Preview: 2018 World Championships

Preview: 2018 World Championships

2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sat-Sun., Oct. 20-18
Papp Laszlo Arena • Budapest, Hungary

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CKWC AT THE UWW SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Three Cliff Keen Wrestling Club wrestlers will vie for world gold at the 2018 UWW Senior World Championships over the next week (Sat-Sun., Oct. 20-18) at Papp Laszlo Arena in Budapest, Hungary. Dave Habat will represent Slovenia in the 65kg/143-pound freestyle division, Domenic Abounader will wrestle for Lebanon in the 86kg/189-pound freestyle division, while Adam Coon will compete for the United States in the 130kg/286-pound Greco-Roman division.

Michigan senior/junior Stevan Micic also qualified to represent Serbia at the World Championships after claiming bronze in his senior-level debut at the European Championships and, most recently, capturing gold at the Poland Open, but he was forced to withdraw due to an injury suffered at the latter event.

The world championships feature 30 total weight classes — 10 each in the three Olympic styles (men’s freestyle, men’s Greco-Roman, women’s freestyle), which is up from eight weight classes per style at the 2017 World Championships. This year’s worlds will also feature new weight categories, including the Olympic weights for 2020, and the new two-day competition format.

WHEN TO CATCH THEM

Each day will feature two sessions. Preliminary and quarterfinal rounds will commence at 10:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. EST) each day. Budapest is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time; all times listed below are EST.

SATURDAY, OCT. 20
Men’s freestyle: 61Kg, 74kg, 86kg, 125kg

Qualification Rounds: 4:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST
Semifinals: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST

SUNDAY, OCT. 21
Men’s freestyle: 57kg, 65kg, 79kg, 92kg

Qualification Rounds: 4:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST
Semifinals: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST

Men’s freestyle: 61Kg, 74kg, 86kg, 125kg

Repechage: 4:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST
Finals: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

MONDAY, OCT. 22
Men’s freestyle: 61Kg, 74kg, 86kg, 125kg

Repechage: 4:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST
Finals: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

SATURDAY, OCT. 27
Men’s Greco-Roman: 77kg, 97kg, 130kg

Qualification Rounds: 4:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST
Semifinals: 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST

SUNDAY, OCT. 28
Men’s Greco-Roman: 77kg, 97kg, 130kg

Repechage: 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. EST
Finals: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST

HOW TO CATCH THE ACTION

Live video, live results and bracket updates will be available through Trackwrestling.com across desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected televisions.

NBC Olympics will also air the World Championships with nearly 30 hours of coverage, including more than 20 hours of live coverage on Olympic Channel. Event coverage begins with men’s freestyle finals this Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. EST on Olympic Channel. NBCSN will provide same-day encore coverage of most of the events throughout the tournament.

THE CKWC REPRESENTATIVES

Domenic Abounader — Abounader posted a breakthrough year in his senior season at Michigan, earning a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships to earn his first All-America citation at 184 pounds. A four-time NCAA qualifier and a Big Ten champion, Abounader will look to carry his momentum into a post-collegiate freestyle career. Wrestling for his father’s home country of Lebanon, Abounader captured 86kg silver in an impressive senior-level debut at the Asian Games in August. He is making his first-ever appearance at the World Championships. [ USA Wrestling 86kg Freestyle Preview ]

Adam Coon — A three-time heavyweight All-American at Michigan, Coon brings a vast amount of international success into his first ever Senior World Championships. A former Cadet world champion (2011) and double Junior world bronze medalist in freestyle and Greco-Roman (2014), Coon made the U.S. Greco team after sweeping the best-of-three 130kg final against Olympian and four-time world team member Robby Smith at the trials in June. He was one step shy of making the freestyle world team as well, falling to world bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski at Final X just a day later. [ USA Wrestling 130kg Greco Preview ]

Dave Habat — A two-time All-American at Edinboro, Habat has trained out of Ann Arbor since graduating in 2015 and is set to make his third World Championships appearance in four years. Wrestling for Slovenia, he captured bronze at the 2017 European Championships — and fell just short of duplicating the feat this summer. He claimed 65kg silver at the 2018 Mediterranean Games. [ USA Wrestling 65kg Freestyle Preview ]

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