NMU’s Damon Earns Spot on Junior World Team
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan University National Training Site Greco-Roman wrestler Dominic Damon earned a spot on the 2021 U.S. Junior World Team this weekend in Coralville, Iowa.
Competing at 67 kg, Damon outscored his opponents 31-5 before going into the best-of-three finals against Payton Jacobson of Ringers WC. Damon took the first match with a 5-4 win, but he lost the second 1-5. In the third and final match, Damon closed out the series with a 5-2 win.
The Junior World Championships will take place in Ufa, Russia, August 16-22.
NMU’s Brody Olson wrestled his way to the bronze-medal match, but fell short of making the podium. Wrestling at 72 kg, Olson picked up two wins before falling in the quarterfinals 7-14 against Noah Wachsmuth of Colorado. Olson worked his way through the consolation rounds with three victories to put himself in contention for the podium. Olson ultimately settled for fourth place after falling by pin to Niko Katsuyoshi of the New England RTC in the bronze-medal match.
Taking place in conjunction with the Junior World Team Trials was the Senior Nationals. NMU squad members David Stepanian, Alston Nutter and George Sikes finished in the top three in their weight classes.
Stepanian opened the tournament with a bye before earning a 6-2 win in the quarterfinals over We Rachal of the Illinois RTC and a 8-4 victory over Corbin Nirschl of MWC Academy. In the 63 kg first-place bout, Stepanian fell to Randon Miranda of Rise RTC 0-9.
Wrestling at 67 kg, Nutter shut out his first three opponents 26-0 before falling to Hayden Tuma of Suples WC 10-1 in the finals.
Sikes finished the weekend with a third-place finish at 82 kg. In the bronze-medal match, Sikes faced John Hagey of 505 WC, winning 3-1.
The NMU trio secured their right to complete at the 2021 Senior World Team Trials in September, a qualifier for the Senior World Team that will compete in Oslo, Norway.
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