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Steveson, Gray decline Final X berths; two Final X finalists at 125 kg MFS and 76 kg WFS to be set at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Today is the deadline for 2021 World medalists and 2020 Olympic medalists to accept their spots in Final X.


2020 Olympic champion Gable Steveson (Minneapolis, Minn./Gopher WC RTC) declined his position at 125 kg in men’s freestyle in Final X New York on June 8.


2021 World champion Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo,/New York AC/USOPTC) declined her position at 76 kg in women’s freestyle in Final X Stillwater of June 3.


That means that both Final X finalists at 125 kg in men’s freestyle and at 76 kg in women’s freestyle will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa., May 21-22. The winners of the semifinals at those weight classes will both advance to Final X.


A total of 16 athletes had earned the right to advance directly to Final X, and 14 of them have declared their spots. There are seven declared in Stillwater and seven declared in New York.


There are a variety of ticket options available for Final X New York, beginning at $65 so you don't miss the first in-person Benefit since 2019. Purchase your wrestling-only event tickets on Ticketmaster For information on Benefit tickets and sponsorship packages (wrestling event and exclusive after party access) that also provide the best wrestling-event seats, visit give.btsny.org/benefit or email Fund Development Manager Kerry Doyle at kdoyle@btsny.org

Tickets for Final X Stillwater, presented by Tezos

FINAL X NEW YORK, presented by Tezos

At Madison Square Garden Hulu Theater, Wednesday, June 8


Declared Qualifiers

Women’s freestyle 62 kg – Kayla Miracle (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Women’s freestyle 50 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/USOPTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Men’s Freestyle 74 kg - Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Spartan Combat RTC) vs. vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Men’s Freestyle 86 kg - David Taylor (State College, Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Greco-Roman 97 kg - G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Women’s Freestyle 57 kg - Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./Sunkist Kids) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Men’s Freestyle 79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Sunkist Kids/Pennsylvania RTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

FINAL X STILLWATER, presented by Tezos

At Gallagher-Iba Arena at Oklahoma State University, Friday, June 3



Declared Qualifiers


Men’s freestyle 92 kg - J’den Cox (Ann Arbor, Mich./Titan Mercury WC/Cliff Keen WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Men’s freestyle 57 kg – Thomas Gilman (State College, Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Women’s freestyle 65 kg - Forrest Molinari (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Women’s freestyle 55 kg – Jenna Burkert (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Women’s freestyle 68 kg - Tamyra Mensah Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/USOPTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Men’s freestyle 97 kg - Kyle Snyder (State College, Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Men’s freestyle 61 kg – Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament


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