Four-time World Champion Kyle Dake (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Two-time World/Olympic trials runner-up #2 Vito Arujau lost in the round of 16 at the U23 World Championships to eventual bronze medalist Bekzat Almaz Uulu (KGZ) and was eliminated from competition.
Aaron Nagao took fifth at the world championships after an opening round loss to eventual runner-up #17 (INT) Taiyrbek Zhumashbek Uulu (KGZ) and a loss in the bronze medal match to #18 (INT) Emrah Ormanoglu (TUR). The Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club's Joey Silva, competing for Puerto Rico, took 12th at the U23 World Championships after a round of 16 loss to eventual champion #5 (INT) Arsen Harutyunyan (ARM) and eventual bronze medalist Assyl Aitakyn (KAZ) in the second round of repechage. Silva notched a strong win in the first round of repechage over 2020 Senior African championship runner-up Yosuef Mohamed Eissa (EGY). San Francisco State's Tony Margiotta, competing for the Philippines, finished in 20th place as a round of 16 loss to eventual bronze medalist #18 (INT) Emrah Ormanoglu (TUR).
#7 Cole Matthews lost in the quarterfinals of the U23 World Championships to 2019 57 KG U23 world runner-up Adlan Askarov. Matthews was eliminated from competition after Askarov's semifinal loss to eventual champion #16 Vazgen Tevanyan (ARM). Sammy Alvarez, a standout for Rutgers competing for Puerto Rico, took 10th place after losing in the quarters to eventual runner-up Hamza Alaca. Alvarez lost in the second round of repechage to eventual 5th place finisher Kian Mahmoudjanloo (IRI).
#8 Yahya Thomas took fifth at the U23 World Championships after a semifinal loss to eventual runner-up #12 (INT) Amir Mohammad Yazdani (IRI) and a loss in the bronze medal match to #20 (INT) Kota Takahashi (JPN).
#3 David Carr failed to place at the U23 World Championships after a quarterfinal loss to eventual fifth place finisher Temuri Beruashvili (GEO). UNC-Chapel Hill's Sonny Santiago, competing for Puerto Rico, went 1-1 beating Diego Sandoval (MEX) in the qualification round and being eliminated in the round of 16 by #3 David Carr 13-2.
#4 Carter Starocci took bronze at the U23 World Championships after a semifinal loss to eventual runner-up #16 (INT) Daulet Yergash of Kazakhstan. Tony Negron, a former teammate of Starocci's at Penn State who now competes for Arizona State, took 13th place competing for Puerto Rico with an 0-2 record with losses to #16 (INT) Daulet Yergash (KAZ) and Valentin Babii (UKR).
#4 Trent Hidlay finished as the U23 world runner-up to Tatsuya Shirai of Japan. San Francisco State's Jairo Rivera Vazquez took 20th place at the U23 world championships competing for Puerto Rico after a loss in the round of 16 to returning world bronze medalist Lars Schaefle of Germany. Schaefle did compete for one season (2019-2020) for the University of Buffalo where he went 16-8.
#8 Jacob Cardenas had an incredible impressive run to the finals at the U23 world championships, taking out returning Senior world bronze medalist #12 (INT) Miriani Maisuradze (GEO) in the semis. Cardenas lost by tech fall to #9 (INT) Amirhossein Firouzpourbandpei (IRI). Cardenas is currently ranked 14th in the world based on his performance in the U23 World Championships. Cardenas gets bumped up five spots in the rankings to #3 for his efforts at the U23 World's.
#8 Tanner Sloan finished as runner-up at the U23 World Championships to returning champion Amirali Azarpira (IRI).
#5 Tony Cassioppi won bronze at the U23 World Championships by forfeit over Yuri Idzinski. Cassioppi was tech falled 16-4 in the semifinals by eventual runner-up Solomon Manashvili of Georgia. Jonovan Smith, a 2019 Junior Fargo champ at 195 for California, took ninth competing for Puerto Rico after a round of 16 loss to eventual fifth place finisher Milan Korcsog (HUN).
Pound for Pound
No changes in the pound for pound.