LARAMIE, Wyo. - The freshman duo of Ben Hornickle and Dewey Krueger earned spots to the United States Junior World Team Trials after a successful weekend at the United World Wrestling USA Junior National Championship in Las Vegas. Both hailing from Wisconsin, Hornickle placed third, with Krueger finishing seventh. Incoming freshman Jaron Jensen finished second in the Greco portion of the tournament. All three earned All-American honors with Hornickle and Krueger wrestling for the Wyoming Wrestling Regional Training Center.
"It was a very competitive tournament and to have them perform well is a testament to how tough they are," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "The World Team Trials will be their focus right now and those guys will have to continue to improve."
The USA World Team Trials are set to take place May 20-22 in Irving, Texas at the Irving Convention Center.
Hornickle, a native of Burlington, Wisc., went 6-1 for the tournament placing third at 63 KG. He was dominant in his wins with three technical falls and two pins. Hornickle opened the tournament with back-to-back 10-0 technical falls. He will drop to 60 KG for the World Team Trials.
Krueger, a native of Gillett, Wisc., went 5-2 during the tournament finishing seventh. After falling in his first match, he battled back with four straight wins. In the seventh place match, Krueger earned a 13-1 technical fall win over Michael D'Angelo. He will move up to 74 KG for the World Team Trials.
Jensen, a native of South Jordan, Utah, who finished second earlier in the week at the Greco portion of the championship went 3-1 with two technical falls and one pin. He fell in the finals against Jaron DeArmoud of Sacramento, Calif.