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    Default WTT Format

    From USA Wrestling:
    Men?s freestyle - Current year World medalists that win the National Championship will earn a bye out of the World Team Trials tournament and will face the winner of the tournament in a best of three competition the same day.

    Gallick gets a bye to the finals, but he's never medalled at Worlds. What tournaments count for medalling to exempt you from the tournament?
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    That was last year's rule. I think they changed it where any US National champion receives a bye to the finals after Mo Lawal got pinned by Hrovat after winning Nationals last year.

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    I was ready to ask the same question, personally I much prefer this way...that the Nationals champ gets to sit until they get the Mini-tournament winner.

    Last year's way, unless you needed to go to qualify there was no incentive whatsoever to even go to the open.

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    My only objection is that the mini tourney winner should not have to face the National champ right away. That puts the challenger at a disadvantage after wrestling such a tough tourney. The final series should be held some time later or do it like Russians do it. Send both guys to an International tourney and see who does better.

    I know in America we care about being just and all but we need to pick the BEST guy and not the one that deserves it more.

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    I can see the reasoning in that. The mini-tournament guy is definitely at a disadvantage. I think it'd be interesting if they waited a couple weeks and then had an event where the Mini-Tournament champs

    I'll run down the mini tournament winners for a few years (save for last year) since this has peaked my interest.

    2005
    55: Akin
    60: Gallick
    66: Lawrence
    74: White
    84: Fullhart
    96: Preston
    120: Mocco

    No world teamers out of this group

    2004
    55: Henson
    60: Zadick
    66: Lawrence
    74: Heskett
    84: Sanderson
    96: Hartung
    120: Tolly

    Only guy that made it was Cael

    2003
    55: Mena
    60: Zadick
    66: Kelly
    74: Heskett
    84: Fullhart
    96: Hartung
    120: Tolly

    Only guy that made it was Kelly

    This is as far back as I'm going to go. 2 out of 21 is a pretty poor record for the mini-tournament guys. Its obvious that it may be that the US National champs were really just that much better than the other guys I guess.

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    But last year when 6 of the 7 National champs had to wrestle in the mini tourney, 4 of the 6 did not make the World Team.

    So, this tells me the system before last year favored the National champs to a great extent.

    More than that, 3 of the 4 medalists last year did not win last year's Nationals.

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    I don't agree that the winner of WTT's is the best guy OR the one who deserves it most. He's just the guy who won that tourney. USA Gymnastics picks their athletes at a two-week camp after nationals. Not a bad idea.

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    USA Wrestling changes competition format at U.S. Nationals and World Team Trials
    Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
    01/06/2006

    USA Wrestling has announced a series of changes in the format for its two major Senior-level events held each year, the U.S. National Championships and the U.S. World Team Trials. These changes will begin in 2006 and will also be in effect for the 2007 season.
    This says the rule would be in effect through this year. Did FILA make USA Wrestling change their minds about that?
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    Here's what I found:

    http://www.themat.com/index.php?page...rticleID=16575

    Six of the seven freestyle champions from the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas earned berths directly into the U.S. World Team Trials best-of-3 final series by virtue of meeting the following criteria established by USA Wrestling:

    ? Junior World medalist within the current Olympic quadrennium
    ? University World medalist within the current Olympic quadrennium
    ? Top 10 from the World Championship within the current Olympic quadrennium
    ? Multiple Senior-level World Team member
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