World Team Trials preview at 85 kg/187 lbs. in Greco-Roman

BY TAYLOR MILLER, USA WRESTLING

en Provisor at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by John Sachs, tech-fall.com

Two-time Olympian Ben Provisor returns to defend his title as the best in the nation at 85 kg/187 lbs. next week in Las Vegas at the World Team Trials.

 

A three-time Junior World Team member, Provisor has been impressive in both his age-group and Senior careers. However, he has yet to make a Senior World Team.

All that could change as he is coming off his second-consecutive Olympic showing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and several solid outings in other international tournaments.

In February, Provisor earned his second Dave Schultz Memorial International championship, coming back from a falling short at the 2017 U.S. Senior Nationals in December, where he took third as the No. 1 seed.

He followed up his 2017 Dave Schultz title with a fifth-place finish at the respected Grand Prix Zagreb Open in Croatia in March.

Provisor is poised to make a run at the World Team spot, but there are a few standing in his way.

Two-time World Team member Patrick Martinez is up a weight from his usual 80 kg/176 lbs. and seeks to make his third-straight World Team.

Recently announcing his move up to 85 kg for good, Martinez won the 2016 World Team spot at 80 kg, giving him the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in December.

In addition to making the World Team, Martinez, who trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., secured four international bronze medals from the Pan-American Championships, Spanish Grand Prix, Hungarian Grand Prix and Pytlasinski International in 2016.

This won’t be his first attempt at a World Team spot at 85 kg. Last June, Martinez beat out Khymba Johnson in a best-of-three finals series for the 85 kg University World Team spot. Unfortunately, the U.S. did not compete at the University World Championships.

Don’t count Johnson out. He could create some chaos at 85 kg as he’s done in the past.

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