Logan Steiber & James Green were the picks for 61 kg & 70 kg going in, and they showed it.
Logan Steiber was the class of the field at 61 kg. Several people were picking him for the Olympic spot this year at 65 kg, as almost ten guys appeared to be close to being able to get the spot. However at 61 kg, Logan dispatched guys who were mostly 57 kg guys bumping up. At this weight, Steiber is able to show the top work that helped make him such a dominant folkstyle wrestler on his way to being just the 4th 4-time NCAA champ. It was a dominant day for Steiber increasing expectations for him at the World Championships.
James Green won his series over Jordan Oliver in a couple close matches to claim the spot at 70 kg for the second year in a row. Green also tried for the 65 kg spot in April, but didn't look himself after the big cut. Weeks later, the 2015 World Bronze medalist looked fantastic going 4-0 at the World Cup back at his weight. And yes, it does appear this weight is Green's until further notice.
They will travel to Budapest, Hungary on December 10-11 to try to improve the 2016 USA Wrestling medal haul.
U.S. NON-OLYMPIC WEIGHT WORLD TEAM TRIALS
Men’s freestyle Best of Three Final Series pairings
61 kg/134 lbs. - Logan Stieber (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) dec. Tyler Graff (New Brunswick, N.J./New York AC), two matches to none
Bout One – Stieber tech. fall Graff, 10-0, 4:06
Bout Two – Stieber tech. fall Graff, 10-0, 1:46
3rd –Jayson Ness, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) tech. fall Cody Brewer, Evanston, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC), 12-2, 1:49
70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green (Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC) dec. Jordan Oliver, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), two matches to none
Bout One – Green dec. Oliver, 2-1
Bout Two – Green dec. Oliver, 4-3
3rd – Jason Chamberlain, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Adam Hall, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC), 6-1
True third place – Jimmy Kennedy (Ann Arbor, Mich. Titan Mercury WC) dec. Jason Chamberlain, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0, 4:02