Wisconsin University and Cadet Hopefuls Represented in Akron

TomM
June 17, 2017 09:58

Wisconsin University and Cadet Hopefuls Represented in Akron

Wisconsin University and Cadet Hopefuls Represented in Akron

The University Competition and Cadet United World Wrestling (UWW) USA Team Trials (formerly FILA) took place at the University of Akron; Akron, Ohio June 2-4. The event was host to over 1200 athletes.  UWW Cadets encompass the birth years, 2000, 2001, and 2002.  The University Championships provide an opportunity for athletes in a university to test their skill in a national tournament in freestyle and Greco style against wrestlers/students from all university divisions, currently officially registered as proceeding toward a degree or diploma at a university or similar institution, whose status is recognized by the appropriate national academic authority of their country. Including former students of the institutions mentioned above who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event. All competitors must be U.S. citizens and at least 17 and less than 28 years of age on January 1, 2017.  Athletes must have graduated from high school in 2016 or before.  2017 high school graduates were not eligible.

This was a non-world team year for the University competitors.  2016 was a qualifying year, but the U.S. pulled out of competition in Turkey due to political and military conflict in the area.  In fact, this will be the last year of what is known as the ‘University Division’.  Next year, the U.S. will align with the UWW U23 World Team Competition.  Despite 2017 not being a trial year, Wisconsin was represented by several athletes.   The University of Wisconsin had a double place winner in Ricky Robertson between the two international styles.  Robertson topped Dakota Geer (Edinboro Regional Training Center, PA) for fifth place in Freestyle and defeated UW Whitewater National Champion, Jordan Newman 10-1 in the third-place bout in Greco Roman competition.   Andrew Crone (UW) fell a couple matches short of placing in a large bracket. Ty Pelot made a mad dash to the Greco championship at 63 kg before falling to Wesely Dawkins (Nebraska Golden Eagles) in the finals to finish runner-up.  Stevens Point native Fritz Shriel (Ohio State Regional Training Center) finished the Greco tournament in 4th place at 75 kg.   University of Wisconsin La Crosse Eagle, Nelson Baker finished 5th in Greco.

Several Wisconsin athletes competed for a spot on the World Team with hopes of representing the United States at the Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece from September 4-10.  The top-eight placers finishing All-American in each bracket qualified for the USMC Junior and Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., July 14-22.   In addition to these qualifying finishes, top performances at this tournament determine U.S. representation at the Pan-Am games held later this year.

Although Wisconsin was not able to land a member on the 2017 Cadet World Team, they were able to finish the 10-weight divisions events with 5 All-Americans between the two styles.  Cadets were led by double place winners Hunter Lewis and Tyler Dow both from Stoughton (Team Wisconsin).  Lewis finished 3rd in Greco and 7th in freestyle at 50 kg.  Dow finished 6th in freestyle and 7th in Greco at 69 kg earning All-American honors in both styles.  Blaine Brenner of Stanley (Team Wisconsin) finished 6th at 42 kg and Aidan Nutter of Fennimore (Team Wisconsin) earned 7th at 54 kg to finish as UWW Greco All Americans.  Jacob Somali of Brookfield earned All-American with a 7th place finish at 100 kg in freestyle.  Although Wisconsin will not be represented in Greece with an athlete, Lucas Steldt of Blue River, Wisconsin was selected as the USA Cadet Greco Coach. Steldt will be joined by Zac Dominguez of Nebraska to lead the Cadet Greco Team in Athens.  Athletes who qualify will spend time training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs prior to departing for Europe.

Full results available at FloArena

TomM
June 17, 2017 09:58