Evan Hansen to lead the Vikings at U23 World Team Trials

Photo by Ben Strandberg (IAwrestle.com)

The Grand View Vikings will be sending 14 wrestlers to the UWW U23 World Team Trials, which takes place in Akron, Ohio. The event starts on Friday June 1st with Greco-Roman competition before switching to freestyle the final two days. With the winners of each weight making a World Team for the United States wrestlers that reach the finals of their respective brackets will compete in a best-of-three showdown. The Trials champion will then get the opportunity to wrestle at the World Championships in Bucharest, Romania in November.

Leading the Viking squad will be 2018 NAIA champion Evan Hansen who is registered at 86 kg this weekend. He will be joined by his fellow All-Americans Josh Portillo (57 kg) and Josh Wenger (70 kg). Wenger, who has placed first and fifth for the Vikings in his career, is up roughly two weight classes from where he competed this past season. Both of his All-America honors have come at 141 pounds, but his weight for this weekend is closer to the 157-pound weight class.

57 kg
Justin Portillo
Cole Manion
61 kg
Omeed Chamanzad
Dante Tacchia
65 kg
George Benoit
Chase McLaughlin
70 kg
Josh Wenger
Steven Lawrence
74 kg
Sal Arzani
Mason Miller
Jacob Shoop
79 kg
Xavier Miller
86 kg
Evan Hansen
92 kg
n/a
97 kg
n/a
125 kg
Gary Whitaker

Schedule of Events (all times Eastern)

Friday, June 1

Session 1: Greco-Roman

U23 GR & UWW Cadet GR Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, & Consolations
10:00 AM – 2:15 PM

Session 2: Greco-Roman

U23 GR & UWW Cadet GR Semifinals, Consolations, All Medal Matches, and Best 2 out of 3 Finals
4:00PM – Conclusion

Saturday, June 2

Session 1: Freestyle

U23 (Men) FS & UWW Cadet FS Preliminaries and Consolations
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Session 2: Freestyle

UWW Cadet FS Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, and Consolations
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

U23 (Men) FS Preliminaries and Consolations
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, June 3

Session 3: Freestyle

UWW Cadet FS Semifinals, Consolations, All Medal Matches, and Best 2 out of 3 Finals
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

U23 (Men) FS & UWW Cadet FS Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolations, All Medal Matches, and Best 2 out of 3 Finals
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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