One must first win the USA Wrestling Olympic Trials in order to compete for Team USA at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
USA Wrestling Olympic Team Trials 2021
This is due to the fact that athletes (and not the athletes themselves) receive Olympic qualification places as a result of their performances in key tournaments.
Typically, the wrestler who qualified his or her country to participate in the Olympics will also be the wrestler who represents that country in the Games. But due to the abundance of skill in each weight class in American wrestling, there must be a final, internal trials to choose which grapplers will represent the USA in Japan.
A year ago, because of the widespread spread of the coronavirus, the event scheduled for Penn State University had to be postponed. Due to the continued ban in Pennsylvania, the 2021 trials will be held in Texas on April 1-2 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth.
In order to ensure everyone’s safety, the Covid-19 regulations will limit the number of people allowed inside the stadium to half capacity.
To reflect the balance between freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the trials will feature 18 total divisions.
Only one athlete per weight class will be chosen to compete for Team USA at the 2021 Games, resulting in a total of six competitors for the United States in the freestyle, Greco-Roman, and judo events.
Qualifying Heat for Men’s Freestyle
Winners of the Senior Freestyle USA World Championships and the Final World Team Trials from 2017 and after gain automatic qualification for the trials.
Several of the world’s finest male athletes, including Olympic gold medalists Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Snyder, will be in Fort Worth for this.
Silver and bronze medalists from the 2019 Senior World Championships at an Olympic weight will advance directly to the trials finals, while silver and bronze medalists from other weight categories will be offered a spot in the semi-finals of whichever weight category they choose.
Anyone who qualified in their weight class at the 2020 Pan American Olympic Qualifier will also be able to compete for the gold medal.
Up-and-coming stars like Bo Nickal, David Carr, and Mason Parris, who won the 2019 Junior Freestyle and U23 Freestyle USA World Championships, will also participate.
Qualifying Round for Women’s Freestyle
Including Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis and reigning world champion Adeline Gray, every single person who has ever competed for the United States in the World Championships or won the Final World Team Trials will be there.
A medalist in the 2019 Junior World Championships might enter the competition in any division.
Participants who place in the top six of their weight class at the 2019 Senior World Championships will advance directly to the finals, while those who place in the top four of their weight class but do not win a medal will begin in the semi-finals.
The top three U.S. finishers at the 2019 Bill Farrell International Open who have not already qualified for the trials will be invited to compete in the trials at the weight class of their choice.
Classical Greek and Roman Eligibility
Anyone who has won the Senior Freestyle USA World Championships and the Final World Team Trials since 2017 is automatically qualified to participate in these trials, just as it is the case for the men’s freestyle event.
And the top six finishers in Olympic weight categories at the 2019 Senior World Championships will advance directly to the finals, as do all 2019 Junior World medalists. An individual who has won a medal in a weight class other than the Olympics will advance to the semi-finals of that class.
Winners of the 2020 Pan American Championships and the 2020 Pan American Olympic Qualifier will join the U-23 world medalists in the competition.
Gold and silver medalists from the 2020 U.S. Armed Forces Championships who have not yet qualified will be invited to compete.
In wrestling, there are no guarantees because even the smallest mistake could lead to elimination. More so at the US Trials, where grizzled veterans will be competing in every weight class.
We can anticipate pyrotechnics in the 74kg men’s competition. Winner of the Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Jordan Burroughs, will likely compete against Kyle Dake, the current and defending 79 kilogramme world champion.