Sept. 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Wrestling in his first senior world championships, Wisconsin redshirt freshman Jesse Thielke posted a pair of victories but was unable to find his way into the medal round at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday afternoon.
Competing in Greco-Roman, Thielke overcame an early 3-0 deficit to roll to a 9-4 win over Greece's Christos Theodorakis in his opening match at 60 kg/132 lbs.
Thielke followed by building a 3-0 lead before headlocking and pinning India's Ravinder Singh in the second period of the second round.
The Germantown, Wis., native then dropped a 7-4 decision to Korea's Jae-Seung Woo in the quarterfinals. Thielke took a brief 4-3 lead with a gut wrench midway through the first period before Woo came back to regain the lead. Thielke tried two headlocks late in the match but was unable to score.
"I would say I performed pretty well even though I didn't get the outcome I wanted," Thielke told Craig Sesker from USA Wrestling. "The Korean basically stalled. He obviously knew if I got to his body I was going to throw him. He didn't engage me at all."
Thielke, a Junior World bronze medalist, was eliminated when Woo failed to reach the finals.
"I could've won it today," Thielke said. "I can win it on any day."
Thielke now returns to Madison to prepare for the 2013-14 season. The Badgers will host an intrasquad scrimmage on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the UW Field House before opening the season on the road at Chattanooga on Nov. 8.