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.