World medalists Hall, Fix and Steveson lead U.S. freestyle team into Junior Worlds in Finland

BY TAYLOR MILLER, USA WRESTLING

The United States’ Junior Freestyle World Team is one filled with gold-medal hopefuls at this year’s Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland, Aug. 1-6.

Leading the way is defending Junior World champion Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn./Nittany Lion WC) and 2016 Junior World bronze medalist Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury WC).

Entering his third Junior Worlds, Hall looks to cap off his Junior-level career with another World title. He put together a spectacular tournament at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France, which ended with a 10-0 technical fall against Iran’s Ahmad Bazrighaleh in the finals. Next week, he hopes to defend his 74 kg/163 lbs. title.

In addition to his Junior World gold, Hall also boasts a Cadet World title from 2014. Overall, he has competed in three age-group Worlds, winning two World titles and finishing ninth in 2015. Hall was the 2017 NCAA champion at 174 pounds for Penn State as a true freshman.

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