The road to Final X in men's freestyle begins Friday, April 27th as the US Open rolls on in Las Vegas, Nevada. After Team USA's remarkable performance at the 2017 World Championships, winning their first MFS team title since 1995, there are five returning world medalists sitting in the final series already. However, that hasn't prevented a strong field from assembling that includes everything from former gold medalists to top prospects that were Cadet eligible just last year. There will be some incredible match-ups and we should learn plenty this weekend.
Wrestling begins at 9:00 am Friday morning with the semifinals set for 5:00 pm local time. The finals are slated for 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon. Today we'll go through each bracket, look at some of the recent results from major events, check out the pre-seeds, and break it all down, making predictions at each weight.
This preview was written based on entries completed Tuesday morning, April 24th. All wrestlers entering after that were not considered except when otherwise noted.
Last Senior Nationals Final: Tony Ramos decision over Nahshon Garrett, 5-3
2017 World Team Trials Final: Thomas Gilman two matches to none over Tony Ramos, 4-3, 7-2
1. Tony Ramos (Sunkist Kids)
2. Daton Fix (Titan Mercury WC)
3. Frank Perrelli (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm)
5. Darian Cruz (New York AC/Lehigh Valley WC)
6. Tim Lambert (Sunkist Kids)
7. Daniel DeShazer (Minnesota Storm)
8. Zane Richards (Titan Mercury WC)
9. Josh Rodriguez (Nittany Lion WC)
10. Eddie Klimara (Titan Mercury WC)
11. David Terao (DCAC)
With 2017 world silver medalist Thomas Gilman sitting in Final X, Tony Ramos and Daton Fix are the odds-on favorites to clash in the Open final at 57 kg.
Want to read more of this article and others like it? Become a TOM Prime member today!