High Schooler Cohlton Schultz Beats Greco Olympian In Best 2-Out-Of-3 To Make World Trials Finals
High school senior Cohlton Schultz, maybe the brightest American Greco prospect of his generation, punched his ticket to the finals of the World Team Trials process by beating 2016 Olympian and Greco-Roman mainstay Robby Smith. Schultz dropped the first match in their best 2-out-of-3 series but found his groove, winning 2-1 and 5-1, and took the series. He now will focus on returning world finalist Adam Coon, who he will meet at Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15th.
Schultz has long been on the radar as an up-and-coming talent that would one day make waves, but few predicted this early success. He is a cadet (under 17) and junior (under 21) world medalist who wrestles exclusively in Greco-Roman as he prepares himself for future Olympic competition. The Colorado native brings size, agility, and a stubborn determination to his matches, and his time spent training at the Olympic Training Center is certainly paying off.
Now standing in Cohlton's way is Coon, America's only world medalist in Greco last year. Adam pinned his way to the finals before losing in the gold medal match, and is especially remarkable because of his national success in freestyle (he is now a world team member in both styles the last few years). Both men bring incredible size and technical skill to the mat, and the winner is sure to continue America's noted tradition of exceptional heavyweight wrestlers.