Schultz, Negron Set for U23 World Championships
TEMPE - Two Sun Devils are taking it international this week for the U23 World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. NCAA heavyweight runner up Cohlton Schultz (USA, 130 kg Greco-Roman) and first-year transfer Tony Negron (Puerto Rico, 79 kg FS) will be accompanied by coaches Frank Molinaro and Eric Thompson for the upcoming trip. 130 kg Greco-Roman competition runs October 17 and 18, while 79 kg freestyle action runs October 21 and 22. All matches will stream via FloWrestling.
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Schultz is no stranger to world competition, as he is a two-time Senior World Team member and entering his seventh age-group World Championships (three-time medalist). Negron doesn't have an extensive international resumé, but he went undefeated at 3-0 to qualify for Puerto Rico's team. Schultz opens the tournament against Jonavan Smith of Puerto Rico. Freestyle draws have yet to be announced.
Schultz and Thompson have built a trusting relationship, bonding over their similar mindsets over the past year. "It is nice to have a big heavyweight who understands how wrestling changes when you get up to the upper weights," Schultz said. "Plus, he's a guy who I know is looking out for me."
This will be Negron's first international championship and first season as a Sun Devil. Accompanied by coach Molinaro, Negron will be competing in the 79 kg weight class with his qualification rounds beginning Friday, October 21st.
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U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
Greco-Roman competition (local times)
Monday, October 17
10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. AZ) – Qualification rounds (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
6 p.m. (9:00 a.m. AZ) – Semifinals (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 p.m. (9:00 a.m. AZ) – Finals (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
Freestyle competition (local times)
Friday, October 21
10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. AZ) – Qualification rounds (FS – 57-65-70-79-97kg)
4:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m. AZ) – Semifinals (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 p.m. (9:00 a.m. AZ) – Finals (FS – 57-65-70-79-97kg)