USA World Team Taking Shape

92 kg –J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC). Photo by Geoffrey Riccio

John Sachs/Tech-Fall – All photos courtesy Geoffrey Riccio/Riccio Productions

 

Sport often reminds us that we know little about anything. From the comfort of the arm chair, picking a world team is easy – right? But as often happens, the highly predictable and the amazingly unpredictable made a joint appearance at the Rutgers Athletic Center at Final X in New Jersey on Saturday.

Many of the young rising stars had their fires dampened temporarily as veterans like Cox and Gwiazdowski took care of matters with business like precision. Others got a clearer measure of the distance yet to travel to be competitive with the best. Still others left the arena believing that the coveted world team berth is there for the taking.

50 kg –Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) vs Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids. Photo by Geoffrey Riccio

Final X Lincoln will take place June 15th at the Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska. Fifteen weight classes will be contested (5 in each style), giving us a nearly complete picture of the team that will represent the United States at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

FINAL X: RUTGERS
At Piscataway, N.J., June 8

Session One – results

Greco-Roman

55 kg – Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) dec. Brady Koontz (Plover, Wis./Ohio RTC), 2 matches to 0
Bout one – Nowry dec. Koontz, 3-0
Bout two – Nowry dec. Koontz, 11-5

67 kg – Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) dec. Jamel Johnson (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps), 2 matches to 0
Bout one – Coleman tech. fall Johnson, 9-1
Bout two – Coleman dec. Johnson, 6-0

82 kg –John Stefanowicz (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps) dec. Kendrick Sanders (Marquette, Mich./New York AC), 2 matches to 0
Bout one – Stefanowicz dec. Sanders, 8-5
Bout two – Stefanowicz dec. Sanders, 3-2

87 kg – Joe Rau (Chicago, Ill./Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC) dec. Ben Provisor (State College, Pa./New York AC/Nittany Lion WC). 2 matches to 0
Bout one – Rau dec. Provisor, 2-1
Bout two – Rau dec. Provisor, 5-1

Women’s freestyle

57 kg –Jenna Burkert (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) dec. Becka Leathers (Chapel Hill, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Tarheel RTC)
Bout one – Burkert dec. Leathers, 4-2
Bout two – Burkert dec. Leathers, 5-0

72 kg – Victoria Francis (Litchfield, Ill./Titan Mercury WC) dec. Alyvia Fiske (Napa, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) , 2 matches to 0
Bout one – Francis dec. Fiske, 7-2
Bout two – Francis pin Fiske, 3:30

Session Two results

Men’s freestyle

65 kg – Zain Retherford (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) dec. Yianni Diakomihalis (Rochester, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC), 2 matches to 0
Bout one – Retherford dec. Diakomihalis, 10-4
Bout two – Retherford dec. Diakomihalis, 6-6

92 kg –J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. Bo Nickal (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC), two matches to none
Bout one – Cox dec. Nickal, 4-2
Bout two – Cox dec. Nickal, 5-0

125 kg –Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) dec. Gable Steveson (Apple Valley, Minn./Minnesota RTC), 2 matches to 0
Bout One – Gwiazdowski dec. Steveson, 4-4
Bout Two – Gwiazdowski dec. Steveson, 3-3

Women’s freestyle

50 kg –Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) dec. Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids), 2 matches to none
Bout One – Conder dec. Anthony, 7-4
Bout Two – Conder pin Anthony, 1:57

65 kg – Forrest Molinari (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) dec. Maya Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC), two matches to one
Bout One –Nelson dec. Molinari, 5-3
Bout Two – Molinari tech. fall Nelson, 12-2
Bout Three – Molinari dec. Nelson, 4-1

68 kg –Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) dec. Alexandria Glaude (W. Sacramento, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/McKendree Bearcat WC), two matches to none
Bout one – Mensah-Stock pin Glaude, 4:50
Bout two – Mensah-Stock tech. fall Glaude, 10-0

Greco-Roman

77 kg – Pat Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) dec. Kamal Bey (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC), two matches to one.
Bout One – Bey tech. fall Smith. 11-2
Bout Two – Smith dec. Bey, 2-1
Bout Three – Smith dec. Bey, 6-3