Sixteen Mountain Hawks Set to Wrestle at U20/U23 World Team Trials

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sixteen Lehigh wrestlers will be back on the mats this weekend at USA Wrestling’s U20 and U23 World Team Trials at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Freestyle competition begins Saturday morning with the start of the U20 challenge tournament and concludes Sunday afternoon with the U23 finals.

The Lehigh contingent features a trio of 2022 NCAA qualifiers, two others who competed at the EIWA Championships, and six wrestlers who deferred eligibility during the 2021-22 season.

Just two of the 16, Sheldon Seymour (57kg) and Carter Bailey (61kg) will be competing in the U20 Trials, bidding for the right to represent the United States at the UWW U20 World Championships in August in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The U23 contingent includes NCAA qualifiers Connor McGonagle (61kg), Max Brignola (70kg) and AJ Burkhart (86kg) plus Lehigh’s Deferred Eligibility Wrestler of the Year Nathan Taylor (125kg).

Winners in the U23 division are not yet guaranteed a spot on the world team but could still have the opportunity to compete at the U23 World Championships in October in Pontevedra, Spain.

The complete list of Lehigh entrants for this weekend is below.

Brackets and streaming video for the U20 and U23 World Team Trials will be available at

Sheldon Seymour 57kg
Carter Bailey 61kg

Connor McGonagle 61 kg
Max Brignola 70 kg
Zac Martin 70kg
Drew Munch 70kg
Manzona Bryant IV 74kg
Patrick Edmondson 74kg
Connor Herceg 79 kg
Sean Kilrain 79kg
Thayne Lawrence 79 kg
AJ Burkhart 86kg
JT Davis 92kg
Karam Chakif 125 kg
TJ Moore 125kg
Nathan Taylor 125kg

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