Schultz and Valencia shoot for the senior world team

TEMPE – The final stages are finally here. Win the next one and you’re on the USA Senior World Team. Cohlton Schultz (Greco 130kg) and Zahid Valencia (FS 86kg) are both set for their respective Final X matches on June 3 and 8. Schultz will face Tanner Farmer in the third bout of the Stillwater series on Friday, and Valencia will meet David Taylor in the final bout of Final X New York next Wednesday. The two wrestle under Sunkist Kids RTC, and fans can watch all the action via FloWrestling.

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National Heavyweight Vice-Champion Cohlton Schultz is aiming for his second consecutive Senior World Team after qualifying last year with a victory in the final over Jacob Mitchell. The Schultz tech beat Mitchell in their second match and won his SWT spot with a 6-0 final decision. This year he faces Tanner Farmer (NY Athletic Club) in the title match. Schultz handed Farmer a 5-0 loss in the 2021 World Team Trials semi-final. In 2020, Farmer was an NAIA All-American, GPAC Wrestler of the Year and GPAC Heavyweight Champion.

Two-time national team member and two-time NCAA champion Zahid Valencia was a Final X runner-up in 2018 after winning the World TeamTrials. He followed that up by taking second place at the 2019 WTT Challenge tournament before winning the Senior Nationals in December. He is the opposite of David Taylor who was Tokyo 2020 champion in 86 kg, 2018 world champion and two-time NCAA champion with Penn State.