May 28, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
With their sights set on one of wrestling's biggest stages, two competitors from the University of Wyoming wrestling program will take on the field at the U.S. World Team Trials this weekend.
UW volunteer assistant coach and Wyoming Wrestling Regional Training Center resident Clayton Foster and Cowboy true freshman Zach Beard both qualified for the event with strong showings in their last competition.
Hosted in Madison, Wis., on Saturday and Sunday, the U.S. World Team Trials feature the top senior men's and women's freestyle wrestlers in the nation. The event serves as a qualifier for competitors to join the U.S. delegation at the 2014 World Wrestling Championship, which takes place Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as well as the U.S. national teams for the 2014-15 campaign in men's and women's freestyle.
In his last outing, Foster wrestled in the final of his weight class in the ASICS Las Vegas/Open Wrestling Championships in April to qualify for the U.S. World Team Trials. He was the runner-up in the 86-kilogram (185 pounds) weight class of the senior men's freestyle portion of the event for the second-straight year. In his final bout, Foster lost a tight 7-4 decision to Keith Gavin of Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. Foster posted a 4-0 lead after the first period, but couldn't find any more offense the rest of the way. He has designs on making his second U.S. Senior World Team, earning a place on the roster in 2013.
Foster's competition schedule begins at 9 a.m. MT Sunday with preliminaries and quarterfinals, with finals slated for 5 p.m.
Beard will battle in the U.S. FILA Junior World Team Trials, which take place Friday. In the ASICS Junior National Championships in April, Beard finished seventh in the freestyle 74-kilogram (163 pounds) bracket with four wins, including a pin and a technical fall. This weekend, he'll try to secure his place among the country's best 17- to 20-year-old competitors for the chance to compete in the 2014 FILA Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, on Aug. 5-10.