Green keeps World Team spot after beating Marable twice

Updated: July 25, 2015

By Craig Sesker,

FARGO, N.D. – The man with the Twitter handle – @WhoIsJamesG – is starting to make a name for himself on the Senior level.

James Green swept two straight matches from 2014 World Team member Nick Marable, 4-0 and 2-1, to win a Special wrestle-off and earn the final spot on the U.S. World Team.

Green won the first match 4-0, scoring a pushout in the first period and earning a passivity point in the second. Green then shot in for a double-leg takedown with 14 seconds left to seal the freestyle win at 70 kg/154 lbs.

In the second bout, Marable shot in on a leg attack and was behind Green in position to score a first-period takedown. But Green stepped over a Marable gut wrench attempt from the tripod position to score a takedown.

Marable scored on a passivity point, but Green held him off to earn the 2-1 win to make the World Team.

Green clapped his hands three times and raised his arms in celebration of the win.

Green (Lincoln, Neb./Titan Mercury WC) now advances to September’s World Championships in Las Vegas. Green was a four-time All-American for Nebraska.

Marable (Morgantown, W.Va./Sunkist Kids) had placed eighth at the 2014 World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Marable beat Green to make 2014 World Team in the same venue here in Fargo.

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 June’s U.S. World Team Trials in Madison, Wisconsin. However, Marable did not attend weigh-ins for the 70 kg weight class on 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.

An independent arbitrator decided that a World Team Trials best-of-3 finals series would be held between Marable and Green.