Dake, Dieringer set to wrestle for World Team spot on Aug. 17 in Austin, Texas

Alex Dieringer gets in on a shot against Kyle Dake in the U.S. Open finals in 2018 (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

USA Wrestling announced that returning world champion Kyle Dake and World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Alex Dieringer will wrestle for a spot on the 2019 World Team at 79 kilograms on Aug. 17 in Austin Texas.

The date and city for the special wrestle-off were determined by USA Wrestling's Freestyle Sport Committee.

Dake received an automatic berth in Final X as a returning world medalist. However, an injury prevented him from competing at Final X on June 8 at Rutgers. He requested a delay in his best-of-three matchup against Dieringer, which was granted because he met all the requirements for a special wrestle-off.

Dieringer won the U.S. Open in April and then claimed the title at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament.

The 2019 World Championships are set for Sept. 14-22 in in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.


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