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Final Worlds wrestle-off between Marable & Green set for July 25
An independent arbitrator has decided that a World Team Trials best-of-three finals series will be held between 2015 U.S. Open champion Nick Marable (Morgantown, W.Va./Sunkist Kids) and 2015 U.S. World Team Trials champion James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Titan Mercury WC) for the U.S. World Team men’s freestyle spot at 70 kg/154 lbs.
The series will be held on Saturday, July 25 in Fargo, N.D. at the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University, with the first match held at 10:00 a.m. and the second match at 11:00 a.m. If necessary, a third match will be held within an hour after bout two. It will be held alongside the ASICS/Vaughan Junior freestyle finals.
Based upon the 2015 World Team Trials Procedures, Marable, as the U.S. Open champion at 70 kg, earned an automatic berth into the Final Wrestle-off of the U.S. World Team Trials in Madison, Wisconsin. However, Marable did not attend weigh-ins for the 70 kg weight class on Friday, June 12 due to reported injury and, pursuant to the 2015 World Team Trials Procedures, Marable made the request for delay of the Final Wrestle-off within 18 hours of the weigh-in.
This process is included in the 2015 World Team Trials Procedures, under IV. Delays or Replacement Due to Injury or Illness. Click below for complete 2015 World Team Trials Procedures document:
On June 18, USA Wrestling announced that its Freestyle Sport Committee denied a request by Marable for a delay of competition for the Final Wrestle-off at 70 kg/154 lbs. in men’s freestyle wrestling for the 2015 U.S. World Championships Team.
Marable, following procedures in USA Wrestling’s bylaws and in the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act, filed a USOC Bylaws Section 9 complaint. As part of this process, Arbitrator Maidie E. Oliveau listened to the facts of the case and determined that a delayed World Team Trials series was warranted.
USA Wrestling fully supports the procedures established by the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act, which gives athletes a voice in the team selection process and provides them the opportunity to present their case when there is a dispute about how the process is implemented.