Alejandro Sancho and Ellis Coleman in the U.S. Senior Nationals finals in December. Photo by: Robbert Wijtman
There are two favorites at 66 kg/145 lbs. going into Vegas, but expect others to rise to the occasion.
With 2016 Olympic Trials champion RaVaughn Perkins moving up to 71 kg, that leaves Ellis Coleman and Alejandro Sancho as the top contenders. The two have battled several times in the last few years, with Coleman earning the win in their latest matchup at the U.S. Senior Nationals finals in December, 2-2, on criteria.
A two-time Junior World bronze medalist, Coleman was a 2012 Olympian and a 2013 Senior World Team member. In a career filled with injuries, Coleman enters the World Team Trials both healthy and confident. In his Senior career, he owns seven international medals, including three gold. His most recent international medal came from the 2015 Bill Farrell International, where he took silver. On the domestic level, he has been one to reckon with. After earning his third U.S. Senior Nationals championship in December, Coleman won the Armed Forces Championships in both Greco and freestyle just two months ago. In his 2016 attempt at making the Olympic Team last April, Coleman fell just short of a spot on the National Team, losing to Sancho in the third-place bout.