Cassioppi, Lugo to Compete at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa junior Tony Cassioppi and Hawkeye Wrestling Club member Pat Lugo will compete at the 2022 World Team Trials Challenge tournament on May 21-22 at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.

Cassioppi is the No. 3 seed at 125 kg (behind Hayden Zillmer and Nick Gwiazdowski), while Lugo is the No. 9 seed at 65 kg.

The HWC will also be represented in the women’s freestyle bracket by Rachel Watters (No. 7 seed at 65 kg), Victoria Francis (No. 4 seed at 76 kg) and Jordan Nelson (No. 6 seed at 76 kg).

Action begins at 10 a.m. (CT) and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The World Team Trials Challenge tournament features top Olympic hopefuls in three Olympic disciplines – men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. Winners and some of the runners-up will advance to Final X Stillwater on June 3 or Final X New York on June 8.

Final X is the last step in the Senior World Team Trials process, which will determine the 2022 U.S. Senior World Team that will compete in Belgrade, Serbia, from Sept. 12-18.

Two Final X participants will be determined in the semifinals on Sunday morning for men’s 125 kg and women’s 76 kg. One Final X participant will be determined Sunday night for men’s 65 kg and women’s 76 kg with a best two-of-three championship series.

The tournament will be streams live on FloWrestling and live results will be available at