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    Photo: Tony Rotundo

    Arujau Will Not Compete at 2024 Olympic Team Trials

    Before the 2024 Olympic Team Trials brackets have been released, we’ve already received a massive shake-up at 57 kg in men's freestyle. Vito Arujau’s father, Vougar, took to Facebook this afternoon to say:

     “After good conversation We decided Vito just will train and prepare for 61kg world trials. 57 kg is big cut and after big injury is just not worth it!” 

    Arujau won a world title at 61 kg last year which gave him a bye to the semifinals in the 57 kg Olympic Team Trials. In such a wide-open weight class, Arujau seemed to stand as good of a chance as anyone at winning the Trials. 

    Arujau just wrapped up his final year at Cornell where he captured his second national title and earned All-American honors for a fourth time. Arujau dealt with a lingering injury throughout the 2023-24 campaign and the Cornell staff had to pick and choose when they utilized him. It wasn’t until the NCAA Tournament where Arujau resembled the wrestler that won the 2023 World Championships and was named Outstanding Wrestler at NCAA’s that same year.

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