The United States currently has a heavy presence overseas that will continue into early December. It began with the Marines, who just wrapped a prolonged training camp in Norway and are now set to start workouts in Sweden ahead of this Saturday’s Haparanda Cup (more on that event below). Then following the Bill Farrell Memorial on November 15, a large group of Seniors departed for Georgia, where they will remain for the next few days.
Shortly thereafter, a separate delegation of developing Seniors touched down in St. Petersburg, Russia for the Lavrikov tournament and a subsequent dual. And of course, these athletes will be staying put for a training camp that will carry them through the end of this week.
Speaking of Georgia, a few of the US athletes have been experiencing flu-like symptoms. We had Q&A’s lined up with members of Army’s “Ninja Squad” intended for release today, but those have since been postponed.
2019 Haparanda Cup USA Roster
As of press time, approximately two dozen US Seniors are expected to compete at the Haparanda Cup in Haparanda, Sweden on Saturday. Information regarding a potential live stream will be disseminated upon confirmation. The following weekend welcomes in Finland’s Haavisto Cup, which will conclude all overseas activity for American (Senior) athletes until January.
2019 World Team member Ryan Mango (Army/WCAP, world no. 6) is listed under 63 kilograms, as is his Final X runner-up Xavier Johnson (Marines). Because Mango made scratch weight 60 kg without an issue in New York along with the fact he is training in Georgia, we are listing him at 60 kilos. Similarly, Max Nowry (Army/WCAP, world no. 5) is categorized for Haparanda under 55 kilos. For the purposes of this entry list, he too will be placed at 60.
It is like this for a few others — such as 2019 World Teamer Ray Bunker (Marines) and Michael Hooker (Army/WCAP), who are both going 67 this season but are listed at 72 for Haparanda. Given that Haparanda is offering a two-kilogram allowance, for now both athletes will be categorized under 67. And once weight classes for US athletes are confirmed, this entry list will be updated accordingly.
UPDATE (11/27): Nowry has confirmed he will in fact compete at 55 kilos, while Bunker is going to wrestle at 72.
Note: Haparanda Cup observes a +2 kg allowance; weight class entries are subject to change.
Sammy Jones (NYAC/OTS) — 2014 University World bronze, US National Team
Ryan Mango (Army/WCAP, world no. 6) — 2019 World Team, two-time US National Champion, ’18 Pan Am Championships gold
Max Nowry (Army/WCAP, world no. 5) — 2019 World Team, ’19 US National Champion, two-time Pan Am Championships gold
Dalton Roberts (NYAC/OTS) — 2018 World Team, ’18 US National Champion, two-time U23 World Team
Logan Hatch (EAP/USOPTC)
Xavier Johnson (Marines) — 2019 Final X runner-up, two-time US National Team
Nolan Baker (USOPTC) — 2018 U23 World Team
Morgan Flaharty (NYAC)
Michael Hooker (Army/WCAP)
Jamel Johnson (Marines) — 2012 University World bronze, ’19 Final X runner-up
Colton Rasche (Marines)
Chris Rodgers (USOPTC)
Alex Sancho (Army/WCAP) — 2017 U23 World Team, multi-time US National Team
Nick Tarpley (NYAC)
Ray Bunker (Marines)
Corey Hope (NYAC)
Alex Mossing (Air Force) — 2017 U23 World Team
Brandon Mueller (Air Force) — 2017 Military World Team
Spencer Woods (NYAC/OTS) — 2019 US Open runner-up
Peyton Walsh (Marines) — Two-time US National Team
Vaughn Monreal-Berner (Marines)
John Stefanowicz (Marines) 2019 World Team, three-time US National Team
Daniel Miller (Marines) — 2018 US National Champion, two-time US National Team
Lucas Sheridan (Army/WCAP) — 2019 Final X runner-up, two-time US National Team
Adam Coon (NYAC/Cliff Keen, world no. 2) — 2018 World silver, three-time US National Team
2019 World Cup Postponed
Late last night, United World Wrestling announced that the 2019 World Cup, set to begin this Thursday from Tehran, Iran, has been postponed due to apparent security concerns.
UWW’s official statement:
“‘Considering its responsibility towards athletes and teams; and that the situation has not reached a satisfactory degree of stability for the holding of such an international event; and with a concern for avoiding any risk on our athletes, the Executive Committee has decided to postpone the holding of the World Cup GR until further notice,’ wrote United World Wrestling general secretary Micheal Dusson in a letter to concerned national federations.”
UWW has not indicated which nations expressed said concern, but it is a situation that offers familiarity for US fans. In December of 2017, there was to be an American delegation in Iran for the World Wrestling Clubs Cup. But after Iran stalled the visa approval process — combined with the venue changing twice as well as hesitation to travel on the part of several US athletes — the US decided not to participate.
Nations that finish in the top-eight at the World Championships are invited to the World Cup. For ’19, they are (in no particular order): Russia, Cuba, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, Hungary, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. A makeup date and/or new location have yet to be announced.