International Wrestling

2019 Marine Corps US Open: Junior Freestyle Preview

anthony cassioppi

For most, the US Open marks the official opening to freestyle season. It’s the first step toward making the world team for a number of participating athletes and begins the countdown toward World Team Trials, Final X and then, eventually, the world championships. But the Open doesn’t just lay the groundwork for those competing at the Senior level.

It also serves as the first event at the junior level with the winners earning the right to sit to the finals of trials next month in Raleigh. Without further ado, here is our weight-by-weight preview of the 2019 US Open Junior Freestyle division.


A year ago, Arizona State’s Brandon Courtney won both the Open and the trials finals, but it wasn’t Courtney who represented the US at the world championships as he was defeated by Daton Fix in a special wrestle-off later in the year. This year, both Fix and Courtney have aged out. So we’re assured of having a new winner and a new representative from a field stacked with talent.

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