Tulsa, Oklahoma—Team Wisconsin Greco fought their way to an 8th place finish at Junior National Duals with a second day of competition that showcased spirit and fight in the face of adversity. After advancing to the Gold/Silver pool the team had to forfeit two or three weight classes in each of the following matchups due to injuries. But, even with odds stacked against them, they didn’t give up. “It seemed liked every match somebody stepped up and did something to help the team,” said Scott Kluever. This looked like earning wins by fall and tech, securing step-out points to earn a team point, not giving up falls, etc. Each of those efforts kept Wisconsin in the fight. That’s what duals are all about—individuals doing their part to support the team. Kluever described their effort as admirable and shared that Wisconsin has a lot to be proud of with the way they battled. Wisconsin fell to Washington by just one point in the 7th place match, L34-33. Prior to the placement round, the team battled Oklahoma Red (L40-28), Minnesota Gold (L39-26) and Florida (L51-19). [FINAL MATCH RESULTS]
The junior women’s freestyle team pulled together a 12th place performance with a 5-3 dual record. Women’s director Laura Bartoszek went up and down the roster highlighting individual wins from each wrestler—noting successes from first-year freestyle wrestlers, performances from young and upcoming talent, and seasoned athletes representing as expected. This squad is extremely young and has a lot of room to grow. The WFS lineup suffered one tournament-ending injury during competition on day one in addition to forfeiting the 225-pound weight class. Like Greco, the team was full of fight and the ladies rallied around each other as each point mattered down to the last second. Because the 14U girls traveled with the Juniors, they got to be matside for the Junior Duals cheering and learning what it looks like to fight for a team. Today’s duals in the bronze/copper pool included a win over Kansas (W37-30) before falling to Missouri (L38-30) and Pennsylvania in the placement match, L32-27. [FINAL MATCH RESULTS]
Gunnar Hamre was undefeated in Greco-Roman (7-0), and Alex Hofrichter (8-0) and Brooke Corrigan (8-0) were undefeated in Women’s Freestyle. In addition to a great performance from Wisconsin wrestlers, Kent Weiler was named the Belinda Brown Outstanding Women’s Official for Junior Duals.
Wrestling resumes tomorrow at 9am with day one of Junior Men’s Freestyle and 14U Girls Freestyle. All matches are streamed live on FloWrestling.
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