5. Michael Macchiavello
Macchiavello has had quite the rise in this past year as he emerged from the 197 pound weight class to claim a national championship. He's not a transcendent talent that is immediately going to be competing for the top spot in freestyle for the United States, but he is a good talent who could make things interesting. He will definitely get better in the next few years, but I don't really see a time where he makes the leap to ever be the guy for the United States internationally.
4. Kenny Courts
Kenny Courts had one good tournament in college where he came out of nowhere to become an All-American. Then he fell out of everyone's thoughts and popped back up to turn into an interesting freestyle prospect again. He might just be getting overhyped due to a single strong performance, but he could possibly make things interesting at this weight, although I still can't imagine him being the guy.
3. Nick Heflin
Heflin is a guy who was never a world-beater in college as he finished fifth twice during his time at Ohio State. He's good, not great, but considering this weight class was just added, it's a little more shallow than most so he has a legitimate shot to make the title match against J'Den Cox.
2. Hayden Zillmer
I saw Zillmer wrestle one match at the World Cup against India, and the thing that stood out is he looked massive. This is yet another guy who didn't shine too much in college, but maybe he can make an impact here. He was named the alternate at the World Cup for a reason, so he's probably the favorite to challenge Cox at Final X.
1. J'Den Cox
J'Den Cox is the sweatiest athlete in history. I feel like before we talk about his wrestling credentials, we really just need to get that on the record as no matter how good he is at wrestling, it will never live up to his ability to sweat. The man has to be wiped down before a match, because he simply has too much sweat on him simply from warming up. Anyways, Cox is also a hell of a wrestler as he's got a Bronze medal to his name. He's long and strong and incredibly tough to score on. I don't think anybody in the United States is touching him, but I need to see him develop more of an offensive attack before I can see him getting atop a podium at the international level.
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