David Carr and Joey Lavallee wrestling for true third place (photo courtesy of Mark Lundy; LutteLens.com)
Before the action gets underway from Final X Stillwater, there were two wrestle-off matches for true-third place in men's freestyle. Zane Richards and David Carr finished in third place at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in May, but did not meet the eventual second place finishers at their respective weights. Because of this, there are two matches necessary today and a handful of others slated for Final X NYC. These matches are important as the national team members receive a stipend, will receive invites to training camps, and could be selected to wrestle internationally.
In both matches, the third place finisher from the Trials, ended up defeating the second place finisher. Zane Richards was in control of his 57 kg contest from the outset and ended the bout before the conclusion of the first period. David Carr and Joey Lavallee had a slow-paced first period, in which the Cyclone star led 3-0. Action picked up in the second and both earned four-point scoring maneuvers, before Carr pulled away with a 16-6 tech.
57 kg - Zane Richards over Jakob Camacho 10-0
74 kg - David Carr over Joey Lavallee 16-6