The 2019 world championship in Nur-Sultan did not go as 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder had planned. The American champion in 97kg lost out to Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan in the semi-finals. The dream final with Abdulrashid Sadulaev which every wrestling fan expected at the world championships in 2019, that never happened and Snyder had to stay contended with a bronze around his neck.
Joe Warren, a 2006 Greco-Roman World champion at 60 kg, is currently registered for 67 kg. Warren transitioned from wrestling into mixed martial arts and has had a successful career fighting in Bellator, one of the world’s top promotions.
Warren has recently been training at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The veteran competitor is now 43 years old, and it will be interesting to see how he stacks up against the younger competition.
Five Senior World medalists registered
Besides Snyder, Adam Coon, Mallory Velte and Alyssa Lampe registered to compete. Snyder, who has been one the brightest stars for Team USA in recent years, is a 2016 Olympic champion a two time World champion (2015, 2017), a 2018 World silver medalist and a 2019 World bronze medalist.
Coon took silver in Greco-Roman at 130 kg at the 2018 World Championships in Budapest, while Velte took bronze at the same tournament in women’s freestyle at 62 kg. Lampe is a two-time World medalist, taking bronze at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships at 51 kg and 48 kg
It is also worth mentioning, that Coon is only registered for Greco-Roman. In the past, he has competed in both styles and was previously the No. 2 wrestler at 125 kg in men’s freestyle in the U.S.
Eight age-group World Champions registered
Both Snyder and Coon claimed age-group titles, with Snyder taking gold at the 2013 Junior World Championships and Coon winning the 2011 Cadet World champions (in men’s freestyle).
Additionally, there are six more age-group World champions registered including 2018 Junior World champion Mekhi Lewis, 2018 Cadet World champion Emily Shilson, 2015 Cadet World champion Ronna Heaton, 2011 Cadet World chapion Haley Augello, 2009 and 2010 Junior World champion Victoria Anthony and 2009 Junior World champion Dom Bradley.