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United World Wrestling World Cup 2018: A closer look at Team USA (74, 79, 86 KG)

Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs, standouts Dake and Taylor anchor middle of lineup

Jordan Burroughs carries his son, Beacon, from the crowd after qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Sunday, April 10, 2016. (The Gazette)
Jordan Burroughs carries his son, Beacon, from the crowd after qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Sunday, April 10, 2016. (The Gazette)

Iowa City hosts United World Wrestling Men’s Freestyle World Cup on Saturday and Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual-meet event begins at 10 a.m. both days. Here’s a glance at Team USA.

74 KG (163 pounds)

Jordan Burroughs

• Age: 29

• Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

• Wrestling Club/Training Center: Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC

• Prep career: New Jersey state champion, posting 115-20 career record at Winslow Township High School.

• College career: Two-time NCAA champion and three-time All-American for Nebraska, going 128-20 and ranking fourth on school’s all-time win list, 2011 Hodge Trophy winner.

• International career: Second in U.S. history with five World titles, consisting of 2012 Olympic gold medal and 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 World champion, 2014 World bronze medalist, World Cup champion from 2012-2015, three-time U.S. Open champion, two-time Pan Am Games champion, titles from Grand Prix of Spain, Grand Prix of Germany, Yasar Dogu International, Alexander Medved International, Sargysan International, Ukrainian Wrestlers Memorial, Cerro Pelado International and Dave Schultz Memorial International.

Isaiah Martinez

• Age: 23

• Hometown: Lemoore, Calif.

• Wrestling Club/Training Center: Titan Mercury WC/Illini WC

• Prep career: Three-time California state champion, four-time state medalist at Lemoore High School, posting 205-7 career mark, Junior Nationals freestyle champion and Greco-Roman All-American, Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman champion and freestyle All-American.

• College career: Two-time NCAA champion and four-time national finalist for University of Illinois, four-time Big Ten champion with 116-3 career record, ranking 10th in school history, 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, 2018 and 2016 Big Ten Wrestler of the Championships.

• International career: 2016 University Nationals champion, World Championships qualifier.

79 KG (174)

Kyle Dake

• Age: 27

• Hometown: Ithaca, N.Y.

• Wrestling Club/Training Center: Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC

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• Prep career: Two-time New York state champion and three-time state finalist for Lansing High School.

• College career: Four-time NCAA champion at four different weights (141, 149, 157, 165) for Cornell University, 2013 Hodge Trophy winner.

• International career: U.S. National Team member, U.S. Olympic Team trials runner-up, three-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up, 2018 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix silver medalist, 2017 Paris International champion, 2016 U.S. Open champion, 2014 Cerro Pelado International, 2008 Junior World Greco-Roman team member.

Alex Dieringer

• Age: 24

• Hometown: Stillwater, Okla.

• Wrestling Club/Training Center: Titan Mercury WC

• Prep career: Two-time Wisconsin state champion and three-time state finalist at Port Washington High School, Nine-time Cadet and Junior All-American, 2010 Junior Wrestler of the Year.

• College career: Three-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Oklahoma State, posting 133-4 career record, 2016 Hodge Trophy winner, four-time Big 12 champion.

• International career: U.S. National team member, 2013 Junior World silver medalist, 2013 and 2012 U.S. Junior World team member, 2018 Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial champion, 2017 silver medalist at Paris International, 2016 World Freestyle Clubs Cup champion, 2016 Bill Farrell International champion.

86 KG (189)

David Taylor

• Age: 28

• Hometown: State College, Pa.

• Wrestling Club/Training Center: Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC

• Prep career: Four-time Ohio state champion for St. Paris Graham, going 180-2, two-time ASICS first-team All-American, Dave Schultz Award winner as nation’s top prep wrestler.

• College career: Two-time NCAA champion and four-time national finalist at Penn State with 134-3 career mark, four-time Big Ten champion, 2012 and 2014 Hodge Trophy winner, three-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Year.

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• International career: U.S. National team member, 2018 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion, 2017 World Cup champion, 2017 and 2015 U.S. Open champion, 2017 Paris International champion, 2016 World Freestyle Clubs Cup champion, 2016 Sargysan Cup champion, 2016 and 2015 Grand Prix of Spain champion, 2013 World University Games bronze medalist.

Bo Nickal

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• Hometown: Allen, Texas

• Wrestling Club/Training Center: Nittany Lion WC

• Prep career: Three-time Texas state champion and four-time state finalist for Allen High School, posting 183-7 career mark with 131 pins.

• College career: Two-time NCAA champion and three-time national finalist for Penn State, two-time Big Ten champion, posting 90-3 mark through junior season.

• International career: 2014 International Junior Champions tournament gold medalist, fifth at 2013 Cadet World Championships, 2013 Junior Nationals champion.

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