Between Team USA Wrestling setting the World Team and Gable Steveson announcing his return to the NCAA, this past week was a fun week for wrestling fans. Get your fix of everything you’ve missed over the past week in this week’s Wrestling Headlines.
Two College Wrestlers Make US Freestyle World Team
Over the weekend, Team USA set its lineup after a thrilling World Team Trials. Two D1 collegiate wrestlers secured a spot on the Senior Men’s Freestyle Team, including Daton Fix and Yianni Diakomihalis. You can watch all matches from the weekend by signing up for FloWrestling.
Fix came into the weekend as the #4 seed, but won out the 61kg spot by out-scoring his opponents 41-5. He looked incredible on his feet and transitioned so smoothly to turning his opponents on the mat. Along his route, Fix teched Seth Gross, defeated #1 seed Tyler Graff, and beat Nathan Thomasello. Against NATO, Fix won best two of three by scores of 8-3 and 7-0.
Another college wrestler who came alive over the weekend was Yianni Diakomihalis. He earned a spot on Team USA at 65kg by first teching Luke Pletcher. Yianni and Joey McKenna went the full three matches in the challenge finals after McKenna won the first match 8-7. But Yianni battled back with a 5-2 squeaker and a 12-2 tech.
Other college wrestlers who made the lineup were Peyton Omania (67kg) and Cohlton Schultz (130kg), both of whom are on the Greco-Roman World Team. Team USA Wrestling will compete in Olso, Norway at the upcoming World Championships.
Steveson Announces Surprising Return to NCAA
Gable Steveson hit fans with a double-whammy last week when he announced his return to college wrestling in conjunction with an NIL deal with the WWE.
In a statement, they said “WWE signs Olympic gold medalist and reigning NCAA wrestling champion Gable Steveson to an exclusive agreement. In the company’s first-ever NIL deal, Steveson will join the WWE roster while defending his NCAA title for the University of Minnesota.”
Gable also amped up his fans by tweeting “Dear @GopherWrestling, I’m Back!”
Did you expect Gable Steveson to return to the mat or not? Honestly, I did not. I thought he would take his money and run, and all the power to him if he did. But, Gable turned out to be the hero we all deserved.
Myles Amine Back for One More Go
One more piece of news that went undetected by many was the fact that Michigan superstar Myles Amine is returning to the Wolverines. He is using his final year of eligibility to compete again at 197 lbs next year.
He released a video on Instagram with a reporter asking his about last year’s NCAA tournament. The reporter asked, “NCAAs are in Detroit. Have you considered coming back?” Amine smiles, then his highlights play. Finally, the video ends with “One More. See you in Detroit.”
4X All-American Myles Amine is back, baby! With Gable back at heavyweight, I don’t expect NCAA Champion AJ Ferrari to bump up now; therefore, we could get a very fun rematch between Amine and Ferrari next year.
This is Amine’s last year to get the job done. Can he do it?