The US Open will be taking place in a little over a week and some of the best wrestlers in the country have chosen to wrestle despite having already qualifying for the world team trials and here are some to keep an eye out for whether they might have a break out performance, looking to qualify for the trials, or will just be fun to watch.
1- Tyler Graff
Tyler Graff was the world team member in 2019 at 61kg, he fell short last season as Daton Fix took over as the guy moving up to 61kg and finished it off with a silver medal performance at worlds.
2- Nico Megaludis
The 2016 National Champion will be looking to win a US Open title but with Tyler Graff and Seth Gross in his way he has his work cut out for him.
3- Seth Gross
Seth Gross at 61kg might be a scary man but we have never really seen him at the weight that suits him the best. Looking sucked out at 57kg and too small at 65kg this might just be his time.
4- Luke Pletcher
A guy that may have been going under the radar a bit with how good he is. He will be looking to win the US Open but will have a rough path to get through but nothing to count him out of.
5- Evan Henderson
Coming off a big 13-11 win over Seth Gross at the latest Rudis+ card and will be looking for a solid performance here before heading off to the world team trials.
6- Pat Lugo
Recently competed overseas and looked solid and will be looking to come out strong for the US Open and get to the world team trials.
7- Jordan Oliver
Already qualified for the trials but why not still compete to get revenge on Pantaleo seems like the mentality that Oliver is going into this with. The winner of the Open gets the top seed at the trials.
8- Alec Pantaleo
Might be the favorite to make the team but he has not even qualified for the trials yet so he needs to place here to even have a chance at making the world team.
9- Tyler Berger
Recently coming off a big win over Anthony Ashnault 6-6 at the Bill Farrell and will be looking to have a couple upsets here heading into the world team trials.
10- Cam Amine
Amine was very impressive with his 4th place finish at the national tournament and seemed to have picked up momentum after a slow start to the season. He will be looking to keep this going at the Open.
11- Isaiah Martinez
A few guys to watch at the weight class but with IMAR not having qualified for the trials yet means he is one of the only guys that actually has to compete here.
12- Alex Dieringer
Ringer will be looking to win the US Open and cap off a third win over what will most likely be Martinez in the finals. He will be looking for his first world team on the senior level.
13- Evan Wick
With a somewhat disappointing finish at the national tournament looking for a title Wick will have a chance to redeem himself here and get to the world team trials. He was a qualifier at the Olympic Trials last year and he should be looking to get back there and place this year at the world team trials.
14- Mark Hall
Hall could very well be the guy battling against David Taylor at Final X with what he has done recently here and will look to grab a US Open title on the way.
15- Trent Hidlay
Trent Hidlay vs Mark Hall might be be the finals of the US Open should the brackets fall that way and this will be a great match.
16- Nate Jackson
Been all over the place in terms of weight classes in this past couple years but back to 86kg and will be looking to grab a US Open title and continue at the trials.
17- Mike Macchiavello
Macchiavello has been looking extremely impressive so far this year winning the Bill Farrell with ease. If he can perform to his potential he will have to problem winning the US Open.
18- Jordan Wood
Wood has been going crazy lately picking up a 3rd place finish at the national tournament which was his highest ever. He is looking extremely solid and might just be the guy to win this bracket.
19- Lucas Davison
Davison went crazy this season in folkstyle and will be looking to bring that momentum into the freestyle scene to hopefully qualify himself for the trials.
20- Christian Lance
Lance had an amazing performance at the national tournament as well and was a big storyline being a former division 2 wrestler and is now a d1 All American. Freestyle is more of his strong suit as well as he said himself.