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COLUMBUS, Ohio - When Kollin Moore begins his nearly 4,500-mile journey back to Columbus, Ohio from Tampere, Finland, the sophomore-to-be will need to make a little extra room in his luggage for the hardware he will be bringing home. Moore, competing in his second consecutive Jr. World Championships at 96kg, won bronze on Tuesday afternoon to represent Team USA on the international stage.
THE SHORT STORY
Moore rebounded from a tough semifinal loss to put an exclamation point on his performance at the championships, winning 11-0 over his opponent from Germany, the 2014 Cadet World bronze medalist. Two of Moore’s three wins were via technical fall and averaged 10.3 points in his three victories.
THE BRONZE MEDAL CLINCHER
Moore scored early and often in the bronze medal match, getting two first-period takedowns and a step out to build a 5-0 lead. He finished off the technical fall quickly in the second, finishing another takedown and then adding two more on a gut for a 9-0 lead. His fourth takedown of the match finished the scoring at 11-0.
Moore on his bronze medal match
"I knew he was a big defense guy so I wanted to attack a lot. I tried to set up my attacks well and get a lace, but I got to a gut off one of my takedowns and that helps a lot because that’s one less shot I have to take."
Moore on his takeaways from the past two World Championships
"The coaches here [with USA Wrestling] are awesome. The coaches at Ohio State are awesome. I’ve been blessed to be around great wrestlers and people."
OPENING ROUNDS RECAP
Moore received a first-round bye before taking on his first opponent of the championships, the Asian Championships gold medalist from Iran. Moore scored the first two takedowns of the match to jump out to a 4-0 lead, but was then hit with a hut and takedown to knot the score at 4-4. A step out put Moore behind 5-4 early in the final period, but from there he scored six unanswered points to win 10-5.
Moore had a much easier time in the quarterfinals, scoring six points just halfway through the first period before eventually registering a 10-0 technical fall over his opponent from Kazakhstan. In the semifinals, Moore faced an opponent from Georgia and despite jumping out to a 2-0, he eventually dropped a 16-4 technical fall that put him into the bronze medal match.
MORE ON MOORE
A Big Ten champion and third-place NCAA finisher as a redshirt freshman last season, Moore won a team-best 33 matches last season, including 18 of his final 20. One of a program-record six All-Americans for the Buckeyes, he's likely to enter the 2017-18 season as the nation's top-ranked wrestler at 197 lbs.
JR. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
• Last year, Moore made the Jr. World Team after winning just the second freestyle tournament of his career - the 2016 UWW Junior World Team Trials. He did not medal at the 2016 Jr. World Championships, finishing 1-1.
• Moore is one of two current Buckeyes with Jr. World Championship experience. In 2013, Kyle Snyder won gold at just 17 years old and then took home bronze one year later in 2014. He is the youngest two-time junior World medalist in American history.
• In 2011, two-time NCAA champion and current Sr. World Team member Logan Stieber was the runner-up at the FILA Jr. World Championships in Romania.
A busy Buckeye summer of international competition culminates Aug. 21-26 when Logan Stieber and Snyder head to Paris, France for the 2017 Sr. World Championships. Both are defending gold medalists, Snyder at 97kg and Stieber at 61kg. Snyder will be the No. 1 seed in Paris while Stieber earned a No. 2 seed.