A look at the 9 world-team wrestlers with Iowa ties

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Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s Alli Ragan makes her seventh Senior World Team. She beat fellow HWC wrestler Lauren Louive, two matches to none, at Final X.
Cody Goodwin, cgoodwin2@dmreg.com

With the conclusion of Final X this past weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska, all of the United States’ age-level world teams are set for the 2019 season — and many of them include wrestlers with Iowa ties.

Here, we offer a breakdown of all the Iowa wrestlers on each world team: Senior, U23, Junior and Cadet. We’ve included a quick rundown of how each wrestler qualified, as well as dates for each world championship event.

Senior

World Championships Date: Sept. 14-22, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan 

Alli Ragan, Women’s Freestyle, 59 kilos

Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s Kayla Miracle makes 2019 Senior World Team. She beat Mallory Velte, two matches to none, at Final X in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Junior

World Championships Date: Aug. 12-18, in Tallinn, Estonia

Michaela Beck, women’s freestyle, 59 kilos

A fourth Hawkeye Wrestling Club member on a world team. Beck went 6-0 and outscored her opponents by a combined 59-7 to win the Junior trials in May. This is her first age-level world team, and she will be a threat to win it.

Beck, a native of New York, is one of America’s brightest young talents. Last year, she reached the U.S. Open finals and also finished as the runner-up at the world team trials challenge. This year, she nearly qualified for Final X, but ultimately fell to Louive in the Senior trials finals.

David Carr, men’s freestyle, 74 kilos

Carr, a freshman at Iowa State, spent his redshirt year wrestling a lot of freestyle. He reached the semifinals of the prestigous Dave Schultz Memorial, then took fourth at the Cerro Pelado International in Cuba. He competed against Senior-level post-graduates in both tournaments.

Then, in April, Carr stormed to a Junior national title, which helped set him up to make the Junior world team in May. The Ohio native is a past Cadet world bronze medalist. A junior world title will only inflate expectations further for the future Cyclone star.

Tanner Sloan, men’s freestyle, 97 kilos

The second of two Iowa natives going global — and perhaps the most surprising. Sloan’s redshirt season was filled with excellent moments. The Alburnett graduate went 24-2 overall and reached the finals of the Midlands Championships while competing for South Dakota State.

Sloan’s only gotten better since then. He finished second at Junior nationals, then reached stormed through the Junior trials to make the team. He also recently won a gold medal at the Junior Pan-American Championships. A bright future has very quickly arrived.

Cadet

World Championships Date: July 29-Aug. 4, in Sofia, Bulgaria

Ryan Sokol, men’s freestyle, 65 kilos

Sokol, an Iowa commit, rolled through the field at the Cadet world team trials to make his first age-level world team. He went 7-0 and outscored his opponents by a combined 65-17. He recorded three technical falls and two pins along the way.

The Minnesota prep, when healthy, has been one of the nation’s best at his age — he’s a 2021 recruit — and his performance in Akron at the trials only provided further evidence (he took third in the Greco-Roman competition, too). He could be a threat to medal in Bulgaria.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

Source: Des Moines Register