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Large U.S. contingent, featuring all disciplines, to compete at Henri Deglane Challenge in France, January 20-22

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Competition portraits of Forrest Molinari and J'den Cox
Competition portraits of Forrest Molinari and J'den Cox. Photos by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

A large contingent of U.S. wrestlers, representing their clubs and/or Regional Training Centers, will compete in the Henri Deglane Challenge in Nice, France, January 20-22.

The 32-athlete delegation from the United States includes 25 men’s freestyle athletes, six women’s freestyle athletes and one Greco-Roman athlete. Women’s freestyle will compete on Friday, January 20. Men’s freestyle will be contested on Saturday, January 21. Greco-Roman will be held on Sunday, January 22.

Among the men’s freestyle entries are two-time World champion and Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox at 97 kg. Current Men’s Freestyle Senior National Team members who are entered include Evan Henderson at 65 kg and Alec Pantaleo at 70 kg.

Past NCAA Div. I champions on the freestyle roster include Cox, plus Nick Suriano at 57 kg, Nahshon Garrett at 61 kg, Anthony Ashnault at 65 kg and Vincenzo Joseph at 74 kg.

The U.S. women’s contingent is led by 2021 World bronze medalist Forrest Molinari at 68 kg. Others competing include multiple age-group World champion Emily Shilson at 50 kg and 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up Kennedy Blades at 76 kg.

The lone U.S. Greco-Roman entry is Duncan Nelson at 72 kg.


At Nice, France, January 20-22

U.S. Men’s Freestyle entries

57 kg: Nick Suriano (Sunkist Kids)

57 kg: Akhil Vega (NYRTC)

61 kg: Shelton Mack (NJRTC/TMWC)

61 kg: Nahshon Garrett (Lehigh Valley WC/TMWC)

61 kg: Austin DeSanto (Hawkeye WC/TMWC)

65 kg: Matthew Kolodzik (NJRTC/NYAC)

65 kg: Evan Henderson (Lehigh Valley WC/TMWC)

65 kg: Anthony Ashnault (NYCRTC/TMWC)

65 kg: Pat Lugo (Hawkeye WC/TMWC)

70 kg: Ridge Lovett (Nebraska WTC)

70 kg: Lucas Chittum (Hawkeye WC/TMWC)

70 kg: Alec Pantaleo (Cliff KeenWC/TMWC)

74 kg: Joey Lavallee (Lehigh RTC/TMWC)

74 kg: Collin Purinton (Nebraska WTC)

74 kg: Vincenzo Joseph (Sunkist Kids)

74 kg: Joshua Shields (Sunkist Kids)

79 kg: Evan Wick (SoCal RTC/TMWC)

79 kg: Alex Marinelli (Hawkeye WC/TMWC)

79 kg: Taylor Lujan (Panther WC WTC)

86 kg: Owen Webster (Gopher WC RTC)

92 kg: Eric Schultz (Nebraska WTC)

92 kg: Jay Aiello (Cavalier WC/TMWC)

97 kg: J’den Cox (Cliff Keen WC/TMWC)

97 kg: Morgan Smith (Lehigh Valley WC)

125 kg: Christian Lance (Nebraska RTC)

Coach: Reece Humphrey (NJRTC)

Coach: Tervel Dlagnev (Nebraska WTC)

Coach: Dan Dennis (Hawkeye WC)

Coach: Sergey Beloglazov (Cliff Keen WC)

Coach: Kerry McCoy (LVWC)

Coach: John Azevedo (TMWC)

Coach: Troy Steiner (Gopher WC RTC)


72 kg: Duncan Nelson (Illinois)

Women’s Freestyle

50 kg: Emily Shilson (TMWC)

50 kg: Audrey Jimenez (Sunkist Kids)

57 kg: Savannah Cosme (Sunkist Kids)

68 kg: Forrest Molinari (Sunkist Kids)

76 kg: Kennedy Blades (Sunkist Kids)

Coach: Mark Perry (Sunkist Kids)

Coach: Israel Martinez (Sunkist Kids)

Event Schedule

Local time in Nice (six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone)

Friday, January 20

Women’s Freestyle: 50 kg, 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, 68 kg, 72 kg, 76 kg

10:30 a.m. – conclusion – Women’s Freestyle Qualification rounds and finals

Saturday, January 21

Men’s Freestyle: 57 kg, 61 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg

10:30 a.m. – conclusion – Women’s Freestyle Qualification rounds and finals

Sunday, January 22

Greco-Roman: 55 kg, 60 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg, 77 kg, 82 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg

10:30 a.m. – conclusion – Women’s Freestyle Qualification rounds and finals