2000 Olympic champion Rulan Gardner
The Senior US Open kicks off on Wednesday as the Men's Greco-Roman portion of the tournament gets the festivities underway. Some interesting additions have made the Greco tournament even more interesting than one would have thought, at first glance.
Remember, since there were no 2022 world medalists in Greco-Roman, no one has locked up a berth in Final X. Winners of the Open will advance to Final X, while the top-eight finishers and other qualifiers will have to go through the World Team Trials.
Here are four of the storylines to follow as you watch the 2023 Open.
Familiar Faces at heavyweight!
Before Sunday evening, heavyweight was still probably one of the focal points for the Senior Men's Greco-Roman portion of the US Open. You had Cohlton Schultz, a Senior level mainstay already, while still in Arizona State. Schultz has captured age-group world medals at both the Cadet and Junior level and represents a bright future for the United States.
Along with Schultz was the return of Adam Coon to the wrestling mat. Coon had spent the last two years trying to make it in the NFL, primarily with the Tennessee Titans. At the 2020 Olympic Trials, it was Coon who defeated Schultz in the best-of-three finals. The 2018 World silver medalist, Coon, was not able to actually compete at the Olympics since his weight was not qualified.
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