June 9, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa redshirt freshman Sam Stoll competes at the UWW Junior World Team Trials on Friday for a chance to represent Team USA at the UWW Junior World Championships in Brazil from Aug. 11-16.
Stoll wrestles in the 120 kg/264 lb. bracket Friday at 9 a.m. (CT) in Madison, Wisconsin. He is one of seven Hawkeyes, past or present, competing for a roster spot on Team USA this weekend.
Three-time World Team member Brent Metcalf leads a group of six Hawkeye Wrestling Club members competing at the U.S. World Team Trials on Saturday and Sunday at Alliant Energy Center.
Daniel Dennis, Phil Keddy, Matt McDonough, Tony Ramos, and Derek St. John join Metcalf in the men’s senior freestyle tournament. Champions in each weight class will represent Team USA at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas from Sept. 7-12.
Metcalf, a three-time World Team member, and Ramos, a 2014 World Team member, receive automatic berths in the best-of-three finals of their respective weights by virtue of winning the 2015 U.S. Open.
Ramos wrestles in the 57 kg/125.5 lb. finals Saturday at 5 p.m. Metcalf wrestles in the 66 kg/143 lbs. finals Sunday at 5 p.m.
McDonough, St. John, and Keddy wrestle in challenge tournaments Saturday at 10 a.m. Dennis wrestles in the 61 kg/134 lb. challenge tournament Sunday at 10 a.m. The winner of each challenge tournament will wrestle in the best-of-three finals at 5 p.m.
McDonough placed fifth at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. at the U.S. Open to qualify for the World Team Trials. If he wins his challenge tournament he faces Ramos for the title.
St. John qualified for the Trials with a fifth place finish at 70 kg/154 lbs. at the U.S. Open. A run through the challenge tournament earns him a shot a U.S. Open champion Nick Marable.
Keddy won the Northern Plains Regionals to qualify for the Trials at 86 kg/189 lbs. Jake Herbert, a 2012 Olympian and reigning U.S. Open champion, waits in the finals.
Dennis placed fourth at the U.S. Open to earn a spot in the Trials field. The winner of Dennis’ bracket faces two-time World Team member Reece Humphrey in the in finals.
Jordan Oliver is the top seed in the 66 kg/143 lb. challenge tournament. Metcalf defeated Oliver at the 2014 Trials and the 2015 U.S. Open finals.
Andrew Hochstrasser is the top seed in the 57 kg/125.5 lb. challenge tournament. Ramos defeated Hochstrasser with a late takedown in the finals of the 2015 U.S. Open.