Men’s freestyle squad receives draws for 2021 Junior World Championships in Russia
by Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling
All 10 wrestlers on the U.S. men’s freestyle team received draws for the 2021 Junior World Championships, which starts Monday in Ufa, Russia.
Beginning their tournaments on Monday are Richard Figueroa (57 kg), Beau Bartlett (65 kg), Bryce Andonian (70 kg), Donnell Washington (79 kg) and Braxton Amos (97 kg).
The other five athletes—Jesse Mendez (61 kg), Keegan O’Toole (74 kg), Colton Hawks (86 kg), Rocky Elam (92 kg) and Wyatt Hendrickson (125 kg)—will take the mats on Tuesday.
See the draws for each athlete below.
Action begins at 11 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). Fans can watch all the action live on FloWrestling or follow along on social media @USAWrestling.
2021 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aug. 16-22 | Ufa, Russia
U.S. men’s freestyle roster
57 kg: Richard Figueroa (Sanger, Calif./Sunkist Kids)
vs. Ali Gholi Zadegan Koloukhi (Iran), Gold at 2019 Cadet Asian Championships
61 kg: Jesse Mendez (Crown Point, Ind./Region Wrestling Academy)
vs. Hamza Zopali (Turkey), Fifth at 2021 Junior European Championships
65 kg: Beau Bartlett (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC)
vs. Marcell Budai Kovacs (Hungary), Fifth at 2021 Junior European Championships
70 kg: Bryce Andonian (Blacksburg, Va./SERTC)
vs. Erfran Elahi (Iran), Silver at 2019 Cadet World Championships; Silver at 2019 Cadet Asian Championships
74 kg: Keegan O’Toole (Hartland, Wisc./Tiger Style WC)
vs. Balint Balazs (Hungary), Seventh at 2021 Junior European Championships
79 kg: Donnell Washington (Portage, Ind./Indiana RTC)
vs. Mohammad Nokhodilarimi (Iran), Silver at 2019 U23 World Championships; Bronze at 2019 Senior Asian Championships
86 kg: Colton Hawks (Wentzville, Mo./Tiger Style WC)
vs. Ilya Khamtsou (Belarus), 10th at 2021 Junior European Championships
92 kg: Rocky Elam (Kansas City, Mo./Tiger WC)
vs. Mukhammadrasul Rakhimov (Uzbekistan), Seventh at 2021 Senior Asian Championships
97 kg: Braxton Amos (Mineral Wells, W.V./Wisconsin RTC)
vs. Yunus Gafurov (Kazakhstan), Silver at 2018 Cadet Asian Championships
125 kg: Wyatt Hendrickson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Force RTC)
vs. Danila Danilov (Belarus), 12th at 2021 Junior European Championships