June 19, 2013
By Ryan Evans
UW Athletic Communications
MADISON, Wis.-- Two members of the Wisconsin wrestling team will compete at the 2013 ASICS U.S. Senior World Team Trials this weekend in Stillwater, Okla., in hopes of representing the U.S. at the 2013 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Badgers’ assistant coach Kyle Ruschell will take part in the 66 kg/145.5 lbs., freestyle competition and Jesse Thielke will wrestle in the 60 kg/132 lbs., Greco-Roman tournament. The champions at each weight class at the trials will earn spots on the U.S. World Championships team.
“It’s an exciting time for both of those guys and an exciting time for our program,” Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said.
Ruschell is hoping to carry the momentum he created at the Northern Plains Regional in May to the trials, something Davis says he can do as long as he keeps the offensive mindset that propelled him to his first-place finish.
“Kyle is ready,” Davis said. “Winning in Waterloo was a great turnaround for him.
“As long as he is on the offense he is dangerous. He can score a lot of points really quickly. With his style he can score a lot of big points fast, not just ones, but twos, threes, fours and fives.”
Thielke—who is the No. 3-ranked U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler in his weight class—is one of the top contenders at his weight class this weekend, but will have to improve on his third-place finish at the U.S. Open to earn a spot on the U.S. Worlds team.
“Jesse is definitely in the hunt and has a great shot of making the world team,” Davis said. “It’s going to come down to him getting his position, getting his locks and going.”
Wisconsin assistant coach Trevor Brandvold (Freestyle—96 kg/211.5 lbs.) as well as three-time All-American Tyler Graff (Freestyle—60 kg/132 lbs.) also qualified to compete at the trials, but will not due to injury. Rylan Lubeck (Greco-Roman—66 kg/145.5 lbs.), who qualified for this weekend’s Junior World Team Trials, won’t compete for the same reason.
The U.S. Senior World Team Trials take place this Thursday through Sunday, June 20-23, at Stillwater’s Gallagher-Iba Arena.