Kyle Dake runs with the American flag after winning gold at 79 kilograms (Photo/Larry Slater)
Returning world champion Kyle Dake has requested a delay in his best-of-three matchup for a spot on the 2019 U.S. World Team in freestyle.
Dake was scheduled to compete on Saturday against World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Alex Dieringer at 79 kilograms. He was able to request a delay as a 2018 senior world medalist who earned an automatic berth into the final wrestle-off.
Dake posted a message Tuesday on Instagram.
Many have speculated, and today I am announcing that I have requested a delay for the best two out of three series for the 2019 World Team. I had a freak accident happen that required surgery and kept me off the mat for some time. We are waiting to get the details for the wrestle off date and I will keep you posted. I will continue to train as intelligently and diligently as I can towards becoming the 2019 79kg World Champion. Thank you to all my sponsors, family, and fans for their unparalleled support!
It marks the second match that has been removed from the Final X Rutgers card. On May 24, returning world champion David Taylor (86 kilograms) announced that he would not be competing due to injury.