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    2024 Olympic Team Trials Men's Greco-Roman Preview (60, 67, 77kg)

    It’s almost here! The field has been set and the eyes of the American wrestling world are ready to collectively focus on State College, Pennsylvania, the setting of the 2024 US Olympic Team Trials. The Trials are always incredible and a must-see for fans; however, this one is a bit more special after the most recent Trials. Delayed by a year, because of COVID, the 2020(1) Trials were moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and did not have the type of crowd that is expected to pack the Bryce Jordan Center this time. 

    Our previews have been broken down to half of a particular style at a time. Last week, we started with men's freestyle, then moved into women's freestyle. Now we're wrapping up with Greco-Roman.  We'll start with the first three weight - coincidentally, none of the first three weights have been qualified for the Olympic Games, so the winner in each weight class will need to head to the Last Chance Qualifier in early-May.  

    For each weight, we’ll mention the qualifiers, along with how they qualified, and notes about each of the participants, followed by a finals prediction.

    60 kg qualifiers

    2020 Olympic Team member: Ildar Hafizov

    2023 World Team member at non-Olympic weight (55 kg) - Brady Koontz

    2022 World Team member at non-Olympic weight (63 kg) - Sammy Jones

    2024 Armed Forces champion (55 kg): Billy Sullivan

    2024 Armed Forces champion: Dalton Duffield

    2024 Armed Forces runner-up (63 kg): Sidney Flores

    2021 World Team member: Dalton Roberts

    2023 Bill Farrell runner-up: Randon Miranda

    Senior Nationals runner-up: Hayden Tuma

    Senior Nationals third place: Max Black

    Senior Nationals fourth place: Dylan Gregerson

    Senior Nationals fifth place: Taylor LaMont

    Last Chance Qualifier champion: Phillip Moomey

    Right off the bat, we have a gigantic weight class with a ton of depth. Four wrestlers in this bracket have made Senior World/Olympic teams - Ildar Hafizov, Brady Koontz, Sammy Jones, and Dalton Roberts. Hafizov won the 2020(1) Trials with a pair of techs and looks to be the favorite again. He’ll start as the top seed at this weight. Longtime Army WCAP teammate and opponent, Dalton Roberts, will hold the second seed. The two have met a staggering 14 times since the 2018 World Team Trials!! Roberts holds an 8-6 advantage. 

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