Bill Farrell International, a qualifier for the World Team Trials and Pan Am Championships, scheduled for April 1-2 in Iowa


Photo of Kamal Bey at Final X 2019. Photo by Tony Rotundo,

The 2022 Bill Farrell International is scheduled for this weekend in a new location, Cedar Falls, Iowa. The event will take place April 1-2 alongside USA Wrestling’s Folkstyle Nationals, one of the busiest events of the year, and the Boys High School National Recruiting Showcase. This year’s Farrell will serve as a qualifier for the 2022 World Team Trials in all three Olympic styles – men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman – as well as the 2022 Pan American team selection in Greco-Roman.

Across the 30 weight classes, the top-ranked U.S. athlete, who has not yet qualified, will win a bid for the World Team Trials in May.


Likewise, the application for the 2022 Pan American team in Greco-Roman will go to the highest ranked American athlete in each weight, where there is no 2021 world medalist. The only weight with a 2021 world medalist is 97 kg, where G’Angelo Hancock will have the first dibs on the team spot.

The tournament begins Friday with the Greco-Roman and Women’s Freestyle and ends Saturday with the Men’s Freestyle. Fans can watch all the action live on FloWrestling.

Let’s take a look at some of the notable names entered for the event as of March 30:


Former Olympians:

  • 60 kg: Ildar Hafizov (2008 – Uzbekistan, 2020 – United States)
  • 63kg: Jesse Thielke (2016)
  • 67kg: Alejandro Sancho (2020)
  • 82 kg: Ben Provisor (2012, 2016)

Former Global Team Members:

  • 55kg: Max Nowry (2019, 2021)
  • 60kg: Dalton Roberts (2018)
  • 72kg: Patrick Smith (2017, 2019, 2021)
  • 77kg: Kamal Bey (2018)
  • 77kg: RaVaughn Perkins (2018)
  • 77kg: Jesse Porter (2021)
  • 87kg: Alan Vera (2021)

World medalists by age group:

Women’s freestyle

World medalists by age group:

  • 50kg: Emily Shilson (2017 Cadet Silver, 2018 Cadet Gold, 2021 Junior Gold, 2021 U23 Gold)
  • 53 kg: Ronna Heaton (2015 Cadet Gold, 2016 Cadet Silver)

World Team Members by Age Group:

  • 53kg: Sage Mortimer (Cadet 2019)
  • 55kg: Alisha Howk (youngest 2017; junior 2018)
  • 68kg: Rachel Watters (2015, 2016, 2017 Junior; 2017, 2018 U23)
  • 76kg: Precious Bell (2019 U23)

Other names to look for:

  • 59 kg: Xochitl Mota-Pettis (2020 US Open finalist)

freestyle men

Former Senior World Team Members:

Other names to look for:

  • 61 kg: Shelton Mack (2021 Pan American champion)
  • 70 kg: Alec Pantaleo (2021 Pan American champion)
  • 79 kg: Tommy Gantt (2021 Pan American champion)


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