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U17 and U20 men can make a USA team by competing at their age-group nationals in Las Vegas, April 27 – May 1

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Matt Cover, Sam Wolf, Rocco Welch, PJ Casale pose with their medals at the Junior Pan American Games. Photo by Elizabeth Del Re,


Motivated male wrestlers on the U17 and U20 age levels should make plans to attend the USMC U.S. Open Championships at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, April 27-May 1, for an opportunity to make a U.S. international team this year.


Men’s Freestyle and Greco-Roman spots on the U17 World Team, as well as the U17 and U20 Pan American Teams, are up for grabs in Las Vegas at their specific age-group national championships.


To compete on a U.S. World Team, you must be a U.S. citizen and possess a valid U.S. passport. It is highly recommended that those entering these trials competitions secure a passport right away. Don’t wait until after you make a team to secure your passport!!!


Athletes and their family should closely read the Team Selection Procedures prior to entering each competition.

U.S. U17 World Team


The qualifying event is the UWW U17 National Championships in Las Vegas, April 28-May 1. The Greco-Roman competition is Thursday, April 28. The freestyle competition is Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.


The U17 World Championships is a partially funded tour, currently scheduled for July 25-31 in Rome, Italy.


The individual champion in each weight class, followed by rank order, will be the UWW U!7 World Team member (specific to style).

U.S. U17 Pan American Team


The qualifying event is the UWW U17 National Championships in Las Vegas, April 28-May 1. The Greco-Roman competition is Thursday, April 28. The freestyle competition is Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.


The Pan American U17 Championships is a partially funded tour, currently scheduled for June 24-26 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Athletes earn points for competing in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. The highest point value (both styles combined) will earn the right to compete in both Greco-Roman and freestyle at the 2022 U17 Pan American Championships. Complete information on point values and tie-breakers are included in the 2022 U17 World/Pan American Selection Procedures (which is below).

U17 Men's Freestyle and Greco-Roman Pan American & World Team Procedures

U.S. U20 Pan American Team


The qualifying events are the UWW U20 National Championships in Las Vegas, April 27-30. The Greco-Roman competition is Wednesday, April 27, with the freestyle competition Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.


The Pan American U20 Championships is a partially funded tour, currently scheduled for July 8-10 in Oaxtepec, Mexico.


The Pan American Greco-Roman Team will be selected following rank order (places 1-8) from the UWW U20 Greco-Roman Nationals.

U20 Greco-Roman Pan American & World Team Procedures


The Pan American Freestyle Team will be be selected following rank order (places 1-8) from the UWW U20 Freestyle Nationals.

U20 Men's Freestyle Pan American & World Team Procedures


The UWW U20 Nationals in Las Vegas is also one of the events for qualifying criteria for the 2022 UWW U20 World Team Trials in Geneva, Ohio, June 3-5.


The champion in each weight class at the UWW U20 Nationals in Las Vegas earns an automatic berth to the best-of-three Championship Series, where he will face the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion. The top eight at each weight class advance to the UWW U20 World Team Trials (with places 2-8 placed in the Challenge Tournament).


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