June 19, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Five competitors associated with the University of Wyoming wrestling program will hit the mat this weekend for the right to represent the United States in an international competition.
Chris Pendleton, an assistant coach with the Pokes, and Clayton Foster, a volunteer assistant, will be part of the field in the 2013 ASICS U.S. World Team Trials. The Trials will be in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday and Saturday. Action takes place in Oklahoma State's Gallagher-Iba Arena, a familiar venue for both Foster and Pendleton, each of whom wrestled at OSU.
Winners will represent the U.S. at the 2013 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 16-22. The World Team Trials are similar to the Olympic Trials in a non-Olympic year.
Pendleton has participated in the World Team Trials twice previously, and will wrestle in the 96-kilogram (211.5 pounds) freestyle bracket. Pendleton will wrestle Friday in preliminaries at 10 a.m. MT, with finals taking place Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Foster takes on the field in the 84-kilogram (185 pounds) freestyle bracket. He will wrestle at 10 a.m. MT Saturday in the prelims, with the finals beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Each claimed runner-up honors in April's U.S. Open in Las Vegas. Their performances in the senior freestyle event earned them berths to the World Team Trials.
In addition to the UW coaches, three wrestlers on the Wyoming roster will compete in the U.S. FILA Junior World Team Trials, which take place Sunday in Stillwater. The event features some the nation's best 17- to 20-year-old athletes in men's freestyle and Greco-Roman. Champions will qualify to represent the United States at the 2013 FILA Junior World Wrestling Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Aug. 13-18.
UW competitors include redshirt freshmen Cole Mendenhall and Tanner Miller, along with 2013 signee Eric Hoffman. Each earned their slot in the freestyle brackets by placing in FILA Junior Nationals in April.
In April's competition, Mendenhall was seventh at 63 kilograms (138.75 pounds), going 3-2. Miller was seventh at 70 kilograms (154.25 pounds), going 4-2 in his bracket. Hoffman finished eighth at 70 kilograms. Competition for all three begins Sunday at 8 a.m. MT with prelims, with finals slated for 2 p.m.
Live video of the Trials will be available here for a fee.