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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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61 K / 134 pounds
Competing Sept. 21-22
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
Competing Sept. 16-17
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.
53 K / 116.5 pounds
Competing Sept. 17-18
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)
|Date||Men’s Freestyle||Greco-Roman||Women’s Freestyle|
|Sept. 4||Daton Fix (57k)||Max Nowry (55k)||Whitney Conder (50k)|
|Sept. 6||Zain Retherford (65k)||Ryan Mango (63k)||Jacarra Winchester (55k)|
|Sept. 7||James Green (70k)||Ellis Coleman (67k)||Jenna Burkert (57k)|
|Sept. 8||Jordan Burroughs (74k)||Raymond Bunker (72k)||Alli Ragan (59k)|
|Sept. 9||Kyle Dake (79k)||Pat Smith (77k)||Kayla Miracle (62k)|
|Sept. 10||Pat Downey (86k)||Jon Stefanowicz (82k)||Forrest Molinari (65k)|
|Sept. 11||J’den Cox (92k)||Joe Rau (87k)||Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68k)|
|Sept. 12||Kyle Snyder (97k)||G’Angelo Hancock (97k)||Victoria Francis (72k)|
|Sept. 13||Nick Gwiazdowski (125k)||Adam Coon (130k)||Adeline Gray (76k)|