Three wrestlers who won titles at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships — Kyle Dake of Cornell University, Iowa State’s Jon Reader, and Dustin Kilgore of Kent State — were among 10 wrestlers awarded wild cards on Thursday for the 2011 World Team Trials which will take place in Oklahoma City June 10-11.
Also earning wild card spots for freestyle competition: J.P. O’Connor, who won the 2010 NCAA title for Harvard University, and 2011 NCAA runner-up Tyler Caldwell, who wrestled for University of Oklahoma but recently transferred to the University of Nebraska.
The 10 wrestlers who applied for and received wild cards from USA Wrestling (club affiliation in parentheses):
- 60 kg/132 lbs. – Derek Moore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
- 66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Joe Johnston, Columbia, Mo. (Gator WC)
- 66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Justin Pearch, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
- 74 kg/163 lbs. – Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)
- 74 kg/163 lbs. – J.P. O’Connor, Boston, Mass. (New York AC)
- 74 kg/163 lbs. – Tyler Caldwell, Wichita, Kan. (Sunkist Kids)
- 84 kg/185 lbs. – James Yonushonis, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)
- 84 kg/185 lbs. – Jon Reader, Davison, Mich. (Sunkist Kids)
- 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Micah Burak, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Athletes in Action)
- 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Dustin Kilgore, Berea, Ohio (Golden Pride WC)
According to TheMat.com — website for USA Wrestling — wrestlers who wished to be considered for a wild-card selection notified U.S. National Freestyle Coach Zeke Jones. The wild-card nominations were reviewed and approved by a three-member sub-committee headed by the chairperson of the Freestyle Sport Committee. The sub-committee filled all 10 wild-card spots this year. Only five wild cards were granted last year.
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