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Olympian and World champ Winchester, World medalists Green, Lampe, Gwiazdowski among entries at Senior Nationals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Jacarra Winchester scores a takedown in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.Jacarra Winchester, shown on the way to making the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, is entered in the Senior Nationals this week.


The 2021 international wrestling season features both an Olympic Games in Tokyo and a Senior World Championships in Oslo during the same year. Although the U.S. Olympic Team Trials is already in the history books, there will still need to be a Senior World Team Trials held in September in the 10 World Championship weight classes in each style to set the Oslo team.


As part of the qualification process for the Senior World Team Trials, USA Wrestling is hosting a 2021 Senior Nationals this weekend in Coralville, Iowa. Not only are national titles up for grabs, but the top five place winners in each weight class qualify for the World Team Trials.


One caveat. All of the wrestlers who competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials are already qualified for the World Team Trials.


Looking at the entry list for the Senior Nationals after the online deadline, a number of top stars who have already qualified for the World Team Trials have chosen to compete at the Senior Nationals anyway.


Included is 2020 Olympian and 2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester of the Titan Mercury WC. Winchester, who made the Tokyo Olympic Team at 53 kg, has registered for 55 kg at the Senior Nationals.


Three two-time World medalists have also registered to compete, James Green of the Titan Mercury WC in men's freestyle at 70 kg, Nick Gwiazdowski of the Titan Mercury WC) at men's freestyle at 125 kg and Alyssa Lampe of the Sunkist Kids) at women's freestyle at 50 kg.


Gwiazdowski, posting on his social media platforms about his future after placing second at the Olympic Team Trials, wrote: “But don't expect me to take any time off the mat. It's part of who I am, so I figured why not and wrestle this weekend at the US nationals in Iowa. Cheers.”


Green, who boasts a World silver and World bronze at 70 kg, had dropped down to 65 kg for the Olympic Team Trials but is back at his most successful weight. Lampe is competing in the same weight as she wrestled at the Olympic Trials.


Gwizz is not the only runner-up from the Olympic Trials who is wrestling in Coralville. Peyton Walsh of the U.S. Marines, who was second at the Olympic Trials at 77 kg, has moved up to 82 kg and entered in the tournament.


There are six entries in the Senior Nationals who placed in the top three at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, making the Senior National Team at an Olympic weight: Winchester, Gwiazdowski, Walsh, Lampe, plus Kyven Gadson of the Sunkist Kids in men’s freestyle and Maya Nelson of the Sunkist Kids in women’s freestyle.


Gadson made the National Team at 97 kg, but is registered down a weight at 92 kg for the Senior Nationals. Nelson, a National Team member at 62 kg, is moving up to 65 kg.


A two-time Olympian, Greco-Roman star Ben Provisor of the New York AC, is entered at 82 kg for the Senior Nationals. Provisor had dropped to 77 kg for the Olympic Trials.


In addition to those already mentioned, three other past Senior World Team members are in the draw at the Senior Nationals: Max Nowry of U.S. Army WCAP in Greco-Roman at 55 kg, Dalton Roberts of U.S. Army WCAP in Greco-Roman at 60 kg and Mason Manville of the Nittany Lion WC in men's freestyle at 79 kg. Manville actually made his Senior World Team in Greco-Roman, but is wrestling in Coralville in freestyle.


We will do a more in depth preview of the Coralville field, but wanted to highlight some of the headliners. Below is a list of top stars who are registered to compete. Some have achievements in multiple categories, but we are listing them only once based upon their most prestigious achievement. Fans can enjoy these stars live on FloWrestling this weekend.

2020 Olympian and 2019 World champion

Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 55 kg

Two-time World Medalists

James Green (Titan Mercury WC), men's freestyle 70 kg

Nick Gwiazdowski (Titan Mercury WC), men's freestyle 125 kg

Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids), women's freestyle 50 kg

Two-time Olympian

Ben Provisor (New York AC), Greco-Roman 82 kg

Past Senior World Team members

Max Nowry (U.S. Army WCAP), Greco-Roman 55 kg

Dalton Roberts (U.S. Army WCAP), Greco-Roman 60 kg

Mason Manville (Nittany Lion WC), men's freestyle 79 kg (made World Team in Greco-Roman)

Current or Past National Team members

Dalton Duffield (Army WCAP), Greco-Roman 55 kg

Randon Miranda (California), Greco-Roman 63 kg

Hayden Tuma (Suples WC), Greco-Roman 67 kg

Jamel Johnson (U.S. Marines), Greco-Roman 72 kg

Xavier Johnson (U.S. Marines), Greco-Roman 72 kg

Michael Hooker (U.S. Army WCAP), Greco-Roman 72 kg

Peyton Walsh (U.S. Marines), Greco-Roman 82 kg

Daniel Miller (U.S. Marines), Greco-Roman 97 kg

Nahshon Garrett (Titan Mercury WC), men's freestyle 61 kg

Isaiah Martinez (Titan Mercury WC), men's freestyle 79 kg

Kyven Gadson (Sunkist Kids), men's freestyle 92 kg

Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids), men's freestyle 125 kg

Ty Walz (Titan Mercury WC), men's freestyle 125 kg

Erin Golston (New York AC), women's freestyle 50 kg

Alex Hedrick (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 53 kg

Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 53 kg

Areana Villaescusa (U.S. Army), women's freestyle 55 kg

Maya Nelson (Sunkist Kids), women's freestyle 59 kg

Jennifer Page (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 65 kg

Alyvia Fiske (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 68 kg

Rachel Watters (New York AC), women's freestyle 68 kg

Alexandria Glaude (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 72 kg

Precious Bell (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 76 kg

Age-Group World medalists

Alston Nutter (Sunkist Kids), Greco-Roman 67 kg

Sean Fausz (Titan Mercury), men's freestyle 61 kg

Jacori Teemur (Sunkist Kids), men's freestyle 70 kg

Mark Hall (Titan Mercury WC), men's freestyle 86 kg

Trent Hidlay (Wolfpack WC), men's freestyle 86 kg

Alleida Martinez (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 50 kg

Grace Figueroa (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 62 kg

Returning 2020 Senior Nationals champions (looking to repeat)

Alex Thomsen (Nebraska WTC), Greco-Roman 60 kg

Nick Boykin (Sunkist Kids), Greco-Roman 97 kg

Jennifer Page (Titan Mercury WC), women's freestyle 65 kg
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