Tom Brands tipped the Hawkeye Wrestling Club's hand a bit last week when the Iowa coach announced one of the premier contestants on the HWC Showdown Open Card during an interview with Trackwrestling's Kyle Klingman.
World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt is indeed headed to Iowa to wrestle in the Nov. 1 event that will be streamed live on Trackwrestling. Hildebrandt will take on three-time U.S. National Team member Erin Golston in one of two women's freestyle matches on the card.
This will be Hildebrandt's first competition since March, when she qualified the United States for the Tokyo Olympics at 50 kilograms. The 27-year-old Indiana native's descent to women's freestyle's lightest weight class has occurred in the midst of her rise to American stardom. Hildebrandt made her first Senior-level World Team in 2016 at 55 kilograms. She cut down to 53 kilos in 2018 and claimed a World silver and made another World Team last year at the weight before dropping down to 50 kilos this year.
Golston, an Illinois native, captured three World medals at the Junior level before making the Senior National Team in 2013, 2017 and 2018. In 2019, Golston reached the finals of the Dan Kolov, Bill Farrell and Pan Am Championships, and she captured a bronze earlier this year at the Klippan Lady Open.
HAWKEYE WRESTLING CLUB SHOWDOWN OPEN CARD
Jaydin Eierman vs. Vladimer Khinchegashvili
Michael Kemerer vs. Tommy Gantt
Sarah Hildebrandt vs. Erin Golston