Saturday, July 2 2022

Just because it’s not college wrestling season doesn’t mean you can’t watch your favorite team’s athletes compete. The World Team Trials Challenge tournament is one of the best tournaments of the year. For now, there will be 44 schools represented, including several non-D1.

2022 Global Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Below is a list of all schools with their former, current and/or future wrestlers who will be competing. Several of the best schools are listed at the top, with the others listed below in alphabetical order.

Penn State

61 kg – Nico Megaludis

65 kg – Handsome Bartlett

65kg – Nick Lee

70kg – Zain Retherford

74kg – Jason Nolf

79 kg – Vincenzo Joseph

79 kg – Carter Starocci

86kg – Mark Hall

Penn State will have 1 current wrestler, 3 former wrestlers now training at the NLWC, and 3 former wrestlers now training at various competing clubs. Beau Bartlett is the only current wrestler competing. Although as the 2021 World Juniors bronze medalist, Bartlett comes into this tournament with freestyle experience, he is realistically looking to compete for a top-six finish.

Nick Lee, Zain Retherford and Jason Nolf are the three guys from Penn State who still train at State College. Reaching the semi-finals is the best Lee and Retherford can do as finalists at their weight will compete in the best of three series at Final X. Lee will likely be the fourth seed (although he has an argument for being higher ) and will need to beat Kendric Maple in the semi-finals to qualify for Final X. Retherford will also likely be the fourth seed and will need to beat Alec Pantaleo to qualify for Final X.

Jason Nolf will be the favorite to win the 74 kg bracket. His biggest competition will likely be the NCAA and world junior champion David Carr. Nolf beat Carr 10-0 at the Olympic Trials.

Nico Megaludis currently competes for Pittsburgh Wrestling Club, Vincenzo Joseph for California RTC, and Mark Hall for Pennsylvania RTC.

Iowa State

65kg – Ian Parker

74kg – David Carr

86 kg – Julien Broderson

86kg – Marcus Coleman

86kg – Pat Downey

125kg – Kyven Gadson

With Iowa and UNI only bringing two guys each, Iowa State will be the largest Iowa school represented in Coralville. David Carr and Kyven Gadson have the best chance of going far in this tournament. Carr will likely be one of four seeds, with the main challenger being Jason Nolf, whom he lost 10-0 at the Olympic Trials. Gadson will move up to 125kg after spending most of his post-college career at 97kg and trying 92kg at last year’s WTT. It will be interesting to see how the extra pounds affect the 2015 NCAA champion and if he may come as a surprise to some people.

Watch David Carr win his gold medal at the 2019 World Juniors below.

Perhaps the most interesting entrant of the entire tournament is former Cyclone wrestler Pat Downey. Downey was a 2016 All-American for the Clones by placing 5th in 2016. Focusing on his MMA career, Downey hasn’t played a game since trying out for the Olympic team in April of last year. While only going 1-2, he beat Aaron Brooks 11-0 and only lost to Bo Nickal and Zahid Valencia.

Oklahoma State

65kg – Dean Heil

65kg – Carter Young

70 kg – Jordan Olivier

79kg – Brayden Thompson

79kg – Alex Dieringer

The Cowboys will be well represented among the middleweights in Coralville. Multiple national champions Jordan Oliver and Alex Dieringer have since left Stillwater, but are the Cowboys’ best assets to bring anyone to Final X besides Daton Fix. Alex Dieringer is coming off a poor showing at the US Open where he lost to Vincenzo Joseph on a late lat drop.

Watch highlights from Alex Dieriner’s loss to Vincenzo Joseph below.

Cowboy fans won’t just want to keep an eye out for Ringer at 79kg, high schooler and OSU commitment Brayden Thompson will be competing. Currently No. 1 in the country at 170 pounds, Thompson is coming off a strong performance at the US Open Senior where he took 6th place.

Carter Young was the star of the 2021 World Team Trials when he took 3rd place at 61kg with victories over Seth Gross, Tyler Graff and Nahshon Garrett. Now at 65kg, it will be interesting to see if he can come close to a similar performance.

ohio state

61 kg – Jesse Mendez

65kg – Joey McKenna

65kg – Luke Pletcher

70 kg – Sammy Sasso

97kg – Kollin Moore

2021 NCAA finalist Sammy Sasso will be the only current wrestler from Ohio State competing. He is coming off a 5th place finish at the US Open where he suffered defeats to Jordan Oliver and Doug Zapf. Third place was incoming Buckeye rookie Jesse Mendez. With Mendez’s performance in Vegas, he should end up being seeded in the 6, 7 or 8 range. Sign me up for Mendez vs Seth Gross!

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at Jesse Mendez’s US Open run below.

Now competing for the Penn RTC, Joey McKenna is at one of the most interesting weights in Coralville. With no returning medalist already waiting in Final X, the finalists won’t wrestle at the tournament, but rather Final X. get to Final X.

Watch Joey McKenna take on Yianni’s opener at WTT 2021 below.

Similarly, Kollin Moore will probably have to go through a rival with whom he has separated in the past: Mike Macchiavello. Moore got the better of Macchiavello the last time they wrestled at the Olympic Trials, but as the US Open champion, Macchiavello is guaranteed to be the top seed.

NC status

57 kg – Jacob Camacho

74kg – Tommy Gantt

79kg – Nick Reenan

86kg – Trent Hidlay

92kg – Isaac Trumble

97 kg – Mike Macchiavelli

125kg – Nick Gwiazdowski

Second only to Penn State in terms of athletes competing, NC State will be well represented in Coralville. The only wrestler on the above list who is not currently training in Raleigh is Nick Gwiazdowski, who left in August 2021 for Cornell.

As mentioned above, Macchiavello will be the No. 1 seed but will have to go through Kollin Moore, who beat him 10-0 at the Olympic Trials. Trent Hidlay will be the other big name in the Wolfpack. Hidlay will likely be the third seed behind Mark Hall and Zahid Valencia.

App Status

57kg – Caleb Smith

Arizona State

74kg – Josh Shields

86 kg – Zahid Valencia


97kg – Sam Mitchell


57kg – Anthony Molton

86kg – Caleb Hopkins

92kg – Levi Hopkins

central college

97kg – Duncan Lee


57 kg – Vito Arujau

57 kg – Gregory Diakomihalis

65 kg – Yianni Diakomihalis


125 kg – Ceron Francisco


74 kg – Peter Pappas

Elmhurst College

97kg – Joe Rau


57kg – Aden Reeves


57kg – Zane Richards


65kg – Pat Lugo

125kg – Tony Cassioppi


125 kg – Jordan wood

lockdown haven

79kg – Luck Marsteller


70 kg – Alec Pantaleo

state of michigan

92 kg – Cam Caffey


70 kg – Michael Blockhus

86 kg – Owen Webster


125kg – Dom Bradley


61kg – Josh Rodriguez


70kg – Tyler Berger

74kg – Collin Purinton

97kg – Tim Dudley

125 kg – Christian Lance


61 kg – Daniel DeShazer

North Carolina

65kg – Evan Henderson

92kg – Max Shaw

Northern Iowa

79kg – Taylor Lujan

86kg – Drew Foster

northern state

70kg – Dayne Morton

North West

70kg – Ryan Deakin

125kg – Lucas Davison


65 kg – Kendric Maple


70kg – Doug Zapf


125 kg – Demertius Thomas


65 kg – Matthew Kolodzik


57 kg – Matthew Ramos


97kg – Ethan Laird


70 kg – Anthony Ashnault


61kg – Seth Gross

southwestern state of Minnesota

86 kg – Caden Steffen


57kg – Gabriel Townsell


92 kg – Jay Aiello

92 kg – Michel Battista

Virginia Tech

79kg – David McFadden

125kg – Virginia Tech


61kg – Tyler Graff

Wisconsin Whitewater

57kg – Michael Tortorice


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