The 2018 UWW World Championships are less than 10 days away and three wrestlers, who qualified for the Oct. 20-28 Worlds in Budapest, Hungary, were forced to withdraw from competing.
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Nahshon Garrett, the former NCAA champion from Cornell, suffered an injury during his recent training, and will not be able to compete in men’s freestyle at 61 kilograms.
Garrett will be replaced by Joe Colon, who lost to Garrett in the Best-of-3 Final X Series. This will be the first World Championships for Colon, a native of Mason City, Iowa, and former All-American from Northern Iowa. This summer, he won gold at the 2018 Pan American Championships, silver at the Alexander Medved International in Belarus and bronze at the Ziolkowski Memorial in Poland.
“It is very unfortunate that Nahshon Garrett was injured and unable to compete in Budapest with our World Team,” national freestyle coach Bill Zadick said. “His preparation had been superb and we expected great things from him.
“Joe Colon has been training hard as part of our National Team, and we have confidence in his ability to compete at the highest level and challenge for a World medal at 61 kg.”