• U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Spc. Caylor Williams throws New York Athletic Club's Marcus Finau en route to victory, June 22, 2013, in the finals of the 96-kilogram/211.5 pound Greco-Roman division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials in Stillwater, Okla. Williams won the best-of-three series in two straight matches to earn a spot on Team USA for the 2013 FILA Wrestling World Championships, Sept. 16-22, in Budapest, Hungary.

    Williams throws Finau

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Spc. Caylor Williams throws New York Athletic Club's Marcus Finau en route to victory, June 22, 2013, in the finals of the 96-kilogram/211.5 pound Greco-Roman division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials in...

  • U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Capt. John Anderson reacts to earning a berth in the finals of the 74-kilogram/163-pound Greco-Roman division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials with a victory over Minnesota Storm's Jake Fisher, June 22, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Anderson lost to Andy Bisek of the Minnesota Storm in the finals.

    Anderson into finals

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Capt. John Anderson reacts to earning a berth in the finals of the 74-kilogram/163-pound Greco-Roman division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials with a victory over Minnesota Storm's Jake Fisher, June 22...

  • In a battle of U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestlers for a spot on Team USA for the 2013 FILA Wrestling World Championships, Sept. 16-22, 2013, in Budapest, Hungary, Sgt. Spenser Mango (right) defeats Sgt. Nate Engel in the finals of the Greco-Roman 55-kilogram/121-pound division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials, June 21, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Mango, 26, a native of St. Louis who is stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., is a two-time Olympian. He will be making his fourth appearance in the World Championships.

    Nate Engel vs. Spenser Mango

    In a battle of U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestlers for a spot on Team USA for the 2013 FILA Wrestling World Championships, Sept. 16-22, 2013, in Budapest, Hungary, Sgt. Spenser Mango (right) defeats Sgt. Nate Engel in the finals of the...

  • U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Capt. Jon Anderson (bottom) throws Minnesota Storm's Andy Bisek during the finals of the 74-kilogram/163-pound Greco-Roman division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials, June 22, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Bisek won their best-of-three series in two straight matches to claim the spot on Team USA for the 2013 FILA Wrestling World Championships, Sept. 16-22, in Budapest, Hungary.

    Anderson throws Bisek

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Capt. Jon Anderson (bottom) throws Minnesota Storm's Andy Bisek during the finals of the 74-kilogram/163-pound Greco-Roman division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials, June 22, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla...

  • U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Spc. Caylor Williams reacts to earning a berth in the 2013 FILA Wrestling World Championships, Sept. 16-22, in Budapest, Hungary, with a victory over New York Athletic Club's Marcus Finau in the 96-kilogram/211.5-pound division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials, June 22, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla.

    Caylor Williams to World Championships

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Spc. Caylor Williams reacts to earning a berth in the 2013 FILA Wrestling World Championships, Sept. 16-22, in Budapest, Hungary, with a victory over New York Athletic Club's Marcus Finau in the...

  • U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Spc. Justin Lester earns his sixth berth in the World Championships by defeating WCAP and 2012 U.S. Olympic teammate Pfc. Ellis Coleman in the finals of the Greco-Roman 66-kilogram/145.5-pound division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials, June 21, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla.

    Spc. Justin Lester

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Spc. Justin Lester earns his sixth berth in the World Championships by defeating WCAP and 2012 U.S. Olympic teammate Pfc. Ellis Coleman in the finals of the Greco-Roman 66-kilogram/145.5-pound division of...

  • U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and two-time Olympic wrestler Sgt. Spenser Mango throws Dmitry Ryabchinskiy of New York Athletic Club en route to earning a spot in the finals of the Greco-Roman 55-kilogram/121-pound division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials in Stillwater, Okla., June 21, 2013. Mango defeated WCAP teammate Sgt. Nate Engel in the finals, earning a trip to the 2013 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, scheduled for Sept. 16-22.

    Mango throw

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and two-time Olympic wrestler Sgt. Spenser Mango throws Dmitry Ryabchinskiy of New York Athletic Club en route to earning a spot in the finals of the Greco-Roman 55-kilogram/121-pound division of the 2013 U.S...

  • In a battle of 2012 Olympians and U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program teammates, Pfc. Ellis Coleman (left) has the upper hand on WCAP teammate Spc. Justin Lester, who rallied to win their showdown in the finals of the 66-kilogram/145.5-pound Greco-Roman division of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials, June 21, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla.

    Coleman vs. Lester

    In a battle of 2012 Olympians and U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program teammates, Pfc. Ellis Coleman (left) has the upper hand on WCAP teammate Spc. Justin Lester, who rallied to win their showdown in the finals of the 66-kilogram/145.5-pound...

STILLWATER, Okla. (June 25, 2013) -- Three wrestlers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program earned spots on Team USA for the World Championships at the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials, June 21-22.

Sgt. Spenser Mango, Spc. Justin Lester and Spc. Caylor Williams will compete Sept. 16-22, at the 2013 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

An unprecedented eight Soldiers reached the finals of the U.S. World Team Trials, including four in two weight classes, ensuring that at least two Army wrestlers would make Team USA.

Mango, a two-time Olympian who will be making his fourth appearance at the World Championships, won two straight matches against WCAP teammate Sgt. Nate Engel in the best-of-three finals of the Greco-Roman 55-kilogram/121-pound division.

Lester, a 2012 Olympian who earned his sixth trip to the World Championships, defeated WCAP teammate Pfc. Ellis Coleman in two consecutive matches in the 66-kilogram/145.5-pound Greco-Roman division.

"I've just been feeling good," Lester said. "I'm having fun again, and that's what it's all about. When I'm having fun, I'm wrestling well. Still got awhile to go -- got to get my offense clicking. Obviously my lungs are back. Just get my moves clicking and I'm going to be ready to go by Budapest."

Lester welcomed Coleman's move into his weight class and onto the Army WCAP squad.

"He's somebody else I have to beat," Lester said. "It's great for him because he's a 'tweener' like me, but he's young, so he made the right move in going up. Just [unfortunate] that I'm there, too. We're going to be battling until these shoes are off, but until then, I expect him to push me and I'm going to push him to make him a better wrestler."

Williams, 22, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, prevailed in two matches against New York Athletic Club's Marcus Finau in the Greco-Roman 96-kilogram/211.5-pound class.

"The same way I came into this tournament -- nobody knew who I was, I wasn't a favorite -- that's the same way I feel about the world," Williams said. "The number one guys from Russia, Cuba, Hungary -- I'm ready to wrestle all of them. I've wanted to make the national team and the world team for a long time.

"This stuff is all cool," Williams said after receiving his Team USA uniform from USA Wrestling Director of National Teams Mitch Hull. "But I don't really care -- I'm trying to win the Worlds."

Williams praised the Army for renewing his wrestling life after UNC-Greensboro dropped its wrestling program.

"I thank WCAP for picking us up and taking us to the next level," he said. "It's the number one team in the country right now."

WCAP head wrestling coach Shon Lewis is glad to have Williams on his squad.

"He's so explosive," Lewis said. "He's one of our new guns, and we're happy to have him. He's working hard, and he's hungry. As long as he stays hungry, and he stays humble, I think he's going to do great things.'

After wrestling through a daylong challenge tournament, three other Soldiers reached the finals and will serve as alternates for the World Championships.

Capt. Jon Anderson dropped two straight matches to 2011 U.S. World Team member Andy Bisek of the Minnesota Storm in the finals of the Greco-Roman 74-kilogram/163-pound weight class.

Anderson, 28, a 2006 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., defeated Minnesota Storm's Jake Fisher to reach his first final in the U.S. World Team Trials. He saluted family members and Army fans for their support from the grandstands at Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State University and others watching on the Internet.

"I'm pumped," Anderson said. "I've got my family out there: my wife, my parents, brother in law, a bunch of guys came down -- even my old commander that I went to Iraq with, he's here watching, and his wife. It's awesome that I've got all my family watching online, too. All the hard work paid off."

Spc. Peter Hicks lost to reigning national champion Jordan Holm of the Minnesota Storm in the 84-kilogram/185-pound Greco finals.

Reigning national champ at 51 kilograms, Pfc. Whitney Conder, wrestling up a weight class, lost to 2012 World silver medalist Helen Maroulis of New York Athletic Club in the women's freestyle finals at 55 kilograms/121 pounds. Conder, 25, was a 2007 Junior World champion.

"She really showed her toughness by coming here to compete and going against women five or six kilos heavier than she is, and knocking them off," Lewis said. "Right now, she's ranked number two at 55 and ranked number one at 51."

Fresh off an Olympic cycle, the Army wrestling team already has reloaded.

"By far, this is the strongest and the deepest team that we've had," Lewis said. "We put three on the team and we had a chance to put four or five on the team."

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