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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa All-American and two-time Big Ten Champion Sammy Brooks competes at the U23 UWW World Championships on Saturday in Nydgoszcz, Poland. The prelims and repechage will run from 2 a.m. (CT) to 7 a.m. Medal matches begin at 10 a.m.
The tournament is streamed live at trackwrestling.com.
Brooks is the United States representative at 86 kg/189 lbs. He is wrestling in international competition for the third time in his career. He won a Cadet bronze medal in 2011 and was a member of the 2013 Junior World Team.
Brooks earned a spot on Team USA by winning the U23 United States World Team Trials on Oct. 11. He is the third Hawkeye this year to earn a spot on a U.S. World Team. Thomas Gilman (57 kg) won a Silver medal at the 2017 UWW World Championships in Paris, and Brandon Sorensen won the 70 kg division at the University Nationals. Team USA did not participate at the University World Championships.
International wrestling competitions comes to Iowa City on April 7-8 when Carver-Hawkeye Arena plays host to the 2018 UWW World Cup. Gilman and members of Team USA — including Olympic gold medalists Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Snyder — wrestle in an eight-team dual tournament featuring the top freestyle wrestling teams in the world. Tickets are on sale now.