On Friday, the first step towards the 2020 Olympics will be taken by dozens of men and women who have visions of gold medals from Tokyo dancing in their heads. The New York Athletic Club will host the Bill Farrell Memorial Invitational in all three styles with the Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle tournaments conducted on Friday, while the men’s freestyle is taking place Saturday. The highest American finisher at each weight, who has not previously qualified, will earn themselves a coveted spot in the Olympic Trials, which will be held April 4th and 5th in State College, Pennsylvania. Since this is a qualifier for the Olympic Trials, only the six Olympic weights will be contested in each style. With such all of our talent condensed into six weight classes, there will be some incredible battles. Here is what to expect at all six of the men’s Greco-Roman weights on Friday.
60 kg - Two of the 2019 World Team members will be in action here with Max Nowry and Ryan Mango both entered. These two both made their first world team in 2019 and are now seeking to clinch a spot on the Olympic team. Both Nowry and Mango train out of the Army WCAP program, as does Lilishawn Coleman, who has also registered here. Nowry’s Final X opponent, Brady Koontz, will also be in attendance. Koontz has shown a propensity for pulling upsets when overlooked. Another contender at this weight is Dalton Duffield, who was a U23 World Team member in 2018 and a finalist this year at both the Open and the World Team Trials. Another finalist from both of those events in 2019 that cut down for the Olympic year is Sam Jones, who was previously at 63 kg. Two others at this weight that have previous age-group, world-level experience are Mason Hartshorn and Travis Rice. Hartshorn was a Junior World Team member this year, while Rice made the Junior team in 2015 and the U23 squad last year. Other names that college wrestling fans may recognize are two-time NCAA qualifier Matt Schmitt (West Virginia) and Minnesota graduate, Skyler Petry.
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