CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Former Panther All-American Joe Colon will be competing in his first Senior World Championships set for Oct. 20-21 in Budapest.
Colon (Fresno, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC) will compete in the 61 kg men's freestyle competition after Nahshon Garrett (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) has withdrawn from the 2018 World Wrestling Championships due to injury.
Colon was the Final X runner-up.
"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," said national freestyle coach Bill Zadick.
Garrett, an NCAA champion and four-time All-American at Cornell, defeated Colon in an exciting three-match series in Final X to secure his World Team berth. Colon won the first bout, 7-5, but Garrett rallied with two straight wins, 10-5 and 12-0, to win Final X. In the 2018 U.S. Open finals in April, Colon won a wild finals bout over Garrett, 20-13.
Colon won a gold medal at the 2018 Pan American Championships. This summer, he added a silver medal at the Alexander Medved International in Belarus and a bronze medal at the ZiolkowskiMemorial in Poland. He was second in the 2015 U.S. World Team Trials and was a 2018 Dave Schultz Memorial champion.
Based upon his results in the 2018 UWW Ranking Series, Colon qualified for the No. 4 seed at the World Championships and will be seeded in his weight class in Budapest.
A native of Clear Lake, Iowa, Colon was third in the 2014 NCAA Championships for UNI. Colon wrapped up his collegiate career with the Panthers in 2014. His third-place finish is remains the best finish of any Panther wrestler since 2005. He was a 2010 NJCAA national champion for Iowa Central Community College. He currently trains with the Valley RTC and is the volunteer assistant coach for Fresno State.
- 2018 U.S. Open champion
- Second in 2018 Final X
- Second in 2015 U.S. World Team Trials
- Fourth in 2015 U.S. Open
- Fifth in 2014 U.S. Open
- Sixth in 2016 and 2017 U.S. Open
- 2018 Pan American Championships champion
- 2018 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion
- Second in 2018 Alexander Medved International (Belarus)
- Third in 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial International
- Third in 2018 Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial International
- Third in Ziolkowski Memorial (Poland)
- 2014 Bill Farrell International champion
- Third in 2014 NCAA Championships for Northern Iowa
- 2010 NJCAA champion for Iowa Central