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  1. Fargo aka 16U and Junior Nationals is upon us. The largest wrestling tournament in the world is set to kick off on Saturday with the women’s freestyle portion of the tournament. Last year’s version of Fargo included over 7,000 participants! To get ready for Fargo, we’re looking at the tournament from a collegiate perspective. A recruiting perspective. Over the next few days, we’ll go conference-by-conference to look at recruits from each school who have signed up for the tournament. Next up is the Big Ten. This conference is responsible for winning every NCAA title since 2007 and only seems to get better. You have to go back to 2010 to find the last time that the conference didn't have two of the top-three teams at the NCAA Tournament. On the recruiting trail, the Big Ten has been excellent, as well. In three of the last four years, a Big Ten team has signed the #1 overall class in the country. In 2024, four of its teams were noted in the top-ten for InterMat's Recruiting Rankings and nine schools were amongst the top-25. Recruits have been grouped by team. They are listed alphabetically alongside the weight listed in USA Wrestling’s registration, the state they represent, and their graduating class. The # next to a wrestler’s name denotes their MatScouts Big Board ranking in their respective class. We’ve sorted through six or seven thousand entries to bring you these previews, so there could be a recruit or two that slipped through the cracks. If that’s the case, please let me know. Earl@matscouts.com Additionally, no preview or historical analysis for anything Fargo-related could be done without some assistance from Jason Bryant’s massive Fargo Guide. There’s still time to get yours! Illinois 285 lbs: Marko Ivanisevic (Illinois) - Class of 2024 Even though Marko Ivanisevic doesn’t have any official Fargo credentials next to his name, he’s well-versed and accomplished in the international styles. Last spring, Ivanisevic was seventh in both styles at the UWW U17 Trials. This year, Ivanisevic was a state champion in freestyle and a runner-up in Greco-Roman. Indiana 132 lbs: #79 Jackson Blum (Michigan) - Class of 2025 165 lbs: #148 Christopher Crawford (New York) - Class of 2024 126 lbs: Gavin Jendreas (Indiana) - Class of 2025 132 lbs: #191 Lucas Peters (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 150 lbs: #126 Hunter Sturgill (Tennessee) - Class of 2025 190 lbs: #44 Carson Thomas (Ohio) - Class of 2025 Indiana’s recruiting results have been on a steep uptick over the past couple of years. The Hoosiers were listed as an honorable mention in 2023 and ranked #14 in 2024. Two incoming freshmen are headed to Fargo - one of which has past All-American honors to his name, Christopher Crawford. Crawford was a 16U freestyle fourth-place finisher in 2022. The Class of 2025 has a strong history in Fargo with three of its commits having earned All-American honors in the past. Hunter Sturgill’s best work has come on the Greco side with a 16U finals appearance in 2022. Carson Thomas was fourth in 16U freestyle last year and was third in UWW U17 freestyle a few months ago. The most decorated of the bunch is Jackson Blum, a two-time 16U freestyle All-American (6,7). Last year, Blum also earned All-American honors in UWW U17 freestyle. Iowa 120 lbs: Dru Ayala (Iowa) - Class of 2024 126 lbs: #189 Keyan Hernandez (Montana) - Class of 2024 190 lbs: Brody Sampson (Iowa) - Class of 2024 157 lbs: #66 Kael Voinovich (Iowa) - Class of 2024 Iowa’s 13th ranked Class of 2024 is well-represented with four of its members set to hit the mat in Fargo. The only one of the bunch that medaled in the FargoDome is Dru Ayala, who has done it three times - all in freestyle. Ayala has gotten onto the podium in each of the last two years at the Junior age group (3,6) and was seventh at U16 in 2021. Last year, we saw a couple of Iowa-bound post-grads excel in Fargo with finals appearances from Ryder Block and Kale Peterson, could it happen again in 2024? Maryland 165 lbs: Seth Digby (Illinois) - Class of 2025 150 lbs: Garrett Reece (Colorado) - Class of 2025 Though he doesn’t currently hold a national ranking, Garrett Reece has an excellent track record in Fargo. He already has four All-American finishes under his belt and is likely to add more. Reece got onto the Fargo podium in Greco-Roman in both years he wrestled in the 16U division. Last year, he was sixth up at Junior’s. Reece also has a fifth-place finish from 2022 in 16U freestyle. Also in 2023, Reece fell in the UWW U17 Trials’ finals in Greco. Recent commit Seth Digby was an Illinois state freestyle runner-up in 2024. Michigan 126 lbs: #66 Gauge Botero (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2025 126 lbs: #113 Teddy Flores (Illinois) - Class of 2024 Both of Michigan’s representatives will be competing in the 126 lb weight class. Gauge Botero is looking to add to his already-impressive Fargo resume with potentially a fifth All-American plaque. Botero placed third in both styles in 2022 in the 16U tournament. Last year, he moved up to Junior’s and was seventh in freestyle. Incoming freshman, Teddy Flores, has placed in the top three on two occasions at the Junior level in Illinois Greco-Roman. Michigan State 144 lbs: #119 Brodie Dominique (Ohio) - Class of 2024 132 lbs: Drew Hensen (Michigan) - Class of 2024 150 lbs: Sean Larkin (Illinois) - Class of 2024 138 lbs: Connor Younts (Michigan) - Class of 2024 The only one of the future Spartans that has already placed in Fargo is Brodie Dominique who was third in 16U freestyle in 2022. Interestingly enough, that came at 152 lbs and Dominique is now at 144. Minnesota 120 lbs: #246 Blake Beissel (Minnesota) - Class of 2024 175 lbs: #243 Silas Dailey (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 150 lbs: #132 Wyatt Duchateau (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 285 lbs: #9 Koy Hopke (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 138 lbs: #134 Dawson Johnson (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 165 lbs: #29 Charlie Millard (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 You’ve gotta love Minnesota and its large contingent of graduated seniors headed to Fargo. It harkens back to the “old days” when graduated studs competing in Fargo was the norm rather than a rare occurrence. Those wrestlers were either looking for another shot at placing or to add to their already impressive legacies. The latter applies to Koy Hopke, a 2022 U17 world champion in freestyle, who already has three stop signs to his name. Hopke will be aiming for a second consecutive Junior national title in freestyle. In 2021, Hopke swept both styles at the 16U division. He has not entered Greco this year. Three others in Minnesota’s #6 ranked recruiting class have gotten onto the Fargo podium in the past: Blake Beissel, Silas Dailey, and Charlie Millard. Of that trio, only Millard has gotten onto the podium on more than one occasion. He has been fourth and seventh during the last two years in Junior freestyle. The majority of this class is from Wisconsin a state that has brought a loaded lineup into Fargo. Hopke, Millard, and company will attempt to lead Team Wisconsin to their first-ever title in Junior freestyle. Nebraska 165 lbs: Colin McAlister (Kansas) - Class of 2024 190 lbs: #35 Cade Ziola (Nebraska) - Class of 2025 Cade Ziola is the Nebraska recruit who has a history at Fargo. He was fifth in 16U freestyle in 2022. A Walsh Ironman champion, Ziola will be one of the favorites to take home a stop sign in Junior freestyle at 190 lbs. Incoming freshman Colin McAlister was a Southern Plains Regional freestyle runner-up in June and a fourth-place finisher in Greco. Northwestern 138 lbs: #32 Billy Dekraker (Virginia) - Class of 2025 150 lbs: #80 August Hibler (New Jersey) - Class of 2024 Northwestern has a couple of dark horses that could make some noise in the FargoDome. Of the two, August Hibler is the one who has broken into the top-eight in Fargo previously. Way back in 2021, he was fifth in 16U freestyle. Billy Dekraker is one of the wrestlers from the Class of 2025 who has risen up the ranks the most within the last year. A National Prep title helped Dekraker rise almost 50 slots on the Class of 2025 Big Board. Though he hasn’t placed in Fargo before, Dekraker should be a factor at 138 lbs. Ohio State 157 lbs: #8 Vince Bouzakis (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2025 150 lbs: #15 Maddox Shaw (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2025 Ohio State tends to have recruiting classes that are small in numbers, but large in talent. That’s the case with their two current Class of 2025 verbals, Vince Bouzakis and Maddox Shaw. Bouzakis is looking to claim Junior freestyle titles in back-to-back years. He’s placed in the freestyle tournament in each year he’s attended Fargo getting sixth and second at the 16U level, before winning the 152 lb Junior bracket last summer. Also in 2023, Bouzakis was top-three in both styles at the U17 Trials. Maddox Shaw is a second top-15 prospect who has verballed to the Buckeyes. The Super 32 champion has gotten onto the medal stand in Fargo twice at the 16U level. He was fifth in 2021 and third in 2022. Penn State 126 lbs: #26 Nathan Desmond (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2025 175 lbs: #9 Will Henckel (Connecticut) - Class of 2025 138 lbs: #61 Dalton Perry (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2025 We saw a show of force from Penn State at the U20/U23 Trials. With fewer future Nittany Lions in the field, it’s doubtful that we’ll see something so dominant; however, there are some excellent prospects for Penn State ready to compete in the FargoDome. In fact, all three of these wrestlers have already earned All-American honors in Junior freestyle. Will Henckel has a U16 national title to his name in freestyle and he was fourth in 2022 and a finalist last year. Dalton Perry was fifth last year and a finalist at the UWW U17 Trials in 2022. Nathan Desmond has finished fourth and third in Junior freestyle over the last two summers. He also is a past UWW U17 finalist. Ok, maybe we could see another show of force from future Nittany Lions. Purdue 215 lbs: #154 Noah Weaver (Indiana) - Class of 2025 Purdue will be represented by Indiana state champion Noah Weaver. Weaver wrestled at 215 lbs at Junior Duals and went 7-1 in freestyle. He was also a Junior freestyle state champion in 2023. Rutgers 175 lbs: #30 Jordan Chapman (New Jersey) - Class of 2025 138 lbs: #36 Tahir Parkins (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2025 Rutgers’ fourth-ranked Class of 2024 is getting ready for the collegiate campaign so we’ll get a look at their next crop of recruits with Jordan Chapman and Tahir Parkins. Chapman has taken fourth in each of the last two summers in freestyle - in 2022 at 16U level and last year as a Junior. He also has placed fifth at the U17 Trials in freestyle. Parkins was seventh last year in Junior freestyle. Wisconsin 144 lbs: Elliott Biba (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 175 lbs: #83 Caleb Dennee (Wisconsin) - Class of 2025 175 lbs: Matthew Jens (Illinois) - Class of 2024 175 lbs: David Malin (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 132 lbs: Pete Tomazevic (Wisconsin) - Class of 2025 The Wisconsin crew should really make an impact at the 175 lb weight class. Top-100 recruit, Caleb Dennee, was third in 16U freestyle last year and is fresh off an appearance in the UWW U17 Trials finals in the spring. Also at this weight are David Malin and Matthew Jens. Malin was a 16U Greco All-American (8th) in 2021. Jens is a USAW Central Regional champion in Greco and third in freestyle. At the recent National Duals, Jens went 4-2 in freestyle and a perfect 6-0 in Greco. Elliott Biba and Peter Tomazevic are both Wisconsin state finalists who are capable of making a deep run.
  2. PARIS, (July 12) — For the first time ever, the Olympic Games will be seeding the top eight wrestlers in each weight class. Wrestlers who competed in the 2023 World Championships, 2024 Continental Championships, 2024 Zagreb Open Ranking Series and the 2024 Hungarian Ranking Series event have accumulated points towards their seeds at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Apart from the seeded eight wrestlers, the remaining eight wrestlers, who round out the 16-person bracket, will be randomly drawn into the bracket the day before each style begins in Paris. Freestyle 57kg No. 1 Stevan MICIC (SRB) No. 2 Rei HIGUCHI (JPN ) No. 3 Arsen HARUTYUNYAN (ARM) No. 4 Meirambek KARTBAY (KAZ) No. 5 Zelimkhan ABAKAROV (ALB) No. 6 Aman AMAN (IND) No. 7 Wanhao ZOU (CHN) No. 8 Gulomjon ABDULLAEV (UZB) 65kg No. 1 Vazgen TEVANYAN (ARM) No. 2 Rahman AMOUZAD (IRI) No. 3 Ismail MUSUKAEV (HUN) No. 4 Sebastian RIVERA (PUR) No. 5 Shamil MAMEDOV (AIN) No. 6 Haji ALIYEV (AZE) No. 7 Islam DUDAEV (ALB) No. 8 Tulga TUMUR OCHIR (MGL) 74kg No. 1 Kyle DAKE (USA) No. 2 Turan BAYRAMOV (AZE) No. 3 Georgios KOUGIOUMTSIDIS (GRE) No. 4 Daichi TAKATANI (JPN) No. 5 Feng LU (CHN) No. 6 Tajmuraz SALKAZANOV (SVK) No. 7 Bacar NDUM (GBS) No. 8 Yones EMAMICHOGHAEI (IRI) 86kg No. 1 Azamat DAULETBEKOV (KAZ) No. 2 Hassan YAZDANICHARATI (IRI) No. 3 Myles AMINE (SMR) No. 4 Javrail SHAPIEV (UZB) No. 5 Magomed RAMAZANOV (BUL) No. 6 Bat BYAMBASUREN (MGL) No. 7 Dauren KURUGLIEV (GRE) No. 8 Hayato ISHIGURO (JPN) 97kg No. 1 Magomedkhan MAGOMEDOV (AZE) No. 2 Akhmed TAZHUDINOV (BRN) No. 3 Kyle SNYDER (USA) No. 4 Ibrahim CIFTCI (TUR) No. 5 Givi MATCHARASHVILI (GEO) No. 6 Erik THIELE (GER) No. 7 Alisher YERGALI (KAZ) No. 8 Zbigniew BARANOWSKI (POL) 125kg No. 1 Amir ZARE (IRI) No. 2 Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) No. 3 Mason PARRIS (USA) No. 4 Taha AKGUL (TUR) No. 5 Daniel LIGETI (HUN) No. 6 Giorgi MESHVILDISHVILI (AZE) No. 7 Robert BARAN (POL) No. 8 Zhiwei DENG (CHN) Women’s Wrestling 50kg No. 1 Yui SUSAKI (JPN) No. 2 Otgonjargal DOLGORJAV (MGL) No. 3 Ziqi FENG (CHN) No. 4 Evin DEMIRHAN (TUR) No. 5 Alisson CARDOZO REY (COL) No. 6 Sarah HILDEBRANDT (USA) No. 7 Mariya STADNIK (AZE) No. 8 Oksana LIVACH (UKR) 53kg No. 1 Lucia YEPEZ GUZMAN (ECU) No. 2 Emma MALMGREN (SWE) No. 3 Akari FUJINAMI (JPN) No. 4 ANTIM (IND) No. 5 Maria PREVOLARAKI (GRE)| No. 6 Christianah OGUNSANYA (NGR) No. 7 Qianyu PANG (CHN) No. 8 Andreea ANA (ROU) 57kg No. 1 Tsugumi SAKURAI (JPN) No. 2 Anastasia NICHITA (MDA) No. 3 Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR) No. 4 Anhelina LYSAK (POL) No. 5 Helen MAROULIS (USA) No. 6 Kexin HONG (CHN) No. 7 Luisa VALVERDE (ECU) No. 8 Hannah TAYLOR (CAN) 62kg No. 1 Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) No. 2 Sakura MOTOKI (JPN) No. 3 Grace BULLEN (NOR) No. 4 Iryna KOLIADENKO (UKR) No. 5 Bilyana DUDOVA (BUL) No. 6 Luisa NIEMESCH (GER) No. 7 Ana GODINEZ (CAN) No. 8 Kayla MIRACLE (USA) 68kg No. 1 Buse CAVUSOGLU TOSUN (TUR) No. 2 Delgermaa ENKHSAIKHAN (MGL) No. 3 Koumba LARROQUE (FRA) No. 4 Irina RINGACI (MDA) No. 5 Tetiana SOVA RIZHKO (UKR) No. 6 Blessing OBORUDUDU (NGR) No. 7 Soleymi CARABALLO HERNANDEZ (VEN) No. 8 Feng ZHOU (CHN) 76kg No. 1 Aiperi MEDET KYZY (KGZ) No. 2 Yuka KAGAMI (JPN) No. 3 Tatiana RENTERIA (COL) No. 4 Catalina AXENTE (ROU) No. 5 Milaimys MARIN (CUB) No. 6 Hannah RUEBEN (NGR) No. 7 Justina DI STASIO (CAN) No. 8 Bernadett NAGY (HUN) Greco-Roman 60kg No. 1 Zholaman SHARSHENBEKOV (KGZ) No. 2 Liguo CAO (CHN) No. 3 Victor CIOBANU (MDA) No. 4 Kenichiro FUMITA (JPN) No. 5 Mehdi MOHSEN NEJAD (IRI) No. 6 Islomjon BAKHRAMOV (UZB) No. 7 Raiber RODRIGUEZ (VEN) No. 8 Razvan ARNAUT (ROU) 67kg No. 1 Hasrat JAFAROV (AZE) No. 2 Luis ORTA (CUB) No. 3 Slavik GALSTYAN (ARM) No. 4 Mate NEMES (SRB) No. 5 Amantur ISMAILOV (KGZ) No. 6 Mamadassa SYLLA (FRA) No. 7 Saeid ESMAEILI (IRI) No. 8 Valentin PETIC (MDA) 77kg No. 1 Nao KUSAKA (JPN) No. 2 Sanan SULEYMANOV (AZE) No. 3 Akzhol MAKHMUDOV (KGZ) No. 4 Malkhas AMOYAN (ARM) No. 5 Yosvanys PENA FLORES (CUB) No. 6 Demeu ZHADRAYEV (KAZ) No. 7 Zoltan LEVAI (HUN) No. 8 Aram VARDANYAN (UZB) 87kg No. 1 Ali CENGIZ (TUR) No. 2 David LOSONCZI (HUN) No. 3 Semen NOVIKOV (BUL) No. 4 Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) No. 5 Nursultan TURSYNOV (KAZ) No. 6 Bachir SID AZARA (ALG) No. 7 Aleksandr KOMAROV (SRB) No. 8 Carlos MUNOZ (COL) 97kg No. 1 Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM) No. 2 Abubakar KHASLAKHANAU (AIN) No. 3 Mohammadhadi SARAVI (IRI) No. 4 Gabriel ROSILLO (CUB) No. 5 Artur OMAROV (CZE) No. 6 Arvi SAVOLAINEN (FIN) No. 7 Mindaugas VENCKAITIS (LTU) No. 8 Kevin MEJIA (HON) 130kg No. 1 Amin MIRZAZADEH (IRI) No. 2 Abdellatif MOHAMED (EGY) No. 3 Lingzhe MENG (CHN) No. 4 Alin ALEXUC CIURARIU (ROU) No. 5 Heiki NABI (EST) No. 6 Yasmani ACOSTA (CHI) No. 7 Seungchan LEE (KOR) No. 8 Adam COON (USA)
  3. We're less than a month out from the start of the 2024 Olympic Games. It seemed like the right time for Pennsylvania District XI natives Ryan Holmes and Darian Cruz to get together and talk about Cruz's preparation for the Games. Cruz discusses going to high school, college, and training for the Olympics all in his hometown with Lehigh and the LVWC. The two also discuss Cruz's decision to wrestle international and represent Puerto Rico and the backlash that arose after he defeated Zane Richards to earn a spot in the Olympics. Cruz also gets into his long relationship with current Lehigh star Ryan Crookham and talks about how some of the on-mat adversity he's faced over the years has shaped him. For the full interview:
  4. Fargo aka 16U and Junior Nationals is upon us. The largest wrestling tournament in the world is set to kick off on Saturday with the women’s freestyle portion of the tournament. Last year’s version of Fargo included over 7,000 participants! To get ready for Fargo, we’re looking at the tournament from a collegiate perspective. A recruiting perspective. For women's collegiate recruits, we have broken them down by NCAA schools (ones that are able to wrestle in the NCWWC National Tournament) and NAIA schools (along with NJCAA and others). This version features the future NAIA and others. Recruits have been grouped by team. They are listed alphabetically alongside the weight listed in USA Wrestling’s registration, the state they represent, and their graduating class. The # next to a wrestler’s name denotes their ranking in USA Wrestling's most recent update. We’ve sorted through six or seven thousand entries to bring you these previews, so there could be a recruit or two that slipped through the cracks. If that’s the case, please let me know. Earl@matscouts.com Additionally, no preview or historical analysis for anything Fargo-related could be done without some assistance from Jason Bryant’s massive Fargo Guide. There’s still time to get yours! The Apprentice School 120 lbs: Skylar Schaefer (Virginia) - Class of 2024 Baker 100 lbs: Danielle Holt (Idaho) - Class of 2024 Campbellsville 155 lbs: Kylee Tait (Ohio) - Class of 2024 Central Methodist 110 lbs: Toni Avelino (Idaho) - Class of 2024 Dickinson State 105 lbs: Alyvia Ruiz (Montana) - Class of 2024 Doane 145 lbs: Payton Weese (Missouri) - Class of 2024 Eastern Oregon 105 lbs: #15 Nia Avelino (Idaho) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: June Highburger (Oregon) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: Katelynn Leonard (Oregon) - Class of 2024 155 lbs: Laura Meyers (Oregon) - Class of 2024 235 lbs: Kiona Michel (Washington) - Class of 2024 105 lbs: Telsa Walter (Oregon) - Class of 2024 Friends 110 lbs: Ryleigh Page (Kansas) - Class of 2024 Grand View 155 lbs: #12 Sofia Delgado (Florida) - Class of 2024 190 lbs: Bella Porcelli (Iowa) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: Audrey Scherer (Missouri) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: Sydney Uhrig (South Dakota) - Class of 2024 Hastings 170 lbs: Mandy Perez (Kansas) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: Emma Stice (Nebraska) - Class of 2024 Indian Hills CC 125 lbs: Emmalyn Burnett (Missouri) - Class of 2024 105 lbs: Chasey Karabell (Colorado) - Class of 2024 Indiana Tech 110 lbs: Courtni Chuway (Illinois) - Class of 2024 125 lbs: #9 Rose Kaplan (Indiana) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Ava Miller (Ohio) - Class of 2024 100 lbs: Grace Murphy (Iowa) - Class of 2024 Jamestown 170 lbs: Celia Jaeger (Montana) - Class of 2024 135 lbs: #13 Ann Marie Meiman (Nebraska) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Leah Willard (Minnesota) - Class of 2024 Life 105 lbs: Macie Anderson (Utah) - Class of 2024 155 lbs: #9 Ugochi Anunobi (Maryland) - Class of 2024 Lindsey Wilson 100 lbs: Alyssa Archer (Tennessee) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Jaelynn McIntosh (Tennessee) - Class of 2024 Lourdes 120 lbs: Emma Rinehart (Ohio) - Class of 2024 Menlo 135 lbs: #24 Danica Kelley (California) - Class of 2024 130 lbs: Breanna Packheiser (California) - Class of 2024 135 lbs: Maci Stemmons (California) - Class of 2024 Midland 140 lbs: Abby Holtz (Nebraska) - Class of 2024 Minnesota North-Itasca 105 lbs: #24 Olivia Sackor (Minnesota) - Class of 2024 Missouri Baptist 155 lbs: Maria Ignatova (Missouri) - Class of 2024 Missouri Valley 130 lbs: Isla Baeza (Utah) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Alena Williams (Arkansas) - Class of 2024 Oklahoma City 190 lbs: #6 Ella Murphey (Tennessee) - Class of 2024 Ottawa 155 lbs: Hailey Flores (Kansas) - Class of 2024 Pacific 155 lbs: Joanna Interian (Oregon) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Kya Roundtree (Washington) - Class of 2024 Providence 130 lbs: Mackenzie English (California) - Class of 2024 Rio Grande 155 lbs: Kami Ratliff (Illinois) - Class of 2024 Saint Mary 145 lbs: Skylur Lewis (Arkansas) - Class of 2024 Siena Heights 140 lbs: Emma Pendell (Michigan) - Class of 2024 Snow 95 lbs: Kinlee Brandley (Utah) - Class of 2024 155 lbs: Isabella Morgan (Utah) - Class of 2024 Southeast CC 135 lbs: Keira Mullen (Kansas) - Class of 2024 Southern Oregon 170 lbs: #25 Lillian Gradilas-Flores (Arizona) - Class of 2024 190 lbs: Kathryn Hingano (California) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: #21 Holland Wieber (Idaho) - Class of 2024 Texas Wesleyan 155 lbs: Lela Conley (Texas) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: #24 Mia Shepard (Nevada) - Class of 2024 Umpqua CC 170 lbs: Ytzel Figueroa-Rivera (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Arianna Mauch (Arizona) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Myra Pressnell (California) - Class of 2024 University of the Cumberlands 110 lbs: Kaylin Taylor (Montana) - Class of 2024 Waldorf 100 lbs: Edyn Hartman (Arizona) - Class of 2024 Wayland Baptist 105 lbs: Alissa Cowing (Kansas) - Class of 2024 Westcliff 130 lbs: Kyli Stanley (California) - Class of 2024 William Penn 135 lbs: Espie Almazan (Iowa) - Class of 2024 William Woods 135 lbs: Jade Studdard (Missouri) - Class of 2024
  5. Welcome back all to another Friday opening of the fake mail. Oddly, I have to send an actual piece of mail complete with a stamp this very morning which is very strange for 2024. But that’s neither here nor there. It’s nowhere. It’s the height of summer and I’ve never felt this strong so let's get into it. Is the wrestling community over-promoting women's wrestling? Are most wrestling fans interested in men's freestyle wrestling and shouldn't that be the focus of coverage? Women have near zero participation in football and yet the NFL is wildly popular. Don Graven I didn’t really know what to make of this question at first. I had never heard of Don Graven. I’ve never heard of anyone named Graven. Not even in Game Of Thrones. Is it legit? Is it a troll question to mess with me? Should I deny Don Graven a happy Friday morning poop because he didn’t make the mailbag? Perhaps it’s best to appease Mr. Draven and answer the best I can. To put it bluntly, you don’t have to read it. And I don’t get why it bothers you. I admit I’m not as big a fan of WFS as I am MFS, but I’m also not as big a fan of MFS as I am college wrestling. We all have our preferences, but there is more than enough media and time to cover it all. Whether it’s InterMat, Flo, or Vecchiomania, everyone wants to cover the biggest event in our sport and all the athletes deserve the spotlight. Amit Elor is doing incredible things right now and even if you don’t follow the women’s circuit, she’s earned your attention come next month. I’m not going to even try to understand how the NFL plays into this. How do I go on with UWW_Creative gone? Where do we go from here? Rage Against The Pusheen The permanent Twitter ban of the man who creates the storylines has affected us all. But don’t sleep on this new creative committee. The new bookers came out with a bang and split up Penn State into NWO Hollywood and NWO Wolfpac to set up a long-term feud that could last a decade or more. The weekly vignettes where AJ Ferrari tells us he visited Northern Colorado seem to hint at his return in a few months and Bo Bassett is coming out every Wednesday and sending teams home like it’s The Bachelor. Then just a few weeks from Paris, they booked the entire Russian team to stay home! I have to think they have a huge angle brewing for The Games. If UWW Creative was Jim Cornette, then this new guy in charge is Vince Russo. ISU has bathrobes. Oklahoma State has cowboy hats. What does Rutgers need to add to their warm-ups? I vote top unbuttoned shirts & gold chains on comically thick chest hair. Burger King of Kings I like where you’re going with this but it’s a little too comical. This isn’t Baseketball (that’s not a typo I’m talking about the movie), where every team is based on their home culture. But what if it was? We don’t want to look ridiculous out there but we do want to represent our state’s culture. I’m all for warming up in blue jeans and tank tops at least once a year. Screw it, make Rutgers-Princeton an entire Bruce Springsteen look-alike contest. Could Cohlton Schultz eat 200 boneless wings for America? Baby Duff I don’t see why he’d want to. Or how it benefits America. Unless the idea is to eliminate as many boneless wings as he can so the rest of us don't have to suffer them. As we near lantern fly season in the northeast, I see a comparison. Nobody wants them, we don’t know where they came from (China), and nobody has a clue how to get rid of them. We wish they would both fly away and neither possesses bones. Maybe Cohlton does need to step up and thin the herd. I’ll handle the lantern flies. Can the Mets release Pete Alonso since the Cubs keep signing all the guys they release? Indiana Mat So that’s why you’ve plummeted in the standings. But you have a big series this weekend against the hated Cards and Daniel Vogelbach is currently a free agent. He’s pals with Alonso so we could have a LeBron/Bronny situation here where it’s a package deal.
  6. Fargo aka 16U and Junior Nationals is upon us. The largest wrestling tournament in the world is set to kick off on Saturday with the women’s freestyle portion of the tournament. Last year’s version of Fargo included over 7,000 participants! To get ready for Fargo, we’re looking at the tournament from a collegiate perspective. A recruiting perspective. For women's collegiate recruits, we have broken them down by NCAA schools (ones that are able to wrestle in the NCWWC National Tournament) and NAIA schools (along with NJCAA and others). This version features the future NCAA wrestlers. Recruits have been grouped by team. They are listed alphabetically alongside the weight listed in USA Wrestling’s registration, the state they represent, and their graduating class. The # next to a wrestler’s name denotes their ranking in USA Wrestling's most recent update. We’ve sorted through six or seven thousand entries to bring you these previews, so there could be a recruit or two that slipped through the cracks. If that’s the case, please let me know. Earl@matscouts.com Additionally, no preview or historical analysis for anything Fargo-related could be done without some assistance from Jason Bryant’s massive Fargo Guide. There’s still time to get yours! Allen 135 lbs: Tykala Pruitt (South Carolina) - Class of 2024 Alma 190: #30 Gabby Allen (Michigan) - Class of 2024 235: Payton Burmeister (Michigan) - Class of 2024 Alvernia 155 lbs: Kylie Monroe (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Molly Winters (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 Augsburg 145 lbs: Kelsey Cruz (Minnesota) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: Gisele Gallegos (Minnesota) - Class of 2024 100 lbs: Amelia Hermanson (Minnesota) - Class of 2024 Aurora 135 lbs: Celeste Detoles (Utah) - Class of 2024 Baldwin-Wallace 120 lbs: Taylor Parkhurst (Tennessee) - Class of 2024 155 lbs: Leyna Rumpler (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 Chadron State 105 lbs: Rylee Balcazar (Colorado) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: #12 Desza Munson (Colorado) - Class of 2024 130 lbs: Meredith Nash (Nevada) - Class of 2024 130 lbs: Regan Rosseter (Nebraska) - Class of 2024 Colorado Mesa 170 lbs: Kate Bird (Utah) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Sophia Cornish (California) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: Mollie Dare (Colorado) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: #8 Gretchen Donally (Montana) - Class of 2024 125 lbs: Brooke McCurley (Texas) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: #16 Lorianna Piestewa (New Mexico) - Class of 2024 125 lbs: Breaunnah Robles (Colorado) - Class of 2024 125 lbs: #8 Alejandra Valdiviezo (California) - Class of 2024 Elmira 140 lbs: Camila Hidalgo (New York) - Class of 2024 125 lbs: #9 Ragan Retell (New York) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: Talia Robles (New York) - Class of 2024 Felician 130 lbs: Valerie Iglesias (New York) - Class of 2024 Fort Hays State 140 lbs: Lexi Burton (Kansas) - Class of 2024 235 lbs: Hailey Conley (Kansas) - Class of 2024 130 lbs: #14 Amanda Jaeger (Kansas) - Class of 2024 125 lbs: Lexie Lopez (Colorado) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: #20 Lindsey Lopez (Colorado) - Class of 2024 190 lbs: #3 Isabella Renfro (Missouri) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: Dylen Ritchey (Nebraska) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: #30 Sophia Shultz (Nebraska) - Class of 2024 Frostburg State 235 lbs: #24 Lorelei Hartman (California) - Class of 2024 Gannon 100 lbs: #16 Jada Chaves (Maryland) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Isabella McNutt (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 190 lbs: Isabella Phillips (Washington) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Summer Schellinger (Oregon) - Class of 2024 Grand Valley State 120 lbs: #5 Aspen Blasko (Minnesota) - Class of 2024 135 lbs: Terra Booe (Michigan) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: #29 Emily Medford (Michigan) - Class of 2024 Huntingdon 100 lbs: Jordan Epstein (Georgia) - Class of 2024 Iowa 125 lbs: #1 Karlee Brooks (Arizona) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: Kiara Djoumessi (Iowa) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: #29 Mia Goodwin (Virginia) - Class of 2024 100 lbs: #5 Valarie Solorio (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 Lehigh 190 lbs: #16 Genevieve An (Georgia) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: #15 Morgan Edwards (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: #5 Yianna Foufas (New York) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: #13 Kryssceah Ravenelle (Rhode Island) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: Sydney Thompson (Michigan) - Class of 2024 Lindenwood 115 lbs: #24 Cassidy Benwell (Missouri) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: Kayla Edwards (California) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: Caitlin Reiter (Iowa) - Class of 2024 Lock Haven 190 lbs: #4 Alyssa Favara (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: Marissa Rumsey (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: Avry Ryhal (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 McKendree 140 lbs: #26 Samantha Arce (California) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Isabella Baccio (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: #4 Haylie Jaffe (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Archer Jones (Arkansas) - Class of 2024 155 lbs: #2 Duda Rodrigues (California) - Class of 2024 Mount Olive 125 lbs: Alfa Dominguez Gutierrez (North Carolina) - Class of 2024 Mount Union 140 lbs: Emma Hanrahan (Ohio) - Class of 2024 135 lbs: Ariel Manning (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 Newberry 130 lbs: Summer McKeen (Oregon) - Class of 2024 New England 115 lbs: Madeline Li (Massachusetts) - Class of 2024 North Central 170 lbs: Cheya Bishop (Illinois) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: #27 Mikayla Garcia (California) - Class of 2024 105 lbs: Brianne Graves (Ohio) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: Gracie Guarino (Illinois) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: #15 Claire Waite (Idaho) - Class of 2024 100 lbs: #12 Zurri Zamora (Texas) - Class of 2024 Northern Michigan 170 lbs: Sophia Bassino (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 Penn State Altoona 235 lbs: Ajanai Jumper (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 Presbyterian 190 lbs: #10 Maria Aiono (Nevada) - Class of 2024 105 lbs: #3 Chloe Dearwester (Ohio) - Class of 2024 155 lbs: Kascidy Garren (Ohio) - Class of 2024 155 lbs: #27 Isabella Gretzinger (New York) - Class of 2024 95 lbs: Annalise Maralit (South Carolina) - Class of 2024 Quincy 170 lbs: Madisynn Crawford (Missouri) - Class of 2024 100 lbs: Mackenzie Graves (Arkansas) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: Isabella Weiner (Arkansas) - Class of 2024 Sacred Heart 115 lbs: Cailan Drake (New York) - Class of 2024 Simpson 140 lbs: Dionni Garcia-Vasquez (Iowa) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: #12 Paige Gershmel (Montana) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: Hannah Hernandez (Oregon) - Class of 2024 140 lbs: Annelise Obermark (Missouri) - Class of 2024 105 lbs: Layla Phillips (Iowa) - Class of 2024 235 lbs: Savannah Sistad (Iowa) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Averie Wittkop (Iowa) - Class of 2024 Sioux Falls 155 lbs: Giahna Miller (South Dakota) - Class of 2024 Southern Virginia 145 lbs: Avari Johnson (Kansas) - Class of 2024 Tiffin 190 lbs: Alexis Bilka-Durdon (New York) - Class of 2024 130 lbs: #19 Ciara Riner (West Virginia) - Class of 2024 Upper Iowa 120 lbs: Makayla Matson (New York) - Class of 2024 Ursinus 155 lbs: Grace Alagbo (Minnesota) - Class of 2024 Wartburg 125 lbs: Leah Chandler (Iowa) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: Carissa Hersom (Iowa) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Jaida Johnson (Illinois) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: #16 Jasmine Luedtke (Iowa) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: #16 May Prado (Georgia) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: #8 Rachel Schauer (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: Izzy Strickert (Iowa) - Class of 2024 West Liberty 95 lbs: Nila Bland (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: Grace O’Korn (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: #27 Jaiah O’Neal (Indiana) - Class of 2024 Western New England 145 lbs: Noelle Alexander (California) - Class of 2024 William Jewell 235 lbs: Desiree Hall (Arizona) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Jada Hernandez (Washington) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: Jayden Keller (Missouri) - Class of 2024 115 lbs: Miyah Palacios (Arizona) - Class of 2024 170 lbs: #19 Nylease Yzagere (Arizona) - Class of 2024 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 125 lbs: Annesley Day (Texas) - Class of 2024 145 lbs: Tahonesty Donnell (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: Aliana Rauter (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 130 lbs: #21 Kyra Tomlinson (Indiana) - Class of 2024 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 145 lbs: Ella Janovsky (Indiana) - Class of 2024 110 lbs: Savanna Millermom (Wisconsin) - Class of 2024 York 110 lbs: Gisele Ramirez (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2024
  7. Fargo aka 16U and Junior Nationals is upon us. The largest wrestling tournament in the world is set to kick off on Saturday with the women’s freestyle portion of the tournament. Last year’s version of Fargo included over 7,000 participants! To get ready for Fargo, we’re looking at the tournament from a collegiate perspective. A recruiting perspective. Over the next few days, we’ll go conference-by-conference to look at recruits from each school who have signed up for the tournament. Next up is the Pac-12. It’s a conference that has undergone a severe facelift during the offseason. Arizona State has left for the Big 12. Stanford is in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The future of the conference itself is in question (outside of wrestling) as most of its members have moved on to other conferences. For the time being, we do have four of the six teams from the 2024 Pac-12 Championships that have a waiver to compete under the Pac-12 name. None of the four Pac-12 teams made InterMat’s recruiting rankings in 2024; however, three of the four were mentioned in 2022. While CSU Bakersfield has had its struggles, the other three teams have either been consistent on the recruiting trail or have been a part of a recent uptick in their recruiting output. So, here are the future Pac-12 wrestlers to keep an eye out for in Fargo. Recruits have been grouped by team. They are listed alphabetically alongside the weight listed in USA Wrestling’s registration, the state they represent, and their graduating class. The # next to a wrestler’s name denotes their MatScout Big Board ranking in their respective class. We’ve sorted through six or seven thousand entries to bring you these previews, so there could be a recruit or two that slipped through the cracks. If that’s the case, please let me know. Earl@matscouts.com Additionally, no preview or historical analysis for anything Fargo-related could be done without some assistance from Jason Bryant’s massive Fargo Guide. There’s still time to get yours! Cal Poly 190 lbs: Levi Bussey (California) - Class of 2025 150 lbs: Jagger French (California) - Class of 2024 Neither of the two future Cal Poly wrestlers have managed to get on the Fargo podium before. Incoming freshman Jagger French was fifth in the state at 144 lbs during the high school season. The Mustangs first verbal from the Class of 2025, Levi Bussey, was sixth at 175 lbs. This fall at USA Wrestling’s Western Regional tournament, Bussey was second in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman. French, at the same tournament, French was third in freestyle and fourth in Greco. CSU Bakersfield 165 lbs: Evan Manzo (California) - Class of 2024 CSU Bakersfield incoming freshman, Evan Manzo, was a California state semifinalist who ended up placing fourth at 165 lbs. The previous year he was a state qualifier at 145 lbs. Manzo was also a two-time placewinner at the Doc Buchanan Invitational. Little Rock 126 lbs: #237 Miles Anderson (Nebraska) - Class of 2024 165 lbs: Bronson Baxter (Texas) - Class of 2024 138 lbs: Dillon Cooper (Kansas) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: #181 Tyler Harper (Iowa) - Class of 2024 175 lbs: #136 Gunner Holland (Florida) - Class of 2024 120 lbs: Tyson Roach (Louisiana) - Class of 2024 While Little Rock just missed a mention in this year’s recruiting rankings, they do have a huge signing class with plenty of talent. A significant portion of it will be on display in Fargo, including three members of the 2024 Big Board. Of the wrestlers slated to compete, Little Rock has three wrestlers with past All-American honors from Fargo. Leading the way is Iowa’s Tyler Harper. Harper has made the top-eight in the FargoDome on three occasions, the best finish being a runner-up showing last summer in Junior freestyle - at 106 lbs. It was his second time placing at the Junior freestyle tournament after taking fourth the previous year. Miles Anderson has multiple All-American finishes both of which have come in Greco-Roman. He was seventh last year at the Junior level and sixth in 2021 at 16U. In addition, Anderson was also fifth in UWW Cadet Greco in 2021. Like Anderson, Bronson Baxter was a UWW Cadet Greco All-American. He was eighth last spring. Tyson Roach rounds out the past All-Americans (in international styles). Roach was sixth in Junior Greco in 2022 and fourth in Junior freestyle in 2021. Oregon State 144 lbs: #118 Koy Davidson (Iowa) - Class of 2025 215 lbs: Khale McDonnell (California) - Class of 2025 113 lbs: Gage Singleton (Oregon) - Class of 2024 Late Class of 2024 signee, Gage Singleton, has enough Greco and freestyle accolades for this entire group. He’s a four-time Fargo All-American placing in both styles at the Junior level in 2022 and at 16U in 2021. Singleton also AA’ed in both styles at UWW Cadets in 2022. Koy Davidson was an Iowa state runner-up in freestyle this year and a 3A champion during the high school season. Khale McDonnell got on the California state podium this year for the first time. A few months later, McDonnell won a state freestyle title. He also took gold at the Southern Plains Regional. At the recent Junior Duals, McDonnell went undefeated; albeit in limited competition.
  8. U of New Orleans' AD was at the Collegiate Duals in December of 2022 which took place in New Orleans. He seemed to be very engaged and talking to a lot of different wrestling-related people. Didn't appear to be a guy that was just invited there and hanging out for a few minutes, so I was hoping maybe that would be the case.
  9. United World Wrestling released the entries for women's freestyle at the 2024 Olympic Games. There are as follows: 50kg Ibtissem Doudou (ALG) Mariya Stadnik (AZE) Ziqi Feng (CHN) Alisson Cardozo Rey (COL) Yusneylis Guzman Lopez (CUB) Nada Mohamed (EGY) Anastasia Blayvas (GER) Vinesh Phogat (IND) Yui Susaki (JPN) Gabija Dilytle (LTU) Otgonjargal Dolgorjav (MGL) Son Hyang Kim (PRK) Evin Demirhan (TUR) Oksana Livach (UKR) Sarah Hildebrandt (USA) Aktenge Keunimjaeva (UZB) 53kg Qianyu Pang (CHN) Lucia Yepez Guzman (ECU) Annika Wendle (GER) Maria Prevolaraki (GRE) Mia Aquino (GUM) Antim Panghal (IND) Akari Fujinami (JPN) Mariana Dragutan (MDA) Khulan Batkhuyag (MGL) Christianah Ogunsanya (NGR) Hyo Gyong Choe (PRK) Andreea Ana (ROU) Jonna Malmgren (SWE) Zeynep Yetgil (TUR) Dominique Parrish (USA) Betzabeth Arguello Villegas (VEN) 57kg Chaimaa Aouissi (ALG) Giullia Penalber (BRA) Hannah Taylor (CAN) Kexin Hong (CHN) Luisa Valverde (ECU) Sandra Paruszewski (GER) Rckaela Aquino (GUM) Anshu Malik (IND) Aurora Russo (ITA) Tsugumi Sakurai (JPN) Anastasia Nichita (MDA) Khongorzul Boldsaikhan (MGL) Odunayo Adekuoroye (NGR) Anhelina Lysak (POL) Alina Hrushyna Akobiia (UKR) Helen Maroulis (USA) 62kg Bilyana Dudova (BUL) Ana Godinez (CAN) Ameline Douarre (FRA) Luisa Niemesch (GER) Sakura Motoki (JPN) Aisuluu Tynybekova (KGZ) Orkhon Purevdorj (MGL) Esther Kolawole (NGR) Grace Bullen (NOR) Hyon Gyong Mun (PRK) Kriszta Incze (ROU) Johanna Lindborg (SWE) Siwar Bouseta (TUN) Nesrin Bas (TUR) Iryna Koliadenko (UKR) Kayla Miracle (USA) 68kg Linda Morais (CAN) Feng Zhou (CHN) Koumba Larroque (FRA) Nisha Dahiya (IND) Nonoka Ozaki (JPN) Meerim Zhumanazarova (KGZ) Irina Ringaci (MDA) Delgermaa Enkhsaidkhan (MGL) Blessing Oborududu (NGR) Tayla Ford (NZL) Wiktoria Choluj(POL) Sol Gum Pak (PRK) Buse Tosun (TUR) Tetiana Sova Rizhko (UKR) Amit Elor (USA) Soleymi Caraballo (VEN) 76kg Yuliana Yaneva (BUL) Justina DiStasio (CAN) Juan Wang (CHN) Tatiana Renteria (COL) Milaimys Marin Potrille (CUB) Genesis Reasco Valdez (ECU) Bernadett Nagy (HUN) Reetika Hooda (IND) Yuka Kagami (JPN) Aiperi Medet Kyzy (KGZ) Davaanasan Enkh Amar (MGL) Hannah Rueben (NGR) Catalina Axente (ROU) Zaineb Sghaier (TUN) Yasemin Adar Yigit (TUR) Kennedy Blades (USA)
  10. Today, United World Wrestling released the entries for men's freestyle at the 2024 Olympic Games. There are as follows: 57kg Zelimkhan Abakarov (ALB) Arsen Harutyunyan (ARM) Aliabbas Rzazade (AZE) Wanhao Zou (CHN) Gamal Mohamed (EGY) Diamantino Iuna Fafe (GBS) Aman Sehrawat (IND) Rei Higuchi (JPN) Meirambek Kartbay (KAZ) Bekzat Almaz Uulu (KGZ) Roman Bravo Young (MEX) Vladimir Egorov (MKD) Darian Cruz (PUR) Stevan Micic (SRB) Spencer Lee (USA) Gulomjon Abdullaev (UZB) 65kg Shamil Mamedov (AIN) Islam Dudaev (ALB) Vazgen Tevanyan (ARM) Georgii Okorokov (AUS) Haji Aliyev (AZE) Alejandro Valdes Tobier (CUB) Goderdzi Dzebisashvili (GEO) Iszmail Muszukajev (HUN) Rahman Amouzad (IRI) Kotaro Kiyooka (JPN) Ernazar Akmataliev (KGZ) Austin Gomez (MEX) Tulga Tumur Ochir (MGL) Sebastian Rivera (PUR) Gaku Akazawa (SAM) Zain Retherford (USA) 74kg Chermen Valiev (ALB) Turan Bayramov (AZE) Feng Lu (CHN) Geandry Garzon Caballero (CUB) Amr Hussen (EGY) Iman Mahdavi (EOR) Bacar Ndum (GBS) Georgios Kougioumtsidis (GRE) Yones Emami (IRI) Frank Chamizo (ITA) Daichi Takatani (JPN) Ali Arsalan (SRB) Tajmuraz Salkazanov (SVK) Viktor Rassadin (TJK) Kyle Dake (USA) Razambek Jamalov (UZB) Anthony Montero Chirinos (VEN) 86kg Fateh Benferdjallah (ALG) Jayden Lawrence (AUS) Osman Nurmagomedov (AZE) Magomed Ramazanov (BUL) Alexander Moore (CAN) Vladimeri Gamkrelidze (GEO) Dauren Kurugliev (GRE) Hassan Yazdani (IRI) Hayato Ishiguro (JPN) Azamat Dauletbekov (KAZ) Bat Erdene Byambasuren (MGL) Ethan Ramos (PUR) Myles Amine (SMR) Vasyl Mykhailov (UKR) Aaaron Brooks (USA) Javrail Shapiev (UZB) 97kg Magomedkhan Magomedov (AZE) Akhmed Tazhudinov (BRN) Awusayiman Habila (CHN) Arturo Silot Torres (CUB) Luis Perez Sosa (DOM) Mostafa Elders (EGY) Givi Matcharashvili (GEO) Erik Thiele (GER) Amirali Azarpira (IRI) Alisher Yergali (KAZ) Radu Lefter (MDA) Zbigniew Baranowski (POL) Nicolaas De Lange (RSA) Ibrahim Ciftci (TUR) Murazi Mchedlidze (UKR) Kyle Snyder (USA) 125kg Giorgi Meshvildishvili (AZE) Amarveer Dhesi (CAN) Zhiwei Deng (CHN) Diaaeldin Abdelmottaleb (EGY) Geno Petriashvili (GEO) Daniel Ligeti (HUN) Amir Hossein Zare (IRI) Yusup Batirmurzaev (KAZ) Aiaal Lazarev (KGZ) Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur (MGL) Ashton Mutuwa (NGR) Robert Baran (POL) Jonovan Smith (PUR) Taha Akgul (TUR) Yurii Idzinskyi (UKR) Mason Parris (USA)
  11. The Oklahoma State recruiting moment continues to roll! This morning we wrote about how the Cowboys got a commitment from Landon Robideau (St. Michael-Albertville, MN), the #20 overall recruit in the Class of 2025. Robideau flipped his commitment from his home team - the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Now, Oklahoma State has another big verbal. Today, #27 Ronnie Ramirez (Walnut, CA) verballed to David Taylor’s team, as well. Ramirez was the second-highest available uncommitted recruit from the Class of 2025. Ramirez earned his high ranking after winning a loaded 120 lb weight class earlier this year at the CIF State Tournament. It was a second straight state championship for Ramirez, who won the 113 lb bracket in 2023. Ramirez is now a three-time state finalist heading into his senior year. During the regular season, Ramirez claimed a title at the Doc Buchanan Invitational. It was his second time in the top-eight at the tournament. He was sixth in 2022. Before the 2023-24 season, Ramirez was third at the Super 32. With Ramirez’s commitment, Oklahoma State now has verbals from four of the top-27 recruits from the Class of 2025 and eight Big Boarders overall. 10 rising seniors have already committed to the Cowboys. Ramirez projects at the next level as a 125 or 133 lber. Oklahoma State has a returning Big 12 runner-up and NCAA Round of 12 finisher, Troy Spratley, at 125 lbs and Spratley is headed into his sophomore year so there isn’t a huge need at the weight. There are plenty of options available at 133 lbs. Ramirez’s commitment gives the Cowboys high-profile recruits from California in back-to-back years as Oklahoma State inked #2 overall Cody Merrill in the Class of 2024. For Oklahoma State’s current Class of 2025: Click Here
  12. Fargo aka 16U and Junior Nationals is upon us. The largest wrestling tournament in the world is set to kick off on Saturday with the women’s freestyle portion of the tournament. Last year’s version of Fargo included over 7,000 participants! To get ready for Fargo, we’re looking at the tournament from a collegiate perspective. A recruiting perspective. Over the next few days, we’ll go conference-by-conference to look at recruits from each school who have signed up for the tournament. We’re starting with the ACC, a conference that has grown over the offseason. Conference realignment has brought Stanford to the Atlantic Coast Conference! While it doesn’t make sense on paper, Stanford is a team that’s signed the #2 overall recruiting class in 2024 and has some good ones in the pipeline for 2025, so they are welcomed with open arms. Three other ACC teams had top-12 recruiting classes with North Carolina (#8), Virginia Tech (#10), and NC State (#12). Both North Carolina and Virginia Tech have a handful of recruits from those classes to observe in the FargoDome. Recruits have been grouped by team. They are listed alphabetically alongside the weight listed in USA Wrestling’s registration, the state they are representing and their graduating class. The # next to a wrestler’s name denotes their MatScout Big Board ranking in their respective class. We’ve sorted through six or seven thousand entries to bring you these previews, so there could be a recruit or two that slipped through the cracks. If that’s the case, please let me know. Earl@matscouts.com Additionally, no preview or historical analysis for anything Fargo-related could be done without some assistance from Jason Bryant’s massive Fargo Guide. There’s still time to get yours, it's a great reference for any wrestling junkie! NC State 150 lbs: #67 Will Denny (Illinois) - Class of 2025 150 lbs: #185 Jason Kwaak (New York) - Class of 2025 157 lbs: #55 Brogan Tucker (Ohio) - Class of 2025 144 lbs: #19 Daniel Zepeda (California) - Class of 2025 The Wolfpack have their Class of 2025 on display. One of their recruits, Daniel Zepeda, made the Junior freestyle finals before his junior year of high school. A year later, can he move up to the top step? Of the three remaining recruits, Jason Kwaak is the only other one that has placed in Fargo before. Last year, he was sixth in 16U freestyle. North Carolina 132 lbs: #5 Matthew Botello (Massachusetts) - Class of 2025 215 lbs: #172 Mikey Calcagno (Illinois) - Class of 2024 165 lbs: #136 Israel Ibarra (Arizona) - Class of 2025 285 lbs: #65 Jacob Levy (Georgia) - Class of 2025 138 lbs: #155 Elias Navida (California) - Class of 2024 157 lbs: #97 Beau Priest (California) - Class of 2025 144 lbs: Braden Priest (California) - Class of 2025 157 lbs: #52 Laird Root (California) - Class of 2024 165 lbs: #124 Luke Sipes (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2025 150 lbs: #177 Mitchell Younger (Ohio) - Class of 2025 North Carolina had a massive Class of 2024, one that ranked eighth in the nation. They’re well on their way towards another top-ten class - one with a huge amount of commits, as well. This group contains two Junior freestyle All-Americans from 2024 (Botello and Root). Heavyweight recruit Jacob Levy was a U16 freestyle champion last year - we’ll see how he handles moving up the Junior division. After those three, there are three others that have made it onto the Fargo podium at least once. Elias Navida has shown a propensity for Greco-Roman as he’s made the finals in both age groups and was fourth in 16U freestyle in 2022. Israel Ibarra and Beau Priest both are past 16U freestyle AA’s. Pittsburgh 165 lbs: Tristan Steldt (Wisconsin) - Class of 2025 The Panthers typically get a ton of talent from in-state and across the border in Ohio. Of late, they’ve been recruiting well in New Jersey. Local fans are probably not familiar with Tristan Steldt of Wisconsin, so they’ll have a new face to follow and get acquainted with. Steldt brings a different element to Pitt as he was a 16U Greco national champion in 2022. He’ll compete in both styles this year. Stanford 120 lbs: #168 Adam Mattin (Ohio) - Class of 2025 215 lbs: #29 Angelo Posada (California) - Class of 2025 126 lbs: #127 Edwin Sierra (California) - Class of 2025 That’s right, Stanford is now in the ACC; geography be damned! Fans of the conference have some new faces to scout. Angelo Posado was an eighth-place finisher last year at 170 lbs. He continues to move up significantly in weight and will be at 215 lbs next week. Can he handle the higher weight class? Edwin Sierra placed in both styles in the 16U division back in 2022. Adam Mattin hasn’t placed in Fargo before; however, almost ten years ago, his older brother Drew made the Junior freestyle finals. Virginia Tech 175 lbs: #14 Ryan Burton (New Jersey) - Class of 2025 285 lbs: #83 Parker Ferrell (Virginia) - Class of 2024 138 lbs: #42 Drew Gorman (Georgia) - Class of 2025 144 lbs: #89 Noah Nininger (Virginia) - Class of 2025 126 lbs: #12 Aaron Seidel (Pennsylvania) - Class of 2025 106 lbs: Caden Smith (Virginia) - Class of 2024 157 lbs: #28 Claudio Torres (Florida) - Class of 2025 157 lbs: Ben Weader (Virginia) - Class of 2025 Virginia Tech has a large contingent headed to Fargo. Ryan Burton, Aaron Seidel, Caden Smith, and Claudio Torres were all Junior freestyle All-Americans last year. Seidel was the highest placing of the bunch, as he made the finals. One wrestle I’m eagerly watching is Parker Ferrell, fifth at Junior freestyle in 2022. Farrell has missed significant time in his high school career due to injuries. This should be a good barometer of where he’s at heading into Blacksburg. Interestingly enough, all eight of these wrestlers have made the Fargo podium at least once during their high school careers - in one style or age group or another. Surprisingly, the most decorated is Caden Smith (4 AA’s) who has done his damage at the lowest Junior weights.
  13. The top prospect in the high school Class of 2026, Bo Bassett, has vowed to keep fans abreast of his recruiting with daily Wednesday updates. Well, today is Wednesday and true to his word, Bassett has posted an updated graphic which has eliminated a handful of schools from consideration. Earlier this year, Bassett posted a graphic that contained the logos of approximately 80 schools, most of the DI variety, but some DII’s as well, to signify that he’s totally open in the recruiting process. After a few weeks of removing schools from the list, he’s down to 52. The following schools were removed from this week’s graphic: CSU Bakersfield, George Mason, Hofstra, Northwestern, Rider, UW Parkside, West Liberty The following schools remain on Bassett’s graphic and therefore in contention for his services: Air Force, American, Arizona State, Army West Point, Brown, Bucknell, California Baptist, Cal Poly, Campbell, Clarion, Columbia, Cornell, Edinboro, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Lehigh, Little Rock, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Millersville, Minnesota, Missouri, Navy, NC State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn, Penn State, Pitt-Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Purdue, Rutgers, South Dakota State, Stanford, The Citadel, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. The following schools were removed from last week’s graphic: Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Cleveland State, Drexel, Kent State, Ohio, and St. Cloud State The following schools were removed from the graphic from 6/26: Binghamton, Bloomsburg, Duke, Gardner-Webb, Northern Illinois, Sacred Heart, SIU Edwardsville As you would expect, most traditional DI power programs are still in the hunt for the two-time Super 32 and Ironman champion. Bassett is currently training for the U20 Pan-American Championships and the U20 World Championships. He posted the latest update from Lima, Peru, as the U20 Pan-American tournament takes place July 11th-13th and the U20 World Championships are September 2nd-8th in Pontevedra, Spain. In 2021, Bassett captured gold medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the U17 Pan-American Championships. That same year, at the U17 World Championships, Bassett claimed a gold medal in freestyle and was 12th in Greco. He’ll compete this year just in freestyle.
  14. Last night, Landon Robideau (St. Michael-Albertville, Minnesota) the #20 overall recruit in the Class of 2025 posted a graphic on social media indicating that he committed to wrestling at Oklahoma State University. Robideau had previously given a verbal commitment to stay in-state and wrestle for Minnesota. Robideau was the very first wrestler from the Class of 2025 to make a college commitment, as he did so in October of 2022. Robideau will head into his senior year of high school a three-time Minnesota state champion and a five-time state finalist - Minnesota allows middle schoolers to compete at the high school level if they’re able to do so. Nationally, Robideau has taken third and fifth place at the UWW U17 Trials. He’s placed twice at the Super 32 - seventh in 2022 and he was a finalist in 2023. Next week, Robideau will attempt to add to his accomplishments in Fargo. He comes into the tournament as a three-time placer in freestyle - twice at the 16U level and once as a Junior. Robideau was third in Junior freestyle and made the 16U finals twice. Robideau will be in action in Fargo at 150 lbs. Robideau’s flip makes him the second prominent wrestler from the Class of 2025 who has flipped commitments since David Taylor was hired in early-May. Just over a month ago, #16 Kody Routledge (Edmond North, Oklahoma) switched his commitment from Nebraska to Oklahoma State. With Robideau and Routledge in the fold, alongside #2 Ladarion Lockett (Stillwater, OK), Oklahoma State has verbals from three of the top-20 prospects in the Class of 2025. They also have commitments from seven members of the 2025 Big Board. Robideau projects in the 149/157 lb range which doesn’t necessarily appear to be a desperate need for the Cowboys. However, as they are trying to reload and get into NCAA team trophy and team title contention, they will stockpile as much talent as possible and let the wrestlers sort it out. The Cowboys already have a bit of a Minnesota connection in the room. NCAA qualifiers Troy Spratley (125) and Tagen Jamison (141) spent a year at Minnesota before transferring.
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  17. The guys are back to discuss the decision from the Russian federation to not send any wrestlers to the 2024 Olympic Games. The American team also added another Olympian in Kamal Bey as more quotas have been reallocated. Get the whole conversation here:
  18. The athletic department at the University of Maryland has announced changes to the wrestling staff for the 2024-25 season. One of the mainstays of the Alex Clemsen-era in College Park, Devin Mellon, has left the staff to pursue opportunities outside of the wrestling world. Mellon joined the Terrapin staff in 2019 shortly after Clemsen took over as the program’s head coach. He was a three-time national qualifier for Missouri while Clemsen was on the Tiger coaching staff. The two other holdovers from last season’s staff, Nick Brascetta and Elijah Oliver, have both received promotions. Brascetta’s new title will be associate head coach. Oliver joined the staff three years ago as a volunteer assistant and now is a full-time assistant coach. A new addition to the staff, but one that isn’t entirely a new face, is Ethan Laird. Laird spent the 2023-24 season as the associate director of Maryland’s DMV RTC. Prior to that, Laird was a standout for Rider University. In 2022-23, Laird qualified for the NCAA Tournament for a fourth time and made the NCAA semifinals before finishing sixth in the country at 197 lbs. Laird was seeded fourth at nationals after claiming his second MAC championship. He made the nation take notice by upsetting the returning national champion, Max Dean (Penn State), earlier that season. Though he doesn’t have an official coaching title, Pittsburgh All-American Cole Matthews will join the program as the “Special Assistant to the Head Coach.” Matthews finished his collegiate career in March as a five-time national qualifier for the Panthers and an All-American after taking fifth place in 2022. Matthews was also a two-time ACC champion and started the 2022-23 ranked #1 in the country. Maryland is coming off a 5-7 campaign that saw the Terps go 2-6 in Big Ten competition. The Terps hosted the Big Ten Championships for the first time and finished in 10th place with 39 points. In 2024-25, Clemsen’s team could field a lineup that includes six wrestlers with NCAA experience.
  19. J’den Cox of Ypsilanti, Mich. has been named the new National Freestyle Development and Resident Coach for USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States. In this position, Cox will coordinate U.S. Pan American and World Teams at the U15, U17 and U20 levels. He will also manage USA Wrestling’s Elite U20 Resident Program, which will train at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. He will work directly with National Freestyle Coach Bill Zadick and Manager of Freestyle Programs Joe Russell on many other projects as part of USA Wrestling’s professional national freestyle coaching staff. “I was overjoyed and overcome with emotion. Being able to find this opportunity was overwhelming. It is a great position, and anybody who is somebody should want to be in this position. The legacy that has been building around USA Wrestling, the bar that has been raised in freestyle wrestling, is amazing. I am honored to be in a position to help young men develop as people, first and foremost becoming great men, and then as athletes. I am excited to get to work and have an effect on the future of USA Wrestling,” said Cox. Cox comes to USA Wrestling after completing one of the greatest freestyle wrestling careers of his generation. He won two Senior World titles (2018, 2019), a 2016 Olympic bronze medal, a 2022 World silver medal and two World bronze medals (2017, 2021). He was a member of two Senior World Championship Teams, at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France and the 2022 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. He blasted onto the World scene in 2016, after winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa at 86 kg. Cox qualified the weight class for the Rio Olympic Games a few weeks later, placing first in an Olympic Qualification Tournament in Mongolia. Among his other major international titles were Pan American Championships gold medals in 2019 and 2022 and the 2019 Yasar Dogu International in Turkey. Cox retired from competition during the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in State College, Pa. “What an exciting time for USA Wrestling and our Men’s Freestyle Development athletes! I’m extremely excited to work with J’den Cox as he starts this position. For me, it’s awesome to see J’den come full circle. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world with him to some of the biggest events in our sport from his first in qualifying his Olympic weight in 2016 to his Olympic medal and then on to multiple World Championship medals! J’den will bring a very caring, passionate and growth mindset to the young men that he will work with. His elite level knowledge on the mat and in training will ramp up the learning experience for our development pipeline, but the true impact he will have on these young men’s lives are immeasurable,” said Cody Bickley, USA Wrestling Director of National Teams High Performance. “It’s my honor to welcome the addition of J’den Cox to the USA Wrestling Men’s Freestyle staff as our National Developmental Coach. In his competitive career, as both a NCAA Champion and as a Senior Men’s Freestyle wrestler, he has proven himself to be one of the best in U.S. & USA Wrestling history. J’den will bring a fresh perspective, having been recently an athlete, along with an attitude of continued learning. The developmental pipeline is of great importance to our sustained success in USA Wrestling Men’s Freestyle Wrestling. I am confident he will adapt to this new role applying his attitude and perspectives to make a positive impact on USA Wrestling’s elite age-group athletes, our resident Olympic Training Center program, and the entire USA Wrestling developmental pipeline. It’s my pleasure to welcome J’den, Whitney, and their children to the USA Wrestling family,” said Bill Zadick, USA Wrestling’s National Freestyle Coach. Cox served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Missouri under legendary coach Brian Smith in 2017, working with the heavyweight wrestlers. He has served as a technician for wrestling camps for eight years, running his own camps for youth from kindergarten to high school, focusing on both wrestling skills and life skills including personal and emotional growth and business skills. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Missouri in 2017. Cox has served as advisory counsel member of Wrestle Like a Girl, Advocacy Director for the Black Wrestling Association and a commentator for ESPN for two NCAA Wrestling Championships. A native of Columbia, Mo., Cox won four Missouri state high school titles for Hickman High School, each at a different weight class. He won two age-group national titles while in high school. He went on to have one of the greatest careers for the University of Missouri as a three-time NCAA champion (2014, 2016, 2017) and a four-time All-American. Cox is looking forward to sharing his experiences as an World-class athlete with the nation’s elite young wrestlers who have set high goals for their themselves both on and off the mat. “It is important to give them realistic views of what it is like, to start them early to know what it takes to get where they want to be. I will be showing them the path that allows them to do it with passion and love, fun and drive. It is not just a couple hours on the mat. It is how you carry yourself around others, it’s how you present yourself in life. I always use the quote, ‘show them the love.’ When you love something, there is nothing you wouldn’t do to make sure it is done right. That means you have to diet right, you have to live your life right, your relationships have to be right. Everything is encompassed with you being the best, so you can then focus on being the best in the room. My philosophy is working with these youth as people first. It is awesome to take that role to be a mentor, a coach, to guide the young ones to be the best of their ability,” said Cox. Cox will be working with Bill Zadick and Joe Russell, who were part of the coaching team that supported him when he was a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center. “It is a great opportunity to learn. I have been involved from the athletic side of things. To be on the coaching side in a leadership role is different. Change is good. I am good at adjusting and adapting. I look forward to the opportunity to get to learn from great minds like Coach Zadick and Coach Russell and to take in the experience they received and apply it to my philosophies and my program,” said Cox. Cox and his wife Whitney, who was a five-time U.S. Senior World Team member in women’s freestyle, have two children, Zoi and Feinx. He will start with USA Wrestling in late July. “Being able to come back home will be fun. I do consider it my home. It is the first place since I left Columbia, Mo. and established a home base and really grew as an athlete and as a person. I am looking forward to going back there and sharing it with my family,” said Cox.
  20. Today, United World Wrestling released the entries for Greco-Roman at the 2024 Olympic Games. There are as follows: 60kg Abdelkarim Fergat (ALG) Murad Mammadov (AZE) Liguo Cao (CHN) Kevin De Armas (CUB) Moamen Mohamed (EGY) Jamal Valizadeh (EOR) Mehdi Mohsen Nejad (IRI) Kenichiro Fumita (JPN) Aidos Sultangali (KAZ) Zholaman Sharshenbekov (KGZ) Victor Ciobanu (MDA) Se Ung Ri (PRK) Razvan Arnaut (ROU) Georgij Tibilov (SRB) Enes Basar (TUR) Islomjon Bakhramov (UZB) Raiber Rodriguez (VEN) 67kg Ishak Ghaiou (ALG) Slavik Galstyan (ARM) Hasrat Jafarov (AZE) Nestor Almanza Truyol (CHI) Luis Orta Sanchez(CUB) Andres Montano Arroyo (ECU) Mohamed Elsayed (EGY) Mamadassa Sylla (FRA) Ramaz Zoidze (GEO) Saeid Esmaeili Leivesi (IRI) Kyotaro Sogabe (JPN) Amantur Ismailov (KGZ) Valentin Petic (MDA) Mate Nemes (SRB) Souleymen Nasr (TUN) Parviz Nasibov (UKR) 77kg Abd Elkrim Ouakali (ALG) Malkhas Amoyan (ARM) Sanan Suleymanov (AZE) Aik Mnatsakanian (BUL) Jair Cuero Munoz (COL) Yosvanys Pena Flores (CUB) Mahmoud Abdelrahman (EGY) Jonni Sarkkinen (FIN) Zoltan Levai (HUN) Amin Kaviyaninejad (IRI) Nao Kusaka (JPN) Demeu Zhadrayev (KAZ) Akzhol Makhmudov (KGZ) Burhan Akbudak (TUR) Kamal Bey (USA) Aram Vardanyan (UZB) 87kg Bachir Sid Azara (ALG) Rafig Huseynov (AZE) Semen Novikov (BUL) Haitao Qian (CHN) Carlos Munoz Jaramillo (COL) Turpal Bisultanov (DEN) Mohamed Metwally (EGY) Lasha Gobadze (GEO) David Losonczi (HUN) Alireza Mohmadipiani (IRI) Nursultan Tursynov (KAZ) Arkadiusz Kulynycz (POL) Aleksandr Komarov (SRB) Ali Cengiz (TUR) Zhan Beleniuk (UKR) Payton Jacobson (USA) 97kg Abubakar Khaslakhanau (AIN) Fadi Rouabah (ALG) Artur Aleksanyan (ARM) Gabriel Rosillo (CUB) Artur Omarov (CZE) Mohamed Gabr (EGY) Arvi Savolainen (FIN) Roberti Kobliashvili (GEO) Lucas Lazogianis (GER) Kevin Mejia Castillo (HON) Mohammadhadi Saravi (IRI) Uzur Dzhuzupbekov (KGZ) Seungjun Kim (KOR) Mindaugas Venckaitis (LTU) Josef Rau (USA) Rustam Assakalov (UZB) 130kg Sabah Shariati (AZE) Kiril Milov (BUL) Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (CHI) Lingzhe Meng (CHN) Mijain Lopez (CUB) Abdellatif Mohamed (EGY) Heiki Nabi (EST) Jello Krahmer (GER) Amin Mirzazade (IRI) Alimkhan Syzdykov (KAZ) Seungchan Lee (KOR) Oussama Assad (MAR) Alin Alexuc Ciurariu (ROU) Amine Guennich (TUN) Muhammet Bakir (TUR) Adam Coon (USA)
  21. CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (July 9) -- A week after 16 Paris 2024 quotas were reallocated in wrestling, United World Wrestling has further reallocated eight quotas on Monday. This comes after eight Individual Neutral Athletes decided to withdraw their names before the July 8 entry deadline for the Games. Only one kept the quota -- at 65kg in Freestyle. This takes the number of AINs participating in Paris 2024 to two. Last week, UWW had reallocated 16 quotas, a decision taken after the International Olympic Committee released a list of eligible athletes in the first group of sports that have finished their qualifying process for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The IOC had approved 16 out of the 26 Individual Neutral Athletes who won the Paris Olympic spots in various qualifying tournaments of UWW. However, six wrestlers did not accept the invitation to Paris 2024 despite being deemed eligible by the IOC. The 16 reallocations were carried out by UWW to the next highest-ranked eligible NOC, not yet qualified, at the event at which the quota place was obtained, respecting the maximum quota per gender and per NOC. The same process was followed for the new reallocation of eight quotas. List of second reallocation of Paris 2024 quotas Freestyle 57kg - Kazakhstan (Belgrade) 86kg - Ukraine (Baku) 125kg - Ukraine (Belgrade) Greco-Roman 87kg - Denmark (Baku) 97kg - Germany (Istanbul) Women's Wrestling 53kg - Germany (Baku) 62kg - France (Baku) 68kg - Ukraine (Baku) United World Wrestling will release the entries for Paris 2024 beginning Tuesday, July 9, 2024.
  22. First-year women’s program Grand Valley State made a big splash today as head coach Jake Short started to unveil the team’s first signing class. One of the cornerstones of the program will be Sage Mortimer who has signed with the Lakers and is transferring in from King University. Earlier this year, Mortimer was a runner-up to Audrey Jimenez in the 50 kg final of the challenge tournament at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials. After her loss to Jimenez, Mortimer rebounded to defeat veteran Erin Golston for true third place. It was the second Olympic Trials that Mortimer has participated in. Mortimer earned a spot at the Olympic Trials after winning Senior Nationals in December of 2023. At Senior Nationals, she won a 12-10 shootout over former King teammate Samara Chavez. On an international stage, Mortimer was a 2019 Cadet World Team member and a two-time age-group Pan-American Champion (U15 and U20). Collegiately, Mortimer earned All-American honors twice for King. She was third in the NCWWC in 2022 and a runner-up to longtime rival Emily Shilson in 2023. Prior to starting college, Mortimer had a decorated Fargo career that included four national titles for Team Utah. She also became the first girl to place in the boys division when she took seventh place in 16U Greco-Roman in the summer of 2018.
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