Twenty wrestling Soldier-Athletes to compete for national titles at 2023 U.S. Open

By Staff Sgt. Michael HunnisettApril 18, 2023

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LAS VEGAS – Twenty wrestling Soldier-Athletes will compete at the 2023 U.S. Open on April 26-30 at the South Point Casino and Hotel. Soldier-Athletes will compete in one of three disciplines: Women’s Freestyle, Men’s Freestyle, and Men’s Greco-Roman.

Every champion of the 2023 U.S. Open will automatically qualify for Final X in their respective weight class. Final X is the last step of the world team trials process, where winners in each weight class will head to the World Championships.

“We’re looking forward to being able to showcase the exceptional skill and talent of our Soldier-Athletes at the U.S. Open,” said Shon Lewis, Army World Class Athlete Program wrestling coach. “We have a great team, and we’re ready to compete and win.”

Soldier-Athletes assigned to WCAP will compete in the following weight classes:

Women’s Freestyle

  • Sgt. Areana Villaescusa, 55kg
  • Spc. Aleaah Gould, 50kg
  • Spc. Estrella Dorado-Marin, 53kg
  • Spc. Brenda Reyna, 59kg
  • Spc. Bridgette Duty, 62kg
  • Pfc. Tristan Kelly, 76kg

Men’s Freestyle

  • Staff Sgt. Morgan McIntosh, 92kg

Men’s Greco-Roman

  • Cpt. Michael Hooker, 72kg
  • Sgt. Ildar Hafizov, 60kg
  • Sgt. Xavier Johnson, 63kg
  • Sgt. Leslie Fuenffinger, 63kg
  • Spc. Dalton Duffield, 55kg
  • Spc. Dalton Roberts, 60kg
  • Spc. Alejandro Sancho, 67kg
  • Spc. Jesse Thielke, 67kg
  • Spc. Britton Holmes, 72kg
  • Spc. Spencer Woods, 82kg
  • Pfc. Kamal Bey, 77kg
  • Pvt. William Sullivan, 55kg
  • Pvt. Justus Scott, 72kg

Full biographies of the Soldiers competing can be found here:

To follow the journey of these athletes on the road to Paris 2024, follow @USArmyWCAP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.