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How will Americans fare at 2014 World Championships?

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Updated: September 4, 2014

The following is a closer look at the resumes and past World/Olympic results of the United States wrestlers who will compete in the 2014 FILA World Championships, Sept 8-14, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. WIN will provide a daily recap of the 2014 Worlds on WIN-magazine.com.

What Time Will They Wrestle?: There is a nine-hour difference in time between Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the Eastern Time zone in the United States. With that in mind, here are the times fans can follow action at the Worlds, beginning with the prelims and ending with the finals, on each day. All matches can be viewed at http://fila-official.com.

Monday, Sept. 8 (Men’s Freestyle) — Prelims 12 midnight, Finals 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9 (Men’s Freestyle) — Prelims 12 midnight, Finals 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10 (Women’s Freestyle) — Prelims 12 midnight, Finals 9 a.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 11 (Women’s Freestyle) — Prelims 1 a.m., Finals 9 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 12 (Women’s Freestyle/Greco) — Prelims 1 a.m., Finals 9 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13 (Greco-Roman) — Prelims 1 a.m., Finals 9 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 14 (Greco-Roman) — Prelims 1 a.m., Finals 9 a.m.

 

Men’s Freestyle (Sept. 8-9)

 

57k/125.6 pounds (Sept. 8)

Tony Ramos— Iowa City, Iowa, Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WCmfs tony ramos

Age: 23 (born Feb. 12, 1991)

Hometown & High School: Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North

College: 2014 NCAA champion (three-time AA) from Iowa at 133 pounds.

Note: Married Megan Eskew (former Iowa volleyball player) on July 19, 2014

Career Worlds/Olympic experience: first tournament. Finished fifth in 2009 Junior World Championships in Ankara, Turkey, at 55k/121 pounds. After losing in second round to India’s Rahul Aware, he came back to win two consolation bouts before losing the bronze-medal match to Yashar Aliev of Azerbaijan.

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 5): 1. Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia), 2. Viktor Lebedev (Russia), 3. Rasul Kaliev (Kazakhstan)

 

61k/134.5 pounds (Sept. 9)

Jimmy Kennedy— Ann Arbor, Mich., New York AC, Ranked 15thmfs jimmy kennedy

Age: 26 (born July 3, 1988)

Hometown & High School: Ingleside (Ill.) Grant Community

College: Three-time NCAA AA from Illinois

Note: rejoined former Overtime club coach Sean Bormet, now the assistant coach at Michigan.

Career Worlds/Olympic experience: first tournament

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 5): 1. Haji Aliev (Azerbaijan), 2. Masoud Esmailpour (Iran), 3. Murshid Murtalimov (Russia).

 

65k/143.3 pounds (Sept. 9)

Brent Metcalf —Iowa City, Iowa, New York AC, Ranked 11thmfs brent metcalf

Age: 28 (born July 14, 1986)

Hometown & High School: Davison, Mich.

College: 2008 and ’10 NCAA champion from Iowa (three-time AA)

Note: He and his wife, Kristen, have one son, Chase (the same name as his late brother, who died in 2005.)

Career Worlds/Olympic experience: 0-2 record in two Worlds

2010 Worlds (Moscow, Russia), DNP at 66k/145.5 — lost to Otar Tushishvili (Georgia)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), DNP at 66k/145.5 — lost to Mehdi Taghavi (Iran)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 5): 1. Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia), 2. Akhmed Chakaev (Russia), 3. Yogeshwar Dutt (India), 4. David Safaryan (Armenia)

 

70k/154.3 pounds (Sept. 8)

Nick Marable — Morgantown, W. Va., Sunkist Kids WCmfs nick marable

Age: 27 (born May 7, 1987)

Hometown & High School: Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers

College: Two-time NCAA qualifier (third in 2008 and seventh in 2009) from Missouri

Note: became the first and only Senior-level wrestler to defeat Jordan Burroughs at Yasar Dogu in February.

Career Worlds/Olympic experience: first tournament

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 5): Moustafa Hosseinkhani (Iran), 2. Rusian Dibirgadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), 3. Peyman Yarahmadi (Iran), 4. Grigor Grigoryan (Armenia).

 

74k/163 pounds (Sept. 9)

Jordan Burroughs— Lincoln, Neb., Sunkist Kids WC, Ranked No. 1mfs jordan burroughs

Age: 26 (Born July 8, 1988)

Hometown & High School: Camden (N.J.) Winslow Township

College: Two-time NCAA champ (2009 and ’11) from Nebraska, third in 2008 NCAAs

Note: Since winning second World title last September with a broken foot, Burroughs married the former Lauren Mariacher on Oct. 12, 2013, and they had their first child, Beacon, on July 19, 2014. He has an 88-1 international record entering the Worlds.

Career Worlds/Olympic experience: 14-0 record in two Worlds and one Olympics

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), Gold Medalist at 74k/163 — def. Dimitri Rochnyak (Ukraine); def. Denis Tsargush (Russia); def. Ricardo Moreno (Venezuela); def. Ashraf Aliev (Azerbaijan); def. Sadegh Goudarzi (Iran).

2012 Olympics (London, England), Gold Medalist at 74k/163 — def. Francisco Soler Tanco (Puerto Rico); def. Matt Gentry (Canada); def. Denis Tsargush (Russia); def. Sadegh Goudarzi (Iran)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), Gold Medalist at 74k/163 — def. Gamid Dzhalilov (Tajikistan); def. Narasingh Yadav (India); def Yabrail Hasanov (Azerbaijan); def. Ali Shabanov (Belarus); def. Aliashgar Akrbarizarinkolaei (Iran)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 5): 1. Jordan Burroughs (U.S.), 2. Yabrail Hasanov (Azerbaijan), 3. Reza Afzali Paemami (Iran).

 

86k/189.6 pounds (Sept. 8)

Ed Ruth — State College, Pa., Nittany Lion WC, Ranked No. 20mfs ed ruth

Age: 23 (born Oct. 21, 1990)

Hometown & High School: Harrisburg (Pa.) Susquehanna Township & Blair Academy

College: Became first three-time NCAA champion from Penn State (2012, ’13, ’14) after finishing third in 2011

Career Worlds/Olympic experience: first tournament

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 5): 1. Abdul Sadulaev (Russia), Murad Gaidarov (Belarus), 3. Meisam Mostafa Joukar (Iran)

 

97k/213.8 pounds (Sept. 9)

Jake Varner — State College, Pa., Nittany Lion WC, Ranked No. 9mfs jake varner

Age: 28 (born March 24, 1986)

Hometown & High School: Bakersfield (Calif.)

College: Two-time NCAA champ (2009 and ’10) from Iowa State, second in ‘07 and ‘08

Note: Jake and his wife Brittany were married on June 9, 2014

Career Worlds/Olympic experience: 10-2 in two Worlds and one Olympics

2009 Worlds (Herning, Denmark), 9th at 96k/211.5 — def. Daniel Ligeti (Hungary); def. Takao Isokawa (Japan); lost to Saeed Abrahimi (Iran)

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), bronze medalist at 96k/211.5 — def. Krassimir Kotchev (Bulgaria); def. Yunbilige Wu (China); lost to Serhat Balci (Turkey); def. Rustam Iskandari (Tajikistan); def. Taimuraz Tigiev (Kazahkstan)

2012 Olympics (London, England), gold medalist at 96k/211.5 — def. Kurban Kurbanov (Uzbekistan); def. Khetag Pliev (Canada); def. Georgi Gogshelidze (Georgia); def. Valeri Andriitsev (Ukraine)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 5): 1. Reza Yazdani (Iran), 2. Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia), 3. Khetag Gazumov (Azerbaijan).

 

125k/275.5 pounds (Sept. 8)

Tervel Dlagnev – Columbus, Ohio, Sunkist Kids WC, Ranked No. 15mfs tervel dlagnev

Age: 28 (born Nov. 19, 1985)

Hometown & High School: Arlington (Texas)

College: Two-time NCAA Division II champion (2007 and ’08) from Nebraska-Kearney

Note: He and his wife, Kirsten, were married on May 8, 2010. They have one son, Isaiah Tervel… moved to the United States from Bulgaria when he was four years old.

Career Worlds/Olympic Experience: 11-7 record and one medal in three Worlds and one Olympics

2009 Worlds (Herning, Denmark), bronze medalist at 120k/265 — def. Yussup Nunayev (Hungary); def. Aleksey Shemarov (Belarus); def. Ali Isaev (Azerbaijan); lost to Fardin Masoumi (Iran); def. Alexander Modebadze (Georgia)

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), 5th place at 120k/265 — def. Aiaal Lazarev (Kyrgyzstan); def. Mari Mutalimov (Kazahkstan); def. Artur Taimazov (Uzebekistan); lost to Aleksey Shemarov (Belarus); lost to David Modzmanashvili (Georgia)

2012 Olympics (London, England) 5th place at 120k/265 — def. Ismael El Desouky (Egypt); def. Aleksey Shemarov (Belarus); lost to Artur Taimazov (Uzebekistan); lost to Komeil Ghasemi (Iran)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), 5th place at 120k/265 — def. Antoine Jaoude (Brazil); lost to Nobuyoshi Arakida (Japan); def. Komeil Ghasemi (Iran); def. Alen Zaseev (Ukraine); lost to Taha Akguel (Turkey)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Taha Akgul (Turkey), 2. Komeil Ghasemi (Iran), 3. Aleksander Khotsianivski (Ukraine).

 

Women’s Freestyle (Sept. 10-12)

 

48k/105.75 pounds (Sept. 10)

Alyssa Lampe— Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunkist Kids WC, Ranked No. 7 by FILAwfs alyssa lampe

Age: 26 (born March 10, 1988)

Hometown & High School: Tomahawk (Wisc.)

College: Attended USOEC in Northern Michigan

Note: She became the first female wrestler to qualify for the Wisconsin High School State Championships.

Career World/Olympic experience: 7-2 record in two Worlds. Also was a two-time bronze medalist in Junior Worlds (2007 and ’08)

2012 Worlds (Strathcona Country, Canada), bronze medalist at 51k/112.4 — def. Angela Dorogan (Azerbaijan); def. Roksana Zasina (Poland); lost to Yanan Sun (China); def. Elenora Abutalipova (Kazahkstan)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), bronze medalist at 48k/105.75 — def. Davi Nirmala (India); lost to Eri Tosaka (Japan); def. Madalina Linguraru (Romania); def. Tatyana Amanzhaol-Bakatyuk (Kazahkstan); def Melanie LeSaffre (France)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Mariya Stadnyk (Azerbaijan), 2. Eri Tosaka (Japan), 3. Yanan Sun (China)

 

53k/116.85 pounds (Sept. 11)

Whitney Conder — Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army WCAPwfs whitney conder

Age: 26 (born May 6, 1988)

Hometown & High School: Puyallup (Wash.)

College: Attended USOEC in Northern Michigan

Note: Placed sixth and seventh in boys’ state tournaments in high school.

Career World/Olympic experience: 1-1 record in one World Championship. Also won a Junior World championship in 2007.

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), DNP at 51k/112.4 — def. Estera Dobre (Romania); lost to Kum-Ok Han (North Korea)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Yoshida (Japan), 2. Maria Gurova (Russia), 3. Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)

 

55k/121 pounds (Sept. 10)

Helen Maroulis— Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunkist Kids WC, Ranked No. 4 at 53k by FILAwfs helen maroulis

Age: 22 (born Sept. 19, 1991)

Hometown & High School: Rockville, (Md.) Colonel Zadock Magruder

College: First attended Missouri Baptist College before transferring to Simon Fraser University in Canada, claiming WCWA titles in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Note: She placed sixth as a high school junior in Maryland state tournament.

Career World/Olympic Experience: 9-7 record in four Worlds. Also won a silver (2011) and two bronze (2008 and ’10) medals at Junior World Championships.

2008 Worlds (Tokyo, Japan), 8th place at 51k/112.5 — def. Roksana Zasina (Poland); lost to Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan); lost to Jessica Ann Marie MacDonald (Canada)

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), 5th place at 55k/121 — def. Aiym Abdildina (Kazahkstan); def. Valya Trandeva (Bulgaria); lost to Saori Yoshida (Japan); def Emriye Musta (Turke); def. Alma Jane Valencia (Mexico); lost to Ida-Theres Nerell (Sweden)

2012 Worlds (Strathcona County, Canada), silver medalist at 55k/121 — def. Nadesha Mikhalkova (Belarus); def. Maria Prevolaraki (Greece); def. Brittanee Laverdure (Canada); lost to Saori Yoshida (Japan)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), 7th place at 55k/121 — def. Kum-Ok Han (North Korea); def. Thi Hue Pham (Vietnam); lost to Sofia Mattsson (Sweden); lost to Maya Hristova (Bulgaria)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Marwa Amri (Tunesia), 2. Jill Gallays (Canada), 3. Chiho Hamada (Japan)

 

58k/127.86 pounds (Sept. 11)

Alli Ragan — Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC, Ranked No. 9 by FILAwfs alli ragan

Age: 24 (born June 16, 1992)

Hometown & High School: Carbondale (Ill.)

College: Attended King College where she won a 2013 Women’s College Wrestling Association title.

Career World/Olympic experience: 1-1 record in one World Championship; also earned bronze in two (2011 and ’12) Junior World Championships.

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), 9th place at 59k/130 — def. Svetlana Lipatova (Russia); lost to Ayaka Ito (Japan)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Kaori Icho (Japan), 2. Risako Kawai (Japan), 3. Valeria Koblova-Zholobova (Russia), 4. Petra Olli (Finland)

 

60k/132.25 pounds (Sept. 10)

Jenna Burkert— Colorado Springs, Colo., New York ACwfs jenna burkert

Age: 21 (born May 9, 1993)

Hometown & High School: Rocky Pt., N.Y.

College: First attended USOEC in Northern Michigan before becoming a resident athlete at Olympic Training Center

Note: Named ASICS Girls High School Wrestler of the Year in 2010 when she finished fifth in the Youth Olympic Games.

Career World/Olympic experience: first tournament. Also competed in three Junior Worlds, finishing 8th in 2011, 18th in 2012 and 8th in 2013.

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan), 2. Michelle Fazzari (Canada), 3. Katsuki Sakagami (Japan)

 

63k/138.75 pounds (Sept. 12)

Elena Pirozhkova— Colorado Springs, Colo., Titan Mercury WC, Ranked No. 3 by FILAPirozhkova/Gray

Age: 27 (born Oct. 13, 1986)

Hometown & High School: Greenfield (Mass.)

Note: Elena was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. when she was three years old… Has eight siblings: Natalia, Viktor, Alex, Olga, Marina, Nina, Rita and Maxim.

Career World/Olympic Experience: 18-9 record with three medals in six Worlds and one Olympics.

2008 Worlds (Tokyo, Japan), 8th place at 67k/147.7 — def. Monika Ewa Michalik (Poland); lost to Katerina Burmistrova (Ukraine)

2009 Worlds (Herning, Denmark), 7th place at 63k/138.75 — def. Aysel Can (Turkey); def. Jin-Young Hang (South Korea); lost to Lyubov Volossova (Russia); lost to Justine Bouchard (Canada)

2010 Worlds (Moscow, Russia), silver medalist at 63k/138.75 — def. Tatyana Zakharova (Kazahkstan); def. Maria Teresa Mendez (Spain); def. Katherine Lopez (Cuba); def. Lyubov Volossova (Russia); lost to Kaori Icho (Japan)

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), 5th place at 63k/138.75 — def. Sandra Velandi (Colombia); def. Luz Clara Vazquez (Argentina); def. Henna Johansson (Sweden); def. Laura Skujina (Lativa); lost to Kaori Icho (Japan); lost to Rui Xue Jing (China)

2012 Olympics (London, England), DNP at 63k/138.75 — lost to Anastasija Grigorjeva (Lativa); lost to Lyubov Volossova (Russia)

2012 Worlds (Strathcona County, Canada), gold medalist at 63k/138.75 — def. Min-Wen Hou (TPE); def. Kayoko Kudo (Japan); def. Luozhuoma Xi (China); def. Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), bronze medalist at 63k/138.75 — def. Haiat Farag (Egypt); lost to Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia); def. Nathaly Herrera (Venezuela); def. Maria Diana (Italy); def. Anastasia Bratchikova (Russia)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Anastasija Grigorjeva (Lativa), 2. Jackeline Rentaria Castillo (Colombia), 3. Elena Pirozhkova (USA)

 

69k/152.1 pounds (Sept. 10)

Randi Miller — Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army WCAP, Ranked No. 13 by FILAwfs randi miller

Age: 30 (born Nov. 3, 1983, in Berkeley, Calif.)

Hometown & High School: Arlington (Texas) Martin

College: Attended USOEC in Northern Michigan after she first attended MacMurray College and Neosho Community College

Career World/Olympic experience: 4-1 record in one Olympics. This marks her first World tournament.

2008 Olympics (Beijing, China), bronze medalist at 63k/138.75 — def. Haiat Farag (Egypt); def. Yulia Tkach (Ukraine); lost to Kaori Icho (Japan); def. Olesja Zamula (Azerbaijan); def. Martine Dugrenier (Canada)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Natalia Vorobieva (Russia), 2. Jenny Fransson (Sweden), 3. Alina Makhinya (Ukraine)

 

75k/165.3 pounds (Sept. 11)

Adeline Gray — Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC, Ranked No. 4 by FILAwfs adeline gray

Age: 23 (born Jan. 15, 1991)

Hometown & High School: Lakewood (Colo.) Bear Creek

Career World/Olympic experience: 13-4 record in four Worlds. Also competed in three Junior Worlds, winning gold in 2008 and a silver in 2011. She placed ninth in 2009.

2009 Worlds (Herning, Denmark), 5th at 67k/147.5 — def. Marian Mueller (Germany); lost to Yulia Bartnovskaya (Russia); def. Yan Ma (China); lost to Ifeoma Iheanacho (Nigeria)

2011 Worlds (Bucharest, Romania), silver medalist at 67k/147.5 — def. Maria Selmaier (Germany); def. Evelina Nikolova (Bulgaria); def. Kristina Ness (Norway); def. Alina Makhinia (Ukraine); lost to Sara Dosho (Japan)

2012 Worlds (Strathcona County, Canada), gold medalist at 67k/147.5 — def. Dzhanan Manolova (Bulgaria); def. Yoshiko Inoue (Japan); def. Novjot Kaur (India); def. Dorothy Yeats (Canada)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), bronze medalist at 72k/158.5 — def. Andrea Gutierrez (Colombia); lost to Fengliu Zhang (China); def. Gouzei Manyurova (Kazahkstan); def. Yasemin Adar (Turkey)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 6): 1. Erica Wiebe (Canada), 2. Hiroe Suzuki (Japan), 3. Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus)

 

Greco-Roman (Sept. 12-14)

 

59k/130 pounds (Sept. 14)

Spenser Mango — Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army WCAPgr spenser mango

Age: 28 (born July 6, 1986)

Hometown & High School: St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers

College: Attended USOEC in Northern Michigan.

Note: He and his wife, Wuthrich, were married in July 2011. Brother Ryan earned three AA honors at Stanford and is now focused on Greco.

Career World/Olympic experience: 7-9 record in four World Championships and two Olympics.

2008 Olympics (Beijing, China), 9th place at 55k/121 — def. Virgil Munteanu (Romania); lost to Eun-Chui Park (South Korea)

2009 Worlds (Herning, Denmark), 9th place at 55k/121 — def. Anar Zeinalov (Estonia); lost to Hamid Soryan (Iran); def. Joaquim Martinez (Spain); lost to Erhan Karakus (Turkey)

2010 Worlds (Moscow, Russia), DNP at 55k/121 — lost to Nazir Mankiev (Russia)

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), DNP at 55k/121 — lost to Arsen Eraliev (Kyrgyzstan)

2012 Olympics (London, England), 9th place at 55k/121 — def. Mohamed Abouhalima (Egypt); lost to Rovshan Bayramov (Azerbaijan); lost to Mingiyan Semenov (Russia)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), 5th place at 55k/121 — def. Jani Haapamaeki (Finland); lost to Gyu-Jin (South Korea); def. Fouad Fajari (Morocco); def. Kanybek Zholchubekov (Kyrgyzstan); lost to Roman Amoyan (Armenia)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 7): 1. Hamid Soryan (Iran), 2. Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria), 3. Aleksandar Kostadinov (Bulgaria), 4. Ivan Kuylakov (Russia)

 

66k/145.5 pounds (Sept. 13)

Bryce Saddoris — Sneads Ferry, N.C., U.S. MarinesBryceSaddoris150x250

Age: 26 (born Feb. 22, 1988)

Hometown & High School: Spring Creek (Nevada)

Career World/Olympic experience: first tournament. Replaced RaVaughn Perkins on Aug. 27 when Perkins tested positive for drugs.

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 7): 1. Adam Kurak (Russia), 2. Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 3. Frank Staebler (Germany)

 

71k/156.5 pounds (Sept. 14)

Justin Lester— Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army WCAPjustin lester

Age: 30 (born Sept. 30, 1983)

Hometown & High School: Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) Valley Christian Academy

College: First attended Iowa State before switching to USOEC in Northern Michigan.

Note: Originally went by the nickname “Harry” until using Justin starting in 2011.

Career World/Olympic experience: 14-9 record in five Worlds and one Olympics. Also won a gold medal in 1999 Cadet Worlds (freestyle) and finished fifth in 2004 Junior Worlds (Greco).

2005 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), DNP at 66k/145.5 — lost to Eduard Kratz (Germany)

2006 Worlds (Guangzhou, China), bronze medalist at 66k/145.5 — def. Min-Chul Kim (South Korea); lost to Kanatbek Begaliev (Kyrgyzstan); def. Gurbinder Singh (India); def. Nikolay Gergov (Bulgaria); def. Seref Eroglu (Turkey)

2007 Worlds (Baku, Azerbaijan), bronze medalist at 66k/145.5 — def. Juha Hiltunen (Finland); def. Seref Eroglu (Turkey); def. Mayli Panfe (Cuba); def. Ionel Puscasu (Romania); lost to Farid Mansurov (Azerbaijan); def. Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)

2009 Worlds (Herning, Denmark), DNP at 74k/163 — lost to Mark Madsen (Denmark); lost to Rafik Huseynov (Azerbaijan)

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), 5th place at 66k/145.5 — def. Aleksander Maksimovic (Serbia); def. Angelo Mota Brea (DOM); def. Pan Zheng (China); def. Kanatbek Begaliev (Kyrgyzstan); lost to Manukhar Tskhadaia (Georgia); lost to Pedro Herrera (Cuba)

2012 Olympics (London England), 7th place at 66k/145.5 — def. Tsutomu Fujimura (Japan); lost to Tamas Lorincz (Hungary); lost to Frank Staebler (Germany)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 7): 1. Tamas Lorincz (Hungary), 2. Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan), 3. Saeid Mourad Abdvali (Iran)

 

75k/165.3 pounds (Sept. 12)

Andy Bisek — Colorado Springs, Colo., Minnesota Storm WC, Ranked No. 15 by FILAgr andrew bisek

Age: 28 (born Aug. 18, 1986)

Hometown & High School: Chaska, Minn.

College: Attended USOEC in Northern Michigan.

Note: Married to Ashley Suggs Bisek.

Career World/Olympic experience: 2-2 record in two Worlds. Also competed in the 2005 and ’06 Junior World Championships.

2011 Worlds (Istanbul, Turkey), DNP at 74k/163 — def. Aleksandr Kazakevich (Lithuania); lost to Ashkat Dilmukhamedov (Kazahkstan)

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), DNP at 74k/163 — def. Balint Korpasi (Hungary); lost to Emrah Kus (Turkey)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 7): 1. Hyeon-Woo Kim (South Korea), 2. Aleksander Chekhirkin (Russia), 3. Arsen Julfalakyan (Armenia)

 

80k/176.4 pounds (Sept. 13)

Joe Rau — Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm WC80 Rau_Provisor 1518

Age: 23 (born March 17, 1991)

Hometown & High School: Chicago (Ill.) St. Patrick

College: Three-time NCAA Div. III AA and 2013 champion from Elmhurst College

Note: Competed in both phases of the 2014 World Team Trials; going 1-2 (including a 1-0 loss to Ben Provisor) at 85/187.4 in Phase I at Daytona Beach, Fla., on June 13; then cut 12 pounds to compete in the non-Olympic weight in Phase II in Fargo, N.D., July 22, when he defeated Provisor in two straight championship matches.

Career World/Olympic experience: first tournament

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 7): 1. Peter Basci (Hungary), 2. Selcuk Cebi (Turkey), 3. Habibollah Akhlaghi (Iran)

 

85k/187.4 pounds (Sept. 12)

Jordan Holm — Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm WCgr jordan holm

Age: 32 (born Jan. 17, 1982)

Hometown & High School: Northfield (Minn.)

College: Wrestled at Northern Iowa, where he was a national qualifier in 2003.

Note: Married Stacy Skyberg. Oct. 12, 2013

Career World/Olympic Experience: 1-1 record in one World Championship.

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), DNP at 84k/185 — def. Pedro Garcia Perez (Spain); lost to Rami Hietaniemi (Finland)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 7): 1. Zhan Belenyuk (Ukraine), 2. Rami Hietaniemi (Finland), 3. Viktor Lorincz (Hungary)

 

98k/216 pounds (Sept. 14)

Caylor Williams — Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army WCAPgr caylor williams

Age: 23 (born Jan. 7, 1991)

Hometown & High School: Palm Bay (Fla.)

College: Wrestled at UNC Greensboro, where he was the 2011 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and qualified for NCAAs in 2011.

Career World/Olympic Experience: 0-1 record in one World Championship

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), DNP at 96k/211.5 — lost to Cenk Iidem (Turkey)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 7): 1. Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia), 2. Cenk Ildem (Turkey), 3. Balasz Kiss (Hungary)

 

130k/286.6 pounds (Sept. 13)

Robby Smith — Colorado Springs, Colo., New York ACgr robbie smith

Hometown & High School: Danville (Calif.) San Ramon

College: Attended USOEC in Northern Michigan.

Note: Finished eighth, seventh and fourth in three straight California (2003-05) state high school tournaments.

Career World/Olympic experience: 2-1 record in one World Championship. Also competed in three Junior Worlds (2005-07), finishing as high as seventh in 2005.

2013 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary), 5th place at 120k/265 — def. Xiaoming Nie (China); def. Iosif Chugoshvili (Belarus); lost to Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)

FILA Rankings (as of Aug. 7): 1. Riza Kayaalp (Turkey), 2. Mijain Lopez Nunez (Cuba), 3. Johan Magnus Euren (Sweden)

 

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