Gophers Set to Compete at 2021 UWW U23 Nationals

Fifteen Golden Gopher wrestlers will compete at the 2021 UWW U23 National Championships this week at the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. The champion at each weight class in Greco-Roman and freestyle will represent Team USA at the UWW U23 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in November.

Leading the Minnesota contingent are NCAA All-Americans Patrick McKee and Brayton Lee. McKee finished third at the 2021 NCAA Championships and earned the tournament’s Gorriaran Award for most pins (3) in the shortest amount of time.

Lee became a two-time All-American with his sixth-place finish at 149 pounds. Earlier this month, he earned a third-place finish at the UWW Senior Nationals to qualify for the World Team Trials in September.

Greco-Roman competition begins on Thursday at 10 a.m. with a second session slated for 4 p.m. Freestyle competition will run Friday through Saturday with 10 a.m. starts each day.

Follow @GopherWrestling for tournament updates, while FloWrestling will provide live video ($) and live scoring.

U23 Greco-Roman
Boo Dryden (59kg)
Cael Carlson (77kg)

U23 Freestyle
Patrick McKee (57kg)
Matthew Ramos (57kg)
Boo Dryden (61kg)
Jake Gliva (61kg)
Jakob Bergeland (65kg)
Theo Cha (65kg)
Brent Jones (65kg)
Brayton Lee (70kg)
Sebas Swiggum (70kg)
Cael Carlson (74kg)
Bailee O’Reilly (79kg)
Sam Skillings (79kg)
Michial Foy (86kg)
Rowan Morgan (92kg)
Keaton Kluever (125kg)

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 27
10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Greco-Roman
4 – 6:30 p.m.: Greco-Roman (Medal Matches & Best of 3 Finals)

Friday, May 28
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Freestyle Session I
4 – 8 p.m.: Freestyle Session II

Saturday, May 29
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Freestyle Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Medal Matches & Best of 3 Finals)

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