USA Wrestling announces its teams for Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup in Coralville, Iowa, December 10-11
by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
World champions Amit Elor and Kyle Snyder at the 2022 World Championships. Photos by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.
USA Wrestling has announced its lineups for both its men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle teams which will compete at the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa, Dec. 10-11.
The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, conducted by United World Wrestling. The top five teams in men’s freestyle and the top five teams in women’s freestyle from the 2022 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September have confirmed their participation. There is also an All World Team in each discipline, featuring the top available athlete from the World Championships in each weight class that were not from a nation which qualified for the World Cup.
The U.S. World Cup teams will feature two Olympic champions, four World champions and 10 past World medalists. It will also include a number of talented young stars who are making an impact internationally.
The men’s freestyle team will feature a pair of Olympic and World champions, Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg and Kyle Snyder at 97 kg. Burroughs is a 2012 Olympic champion, a six-time World champion and has won 10 career World and Olympic medals. Burroughs is the first U.S. wrestler to win seven World and Olympic titles. Snyder is a 2016 Olympic champion, 2020 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time World champion and has won eight career World and Olympic medals.
Yianni Diakomihalis, a 2022 World silver medalist, will compete at 65 kg. Two other members of the 2022 U.S. Senior World Team are on the USA lineup, Seth Gross at 61 kg and Hayden Zillmer at 125 kg. Nick Gwiazdowski, a two-time World bronze medalist, is also on the U.S. men’s freestyle team at 125 kg.
The United States, which was the 2022 World Team champions in men’s freestyle, will be joined in the World Cup by second place Iran, third place Japan, fourth place Mongolia and fifth place Georgia, in addition to the All World Team.
In women’s freestyle, a pair of World champions are on the team, 2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester at 55 kg and 2022 World champion Amit Elor at 72 kg. Winchester was also a member of the 2020 U.S. Olympic team. Elor became the first U.S. wrestlers to win three World titles in the same year, also capturing a U20 World title and a U23 World title.
The team also features two-time World silver medalist Kayla Miracle at 62 kg, two-time World bronze medalist Alyssa Lampe at 50 kg, two-time World bronze medalist Mallory Velte at 65 kg and 2021 World bronze medalist Jenna Burkert at 55 kg. Also competing on the U.S. team is 2022 World Team member Dymond Guilford at 76 kg.
The U.S. women’s team features a local athlete, Felicity Taylor at 53 kg, who is a member of the women’s wrestling team at the University of Iowa and is a native Iowan.
The United States, which was second at the 2022 World Championships in women’s freestyle, will be joined in the World Cup by World champion Japan, third place China, fourth place Mongolia and fifth place Ukraine, in addition to the All World Team.
The U.S. lineup, which includes two athletes in each weight class (except for 65 kg in women’s freestyle), is loaded with current National Team members, as well as past age-group World medalists.
The rosters of the World Cup teams for the other nations will be announced over the next week by USA Wrestling.
Ticket packages for the 2022 Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup are currently on sale. The seating capacity for Xtream Arena for the World Cup will be approximately 5,300. Ticket packages include a Gold package for $275, Silver package for $200 and All-Session tickets for $90.
A special Presentation of Teams and Team USA Meet & Greet will also be held on Friday, December 9 at 6:45 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup tickets
United States Men’s Freestyle World Cup Team
57 kg - Zane Richards, Champaign, Ill. (Illinois RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
57 kg - Nick Suriano, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen WC)
61 kg - Seth Gross, Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids)
61 kg - Daniel DeShazer, Minneapolis, Minn. (Gopher WC RTC)
65 kg - Yianni Diakomihalis, Rochester, N.Y. (Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
65 kg - Evan Henderson, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley WC/Titan Mercury WC)
70 kg - Tyler Berger, Philadelphia, Pa. (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
70 kg - Alec Pantaleo, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen WC/Titan Mercury WC)
74 kg - Jason Nolf, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
74 kg – Vincenzo Joseph, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
79 kg - Jordan Burroughs, Philadelphia, Pa. (Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids)
79 kg - Chance Marsteller, New Park, Pa. (NYC RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
86 kg - Zahid Valencia, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
86 kg - Mark Hall, Philadelphia, Pa. (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
92 kg - Nathan Jackson, Princeton, N.J. (New Jersey RTC/New York AC)
92 kg - Jay Aiello, Charlottesville, Va. (Cavalier WC/Titan Mercury WC)
97 kg - Kyle Snyder, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
97 kg - Kollin Moore, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
125 kg - Hayden Zillmer, Minneapolis, Minn. (Gopher WC RTC)
125 kg -Nick Gwiazdowski, Ithaca, N.Y. (Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
United States Women’s Freestyle World Cup Team
50 kg – Alyssa Lampe, Corvallis, Ore. (Beaver Dam RTC/Sunkist Kids)
50 kg – Erin Golston, Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin RTC/New York AC)
53 kg – Felicity Taylor, Spillville, Iowa (Hawkeye WC/Titan Mercury WC)
55 kg – Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
55 kg – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
57 kg – Alexandra Hedrick, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
57 kg – Amanda Martinez, Naperville, Ill. (Cardinal WC/Titan Mercury WC)
59 kg – Lexie Basham, Roanoke, Texas (Spartan Mat Club)
59 kg – Michaela Beck, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
62 kg – Kayla Miracle, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
62 kg – Jennifer Rogers, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
65 kg – Mallory Velte, Corvallis, Ore. (Beaver Dam RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
68 kg – Sienna Ramirez, Ashland, Ore. (Southern Oregon RTC)
68 kg – Solin Piearcy, San Jose, Calif. (Menlo WC)
72 kg – Amit Elor, New York, N.Y. (NYC RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
72 kg – Skylar Grote, Corvallis, Ore. (Beaver Dam RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
76 kg – Dymond Guilford, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
76 kg – Yelena Makoyed, Orangevale, Calif. (Cardinal WC/Titan Mercury WC)