COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Wrestling is hosting the 2018 Senior Greco-Roman World Team Trials June 21-22 at the Cox Convention Center in Tulsa, Okla.
As of early June, more than 150 athletes qualified for the event and will compete for only 10 spots on the 2018 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team and the chance to represent the United States at the World Championships, set for October 20-28 in Budapest, Hungary.
There are 10 athletes that earned automatic bids to the best-of-three finals series after winning the 2018 U.S. Open in Las Vegas in April.
Those already sitting in the finals are:
- 55 kg: Max Nowry
- 60 kg: Dalton Roberts
- 63 kg: Ryan Mango
- 67 kg: Ellis Coleman
- 72 kg: RaVaughn Perkins
- 77 kg: Kamal Bey
- 82 kg: Geordan Speiller
- 87 kg: Ben Provisor
- 97 kg: Daniel Miller
- 130 kg: Robby Smith
This group includes two-time Olympian Ben Provisor, 2016 Olympian Robby Smith, 2012 Olympian Ellis Coleman and 2017 Junior World champion Kamal Bey.
There are a few Oklahoma connections that are expected to compete, including four-time All-American from the University of Oklahoma and 2012 Olympian Sam Hazewinkel.
Hazewinkel, who was recently hired as the head coach for Oklahoma City University men’s wrestling program, returned to the mat for competition after a couple of years off, when he competed at the 2018 U.S. Open in Vegas earlier this spring. Despite being one of the oldest athletes in the field, Hazewinkel sailed to the finals but fell just short of the title, falling to Max Nowry in the 55 kg gold-medal match.
Hazewinkel is an accomplished wrestler in both freestyle and Greco, making the U.S. National Team nine times between the two styles. He was a 2012 Olympian in freestyle and finished second in Greco at the 2008 Olympic Team Trials.
Prior to being hired as OCU’s head coach, Hazewinkel served two years as the assistant coach at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Oklahoma native Dalton Duffield is expected to be in the field at 55 kg. Originally from Moore, Okla., Duffield competed for OU his freshman season, competing in only open tournaments. Halfway through the 2017-18 season, Duffield transferred to UCO, where he was coached by Hazewinkel.
So far this summer, Duffield has secured his spot on Team USA’s U23 Greco World Team and will suit up for the United States at the U23 World Championships in Bucharest, Romania, in November.
Dominick Demas is another Sooner that is qualified for the event. Demas, who just wrapped up his freshman year at OU, hails from Columbus, Ohio, and was a two-time Ohio state champion. Demas is a rising star within USA Wrestling’s developmental program, competing in Greco at the Cadet World Championships last summer in Athens, Greece.
This year, Demas has been busy, winning the UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle in Las Vegas and ultimately earning a bid to the Junior World Championships after winning the Junior World Team Trials in Rochester, Minn., last month. He has also put together runner-up finishes at the U23 Greco and freestyle World Team Trials as well as the Junior Greco World Team Trials.
2011 NCAA qualifier for OU Chase Nelson is expected to compete next weekend. Nelson is a two-time placer at the U.S. Open, finishing third in 2017 and taking eighth at a new weight class this past spring. In 2017, Nelson qualified for and took sixth at the Greco World Team Trials. Nelson now currently trains in Fargo, N.D., with the Bison Wrestling Club.
The tournament, which is in a two-day format, starts Thursday at 10 a.m. with the first session, which will run through the quarterfinals. A challenge bracket will be wrestled in each weight class. The winner of the challenge bracket moves on to Friday’s competition to challenge the U.S. Open winner in a best-of-three finals series. Whoever emerges victorious from the finals series will earn a bid to the Senior World Championships in October in Budapest, Hungary.
Media are encouraged to attend. To apply for credentials, media must contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at [email protected]. All media members must comply with USA Wrestling’s athlete safety media policy, which includes passing a background check and taking SafeSport training. Please apply one week prior to the event to allow time to complete the process.
2018 SENIOR GRECO-ROMAN WORLD TEAM TRIALS
at Cox Convention Center, Tulsa, Okla. June 21-22
Thursday, June 21
10 a.m. – Session I (preliminaries through quarterfinals)
5 p.m. – Session II (semifinals through challenge tournament finals and consolation rounds)
Friday, June 22
10 a.m. – Session III (consolation rounds through third-place matches)
12 p.m. – Session IV (best-of-three finals)