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Green set to scrap with Marinelli at HWC Showdown Open


James Green is returning to Big Ten country to tangle with The Bull.

The two-time World medalist from Nebraska will take on Iowa senior Alex Marinelli as part of the Nov. 1 Hawkeye Wrestling Club Showdown Open, which will be streamed live on Trackwrestling.

Green represented the United States at the World Championships at 70 kilograms in each of his first five years on the Senior level, capturing a bronze in 2015 and a silver in 2017 when he helped the Americans claim their first men's freestyle team title in 22 years.

He transitioned to the Olympic 74-kilogram weight class following last year's World Championships and placed second in December at the Alans Tournament in Russia, where he lost in the finals to 2014 World champ Khetik Tsabolov. In addition to his weight-class change, Green switched training locations earlier this year, as well, leaving the Nebraska Regional Training Center for the Virginia Tech-based Southeast Regional Training Center.

Green is the third World finalist to be announced on the HWC Showdown Open card, joining World and Olympic champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili and World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt.

Marinelli is coming off a 20-1 junior season that concluded with his second straight Big Ten title at 165 pounds. Nicknamed 'The Bull', Marinelli led the Hawkeyes in pins each of the past two seasons.

Though he doesn't have an extensive freestyle background, Marinelli turned in strong showings at the Junior World Team Trials in 2017 and 2018 before losing to Mark Hall and Mekhi Lewis, both of whom went on to win Junior World titles in those years.

HAWKEYE WRESTLING CLUB SHOWDOWN OPEN
Jaydin Eierman vs. Vladimer Khinchegashvili
Michael Kemerer vs. Tommy Gantt
Sarah Hildebrandt vs. Erin Golston
Alex Marinelli vs. James Green

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