Updated: September 5, 2019

Sept 5 World Championship Previews

Sarah Hildebrandt, a 2019 World silver medalist, highlights the second group of American wrestlers who will compete in the 2019 UWW World Championships, which take place Sept. 14-22 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, the second-lightest men’s freestyle wrestler is former Wisconsin All-American Tyler Graff, who earned his first World Team berth at 61 kilograms, while Ildar Hafizov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, qualified for his second USA Greco-Roman Team at 60 kilogram.

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Men’s Freestyle

61 K / 134 pounds

Tyler Graff

Competing Sept. 21-22

Tyler Graff waited five years between capturing a fourth All-American honor at Wisconsin and his first World Team berth by beating Joe Colon at Final X Lincoln. (Justin Hoch photo).

Bio: Age 30 (born June 3, 1989); native of Loveland, Colo.; resident of Princeton, N.J.; Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC; 4-time AA at Wisconsin (2010-14), 2014 NCAA runner-up.

International Experience: First Senior World Tournament; also competed in two Junior Worlds and dnp in 2007 and ‘08

2019 Final X: defeated 2018 World bronze medalist Joe Colon in best-of-three matches, 4-6, 9-2, 12-2, in Lincoln, Neb.

Projected Top 4 Seeds by UWW: 1. Yowlys Bonnie Rodriguez (Cuba), ’18 World gold; 2. Rahul Aware (India), ’19 Yasar Dogu gold; 3. Beka Lomtadze (Georgia), ’16 World silver; 4. Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran), competed in last three Worlds.



60 K / 132 pounds

Ildar Hafizov

Competing Sept. 16-17

The 2019 Worlds in Kazakhstan will be somewhat of a homecoming for Ildar Hafizov, (left) a native of nearby Uzbekistan. (Justin Hoch photo).

Bio:Age 31 (born Jan. 30, 1988); native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan; resident of Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program; Immigrated to USA in 2014

International Experience:competed in four Senior Worlds; overall record 3-5; three for Uzbekistan; 2007-fifth (3-2), 2009-dnp (0-1) and 2011-dnp (0-1) and once for USA in 2017-dnp (0-1); also competed in 2008 Olympics for Uzbekistan, did not place (0-2 record)

2019 Final X:defeated Leslie Fuenffinger (U.S. Army WCAP) in best-of-three matches, 7-5, pin, in Lincoln, Neb.

Projected Top 4 Seeds by UWW:1. Sergey Emelin (Russia), ’18 World gold; 2. Seunghak Kim (Korea), ’17 World bronze; 3. Victor Ciobanu (Moldova); 4. Ivan Lizatovic (Croatia), ’18 World silver.


Women’s Freestyle

53 K / 116.5 pounds

Sarah Hildebrandt

Competing Sept. 17-18

Sarah Hildebrandt (top), who beat Katherine Shai at Final X Lincoln, will be looking to improve on her silver medal performance from 2018. (Justin Hoch photo).

Bio:Age 25 (born Sept. 23, 1993); native of Granger, Ill.; resident of Colorado Springs, Colo.; New York AC/OTC; 2-time WCWA champ from King U. in 2014 and ’15.

International Experience: defending World silver medalist competed in two Senior Worlds; overall record 3-3 with one medal; did not place in 2016 (0-2); also competed in two Junior Worlds, dnp in 2012 and 10th in 2013; 2013 World Univ. Games (8th).

2019 Final X: defeated Katherine Shai (Titan Mercury WC) in best-of-three matches, 3-0, 8-0, in Lincoln, Neb.

Projected Top 4 Seeds by UWW: 1. Sarah Hildebrandt (United States); 2. Qianyu Pang (China), ’18 World bronze; 3. Diana Weicker (Canada), ’18 World bronze; 4. Luisa Melendres (Ecuador), ’18 World 7th.


Other World Championships Daily Previews by WIN (Click on date to read)

DateMen’s FreestyleGreco-RomanWomen’s Freestyle
Sept. 4Daton Fix (57k)Max Nowry (55k)Whitney Conder (50k)
Sept. 6Zain Retherford (65k)Ryan Mango (63k)Jacarra Winchester (55k)
Sept. 7James Green (70k)Ellis Coleman (67k)Jenna Burkert (57k)
Sept. 8Jordan Burroughs (74k)Raymond Bunker (72k)Alli Ragan (59k)
Sept. 9Kyle Dake (79k)Pat Smith (77k)Kayla Miracle (62k)
Sept. 10Pat Downey (86k)Jon Stefanowicz (82k)Forrest Molinari (65k)
Sept. 11J’den Cox (92k)Joe Rau (87k)Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68k)
Sept. 12Kyle Snyder (97k)G’Angelo Hancock (97k)Victoria Francis (72k)
Sept. 13Nick Gwiazdowski (125k)Adam Coon (130k)Adeline Gray (76k)

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