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AUSTIN, Texas -- Today, USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, and FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced that tickets are now available to the general public for Final X in State College, Pa., as part of the exciting new Final X series.
Final X in State College will be held at Rec Hall on the Penn State campus, starting at 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 16. The event will determine the 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men's and women's freestyle wrestling, featuring the nation's best Olympic-caliber athletes in these disciplines.
The weight classes assigned to the Final X in State College are:
To order tickets, go to the tickets tab on the official Final X website at: www.FinalX.tv. Ticket prices are available in three pricing levels:
Please note that there is an additional $2.25 credit card processing fee.
The first Final X event will be on June 9 in Lincoln, Neb. Final X in State College is the second event in the series. Final X at Lehigh, set for Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa., is the third event of the series on June 23.
For Final X in State College, the top two men's and women's freestyle wrestlers in each of six weight classes will compete in a best-of-three series, with winners earning spots on the U.S. Senior World Team to compete at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 20-28, 2018.
Athletes must qualify for Final X based upon the approved Trials selection procedures in each style, and 2017 Senior World medalists may advance directly to Final X under certain conditions. Based upon these procedures, the only athlete who would be eligible to advance directly to the Final X event on June 16 would be 2017 World bronze medalist J'den Cox, if he competes at 86 kg. However, Cox is expected to compete at 92 kg this year, and that weight class competes June 23. Therefore, no athlete is expected to advance directly to Final X in State College.
The qualifying events for Final X are the 2018 U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 26-28, and the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament for men's and women's freestyle, set for Rochester, Minn., May 18-20.
FloWrestling will provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage of all three Final X events on FloWrestling.com, as well as across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku and Apple TV 4.
"Final X is an incredible event for wrestling fans, athletes, and the sport itself, " FloSports SVP, Global Rights Acquisition Adam Fenn said. "The top American wrestlers will be at their best to compete for a spot on the World Team, and FloWrestling will be beside every mat, capturing the live matches and giving fans the behind-the-scenes footage they can't get anywhere else."
"Rec Hall has an amazing tradition of hosting well-attended and exciting major wrestling events," USA Wrestling National Events Director Pete Isais said. "It is a great venue to showcase our nation's top wrestlers battling for spots on Team USA. Fans will enjoy a first-class event production that will add even more excitement. Don't wait to get your tickets and secure the best seating locations. Final X in State College will be an experience you don't want to miss."
For more information, visit FinalX.tv, FloWrestling.com or TheMat.com.
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About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the sport of wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. USA Wrestling has more than 232,000 members, including athletes, coaches, officials, parents, fans and others who are actively involved in the sport. Its president is Bruce Baumgartner, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender.