UW Competitors Wrap Up Action In Team Trials

June 23, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla. - Three Cowboys wrestled Sunday in the FILA Junior World Team Trials, capping off a long weekend for five University of Wyoming competitors.

In Stillwater, Okla., the competition began Friday and Saturday with the U.S. Senior World Team Trials, featuring Wyoming assistant coach Chris Pendleton and volunteer assistant Clayton Foster.

On Friday, Pendleton rolled through the challenge bracket with three-straight technical falls over Scott Schiller, Micah Burak and Dustin Kilgore. Pendleton, the top seed in the challenge portion of the event, moved on to face J.D. Bergman in the finals at 96 kilograms (211.5 pounds). Pendleton finished as the runner-up, losing twice to Bergman in the best two-out-of-three match format.

On Saturday, Foster won each match in the 84-kilogram (185 pounds) challenge bracket to earn his spot in the final. The top-seed in the challenge tournament rolled to the finals at 84 kilograms (185 pounds) with three technical falls, defeating Logan Storley, Enock Francois and Phil Keddy. Foster met Keith Gavin in the finals in a rematch of the U.S. Open. Gavin beat Foster in two tightly contested matches, and Foster was the runner up.

Winners will represent the U.S. at the 2013 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 16-22. Both Pendleton and Foster made the national team, thanks to their runner-up finishes.

To wrap things up, three wrestlers on the UW roster took part in the FILA Junior World Team Trials on Sunday, an event featuring some of the nation's best 17- to 20-year-old athletes in men's freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Tanner Miller, who redshirted last season, went 0-2 at 74 kilograms (163 pounds). Another redshirt freshman, Cole Mendenhall, went 1-2 at 66 kilograms (145.5 pounds). Eric Hoffman, a 2013 signee, was 1-2 at 66 kilograms.

Champions qualified to represent the United States at the 2013 FILA Junior World Wrestling Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Aug. 13-18.

World Team Trials (Friday and Saturday)
Chris Pendleton, 3-2, Second Place, 96 kilograms (211.5 pounds)
Challenge bracket
Pendleton tech. fall Scott Schiller (Minnesota Storm), 7-0
Pendleton tech. fall Micah Burak (Hawkeye Wrestling Club), 7-0
Pendleton tech. fall Dustin Kilgore (Sunkist Kids), 8-0
Championship final
Round One: J.D. Bergman (NYAC) tech. fall Pendleton, 9-2
Round Two: J.D. Bergman (NYAC) fall (0:19) Pendleton

Clayton Foster, 3-2, Second Place, 84 kilograms (185 pounds)
Challenge bracket
Foster tech. fall Logan Storley (Minnesota Storm), 8-0
Foster tech. fall Enock Francois (West Point Wrestling Club), 9-0
Foster tech. fall Phil Keddy (Hawkeye Wrestling Club), 9-2
Championship final
Round One: Keith Gavin (TMWC) dec. Foster, 6-4
Round Two: Keith Gavin (TMWC) dec. Foster, 3-2

FILA Junior World Team Trials (Sunday)
> Tanner Miller, 0-2, 74 kg (163 pounds)
Zac Brunson (Illinois Region) tech. fall Miller, 8-1
Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota Storm) tech. fall Miller, 12-4

Eric Hoffman, 1-2, 66 kg (145.5 pounds)
Zain Retherford (BTWC) tech. fall Hoffman, 10-2
Hoffman tech. fall Timmy Box (Dave Schultz Elite), 9-1
Oliver Pierce (Best Trained) fall (1:27) Hoffman

Cole Mendenhall, 1-2, 66 kg (145.5 pounds)
Oliver Pierce (Best Trained) dec. Mendenhall, 10-6
Mendenhall tech. fall Alexander Smith (OTC), 10-2
Jared Reis (NWTRC) tech. fall Mendenhall, 7-0