Marquette— Seven Greco-Roman wrestlers from the United States Olympic Education Center earned spots on the University World Team and the Junior World Team based on their performance at the FILA Junior and University World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Northern Michigan University junior Spenser Mango (St. Loius, Mo.) moved up to 60 kilograms from 55 kg at the university level. He defeated Donavon Depatto of the U.S. Marines in three matches, winning 2-1. “I was only planning on wrestling twice,” said Mango. “I put it together the third match and wrestled my match.”
Three other USOEC wrestlers also took top spots at the university level: recent NMU graduate Jacob Curby (LaGrange, Ill.), who defeated Chad Vandiver 2-0 at 66 kg,; NMU senior Cheney Haight (Orem, Utah), a 2-0 winner at 74 kg over teammate and NMU junior Andrew Bisek (Chaska, Minn.); and junior Chas Betts (St. Michael, Minn.), who won by default over Brad Ahearn at 84 kg.
The USOEC had a trio of first-place wins at the junior level. NMU sophomore Michael Rossetti (Pittsburg, Pa.) defeated Brent Eidenshink 2-0 at 96 kg. Freshman Peter Kowalczuk (Oak Park, Ill.) scored a 2-0 victory over Nathan Schwartz at 120 kg and Zac Nielson (Zimmerman, Minn.) defeated Chris Bullins 2-0 at 84 kg.
“I am really excited,” said Nielson. “I’m psyched. I’m jumping at the chance to wrestle against foreign kids. I’ve been training all year for this.”
Nielson and his two teammates will compete at the Junior World Championships July 29-Aug. 3 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mango, Curby, Haight and Betts all earned a spot on the 2008 U.S. University World Team.
“It feels good,” said Curby. “This is my second University World Team. This time I go with higher expectations. I hope to win a medal.”
It’s nice making this team,” said Mango. It’s a change to get a little more competition this summer before the Olympics. I’m looking forward to that.”
The World University Championships will be held July 9-13 in Thessaloniki, Greece.