The 2016 UWW Cadet World Championships get underway Tuesday, September 13th in Tblisi, Georgia. Greco-Roman takes the mat for the first two days (Sept 13th and 14th), women’s freestyle follows (Sept 15th and 16th) with men’s freestyle closing out the competition (Sept 17th and 18th). Wrestling starts at 2 am eastern time each day with the finals scheduled for 11:30 am on day one and 10:00 am each day after that. Team USA is sending a full squad of 30 wrestlers to compete across all three styles. Look for TOM’s Greco preview here with previews of women’s freestyle and men’s freestyle to follow. Check back each day after the competition for the biggest stories to come out of each day of competition. FloWrestling will have a live stream available if you have a FloPro account.
Diakomihalis, Heaton and Steveson look to go back-to-back
On Friday, September 16th, the first of three Americans trying to defend their 2015 Cadet world titles, Ronna Heaton (52 kg), will take the mat. Heaton is coming off a 1-1 performance at the Junior world championships where she was a last minute replacement for Becka Leathers up at 55 kg. She won her title a year ago at 49 kg. We will see the other two title defenders on the final day of competition, Sunday, September 18th. Yianni Diakomihalis won his title a year ago at 58 kg but moves up to 63 kg to go for another. Gable Steveson returns to defend his gold medal at the highest weight class, 100 kg.
With college wrestlers back on campus, we are starting to get wind of some athletes who are no longer with their former teams. First, it was Derek White leaving Nebraska for Oklahoma State, then Jabari Moody was confirmed out at Virginia and now we have confirmed that Nikko Reyes is no longer at Northern Colorado. It will be interesting to see where Moody and Reyes surface next and if any other big names have made moves in the off-season.
Bloomsburg still open
Former head coach Jason Mester resigned on September 1st, three days after classes started at Bloomsburg. There has been no indication from the school what the plans are going forward but, for reference, it took Oklahoma 19 days to hire Lou Rosselli after Mark Cody resigned last month. According to the Bloomsburg athletic department, the decision has been made to proceed with a search for a full-time replacement, rather than compete this season under an interim coach. The job has been posted on the Bloomsburg jobs page.
J Robinson Saga
The decision has been made and J Robinson is no longer the head coach at the University of Minnesota. However, it seems unlikely that the final chapters of this story have been written just yet. Many people close to the situation expect a lawsuit given how different the story being told by the administration and the story being told by J Robinson are. If it does come to that, this situation could get ugly. Stay tuned.