Jacarra Winchester celebrates after winning her first 55-kg World title for Team USA in September 2019 at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Photo courtesy of United World Wrestling.
The wrestling community is spoiled in summer/fall 2021 with three incredibly high-level freestyle and Greco competitions roughly two months apart.
First, we had a fantastic 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for Team USA in August. Currently, we are just a day away from the 2021 World Team Trials in Lincoln, Nebraska. Then, looking forward, we are already less than three weeks away from the start of the 2021 World Championships in Oslo, Norway, October 2-10.
What makes the 2021 iteration of Team Trials all the more compelling is that we will see matchups that we don't often see and likely have never seen before in men’s and women’s freestyle. All four women's freestyle 2020 Olympic medalists chose to accept the World Team's automatic bid. With that in mind, (50 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt, 57 kg – Helen Maroulis, 68 kg – Tamyra Mensah-Stock, and 76 kg – Adeline Gray) are the uncontested weights in Lincoln this weekend.
Thus, the rest of the field has jumped up or down a weight class to chase a World Team berth at the remaining weights (53 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, and 72 kg).
Here are some things to be on the lookout for this weekend in Nebraska on the women's freestyle side of things.
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