King Jordan beware, Kyle Dake makes a shift to 74kg for Olympics 2020

By   - 30/09/2019

As expected, the recently crowned world champion in 79kg weight category is moving to 74kg. The move we all thought was coming has been confirmed. Cornell head coach Rob Koll stated plainly in a recently distributed newsletter that freshly minted two-time world champion Dake will be moving down a weight class in his quest for a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

This is the same weight category where the king Jordan Burroughs represented USA at the recently concluded world championships. This means it will be either Jordan or Dake who will be seen in action at Tokyo 2020. India’s two time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is also trying to qualify for Olympics in the same weight category but unlike the wrestlers from USA, India still has to book their Olympic ticket in the category of 74kg.

 At the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, 10 weight classes were contested. At the Olympics, there will be a mere six divisions. For men’s freestyle that means the 61, 70, 79, and 92 kg weight classes are going away, leaving only 57, 65, 74, 86, 97, and 125.

As a returning medalist at an adjacent weight class, Dake has already qualified for the Olympic Team Trials and will receive a bye to the semifinals. Should he win two matches at the trials, he’ll face Jordan Burroughs for the team spot in a best two-of-three series for the Olympic team spot. Burroughs won a bronze medal at Nur-Sultan in the 74kg.

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