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Imar, Brooks, Gadsen, and Nelson off the top of my head. Big roads ahead? Yes. On the radar? Absolutely.
To be our reps or to make the team by placing 3rd?



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2 hours ago, Coach_J said:

This is our World Cup team.  Outside of Zain, who on this list is on anyone's radar to even have a chance to make the World team?

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Zach Sanders, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Zane Richards, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Nico Megaludis, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC/Pittsburgh WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Zain Retherford, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
70 kg/154 lbs. – Jason Chamberlain, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Isaiah Martinez, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)
79 kg/174 lbs. – Tommy Gantt, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)
86 kg/189 lbs. – Sammy Brooks, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Hawkeye WC)
92 kg/202 lbs. – Hayden Zillmer, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyven Gadson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Cyclone RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Tony Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

If Garrett is not 100% or someone else can knock him off, I think Nico had a chance.  He was right there with Colon (in deep on what would have been the winning shot in the last minute) when they wrestled at the US Open last year.  

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32 minutes ago, cjc007 said:

To be our reps or to make the team by placing 3rd?



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Imar I can definitely see making a world team at some point sooner than later. His biggest obstacles are two current world champs (Burroughs and Dake). Nelson and Steveson are both close, like I said one injury to Gwiz away. Gadsen big drop off but could make worlds. Don't give those wrestlers a hard time - they have a better chance of medaling right now than anyone at the "meat grinder" 61 and 65. Also, I think Imar would win at least a match or two, if not medal if he can comfortably make 70 but those days are probably far behind him.

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3 hours ago, Crash said:

With the Pan Am games 2 weeks before US open, we will be sending skeleton team there too


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What about the guys that are already sitting in Final X? Colon, JB, Dake, DT, Cox, Snyder and Gwiz don't have to wrestle in the US Open. They might want to add World ranking points earned at continentals. 

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Well I didn't even think about the Pan Am's, so this may be a head scratcher for Team USA, as who they are going to send. But as far as Nico is concerned, I do think he has a pretty decent shot at making the team. Obviously Colon did great last year winning the Bronze, and Garrett who actually won the spot, got injured, are the two front runners, but I don't think that Nico is that far away from those two. Now we have seen Colon out there competing, and I haven't heard much about Garrett so who knows. But Nico has been named to the World Cup squad and he should get four good matches. This should help in his preparation for the US Open, and his effort to make a Senior World team as our number one guy. 

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Nico can wrestle with anyone that doesn't have an elite double.  Garrett is an awful matchup for him because he does have that and it completely neutralizes Nico's amazing splits/scrambling.  

I think 61 is where perception and reality are most divergent.  The perception seems to be that Colon and Garrett are in a class by themselves and there is a huge gap to everyone else.  I would say Garrett (if healthy) is clearly the favorite but even after him, there isn't too big of a gap to guys like Colon, Nico (wrestled Colon close and got 3rd last year), Graff (teched Colon in their only FS meeting and lost 5-3 to Garrett), Brewer (teched Colon at 2017 WTT), and (when healthy) Gross (who has wrestled both Colon and Garrett close).

Of course, Colon has a bye to FInal X, but I would make Garrett a big favorite to beat him if he gets there and I would make any of the rest of those guys a toss-up if they get that far.

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18 hours ago, de4856 said:

.....But as far as Nico is concerned, I do think he has a pretty decent shot at making the team....

Are they awarding points in FS for splits now?

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20 hours ago, 2td3nf said:

What about the guys that are already sitting in Final X? Colon, JB, Dake, DT, Cox, Snyder and Gwiz don't have to wrestle in the US Open. They might want to add World ranking points earned at continentals. 

That is a possibility, yes.  I could see a couple of them going but not too many

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