World Team Trials Wrap Up

Edited to add Jaime Miranda, a former Central College wrestler competing in Greco.

Five current or former DIII wrestlers were in the field at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh this past weekend. Riley Lefever, former 4x DIII champ from Wabash, finished third at 92kg Freestyle and Eric Twohey, former All-American for La Crosse, finished third at 97kg Greco-Roman. Nazar Kulchytskyy, 3x DIII champ from Oshkosh, Eddie Smith, current Loras wrestler and a 2019 All-American, and Jaime Miranda, a former Central College wrestler, also competed.

Lefever opened with an 11-0 loss to 2019 NCAA DI finalist Kollin Moore of Ohio State. In the consolation round he defeated 3x DI All-American and 2016 finalist TJ Dudley 10-0 to set up a rematch with Moore in the 3rd place match. Lefever turned the tables on the Buckeye wrestler, rolling to a 10-0 tech fall in just under 90 seconds.

Twohey won his first match on the Greco side with an 8-0 tech fall before dropping his semifinal by the same score. On the back side, he won 3-1 in the consolation semifinals before going on to win 7-0 in the 3rd place match.

Kulchytskyy dropped both of his matches at 70kg Freestyle, losing both by 5-1 scores. In the first round, he fell to former 4x DI All-American Brandon Sorensen and in the consolation round lost to Mario Mason. Smith won by fall in his first match before he was pinned in his second and lost 8-0 in his final bout at 77kg Greco. Miranda entered at 87kg Greco where he won his opening match before dropping bouts to the 1st and 4th place finishers.

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Video: Lefever 10-0 over Moore (Flo subscription required)