MADISON, Wis.-- Future Badger Jesse Thielke (60 kg) put together a 4-2 record and fourth place finish in the Greco-Roman competition on the second day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Thielke won his opening match by injury default over Y.E.S. Wrestling’s Jamel Johnson. The wrestlers split the first two periods, 4-5, 5-1. He then dropped his second bout to NYAC’s Ellis Coleman by a 5-0, 4-1 decision, knocking him down to the consolation bracket. Thielke won his first consolation match by pin over NYAC’s Joe DeNova at 1:30 in the third period, followed by a 2-3, 4-0, 6-0 decision against Sunkist Kids’ Chad Vandiver. He then won by his second default of the day over NYAC’s Joe Warren. Thielke lost the third place match to Army’s Jeremiah Davis in straight-periods, 1-0, 2-0.
The six Wisconsin-affiliated wrestlers competing at the trials compiled a total record of 14-10 in both the men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions. None of the wrestlers qualified for the Olympic squad, but Olympic redshirt Andrew Howe had the best Badger finish, taking second place in men’s freestyle at 74 kg. Olympic redshirt Tyler Graff also took third in men’s freestyle at 60 kg.
Tonight’s championships will be aired live on NBCOlympics.com at 6 p.m. (CT).