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This weekend Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s Forrest Molinari will continue her journey to make the 2019 Women’s Freestyle World Team this Saturday at Final X held in New Jersey. This will be Molinari’s second bid to make the Senior World Team after placing fifth at the 2018 World Championships.

Molinari qualified for Final X by virtue of winning the U.S. Open in April, where she defeated Maya Nelson 5-1 to claim the top spot. Nelson would go on to win the World Team Trials tournament in North Carolina last month, which earned her the right to once again face Molinari.

The Molinari-Nelson bout will take place during the second session this weekend, with the match kicking off Session II – which begins at 5:00 PM Central Time. After controlling the match in the U.S. Open bout, Molinari will be the favorite heading into this weekend’s matchup.

Another wrestler with an Iowa tie was slated to compete this weekend as well, but Pat Downey will no longer be in the competition after he already claimed his spot on the World Team. Downey was scheduled to take on David Taylor, but the reigning World Champion suffered a leg injury that prevented him from being able to compete at Final X.

Session One – Noon ET

Bout 1: Men’s GR 87 kg – Joe Rau (Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC) vs. Ben Provisor (New York AC/Nittany Lion WC)
Bout 2: Women’s FS 72 kg – Alyvia Fiske (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Victoria Francis (Titan Mercury WC)
Bout 3: Men’s GR 82 kg – Kendrick Sanders (New York AC) vs. John Stefanowicz (U.S. Marine Corps)
Bout 4: Men’s GR 55 kg – Max Nowry (U.S. Army WCAP) vs. Brady Koontz (Ohio RTC)
Bout 5: Men’s GR 67 kg – Ellis Coleman (U.S. Army WCAP) vs. Jamel Johnson (U.S. Marine Corps)
Bout 6: Women’s FS 57 kg – Becka Leathers (Titan Mercury WC/Tar Heel RTC) vs. Jenna Burkert (U.S. Army WCAP)

Session Two – 6:00 PM ET

Bout 1: Women’s FS 65 kg – Forrest Molinari (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) vs. Maya Nelson (Sunkist Kids/OTC)
Bout 2: Men’s GR 77 kg – Kamal Bey (Sunkist Kids/OTC) vs. Pat Smith (Minnesota Storm)
Bout 3: Women’s FS 68 kg – Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. Alexandria Glaude (Titan Mercury WC/McKendree Bearcat WC)
Bout 4: Women’s FS 50 kg – Whitney Conder (U.S. Army WCAP) vs. Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids)
Bout 5: Men’s FS 125 kg – Nick Gwiazdowski (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) vs. Gable Steveson (Minnesota RTC)
Bout 6: Men’s FS 65 kg – Yianni Diakomihalis (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC) vs. Zain Retherford (Nittany Lion WC)

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle