Wyoming competitors wrap up action in Trials

6/24/2013
University of Wyoming Sports Information

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Three Cowboys wrestled Sunday in the FILA Junior World Team Trials, capping off a long weekend for five University of Wyoming competitors.

In Stillwater, Okla., the competition began Friday and Saturday with the U.S. Senior World Team Trials, featuring Wyoming assistant coach Chris Pendleton and volunteer assistant Clayton Foster.

On Friday, Pendleton rolled through the challenge bracket with three-straight technical falls over Scott Schiller, Micah Burak and Dustin Kilgore. Pendleton, the top seed in the challenge portion of the event, moved on to face J.D. Bergman in the finals at 96 kilograms (211.5 pounds). Pendleton finished as the runner-up, losing twice to Bergman in the best two-out-of-three match format.

On Saturday, Foster won each match in the 84-kilogram (185 pounds) challenge bracket to earn his spot in the final. The top-seed in the challenge tournament rolled to the finals at 84 kilograms (185 pounds) with three technical falls, defeating Logan Storley, Enock Francois and Phil Keddy. Foster met Keith Gavin in the finals in a rematch of the U.S. Open. Gavin beat Foster in two tightly contested matches, and Foster was the runner up.

Winners will represent the U.S. at the 2013 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 16-22.

To wrap things up, three wrestlers on the UW roster took part in the FILA Junior World Team Trials on Sunday, an event featuring some of the nation's best 17- to 20-year-old athletes in men's freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Tanner Miller, who redshirted last season, went 0-2 at 74 kilograms (163 pounds). Another redshirt freshman, Cole Mendenhall, went 1-2 at 66 kilograms (145.5 pounds). Eric Hoffman, a 2013 signee, was 1-2 at 66 kilograms.

Champions qualified to represent the United States at the 2013 FILA Junior World Wrestling Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Aug. 13-18.

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