Wrestling: Zillmer competes for spot on U.S. Senior World Freestyle Team Saturday, June 23
BETHELEM, Pa.—Former North Dakota State University All-American Hayden Zillmer is scheduled to wrestle for the 92 kg (202.8-pound) spot on the U.S. Senior World team in freestyle against 2016 Olympic bronze medalist J'den Cox in the third bout of the Final X at Lehigh on Saturday, June 23.
The main card starts at 6 p.m. CST in Grace Hall at Lehigh University.
The event will determine the 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men's and women's freestyle wrestling. It will be a best-of-three series in each weight class, with the winner earning a spot on Team USA at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 20-28, 2018.
Zillmer, a native of Crosby, will square off against Titan Mercury WC's Cox, the 2017 World bronze medalist. Representing the Minnesota Storm, Zillmer was the 2018 U.S. Open runner-up and has made the Senior National Team in freestyle and Greco-Roman.
Cox has moved up to this new weight class and did not get an automatic berth in Final X because of the weight change. He edged Zillmer in the 2018 U.S. Open finals 2-0. Cox won three NCAA titles and was a four-time All-American for Missouri.
As a best-of-three series, the order of bouts will be the same for the first and second rounds of competition. If any weight classes are forced to a deciding third match in their series, the bouts in round three will stay in order, with a minimum waiting time of 30 minutes from the end of bout two.
FloWrestling will provide live and on-demand coverage of the three-event Final X series. Fans can watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4, as well as on desktop or mobile web via FloWrestling.com.