WCAP qualifies four for Final X during World Team Trials Challenge

By Staff Sgt. Michael HunnisettMay 24, 2023

WCAP qualifies four for Final X during World Team Trials Challenge
Sgt. Ildar Hafizov qualified for Final X during the World Team Trials Challenge held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 20, 2023. Hafizov, who wrestles in Greco-Roman at 60kg, will wrestle for his place on Team USA's World Team on June 10. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Hunnisett) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Michael Hunnisett) VIEW ORIGINAL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An additional four Soldier-athletes assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program qualified for Final X after taking first place at the World Team Trials Challenge.

Those qualified were Spc. Dalton Duffield, Sgt. Ildar Hafizov, Sgt. Xavier Johnson, and Spc. Alejandro Sancho. They join Spc. Dalton Roberts, Pvt. Justus Scott, Pfc. Kamal Bey, and Spc. Spencer Woods, who all qualified during the U.S. Open in late April.

In Men’s Greco-Roman, Spc. Jesse Thielke (67kg) earned silver during the competition, and Pvt. Billy Sullivan (55kg) and Cpt. Michael Hooker (72kg) earned bronze. In Women’s Freestyle, Sgt. Areana Villaescusa (55kg) earned Silver, and Spc. Brenda Reyna (59kg) earned bronze.

At Final X, which will take place June 10 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Duffield will get a rematch against Brady Koontz, whom he lost to in the finals at the U.S. Open; Hafizov will face off against Roberts; Johnson draws U.S. Open Champion Hayden Tuma; and Sancho will face Robert Perez III.


55 kg - Spc. Dalton Duffield

Semifinal: Duffield tech. fall Jacob Cochran, 10-0

Final: Duffield tech. fall Camden Russell, 10-0

60 kg - Sgt. Ildar Hafizov

Semifinal: Hafizov dec. Dylan Koontz, 6-0

Final: Hafizov dec. Randon Miranda, 8-4

63 kg - Sgt. Xavier Johnson

Semifinal: Johnson dec. Dylan Gregerson, 8-4

Final: Johnson dec. Sammy Jones, 7-4

67 kg - Spc. Jesse Thielke, Spc. Alejandro Sancho

Semifinal: Thielke tech. fall David Stepanian, 10-0

Quarterfinal: Sancho tech. fall Savion Hayood, 11-2

Semifinal: Sancho tech. fall Chayse La Joie, 9-0

Final: Sancho win by forfeit over Thielke, 0:00