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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rising redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore secured a spot in his second straight Jr. World Championships with a victory on Friday evening in the 96kg class of the 2017 Jr. World Championships, held at the Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska.
THE SHORT STORY
Moore piled up points at a fast pace on Friday, scoring in double figures in all five of his matches - including 20 in the clinching bout to take the best-of-three championship round series. He now has a date at the 2017 Jr. World Championships to represent the Red, White and Blue in Tampere, Finland Aug. 21-26. Moore won all five of his matches by technical fall and averaged 11.0 points per bout.
Moore competed at the 2016 Jr. World Championships after making the team in just his second-ever freestyle tournament. He went 1-1 at the World Championships and then put together a banner redshirt freshman season for the Buckeyes. Moore was 33-4, the Big Ten champion at 197 lbs., the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a third-place finisher at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors.
BEST OF THREE FINALS
In the first of two finals matches, Moore was never seriously threatened and rolled to an easy 13-2 technical fall. In the clinching match, however, the pace was more frenetic with a total of 28 points scored. Moore trailed early, 8-7, before securing a four-point move on his opponent, Andrew Marsden of Oklahoma State, to take an 11-8 lead at the end of first period. From there, he scored two takedowns and another four point move to finish off the 20-8 technical fall.
"I'm very confident in my wrestling," Moore said. "Last year's experience [at the Jr. World Championships] was amazing because of the training I got and the competition I was exposed to. But I feel like I have some unfinished business. I want to medal this year. I think this year I've become a better finisher and more aware of what it takes to win at that level."
THE ROAD TO THE FINALS
Moore received one of five first-round byes into the Challenge Tournament quarterfinals, where he needed just 1:25 to pull off a 10-0 technical fall to set up a semifinal date. There, he continued to score early and often in a 12-2 technical fall that took 2:22. Moore punched his ticket to the best-of-three finals with an 11-1 victory that gave him a total of 33 points scored in just three matches of action.
SNYDER, PLETCHER ALSO COMPETE
Luke Pletcher was upset in his opening-round match at 60kg but fought back in the consolation rounds and scored a total of 31 points in two victories to get himself into the consolation semifinals. There, his run ended with a loss to the eventual third-place finisher.
Kevin Snyder, who redshirted during the 2016-17 season was wrestling unattached, took a quarterfinal round loss to start his day and then had his run at the Trials end with a 4-2 setback in the first consolation round match.
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