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Sept 6 World Championship Previews
Zain Retherford became the last of 30 Americans to qualify for the 2019 UWW World Championships and the former two-time Hodge Trophy winner and three-time NCAA champ from Penn State will return for his second World tournament this month in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
He will be joined by Greco-Roman’s Ryan Mango, who becomes the second wrestler from his family to qualify for the Worlds, and women’s freestyler Jacarra Winchester, who just missed out on landing a spot the 2018 finals and an eventually medal in last year’s World Championships.
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The following are closer looks at these Americans and are part of WIN’s preview of Team USA for at the Worlds.
65 K / 143.5 pounds
Competing Sept. 19-20
Bio:Age 24 (born May 21, 1995); native of Benton, Pa.; resident of State College, Pa.; Nittany Lion Wrestling Club; 3-time NCAA champ at Penn State (2016-18), 2-time Hodge Trophy winner (’17-18).
International Experience:Competed in 2017 Worlds (1-1 record, did not place); also won a 2012 Cadet World championship in 2012.
2019 Final X:originally defeated Yianni Diakomihalis (a 2-time NCAA champ from Cornell) in best-of-three matches, 10-4, 6-6, at Rutgers in June, but an independent arbitrator determined in August that the second win was not ruled correctly. That set up another meeting on Sept. 2, when Retherford won 2-1 in Wilkes-Barres, Pa.
Projected Top-4 Seeds by UWW:1. Bajrang Punia (India), ’18 World silver; 2. Takuto Otoguro (Japan), ’18 World gold; 3. Selahattin Kilicsallayan (Turkey), ’19 European silver; 4. Sayatbek Okassov (Kazakhstan), ’19 Asian silver; Also Gadshimurad Rashidov (Russia), ’18 World silver at 61K.
63 K / 138.75 pounds
Competing Sept. 14-15
Bio:Age 28 (born Aug. 17, 1991); native of St. Louis, Mo.; resident of Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program; 2-time All-American at Stanford; younger brother of eight-time World/Olympic wrestler Spenser Mango.
International Experience:first Senior World tournament; also finished second in 2013 World Team Trials and third in 2016 Olympic Trials.
2019 Final X:defeated Xavier Johnson (U.S. Marine Corps) in best-of-three matches, 11-2, 6-5, in Lincoln.
Projected Top-4 Seeds by UWW: 1. Stepan Maryanyan (Russia), ’18 World gold; 2. Erbatu Tuo (China), ’19 Asian gold; Shinobu Ota (Japan), ’16 Olympic silver; 4. Slavik Galstyan (Armenia), ’18 Worlds 8th.
55 K / 121 pounds
Competing Sept. 17-18
Bio:Age 26 (born Oct. 19, 1992); native of San Leandro, Calif.; resident of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Titan Mercury WC/OTC; 2015 WCWA champ from Missouri Valley
International Experience: competed in one Senior Worlds; finished fifth in 2018 (2-2 record)
2019 Final X:defeated Dominique Parrish (Titan Mercury WC) in best-of-three matches, 10-0, 8-3, in Lincoln, Neb.
Projected Top-4 Seeds by UWW:1. Zaina Sidakova (Belarus), ’18 World silver; 2. Marina Sedneva (Kazakhstan), ’18 World bronze; 3. Bediha Gun (Turkey), competed in ’16 Olympics and ’17/’18 Worlds; 4. Jacarra Winchester (United States).
Other World Championships Daily Previews by WIN. Click on the date to view a preview of those wrestlers in three different styles:
|Date||Men’s Freestyle||Greco-Roman||Women’s Freestyle|
|Sept. 4||Daton Fix (57k)||Max Nowry (55k)||Whitney Conder (50k)|
|Sept. 5||Tyler Graff (61k)||Ildar Hafizov (60k)||Sarah Hildebrandt (53k)|
|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)|