Final X Preview: Erin Clodgo vs. Rachel Watters, 72 kg women

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING

Photo of Erin Clodgo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.
Photo of Rachel Watters by Richard Immel.

Who: Erin Clodgo vs. Rachel Watters
What: Final X
Where: State College, Pa.
When: June 16
Why: Women’s freestyle World Team spot at 72 kg
Tickets: FinalX.tv

Erin Clodgo

How she got to Final X: 
This was a weight class without a World medalist from 2017. Clodgo earned her spot in Final X by winning the U.S. Open in April, where she edged Rachel Watters in the finals. It was Clodgo’s fourth career U.S. Open title.

Background:
Of the Final X participants on the women’s side, Erin Clodgo is one of the most experienced in the field. Hailing from the small town of Richmond, Vermont, Clodgo made a name for herself in USA Wrestling’s age-group programs. This gave her the opportunity to be included as a member of the U.S. Olympic Education Center women’s freestyle program at Northern Michigan University, where she went to Marquette High School and trained with the college athletes on the team full-time. Only a few high school girls got this chance. Clodgo made great progress there, and became a national-level competitor in short order.

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