The first day of the men’s freestyle competition at the Junior World Championships from Trnava, Slovakia will take place on Friday, September 20th. Wrestlers at the 57kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, and 97 kg weight classes will begin their tournaments and wrestle up until the finals. Saturday, the repechage and finals will take place at these weight classes. This year’s team is very talented and will be looking to win their second consecutive team title. Two Junior world champions return, along with a Cadet champ.
Below are the notable wrestlers to watch and predictions for the five weights that will start on Thursday The actual draw for each weight class will take place the day before, so we are unsure of the exact bracketing at this time.
The US team is looking to repeat as Junior World Champions, and one of the wrestlers they will depend on is 2017 world champion Daton Fix. Daton nearly made the Senior world team as he qualified for the Final X series in Lincoln. Last year en route to winning his first world title, Fix teched all five of his opponents and outscored them 53-1. A returning Junior world medalist from Daton’s 55 kg weight class is Arsen Harutyunyan (Armenia), who took the bronze, though they did not meet at worlds. This year Harutyunyan has already won gold at the European Championships. The Armenian captured his continental championship with a win over a talented youngster in Andrii Dzhelep (Ukraine). Andrii has moved up to Juniors this year after winning a Cadet world title in 2016 and a Cadet European Championship in 2016. The final wrestler at this weight class that already has a junior world medal is Gulomjon Abdullaev (Uzbekistan), who took the bronze in 2016. Abdullaev met Fix in the world quarterfinals last year and was teched 11-0. This year Abdullaev won his second gold medal at the Asian Junior Championships.
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