Freestyle WTT Challenge Tournament previews at 61 kg men and 53 kg women

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING

Competition portraits of Nahshon Garrett from the 2018 U.S. Open and Haley Augello from the 2017 World Championships by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

For 10 straight days, TheMat.com will post two previews each day for the Freestyle World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, set for Rochester, Minn., May 18-20. One of the previews will be in men’s freestyle, with the other in women’s freestyle.

This is a closed tournament, in which the athletes in the field must have qualified, based upon approved Team Selection Procedures in each style. The winners of each of the 20 weight classes advance to one of the three Final X series events in June.

In weight classes in which there was a 2017 World medalist, the 2018 U.S. Open champion advances directly to the best-of-three Championships Series in Rochester. In the weight classes without a 2017 World medalist, the U.S. Open champion has advanced directly to Final X and nobody sits out to the finals series in Rochester.

Tuesday, we provide previews in men’s freestyle at 61 kg and women’s freestyle at 53 kg.

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