Cole Greashaber: Dark Horse of TYR Wodapalooza

January 14, 2023 by
Photo Credit: Ripple Sports (@ripplesports)
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The talk of the weekend on the men’s side of the competition at TYR Wodapalooza was the exciting budding rivalry between Ricky Garard and Roman Khrennikov. Several of the big names that we expected to see rise to the top did not disappoint, but one of the more overlooked athletes was the 22-year-old Cole Greashaber. 

Greashaber had a big first day of competition that made it clear he was a real threat for the podium. The question became if he had the breadth of fitness to stay amongst the top through a full competition. After the dust settled, Greashaber held strong and finished fifth overall in a stacked field of competitors.  

By the numbers: Greashaber was extremely consistent across the weekend, only finishing outside the top 10 twice and winning the free-standing handstand event. 

  • Rings and Squats: Fourth place
  • Back to the Future: Fifth place
  • Start Fast, Finish Strong (A): Fifth place
  • Start Fast, Finish Strong (B): Seventh place
  • We Have Lift Off (1RM Clean and Jerk): 18th place
  • We Have Lift Off (Free-standing Parallette HS): First place
  • Double Shot with a Splash: Eighth place 
  • Miami Meat Market: 15th place
  • Dirty Isabel: Fourth place 

Performance history: Greashaber may seem like he came out of nowhere, but he has CrossFit Games experience in both the teenage and elite individual divisions. 

  • 2017 CrossFit Games (Boys 16-17 division): He finished third behind Angelo Dicicco and Gui Malheiros. 
  • 2022 Syndicate Crown Semifinal: He finished third behind Justin Medeiros and Jayson Hopper. 
  • 2022 CrossFit Games: He finished 33rd and had two top 10 finishes (6th place in Elevated Elizabeth and 8th place in Rinse ‘N’ Repeat). 

The bottom line: His performance history and current placing at Wodapalooza make it clear that Greashaber has been working to get to this point for quite some time. As we head into the 2023 CrossFit Games season, be sure to keep Cole Greashaber on your list of up and coming stars.

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