April 16, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Open Championships begin Wednesday and run through Saturday in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The top seven finishers in each of the six Olympic weight classes will qualify for the U.S. World Team Trials on May 30-June 1 in Madison, Wis. On Friday, the senior semifinals will be contested starting at approximately 8 p.m. MT. On Saturday, the championship finals take place in the Golden Circle, starting at about 8 p.m. MT.
Foster, wrestling in association with GRIT Athletics and the Wyoming Wrestling Regional Training Center, will compete as the No. 2 seed in the 86-kilogram (189 pounds) senior freestyle portion of the Open Championships. A volunteer assistant coach with UW, he finished as the runner-up in last year's event in the 84-kilogram (185 pounds) challenge bracket. He earned his first National Team honor by finishing second in the 2013 World Team Trials, which took place in June 2013.
In his most recent action, he won four matches en route to earning a gold medal in the World Cup on March 16. Foster defeated two high-profile opponents in Team USA's duals, including wins over an Olympic bronze medalist for Iran and a two-time World Champion for Ukraine.
Pendleton (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) completed his fourth full season as an assistant coach with Wyoming wrestling in 2013-14. Seeded third, he'll battle the senior freestyle field in the 97-kilogram (213 pounds) class this season after finishing as the runner-up in the 96-kilogram (211.5 pound) weight class in last season's Open. He became a U.S. National Team member for the third time with a second-place finish at the 2013 World Team Trials in June 2013.
In his last outing, Pendleton went 2-2 at the Dave Schultz Memorial International wrestling tournament Jan. 31. Pendleton just missed out on placing in the 97-kilogram division with two wins. He began with a pin in 1:33 in his first match and a forfeit victory in the quarterfinals.
The Senior Open will have live national television coverage on the Universal Sports Network for both the semifinal and finals rounds. On Friday, the live semifinals show will start at 8 p.m. MT. On Saturday, coverage of the senior finals will start at 8 p.m. MT. Universal Sports will be available nationwide via free preview on all of its distribution partners from April 14-21.
The full Open lineup includes 28 mats available during four days of competition, featuring kids, cadets, the Western junior regionals, ASICS Junior National Championships, senior and veterans national championships.
ASICS Junior National Championships
In addition to Foster and Pendleton, seven Cowboys will compete in the ASICS Junior National Championships portion of the event. Geared toward athletes ages 17-20, the freestyle event features some of the best young talent in the nation. Matches begin Friday and conclude Saturday.
Six true freshman competitors for UW will hit the mats, including Archie Colgan, Zach Beard, Chaz Polson, Kyle Pope, Luke Paine and Davin Addison. Cole Mendenhall, UW's starter at 141 pounds last season as a redshirt freshman, will compete as well.