Darian Cruz To Represent Puerto Rico In Upcoming World Championships

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh NCAA Champion Darian Cruz ’18 is headed to Belgrade, Serbia to compete at 57 kg in freestyle at the UWW World Championships, which run from Sept. 10-18. Cruz, will be competing for Puerto Rico with qualification rounds set for Friday, Sept. 16 and repechage and finals set for the following day.

Cruz recently switched over to Puerto Rico after competing previously for the United States. The made the US national team in 2019 following a runner-up finish at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament.

The 2017 NCAA Champion at 125 and a three-time NCAA All-American, Cruz has continued training at the Caruso Complex with the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club. The three-time EIWA Champion also spent the last three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach on the Mountain Hawks’ staff while training with the LVWC.

Cruz will be the first Lehigh wrestler to compete at an Olympics or World Championships since Zach Rey ’12 represented the United States at 125 kg at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas. Prior to Rey, Bobby Weaver ’83 won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and also placed at the 1979 and 1983 World Championships.

Streaming video of the 2022 UWW World Championships will be available on FloWrestling.org.

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