We were able to have 6 guys compete in Las Vegas. Jake Kettler wrestled in the US Open Greco-Roman Tournament. He placed 7th which qualified him for the final world team trials in June. The 5 other guys competed in the FILA Junior Nationals. We had no placers in Freestyle, although Sahid Kargbo, Matt Meadows and Corey Smith all won multiple matches. In Greco-Roman, Matt Meadows placed 7th and Sahid Kargbo placed 3rd. Both of them qualified for the Jr. World team trials. Thanks to the efforts of our wrestling club, we were able to pay for most of the athletes expenses to compete. We plan on sending everyone willing to train and compete to the University Nationals in late May.
On Sunday we will celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of this past season. We made improvements as individuals and as a team. It will be fun to share some good food, give out some awards and to hear the senior speeches. If you are free on Sunday, come join us at Brion’s Grill at 5pm.
It is hard to believe another year is coming to a close. The guys are one week away from final exams. Although it seems like some of their professors are ready to be done as well, because a bunch of guys will be doing final projects this week. I hope they have been diligent in their studies this semester and finish well. It is extremely important to the individuals, the team, and the program that our guys do well in the classroom.
We have tentatively accepted an offer to join a conference next season. We just need to get it approved and signed. I am excited to have a home. Watch for the announcement in the near future.