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    2024 Olympic Team Trials Men's Greco-Roman Preview (87, 97, 130kg)

    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.  Today we're hitting the final three weights - coincidentally, these three weights have been qualified for the Olympic Games, so the winners at these weights can celebrate then focus on Paris. 

    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.

    87 kg qualifiers

    Pan American Olympic Games Qualifier finalist - Spencer Woods

    2023 World Team member - Zac Braunagel 

    2020 Olympic Team member - John Stefanowicz

    2021 World Team member at non-Olympic weight (82 kg) - Ben Provisor

    2023 Bill Farrell champion: Timothy Young

    2023 Bill Farrell champion (77 kg): Payton Jacobson

    Senior Nationals runner-up: Mahmoud Sebie

    Senior Nationals third place: Richard Carlson

    2024 Armed Forces runner-up: Ryan Epps

    Last Chance Qualifier champion: Fritz Schierl

    If you’ve been following our previews in order from smallest to largest, you’ll notice this is the first weight that has been qualified for the 2024 Olympics. Spencer Woods’ two wins at the Pan-American Olympic Games qualifier ensured that an American would be wrestling in Paris at this weight. The question now is which one? Woods has a leg up on the competition since he’ll have a bye to the best-of-three series and will await an opponent to emerge. He’s had a great last year - earning his first spot on a Senior World team (at 82 kg), along with a dominant showing at Senior Nationals and a solid win over Daniel Gregorich Hechavarria (Cuba) at the OG Qualifier. 

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