Five competitors with ties to the Minnesota wrestling program placed last weekend at the 2011 FILA Junior World Team Trials including freshman Joel Bauman, who took home top honors in the 84 kg Greco-Roman division to advance to the FILA Junior World Championships next month in Europe.
Bauman, who was 11-4 this season as a true freshman with the Gophers, topped Wisconsin’s Devin Peterson in three matches over the weekend. Peterson opened the event with a decision over the Gopher (0-1, 1-0, 1-0) before Bauman rallied with two wins (2-0, 3-1; 3-0, 0-1, 3-0) to take home the championship at 84 kg.
With the win, Bauman advances to the FILA Junior World Championships, scheduled to take place in Bucharest, Romania July 26-31.
Meanwhile, two other wrestlers with ties to the Gophers will serve as alternates for next month’s event after placing second this weekend. Freshman Nick Dardanes and Dylan Ness both finished as runner-ups in the 60 kg and 66 kg weight classes, respectively.
Rounding out the Minnesota contingency last weekend in Indiana were Chris Dardanes and Scott Schiller, who both tallied third-place finishes in their weight classes – Dardanes at 60 kg and Schiller at 96 kg.