preview & Predictions - RTC Cup Presented By Titan Mercury

    Complete Preview & Predictions - RTC Cup Presented By Titan Mercury

    Dec 3, 2020

    The pools are set for the RTC Cup Presented by Titan Mercury where we'll see two days of incredible action. Here's a breakdown of the weight classes and the matches we expect to see during pool competition and how they could set up Saturday's bracket.
  12. Snyder Leads A Rock Solid 97kg Field

    Snyder Leads A Rock Solid 97kg Field

    Oct 8, 2020

    While 97kg has the fewest entries in men's freestyle at Senior Nationals, there's not a lot of fluff which should make for some enticing matchups. Kyle Snyder's at the top, and he'll be joined by four more of the nation's top ten as well as 8 college studs that will look to prove themselves on the senior level.