World Champions Amit Elor and Kyle Snyder at the 2022 World Championships. Photos by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers are Warriors.
USA Wrestling has announced its lineups for its men’s and women’s freestyle teams that will compete in the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Skiing World Cup at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa on December 10-11.
The World Cup is the annual international doubles match championship, hosted by United World Wrestling. The top five men’s freestyle wrestling teams and the top five women’s freestyle wrestling teams from the 2022 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September have confirmed their participation. There is also an All World team in each discipline, with the best available athlete from the world championships in each weight class who was not from a nation that qualified for the World Cup.
America’s World Cup teams will include two Olympic champions, four world champions and 10 former world medalists. It will also include a number of talented young stars who are making an international impact.
The men’s freestyle team will feature a pair of Olympic and world champions, Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg and Kyle Snyder at 97 kg. Burroughs is a 2012 Olympic champion, six-time world champion and has won 10 career world and Olympic medals. Burroughs is the first American wrestler to win seven world and Olympic titles. Snyder is a 2016 Olympic champion, 2020 Olympic silver medalist, two-time world champion and has won eight career world and Olympic medals.
Yianni Diakomihalis, silver medalist at the 2022 Worlds, will compete at 65 kg. Two other members of the 2022 US Senior World Team are part of the US roster, Raw Seth at 61 kg and Hayden Zilmer at 125 kg. Nick Gwiazdowskitwo-time world bronze medalist, also part of the USA men’s freestyle team at 125 kg.
The United States, who were the 2022 World Team Champions in the men’s freestyle, will be joined at the World Cup by second-place Iran, third-place Japan, fourth-place Mongolia and fifth place Georgia, in addition to the world team.
In women’s freestyle, a pair of world champions are part of the team, world champion 2019 Jacarra Winchester at 55 kg and world champion 2022 Amit Elor at 72 kg. Winchester was also a member of the 2020 US Olympic team. Elor became the first US wrestler to win three world titles in the same year, also winning an U20 world title and an U23 world title.
The team also includes two-time world silver medalist Kayla Miracle at 62 kg, double world bronze medalist Alyssa Lamp at 50 kg, double world bronze medalist Mallory Velte at 65kg and 2021 World Bronze Medalist Jenna Burkert at 55 kg. Also competing on Team USA, the 2022 World Team member Dymond Guilford at 76 kg.
The United States women’s team includes local athlete, Felicity Taylor at 53 kg, who is a member of the University of Iowa women’s wrestling team and is originally from Iowan.
The United States, which finished second at the 2022 World Women’s Freestyle Championships, will be joined in the World Cup by world champion Japan, third-place China, fourth-place Mongolia and fifth-place from Ukraine, in addition to the world team.
The US roster, which includes two athletes in each weight class (except the 65kg women’s freestyle), is filled with current national team members, as well as former world medalists by age group .
World Cup rosters for other nations will be announced next week by USA Wrestling.
Ticket packages for the 2022 Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Skiing World Cup are currently on sale. The capacity of the Xtream Arena for the World Cup will be approximately 5,300 seats. Ticket packages include a Gold package for $275, a Silver package for $200, and tickets for all sessions for $90.
A special presentation of the teams and Team USA Meet & Greet will also take place on Friday, December 9, with tickets available for $10. Fans can receive a free youth ticket to the Friday night event, with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket.
Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Skiing World Cup Tickets
United States Men’s Freestyle Skiing World Cup Team
57kg – Zane Richards, Champaign, IL (Illinois RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
57kg – Nick Suriano, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Cliff Keen WC)
61kg – Seth Gross, Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids)
61kg – Daniel DeShazer, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Gopher WC RTC)
65kg – Yianni Diakomihalis, Rochester, NY (Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
65kg – Evan Henderson, Bethlehem, PA (Lehigh Valley WC/Titan Mercury WC)
70kg – Tyler Berger, Philadelphia, PA (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
70kg – Alec Pantaleo, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Cliff Keen WC/Titan Mercury WC)
74kg – Jason Nolf, State College, Pennsylvania (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
74kg – Vincenzo Joseph, Tempe, Arizona (Sunkist Kids)
79kg – Jordan Burroughs, Philadelphia, PA (Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids)
79kg – Chance Marsteller, New Park, PA (NYC RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
86kg – Zahid Valencia, Tempe, Arizona (Sunkist Kids)
86 kg – Mark Hall, Philadelphia, PA (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
92kg – Nathan Jackson, Princeton, NJ (New Jersey RTC/New York AC)
92 kg – Jay Aiello, Charlottesville, Va. (Rider WC/Titan Mercury WC)
97kg – Kyle Snyder, State College, PA (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
97kg – Kollin Moore, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
125kg – Hayden Zillmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Gopher WC RTC)
125kg -Nick Gwiazdowski, Ithaca, NY (Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
USA Women’s Freestyle Skiing World Cup Team
50kg – Alyssa Lampe, Corvallis, Oregon (Beaver Dam RTC/Sunkist Kids)
50kg – Erin Golston, Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin RTC/New York AC)
53 kg – Felicity Taylor, Spillville, Iowa (Hawkeye WC / Titan Mercury WC)
53kg – Ronna Gross, Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids)
55kg – Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colorado (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
55kg – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colorado (US Army WCAP)
57kg – Alexandra Hedrick, Colorado Springs, Colorado (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
57kg – Amanda Martinez, Naperville, Ill. (Cardinal WC/Titan Mercury WC)
59kg – Lexie Basham, Roanoke, Texas (Spartan Mat Club)
59kg – Michaela Beck, Tempe, Arizona (Sunkist Kids)
62kg – Kayla Miracle, Tempe, Arizona (Sunkist Kids)
62kg – Jennifer Rogers, State College, PA (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
65kg – Mallory Velte, Corvallis, Oregon (Beaver Dam RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
68kg – Sienna Ramirez, Ashland, Oregon (Southern Oregon RTC)
68kg – Solin Piearcy, San Jose, CA (Menlo WC)
72kg – Amit Elor, New York, NY (NYC RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
72kg – Skylar Grote, Corvallis, Oregon (Beaver Dam RTC/New York AC)
76kg – Dymond Guilford, Colorado Springs, Colorado (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
76kg – Yelena Makoyed, Orangevale, CA (Cardinal WC/Titan Mercury WC)