UW's Friesth Qualifies for FILA Junior World Team Trials

April 13, 2011

Cleveland, Ohio

FILA Junior National Results

The University of Wyoming's Dakota Friesth placed fifth in the 74 kilogram (163 pound) freestyle division of the FILA Junior Nationals on Sunday at the Cleveland Public Auditorium to pace several Cowboy wrestlers in the event. The placing qualified the UW freshman for the FILA Junior World Team Trials on May 19-20 in Franklin, Ind.

Friesth compiled a 5-2 record at the national meet thanks to four-straight victories to start the tournament. He pinned Harrison Hightower (Virginia Tech) in the opening round, before adding a 1-0, 1-1, 1-1 decision over Raider Lofthouse (Elite WC) in the second round. His 6-0, 5-3 decision over Walt Gillmore (Iowa) advanced him to the quarterfinals where he earned a 5-4, 3-0 decision versus Josh Veltre (Husky WC). He lost 7-3, 2-0 to Robert Kokesh (NWTC) in the semifinals and 8-0, 6-0 to Nick Moore (Iowa) in the consolation semifinals, but rebounded with a 3-2, 0-4, 2-0 decision over Chris Moon (Virginia Tech) to secure fifth.

Fellow Cowboy freshman Zach Zehner went 3-3 to place eighth in the 60 kilogram (132.25 pound) freestyle division at the event. He opened with a 4-0, 6-1 decision over Dominic Parisi (App State WC) and a 3-1, 1-1 decision versus Scott Festejo (HRWA), before losing a close 0-3, 3-0, 1-0 decision to Jason Tsirtsis (Region WA) in the quarterfinals. Zehner battled in the consolation bracket with a 3-1, 7-1 decision over Keith Surber (NWTC), but was pinned by Shelton Mack (Pittsburgh WC) and lost a 5-1, 1-1, 3-2 decision to Nick Wilcox (Husky WC) to end his tournament.

The national tournament's top six finishers in each of the seven Olympic weight classes qualified for the Junior World Team Trials. The Junior age group consists of 17-20 year olds, featuring some of the nation's top prep wrestlers as well as underclassmen from the collegiate level.

Zehner and Friesth both redshirted their first season in the UW program while competing in open tournaments at 133 and 157 pounds, respectively. Friesth notched a 23-6 overall record, including 8-1 against the Western Wrestling Conference, to go with five major decisions, four pins and three technical falls. Zehner went 25-3 with three tournament titles and a 4-2 mark against the WWC, while notching a team-high 12 pins to go with three major decisions.