Gophers compete in Junior World Team Trials

Four Gopher wrestlers competed at the United World Wrestling Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Irving, Texas over the weekend, each looking to earn a spot on the junior national team which will compete in the Junior World Championships later this summer. With only one spot available on Team USA at each weight, the competition was fierce.

Mitch McKee and Rylee Streifel led the way for Minnesota, each earning berths in the championship series by virtue of winning junior national titles earlier this spring.

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Gross earns berth on UWW Junior World Team

IRVING, Texas – South Dakota State University wrestler Seth Gross earned a spot on the USA Junior World Team by winning the 60-kilogram division Sunday at the UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials.

A native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, and representing the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club, Gross won all three of his matches in his challenge bracket, then won a best-of-three series to qualify for the 2016 UWW Junior World Championships in Macon, France, this August.

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Fix, Gross, Hall, Valencia earn spots on UWW Junior World Team in freestyle with wins in Texas

IRVING, Texas – The final four members of the 2016 U.S. Junior World Freestyle Team were determined, as the UWW Junior World Team Trials concluded on Sunday at the Irving Conventional Center.

A best-of-three Championships Series was held in each weight class, with the 2016 UWW Junior Nationals champion advancing directly to the finals, where he faced the winner of Sunday morning’s Challenge Tournament. Three of the UWW Junior National champions won their series on Sunday.

Two members of the 2015 U.S. Junior World Team earned repeat trips to the Junior World Championships, Mark Hall of the Minnesota Storm at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Zahid Valencia of the Sunkist Kids at 84 kg/185 lbs. Continue reading at