Joe Colon, Fresno State Wrestling’s volunteer assistant coach and an athlete at Valley Regional Training Center, has been chosen to replace injured wrestler Nashon Garrett at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships on Oct. 20-21 in Budapest, according to a Fresno State Athletics news release.
Colon will wrestle at 134 pounds and will compete in his first Senior World Championships after earning a runner-up position at Final X in June.
“It is very unfortunate that Garrett was injured and unable to compete in Budapest with our team,” said national freestyle coach Bill Zadick, according to the release.
“His preparation had been superb and we expected great things from him. Colon has been training hard as part of our national team, and we have confidence in his ability to compete at the highest level and challenge for a world medal at 61 kg.”
Colon won a gold medal at the 2018 Pan American Championships, a silver at the Alexandar Medved Invitational in Belarus and a bronze in the Ziolkowski Memorial in Poland, the release stated.
Colon will wrestle from the No. 4 seed at the World Championships.