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Four Badgers set to compete at Men's FILA Junior World Team Trials

ON WISCONSIN <b>Cousins will compete at 79 KG.</b>
Cousins will compete at 79 KG.

May 23, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- Four Wisconsin wrestlers are set to compete at the Men’s FILA Junior World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, May 26. Frank Cousins, Matthew Kelliher, Connor Medbery and Jesse Thielke will take the mat for a chance to earn the right to represent the United States at the 2012 FILA Junior World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, Sept. 4-9.

“It will be a great experience for them,” head coach Barry Davis said. “Any time you spend time at the Olympic Training Center training with that level with of athlete, get a chance to make the Junior World team and travel overseas, is fantastic. It shows the depth of our program, how young we are and how good these guys really are.”

FILA Junior wrestlers are athletes who are 17-20 years old. On the FILA Junior level, a returning FILA Junior World medalist earns the right to sit out of the challenge tournament, moving right into the best-of-three championship series at the FILA Junior World Team Trials. This year, however, there are no eligible returning FILA Junior World medalists.

Therefore, the winners of the 2012 FILA Junior Nationals in the eight FILA Junior World weight classes, held in Madison, April 13-15, advance directly to the best-of-three championship series.

The FILA Junior World Team Trials is not an open event. Athletes must qualify to participate, based upon their placement at the 2012 FILA Junior National Championships, as well as achieving specific qualifying standards from other major competitions.

Medbery qualified for the championships with a third-place finish in the 120 KG freestyle at nationals in Madison, while Cousins finished second at 79 KG and Kelliher finished fifth at 60 KG.

Thielke is eligible to compete as a member of the 2011 U.S. FILA Junior World Team.

“You get a chance to put four guys on the Junior World team,” Davis continued. “It says a lot about your program and the direction that it is going.”

At Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25-26

Event Schedule

Friday, May 25
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Registration (Greco-Roman and freestyle)
6:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Medical Check (Greco-Roman and freestyle)
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Weigh-in (Greco-Roman and freestyle)

Saturday, May 26
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Challenge Tournament (Greco-Roman and freestyle)
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Championship Series, Bouts 1, 2 and 3 - if necessary (Greco-Roman and freestyle)

2011 FILA Junior World Team Trials champions

Men’s freestyle
50 kg/110 lbs. – Nick Roberts, Hooversville, Pa. (Young Guns)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Mark Grey, Rockaway, N.J. (Blair Academy)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Logan Stieber, Monroeville, Ohio (Ohio RTC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Josh Kindig, Auburn, Pa. (Gator WC)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Taylor Massa, St. Johns, Mich. (Michigan Wrestling)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Lee Munster, Fox Lake, Ill. (Northwestern)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Tanner Hall, Meridian, Idaho (New York AC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Daniel Miller, Berlin, Md. (Navy)

50 kg/110 lbs. – Jake Bellis, Bloomington, Ill. (Iguana Greco)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Mike Fuenffinger. Hibbing, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
60 kg/132 lbs.- Jesse Thielke, Germantown, Wis. (Sunkist Kids)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – RaVaughn Perkins. Omaha, Neb. (RP Nationals)*
74 kg/163 lbs. - Josh Castellano, Wood Dale, Ill. (USOEC)
84 kg/185 lbs. –Joel Bauman, Kerkoven, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Marcus Finau, Ewa Beach, Hawaii (USOEC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Toby Erickson, East Helena, Montana (Bronco WC)
* Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) beat Perkins in a Special Wrestle-off for the Junior World Team position

2012 FILA Junior Nationals champions

Men’s freestyle champions
50 kg/110 lbs. - Adrian Cordova, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Westside)
55 kg/ 121 lbs. - Joey Dance, Christianburg, Va. (Virginia Elite)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Mark Grey, Rockaway, N.J. (Blair Academy)=
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Steven Rodrigues, Mt. Kisco, N.Y. (Illini Wrestling Club)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Destin McCauley, Burnsville, Minn. (Sunkist Kids)
70 kg/154 lbs. - Justin Deangelis, Tulsa, Okla. (Oklahoma Elite)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Nazar Kulchytskyy, Prairie du Chien, Wis. (World Class Wrestling)
79 kg/174 lbs. - Tyler Wilps, Oakdale, Pa. (Pittsburgh Wrestling Club)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Patrick Downey, III, Oviedo, Fla. (Team OTC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Andrew Campolattano, Bound Brook, N.J. (RTC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Austin Marsden, Crystal Lake, Ill. (Gator/Cowboy)

Greco-Roman champions
50 kg/110 lbs. - Bobby Nachreiner, Hartford, Wis. (AWA)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Isaiah Varona, Homestead, Fla. (305 Wrestling / USOEC)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Joey DeNova, Fortston, Ga. (USOEC/NYAC)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.- Tyler Fraley, Freehold, N.J. (Shamrock)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Nick Alvarez, Miami, Fla. (305 Wrestling / USOEC)
70 kg/154 lbs. - Brad Dolezal, Marshfield, Wis. (Minnesota Storm)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Caleb Smith, Pakota, Ind. (unattached)
79 kg/174 lbs. - Geordan Speiller, Oviedo, Fla. (Florida JETS)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Lucas Sheridan, Concord, Calif. (HWC / CYC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Marcus Finau, Ewa Beach, Fla. (NYAC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Adam Coon, Fowlerville, Mich. (WOW)

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