PREVIEW: Buckeyes at United States World Team Trials

June 7, 2017


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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A spot on the 2017 World Team and date at the UWW World Championships in August will be at stake when Kyle Snyder, Logan Stieber and Nathan Tomasello - among others - represent the Scarlet and Gray at the Junior and Senior World Team Trials in Lincoln, Neb.

THE SCHEDULE
Friday, June 9 - Junior World Team Trials
Session I | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Preliminaries, quarterfinals, semifinals, consolations, consolation semifinals and finals

Session II | 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Final Jr. World Team Trials - Best of 3 Series (Rd # 1, Rd # 2 and Rd # 3 (if needed)

Saturday, June 10 - Senior World Team Trials
Session I | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Preliminaries, quarterfinals, semifinals, challenge finals/consolations and third place, Challenge tournament finals, true second place matches from challenge tournament

Session II | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Final World Team Trials - Best of 3 Series (Rd # 1, Rd # 2 and Rd # 3 (if needed)

HOW TO WATCH
Every bout of this weekend's World Team Trials will be broadcast live on Flowrestling. Brackets for the event will also be provided by Flowrestling on its FloArena platform. To view the live stream, one must be a member of Flowrestling's FloPro premium service.

THE SHORT STORY
As a result of winning the 2016 Olympic gold medal in Rio at 97kg, Snyder earns a bye to the best-of-three World Team Trials finals. Additionally, Stieber also will advance directly to the finals at 61kg. He won his first-ever World Championship last December in Budapest, Hungry. Tomasello finished third at the U.S. Open in May, an improvement of two spots from 2016. Kollin Moore, currently a Junior World Team Member, is the defending 96kg Junior World Team Trials champion. He'll be joined at the Junior World Team Trials by teammates Luke Pletcher and Kevin SnyderPletcher, the 2017 UWW Junior Nationals champion at 63kg, will await the winner of the Challenge Tournament in the finals.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
Senior World Team members will represent the United States at the 2017 UWW World Championships, which take place Aug. 21-26 in Paris, France. Members of the Junior World Team will compete at the UWW Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland, August 1-6.

WORLD TEAM HISTORY
• Snyder is looking to make his second Senior World Team. In June of 2015, he defeated 2012 Olympic medalist Jake Varner in two straight championship round matches.
• A spot on the Senior World Team would also be Stieber's second. In 2015, he made the Challenge Tournament finals but lost to Jordan Oliver at 65kg. Since moving to 61kg, Stieber won the Bill Farrell Open title and then took gold at World Championships on Dec. 10.
• Tomasello is also looking to make his first Senior World Team. Moore seeks a spot on his second Junior World Team after earning a spot last summer.
• The Ohio RTC has produced 15 World Team members since 1997. It is led by two-time Olympian Tervel Dlagnev.

RECENT INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
• In the midst of winning his second straight NCAA title at 285 lbs. last season for Ohio State, Snyder competed in three major international events: the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia, the Freestyle World Cup in Iran and 2016 Club Cup in Ukraine. He won gold at the Yarygin, the first American male to do so since 2009, led the American's to a silver at the Freestyle World Cup and helped Team USA claim gold at the Clubs Cup.
• After the NCAA season ended, Snyder returned to international competition at the Pan Am Games where he outscored his three opponents by a combined score of 30-0 and won gold. A month later, he defeated Koki Yamamoto of Japan at the 2017 Beat the Streets benefit in Times Square.
• Like Snyder, Stieber also wrestled recently in both the Pan Am Games and Beat the Streets benefit. He topped Shingo Arimoto of Japan in Times Square and took bronze at the Pan Am Championships.
• Pletcher won the 2017 UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals at 63kg in Las Vegas last April with an 8-6 victory over Sam Turner of the Wyoming Wrestling RTC. Pletcher trailed 6-4, but scored four straight points in the last 90 seconds to earn the title.
• K. Snyder also competed at the UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals and finished fourth overall at 96kg, winning three matches in the consolation round after a quarterfinal loss.
Moore made the Junior World Team last year after taking gold at the UWW Junior Nationals in May of 2016, just his second-ever freestyle tournament. At the Junior World Championships in Macon, France last September, he went 1-1.
• Both Snyder and Stieber finished with 3-1 records at the Freestyle World Cup. The Americans advanced to the gold medal match.

UWW WORLD RANKINGS
• Snyder is No. 1 in the most recent edition of freestyle world rankings at 97kg while Stieber is No. 3. At the end of the 2016 calendar year, both were ranked No. 1 by United World Wrestling.

BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD
Snyder's primarily competition in the 97kg field could come from 2017 U.S. Open champion Kyven Gadson, who wrestled collegiately at Iowa State. Snyder and Gadson met in the 2015 NCAA finals at 197 lbs. The rest of the field includes the likes of Dustin Kilgore, who was third at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials, and brothers Micah and Nathan Burak, who wrestled at Penn and Iowa, respectively. A new entry in the field is Ty Walz, a three-time All-American at Virginia Tech that Snyder defeated in the semifinal round of the 2016 NCAA Championships.

At 61kg, Kendric Maple, an Oklahoma graduate, won the 2017 U.S. Open and runner-up Brandon Wright, a NAIA national champion at Grand View, figure to be the strongest competitors. Stieber and Maple wrestled at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic and were each NCAA champions during their respective college careers. Of the qualifiers at 61kg, Stieber is the only one to make a past Senior World Team.

Tomasello's field at 57kg includes Tony Ramos, the 2014 NCA champion from Iowa and winner of the 2017 U.S. Open, as well as Tyler Graff, Nahshon Garrett and Nico Megaludis. Ramos will have a bye to the championship round thanks to his U.S. Open title and Graff is the likely No. 1 seed in the Challenge Tournament.