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When Americans are wrestling in 2017 Worlds

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Updated: August 18, 2017

The following is a day-by-day preview of the 24 Americans who will compete next week in the United World Wrestling World Championships at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.

Monday, Aug. 21 — Greco-Roman

71k/156 pounds  — Pat Smith, 26 

Pat Smith

Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm

World/Olympic Experience: First Worlds appearance, 2014 University World silver medalist, two-time World Team Trials runner-up (2014, ‘15) and 2016 Olympic Trials runner-up.

Mason Manville

75k/165 pounds  — Mason Manville, 20

Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army WCAP

World/Olympic Experience: First Worlds appearance; competed in 2014 Cadet Worlds in both freestyle (champion) and Greco-Roman (DNP) at 69k.

85k/187 pounds  — Ben Provisor, 26

Ben Provisor

Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC

World/Olympic Experience: First Worlds appearance; Two-time Olympian — 2012 at 74k (DNP) and 2016 at 85k (DNP), three-time Junior World Team member (2008-10), runner-up at 2011 and 2014 World Team Trials.

G’ Angelo Hancock

98k/215 pounds — G’Angelo Hancock, 20

Colorado Springs, Colo., NYAC/Sunkist Kids

World/Olympic Experience: First Worlds Appearance; bronze medal at 2016 Junior Worlds, also competed in 2017 Junior Worlds.

Tuesday, Aug. 22 — Greco-Roman

59k/130 pounds Ildar Hafizov, 29

Ildar Hafizov

Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army WCAP

World/Olympic Experience: Three-time World Team

member — 2007 (5th), 2009 and 2011 — and 2008 Olympian (11th) at 55k for Uzbekistan. Came to United States in 2014.

Ellis Coleman

66k/145.5 pounds — Ellis Coleman, 26

Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army WCAP

World/Olympic Experience: 2012 Olympian at 60k (DNP) and 2013 World Team member at 66k (DNP), two-time Junior World bronze medalist (2010-11, executed “Flying Squirrel” move in 2011 Worlds).

80k/176 pounds  — Cheney Haight, 32

Cheney Haight

Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC

World/Olympic Experience: 2011 World Team Member at 84k (DNP).

Robby Smith

130k/286 pounds — Robby Smith, 30

Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC

World-Olympic Experience: Three-time World Team member — 2013 (5th), 2014 (dnp), 2015 (5th) — and 2016 Olympian (DNP); three-time Junior World Team member (2005, ‘07); rated No. 20 in UWW rankings.

Wednesday, Aug. 23 — Women’s Freestyle

55k/121 pounds Becka Leathers, 20

Becka Leathers

Choctaw, Okla., Titan Mercury WC

World/Olympic Experience: First World tournament; 2015 Junior World bronze medalist; rated No. 17 in UWW rankings.

Helen Maroulis

58k/127.5 pounds  — Helen Maroulis, 25

New York, N.Y., Sunkist Kids

World/Olympic Experience: First U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal in 2016 at 53k; 3x World medalist — silver in 2012 (55k); bronze in 2014 (55k) and gold in 2015 (55k); also competed in three other Worlds — 2008 (8th-51k), 2011 (5th-55k) and 2013 (7th-55k); rated No. 1 in UWW rankings at 53k.

63k/138.75 pounds — Mallory Velte, 22

Mallory Velte

Sacramento, Calif., Titan Mercury WC

World/Olympic Experience: First World tournament; 5th in 2015 Junior Worlds.

Victoria Francis

75k/165 pounds  — Victoria Francis, 23

Colorado Springs, Colo., Titan Mercury WC

World/Olympic Experience: First World tournament; bronze medalist in 2014 Junior Worlds.

Thursday, Aug. 24 — Women’s Freestyle

Victoria Anthony

48k/105.5 pounds  — Victoria Anthony, 26

Tempe, Ariz., Sunkist Kids

World/Olympic Experience: 2013 World Team member (5th at 51k), rated No. 6 in UWW rankings.

Haley Augello

53k/116.5 pounds — Haley Augello, 22

Lockport, Ill., New York AC

World/Olympic Experience: 2016 Olympian at 48k (9th); Two-time Junior World Team (2012 & ’13) member; 2011 Cadet World champion.

60k/132 pounds  — Alli Ragan, 25

Alli Ragan

Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunkist Kids

World/Olympic Experience: World silver medalist in 2016; also competed in two other Worlds (5th in 2014 at 58k and DNP in 2015 at 58k); rated No. 2 in UWW rankings.

Tamyra Mensah

69k/152 pounds — Tamyra Mensah, 24

Katy, Texas, Titan Mercury WC

World/Olympic Experience: First World tournament; won 2016 Olympic Trials but did not qualify the weight for the United States; rated No. 8 in UWW rankings.

Friday, Aug. 25 — Men’s Freestyle

Thomas Gilman

57k/125.5 pounds — Thomas Gilman, 23

Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC

World/Olympic Experience: This is Gilman’s first Senior-level competition. He wrestled in two Junior Worlds (8th in 2013 and 3rd in 2014) at 55k and one Cadet World (10th) at 54k.

Logan Stieber

61k/134 pounds — Logan Stieber, 26

Columbus, Ohio, TMWC/Ohio RTC

World/Olympic Experience: Won a World championship in 2016 at 61k; also earned a silver medal in the 2011 Junior Worlds; rated third in UWW rankings.

86k/189 pounds — J’den Cox, 22

J’den Cox

Columbia, Mo., TMWC/Missouri WF

World/Olympic Experience: Claimed bronze medal in 2016 Olympics in Rio at 86k; rated No. 5 in UWW rankings.

Nick Gwiazdowski

125k/275 pounds — Nick Gwiazdowski, 24

Raleigh, N.C., TMWC/Wolfpack RTC

World/Olympic Experience: First Senior-level competition. He did wrestle for the USA in both the World Club championships and the World Cup.

Saturday, Aug. 26 — Men’s Freestyle

65k/143.5 pounds — Zain Retherford, 22

Zain Retherford

Benton, Pa., Nittany Lion WC

World/Olympic Experience: This is Retherford’s first

Senior-level event. He won the 2012 Cadet Worlds at 63k.

James Green

70k/154 pounds — James Green, 24

Lincoln, Neb., TMWC/Nebraska RTC

World/Olympic Experience: Competed in two Worlds, claiming a bronze in 2015 and finishing seventh in 2016, both at 70k; rated second in UWW rankings.

74k/163 pounds — Jordan Burroughs, 29

Jordan Burroughs

Lincoln, Neb., Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC

World/Olympic Experience: Won three Worlds (2011, ’13 and ’15) and one Olympic (2012) championship; also earned a bronze medal in 2014 Worlds and failed to place in 2016 Olympics; rated No. 4 in UWW rankings.

Kyle Snyder

97k/213 pounds — Kyle Snyder, 21

Columbus, Ohio, TMWC/Ohio RTC

World/Olympic Experience: Won a World championship in 2015 and Olympic gold medal in 2016; both at 97k. Also won a 2013 Junior World championship and earned a 2014 Junior World bronze medal; rated No. 1 in UWW rankings.

OTHER NOTES

• Fan can follow all of the World Championship matches on Trackwrestling.com. There is a seven-hour time difference between Paris and New York City. That means early-round matches will begin at 3 a.m. (EDT) with medal matches beginning at noon (EDT).

• The average ages of the three American teams are 23.8 (men’s freestyle), 25.8 Greco-Roman, and 23.1 (women’s freestyle). In 2005, the average ages of those teams were 29.4, 29.3, and 26.7, respectively,

• The American record for most gold medals at a Worlds was five in 1995 (four in men’s freestyle and one Greco).

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