Drendel (red) - photo courtesy of Tech-Fall.com
MARQUETTE— United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestler Max Nowry earned a spot on the Junior World Team at the team trials held May 22-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He will compete at the Junior World Championships Aug. 4-9 in Ankara, Turkey.
The tournament consisted of a challenge bracket and a final bracket. Wrestlers who won gold at the FILA Junior or University National Championships earned a bye directly into the final bracket. All other athletes competed in a challenge bracket, where the winner then advanced to the final bracket and competed in a three-round match for a spot on the Junior World Team.
Nowry, a Northern Michigan University freshman from Wheeling, Ill., advanced directly to the final bracket. He took first ahead of Carson Kuhn, winning two decisions in a best-of-three match at 50 kilograms.
“It feels good to win this year,” said Nowry. “I missed out last year but I wrestled smart and it was redeeming to bring home a win.”
NMU sophomore Aaron Briggs (Tucson, Ariz.) finished second in the 74-kg class. He won a 1-0, 1-0 decision in the challenge bracket against teammate and NMU freshman Jon Drendel (North Aurora, Ill.) before losing to Ben Provisor. Drendel had defeated teammate Ryan Hope (Carol Stream, Ill.) in the first round of the challenge tournament at 74 kg. Hope was eliminated from the tournament by George Bancroft, who also defeated USOEC wrestler Corey Hope (Carol Stream, Ill) in the first round.
Finishing second in the challenge bracket were sophomore Paul Tellgren (Anoka, Minn.) at 55 kg and junior Bo Beckman (Orem, Utah) at 66 kg.
NMU freshman Alex Fleming (Sterling, Va.) finished the tournament with a 0-3 record at 66 kg.
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