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USA Wrestling has assigned the specific weight classes for each of the two 2022 Final X events, which will determine the 2022 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three of the Olympic disciplines: men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman.
Final X Stillwater, presented by Tezos, will be held on Friday, June 3 at Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State on Friday, June 3.
Final X New York, presented by Tezos (which serves as the Beat the Streets Annual Benefit this year), will be held at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Wednesday, June 8.
There will be 15 weight classes contested in each Final X event, five in men’s freestyle, five in women’s freestyle and five in Greco-Roman.
The top two U.S. athletes in the nation in these weight classes will compete in a best-of-three series to determine who will wrestle at the 2022 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 10-18.
The weight classes for Final X Stillwater, presented by Tezos, (by style) are:
Men’s freestyle: 57 kg, 61 kg, 70 kg, 92 kg, 97 kg
Women’s freestyle: 55 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg
Greco-Roman: 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg, 130 kg
The weight classes for Final X New York, presented by Tezos, (by style) are:
Men’s freestyle: 65 kg, 74 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 125 kg
Women’s freestyle:50 kg, 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 72 kg
Greco-Roman: 60 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg
There are currently no wrestlers assigned to these weight classes. However, 15 athletes who won a Senior World medal or Olympic medal in 2021 are eligible to advance directly to Final X, if they compete in the same weight class in Final X. They must declare that they will compete at that weight class and accept their direct qualification for Final X by May 4. USA Wrestling will announce when athletes accept their Final X position.
Once the athletes have either accepted or refused their direct advancement to Final X, the rest of the field will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Coralville, Iowa, May 20-22.
In weight classes where an athlete has advanced directly to Final X, the champion from the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament will earn a spot into Final X.
In weight classes in which no athlete earned an automatic berth in Final X, the winners of the semifinals at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament both advance to Final X.
World Team Trials Challenge Tournamnet qualifiers are determined based upon the approved World Team Trials Procedures for each of the Olympic disciplines, which are posted in the National Teams section of USA Wrestling’s website HERE.
FloWrestling will serve as the host broadcasting partner for both Final X Stillwater, presented by Tezos, and Final X New York, presented by Tezos