Senior World Team member Zain Retherford, shown at the 2017 World Team Trials in Lincoln, Neb., is eligible to try out for the U23 World Team that will compete in Poland in November. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.
USA Wrestling will host the U23 World Team Trials at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn., October 6-8. This will be the qualifying event in all three Olympic disciplines for the U23 World Championships, set for Bydgoszcz, Poland, November 21-26.
This is a new World Championships being hosted by United World Wrestling for the first time. Athletes who are between 19-23 years old can enter (Born 1994-1998), with 18-year-olds (Born 1999) able to compete with a medical and parental certificate.
This age group covers a variety of talented athletes, including wrestlers who are college graduates, others still competing in college and even some of the nation’s best high school upperclassmen.
The championship finals in all weight classes will be a best-of-three series between the winners of the semifinals.