Oklahoma State alum Alex Dieringer will wrestle his rescheduled best-of-three series against reigning World champion Kyle Dake for the 79 kilogram spot on the United States’ World Championship men’s freestyle team Aug. 17 in Austin, Texas.
USA Wrestling announced the special wrestle-off Tuesday, but the time and venue have yet to be determined. FloSports, which is based in Austin, will broadcast the event.
The series was scheduled to take place June 8 at Final X: Rutgers, but Dake — four-time NCAA champion at Cornell — was granted a delay due to injury that he called a “freak accident” that required surgery. Dieringer, a three-time NCAA champion and 2016 Dan Hodge Trophy winner at OSU, qualified for Final X by winning the World Team Trials Challenge in May in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A win would put Dieringer on the World team with OSU redshirt sophomore Daton Fix, who claimed the 57 kilogram spot over Thomas Gilman at Final X: Lincoln in June. The World Championship is Sept. 14-22 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.