NLWC Collects Two Bronze Medals at U23 WTT
Josh Rodriguez (57 kg/125.5 lbs.) and Riley Lefever (97 kg/213 lbs.) had strong performances, both finishing 3rd earlier today at the U23 World Team Trials. Josh had a bye and a technical fall before dropping an 8-3 decision in the semifinals. He then scored two more technical falls to wrestle back for the bronze. Riley started the day with a win by technical fall, lost a 5-0 decision in the semifinals, and then had two more victories by technical fall to get 3rd.
U.S. National Championships
David Taylor earned 1st place at 74 kg (163 lbs.) at the U.S. Open National Championships. David had a superb tournament defeating Richard McCarty (Gator) by fall in 0:27, Jacob Butenhoff (Columbia Bason Wrestling) by fall in 0:23, Nestor Taffur (Princeton Amateur Wr) by technical fall 10-0, Tyler Caldwell (Sunkist Kids Wrestling) by technical fall 12-2 in the semi finals, and Andrew Howe (NYAC) by decision 2-0 in the finals .
Resident Athletes who placed were Jake Varner, 2nd at 97 kg/213 lbs., Frank Molinaro, 5th at 65 kg/143 lbs., and Eric Thompson, 7th at 125 kg/275 lbs.
Jake defeated Alfonso Hernandez (Titan Mercury) by decision 7-1, Paco Retana (Colorado Mesa Wrestling) by technical fall 10-0, Enock Francois (NYAC) by decision 3-0, JD Bergman (NYAC) by decision 2-2, before being upset in the finals by Kyle Snyder (Titan Mercury) 2-1.
In a weight class loaded with former NCAA Champions, Frank beat Michael Mitchel (NYAC) by fall 4:29, defeated Michael Stamp (Gator) by fall in 1:23, beat Jason Chamberlain (Titan Mercury) by decision 3-1, lost in the semi finals to Brent Metcalf (NYAC) by decision 4-2, lost in the consolation semi finals to Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury) 9-6, and won the 5th place bout over Jason Chamberlain by decision 4-1.
Eric beat Matthew Meuleners (Titan Mercury) by technical fall 12-2, lost to Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) by 10-0, defeated Justin Grant (NYAC) by technical fall 10-0, lost to Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids) 11-4, and won by injury default over Tony Nelson (Minnesota Storm) in the 7th place bout.
The top 5 finishers at this tournament qualified for the U.S. World Team Trials which will be held on June 12-14 in Madison, WI.
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