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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kollin Moore will have his second opportunity to compete on one of the world’s biggest international stages as he ventures to Tampere, Finland to represent the red, white and blue at the 2017 Junior World Championships.
All of the action of the six-day world championships can be seen on Trackwrestling. USA Wrestling will also have updates via its website - www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling - and Twitter account - @USAWrestling.
Moore competes on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 3 a.m. ET (10 a.m. local time in Finland). The finals at 96kg begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET. For a full schedule, click here.
HOW HE GOT HERE
Moore, who also competed last September in the 2016 Jr. World Championships, punched his ticket to Finland by winning all five of his matches at the World Team Trials last June via technical fall. He averaged 11.0 points per match and put up 20 in the clinching match of his best-of-three finals.
“I'm very confident in my wrestling. 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.”
SOME NOTES ON MOORE’S SEASON
As a redshirt freshman for the Buckeyes last season, Moore went 33-4 and was the Big Ten champion at 197 lbs. Other highlights of his rookie season include:
• Moore was an All-American at the NCAA Championships with his third place finish; it was the third straight year that the Buckeyes produced a freshman All-American.
• In the Big Ten finals, Moore defeated No. 1-seeded Brett Pfarr of Minnesota, 15-11, and clinched the team title for the Buckeyes.
• Moore went 12-2 in duals and 8-1 vs. Big Ten opponents. He won 18 of his last 20 matches to close out the season.
• Averaged 18.0 points/match in the 27 of his 33 wins that didn’t end in a pin.
• Was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the first Buckeye to win that award since Logan Stieber in 2012.
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