With the US Open finished up, most of the qualification spots for the World Team Trials are now filled. USA wrestling published a list and here’s where some current and former Cowboys currently sit.
Daton Fix (57 KG): Final X is a fairly new event, just now in it’s second year. At Final X the World Team Trials tournament winner wrestles whoever sits in the Final X spot in a best of three series to decide the World Team rep. By virtue of his win at the US Open, Fix sits in the Final X spot awaiting the winner of the World Team trials tournament.
Jordan Oliver (65 KG): Jordan Oliver finished sixth at the US Open, giving him a spot in the World Team Trials.
Alex Dieringer (79 KG): US Open Champ Alex Dieringer sits in the finals of the World Team Trials tournament awaiting his opponent.
Chandler Rogers (79 KG): Chandler Rogers has qualified for the World Team Trials by winning the Pan American Championships.
Derek White (125 KG): White qualified by finishing fourth at the US Open.
The Greco qualification procedures are a bit more loose than the freestyle qualification procedures. Any NCAA All-American or placer at an international event in the last few years has technically qualified. So you never know, we could see Kaid Brock, Nick Piccininni, or a number of other guys here, but this group has a bit more of a Greco past, have qualified, and I expect are more likely to shoot for these World Team spots.
Chandler Rogers (82 KG): Rogers finished third at the US Open last weekend which would have qualified him, but he had actually already qualified for finishing third at the U23 World Team trials last year.
I’m really intrigued to see what Rogers does here. He’s qualified for both the freestyle and Greco World Team Trials. With defending World Champ Kyle Dake and teammate Alex Dieringer in his path for a freestyle world team spot his chances of making the world team in Greco seem much more feasible. Will he give both a shot? Will he go all in on Greco? It will be interesting to see how he plays it.
Bear Hughes (87 KG): Hughes was the Junior World Team rep for the U.S. last year which qualified him for the Greco World Team Trials.
Austin Harris (97 KG): Harris was the Junior World Team Trials runnerup last year which qualified him to wrestle here. He’s still eligible for Juniors though and is qualified to wrestle in the Junior World Team Trials in freestyle.
The “Last Chance Qualifier” is this weekend in Pennsylvania. As the name states, it will be the last chance for anyone to qualify for the World Team Trials.