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HARDY SET FOR U23 WORLDS​

Action in Albania is set to begin on Monday, but Hardy’s qualification rounds won’t begin until Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 a.m. (CT). The semifinals for 65 kg are set for Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. (CT) and the medal matches and awards will be Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. (CT).

Brackets:

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Hardy advances! Beats Pavel Graur (MDV) 7-4 for a spot in tonight’s Bronze Medal match. Medal matches start at 11:00 CT.

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"All-American Nebraska wrestler Brock Hardy earned the freestyle bronze medal at 65 kg at the 2023 U23 World Championships after posting a 4-1 record.

Hardy dominated his first two matches, defeating Puerto Rico’s Samuel Eddie Alvarez Jr. 12-7 and Ukraine’s Artem Kryvenko 11-0. He then faced Azerbaijan’s Ziraddin Bayramov in the quarterfinals where he battled but fell 14-11. Hardy was then pulled back in and topped Moldova’s Pavel Graur 7-4 in the wrestle-backs to advance to Wednesday morning’s bronze medal match.

In the third-place match, Hardy faced Georgia’s Goga Otinashvili. After trailing 4-0, Hardy came back to win 8-5 and claim the bronze. "

1. Ibragim Charaputinovitch Ibragimov (AIN)
2. Ziraddin Bayramov (AZE)
3. Brock David Hardy (USA)
3. Abdullah Toprak (TUR)
5. Kumar Mohit (UWW)
5. Goga Otinashvili (GEO)
7. Adlan Askarov (KAZ)
 
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U.S. Men’s freestyle wins team title, Trumble gets gold, Hardy earns Bronze​

2023 U23 World Championships
At Tirana, Albania, October 23-29
Team Results

1. United States, 148 pts.

2. Turkey, 113
3. Azerbaijan, 87
4. UWW, 86
5. Japan, 71

"The United States locked up the team title in men’s freestyle Wednesday night at the 2023 U23 World Championships in Tirana, Albania. Team USA had six medalists for men’s freestyle, a new record for the U23 age group."

"The United States men’s freestyle team has its fourth World champion of the tournament. Isaac Trumble (97 kg) bested Radu Lefter of Moldova in a 12-2 dominating technical fall. Trumble led early, taking Lefter down twice, forcing him out of bounds, and adding a takedown to lead 8-0 through the first three minutes. Lefter responded with a takedown, but it wasn’t enough as Trumble locked in the victory with two more takedowns. The Nebraska native, who wrestles for NC State, captured gold in his first international competition."

"Hardy, who wrestles for Nebraska, is heading home with a World bronze medal as he defeated Georgia's Goga Otinashvili in a rough 8-5 decision. The Georgian was first on the board with a throw that scored four. Hardy fired back with a takedown but there was debate about Otinashvili's knee to the mat, so the United States challenged the call. The officials ruled in favor of Georgia, and it was a 5-2 match. Hardy responded with three gritty takedowns to capture the bronze."
 
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2023 Senior Nationals
USA Wrestling’s Senior Nationals will get underway from the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The event is a qualifier for the 2024 Olympic Trials in State College, Pennsylvania. The top-five placewinners at each weight, in each discipline, will earn a spot at the Trials set for Penn State, April 19-20.


Former Huskers did well in Sr Nationals
57 kg
Championship: Spencer Lee over Nico Megaludis 6-2
3rd Place: Liam Cronin over Daniel DeShazer 5-0

74 kg
Championship: Quincy Monday over Alex Marinelli 14-2
3rd Place: Alex Facundo over Jarrett Jacques 6-4
5th Place: Tyler Berger over Terrell Barraclough 10-0

97 kg
Championship: Kollin Moore over Nate Jackson 12-2
3rd Place: Jay Aiello over Eric Schultz 9-4

125 kg
Championship: Dom Bradley over Christian Lance 2-1
 
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Five huskers competing Saturday:
Saturday, January 20

Men’s Freestyle (57-61-65-70-74-79-86-92-97-125 kg)


10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Qualification rounds and finals

U.S. Men’s Freestyle"

57 kg: Kael Lauridsen (EAP
57 kg: Liam Cronin (Nebraska WTC)
65 kg: James Green (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
74 kg: Tyler Berger (Sunkist Kids/PRTC)
92 kg: Camden McDanel (EAP)


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"Nebraska has ties to three wrestlers who competed this weekend at the Henri Deglane Grand Prix in Nice, France.

Not only did former NCAA finalist Tyler Berger earn a bronze medal at 74 kg, but two future Huskers competed at their first senior-level tournament with solid results. Both participating in Team USA’s ‘Elite Accelerator Program’, Camden McDanel and Kael Lauridsen both are taking gray shirts and pushing back the beginning of their eligibility to next season.

A U20 World Bronze Medalist this past summer at 97 kg, McDanel is a true blue-chip recruit for the Huskers. A two-time U17 Pan-American gold medalist for Team USA, Lauridsen is a Bennington native and four-time Nebraska state champion. Both will join the Huskers next season for their true freshman years after taking a gap year to train at the Olympic Training Center this year."

"McDanel went a perfect 3-0 on Saturday to earn the gold medal at 92 kg. He beat Kazakhstan’s Islyambek Ilyassov 4-0 before downing Austria’s Benjamin Greil 7-2 in the semis. In the final, McDanel poured on the pressure to melt Kazakhstan’s Abdimanap Baigenzheyer via 11-0 tech fall in just 3:51."

74 kg
Gold – Mohammad Mottaghinia (Spain)
Silver – Stas David Wolf (Germany)
Bronze – Tyler Berger (United States)
Bronze – Alex Facundo (United States)
5th – Joey Lavallee (United States)
5th – Shamil Ustaev (Germany)

Gold – Mohammad Mottaghinia (Spain) dec. Stas David Wolf (Germany), 8-1
Bronze – Tyler Berger (United States) dec. Joey Lavallee (United States), 8-6
Bronze – Alex Facundo (United States) fall Shamil Ustaev (Germany), 5:29

92 kg
Gold – Camden McDanel (United States)
Silver – Abdimanap Baigenzheyev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Benjamin Greil (Austria)
Bronze – Michal Bielawski (Poland)
5th – Sali Saliev (Bulgaria)
5th – Islyambek Ilyassov (Kazakhstan)

Gold – Camden McDanel (United States) tech. fall Abdimanap Baigenzheyev (Kazakhstan), 11-0
 
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"There are 230 athletes now qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Wrestling, set for Penn State, April 19-20.

The final qualifying event, the Last Chance Olympic Team Trials Qualifier in Fairfax, Va., was held in April 6-7. The last 18 qualifiers were determined, six in each discipline, as the champions advanced to Olympic Trials.

Not all of the 230 qualifiers have registered for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. There are a number who may not compete, due to retirement, injury or other factors. For this final list, we include every qualifier."

2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Wrestling
April 19-20, Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pa.

Event Schedule

Friday, April 19

10 a.m. (ET) – Challenge tournament prelims, quarterfinals, consolations

6:30 p.m. (ET) – Challenge tournament semifinals, finals

Saturday, April 20

10 a.m. (ET) – Championship series round one (all weights), championship series round two (GR 60-67-77 kg, MFS 57-65 kg), challenge tournament consolations, true third (if necessary)

6:30 p.m. (ET) –Championship series round two, championship series round three (if necessary)
NU Alumni competing:

57 KG: Liam Cronin (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center)-Dec. 2023 Senior Nationals third place
65 KG: James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)- 2021 World Team member 70 kg
74 KG: Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids/Pennsylvania RTC)-2019 World Team member
74 KG: Tyler Berger (Pennsylvania RTC)-Dec. 2023 Senior Nationals fifth place
97 KG: Eric Schultz (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center)-Dec. 2023 Senior Nationals fourth place
125 KG: Christian Lance (Sunkist Kids)-2023 Bill Farrell runner-up


 
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"Jordan Burroughs elevated USA wrestling to new heights. People booing or jumping in our mentions and dogging on him after a 13 year international career and 9 World / Olympic World medals is wild. He lost, and walked over and shook Bo Nickal and Cael Sanderson’s hands in the corner. The same Bo Nickal who went on an unprompted social media rampage on JB. Some things are bigger than sport and solidify legendary status. A true
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"James Green made his comeback at 65kg this weekend. A natural 70kg wrestler, Green made the descent to 65kg in an attempt to make an Olympic Team after making six World Teams at 70kg.

In his first match, he held a 3-0 lead midway through the second period before giving up six unanswered points to Jesse Mendez. A junior-to-be at Ohio State, Mendez just won an NCAA title at 141 pounds and is a U20 World silver medalist — he went on to finish fourth this weekend. With the loss, Green defaulted out of the back side and will move back up to 70kg for this year’s World Team Trials.

Eric Schultz has shown a lot of promise in freestyle since graduating in 2022. This weekend as the 7-seed, he finished in 4th-place. After a 7-3 loss to eventual finalist and Nebraska native Isaac Trumble, Schultz beat 8-seed Tony Cassioppi of Iowa via pinfall before downing 3-seed Mike Macchiavello 3-2. In the 3rd-place match, Schultz fell to 5-seed Nate Jackson 4-2.

Up at 74kg, Tyler Berger came in as the 10-seed after making Final X last year at 70kg. He fell to 7-seed Alex Marinelli 4-0 in the first round but battled back with a pair of wins over Facundo and 12-seed Ladarian Lockett, a 2023 U17 World gold medalist. Berger then fell to 11-seed Jarrett Jacques 4-3 in the consolation semifinal round, ending his tournament.

At 57kg, 7-seed Liam Cronin went 0-2 in his Olympic Trials debut. He lost a 10-0 tech fall in the first round to 10-seed Jax Forrest, a high school sophomore out of Pennsylvania. In the consolations, he fell to another high-schooler in 9-seed Luke Lilledahl 2-2 via criteria. Both Forrest and Lilledahl are the real deal and could be part of a legitimate youth movement in wrestling. There were three high-schoolers just in the 57kg bracket alone — 11-seed Marcus Blaze finished third, Forrest took fourth, and Lilledahl lost to Blaze in the consolation semi.

At heavyweight, Christian Lance took the mat as the 6-seed after finishing runner-up at Senior Nationals. Lance faced 3-seed Greg Kerkvliet, Penn State’s newest national champion. Lance was overmatched in a 10-0 tech fall loss before injury-defaulting out of the back side."
 

2024 U23 Nationals Freestyle Preview & Predictions​

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"Nebraska had a pair of wrestlers place in both U20 and U23 at the World Team Trials this weekend in Ohio
Nebraska didn’t crown any World-Teamers this weekend, but there were still plenty of things to be encouraged by.

The Huskers saw what Antrell Taylor will look like back down at 157 pounds (154 this weekend) and things look very promising there as he made it to the challenge tournament final.

As for possible starters at both 165 and 174 — Dez Gartrell and Jagger Condomitti showed flashes at 74 kg, while Bubba Wilson did the same at 79 kg.

Up just a bit in weight from 184, Pinto wrestled at 86 kg (190 pounds) and was able to muscle around most of his opponents on the way to a podium finish.

Down at 57 kg, Alan Koehler moved up from U20 to U23 for this weekend and made it all the way to the semifinal round, earning a podium finish as well."
 
Team Nebraska went 7-1 in duals in freestyle, placing third in pool play before winning the Bronze/Copper bracket; Ziola went 5-0 in freestyle and 2-0 in Greco-Roman matches
 




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