TEMPE – Two Sun Devils are going international this week for the U23 World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. NCAA Heavyweight Finalist Cohlton Schultz (USA, 130 kg Greco-Roman) and freshman transfer Tony Negron (Puerto Rico, 79 kg FS) will be accompanied by coaches Frank Molinaro and Eric Thompson for the next trip. The 130kg Greco-Roman competition takes place October 17-18, while the 79kg freestyle action takes place October 21-22. All matches will be broadcast via FloWrestling.
Interview with Cohlton Schultz before the U23 Worlds
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Schultz is no stranger to world competition, having been a two-time member of the World Senior Team and competing at his seventh Age Group World Championships (three-time medalist). Negron doesn’t have an extensive international resume, but he went 3-0 unbeaten to qualify for the Puerto Rico side. Schultz opens the tournament against Jonavan Smith of Puerto Rico. The free draws have not yet been announced.
Schultz and Thompson have built a relationship of trust, bonding over their similar mindsets over the past year. “It’s nice to have a big heavyweight that understands how wrestling changes as you move up to the higher weights,” Schultz said. “Plus, he’s a guy who I know is watching over me.”
This will be Negron’s first international championship and his first season as Sun Devil. Accompanied by trainer Molinaro, Negron will compete in the 79kg weight class with his qualifying rounds beginning Friday, October 21.
U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CALENDAR
Greco-Roman competition (local times)
monday october 17
10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. AZ) – Qualifying events (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
6:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. AZ) – Semi-finals (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
tuesday october 18
10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. AZ) – Repechage (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
6:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. AZ) – Finals (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
Freestyle competition (local times)
friday 21 october
10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. AZ) – Qualifying rounds (FS – 57-65-70-79-97kg)
4:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m. AZ) – Semi-finals (FS – 57-65-70-79-97kg)
Saturday October 22
10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. AZ) – Repechage (FS – 57-65-70-79-97kg)
6:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. AZ) – Finals (FS – 57-65-70-79-97kg)