Pictured: Four-time World/Olympic medalist J'den Cox celebrates after winning gold at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in September 2019. Photo courtesy of The Associated Press.
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 two days 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.
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. With four of the five men's freestyle 2020 Olympic medalists choosing to accept the automatic bid to the World Team, that meant those four weights (57 kg – Gilman, 74 kg – Dake, 86 kg – Taylor, and 97 kg – Snyder) would not be contested. Only Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson elected not to accept the auto bid.
Thus, the rest of the field has been required to jump up or down a weight to chase a World Team berth at the remaining weights (61 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, 92 kg, and 125 kg).
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