2021 Olympic bronze medalist Helen Maroulis (Photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Today was the deadline for Olympic medalists to announce their intentions to compete at the 2021 World Championships. USA Wrestling ruled that any 2020 Olympic medalists would be able to lock in a spot at the World Championships without having to compete at the World Team Trials.
Eight of the nine Olympic medalists accepted invitations to compete in Oslo, Norway at the World Championships. The only one that will not compete is Gable Steveson, Olympic champion at 125 kgs. That further fuels the speculation that Steveson may have wrestled his last match.
Since the other eight Olympic medalist will head to Oslo, there will be a handful of weight classes not contested at the World Team Trials, September 11th and 12th in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The only men's freestyle weights take will take place at the WTT's are 61, 65, 70, 79, 92, and 125 kg.
The women's freestyle tournament will include 53, 55, 59, 62, 65, and 72.
All of the Greco-Roman weights will be contested.