Sooners Finish U20 World Team Trial Qualifier
AKRON, Ohio – The Oklahoma wrestling team wrapped up the U23 World Team Trial Qualifier Sunday with Dom Demas recording a runner-up finish in both the Freestyle (65kg) and Greco-Roman (67kg) competitions, and Jakob Woodley placing fifth in the 92kg Freestyle tournament.
“I thought the tournament was really tough with a ton of competitors. We performed well at most weights,” said head coach Lou Rosselli. “The consistency in training is starting to pay off and we are making progress.”
Demas, a redshirt freshman, was OU’s sole representative in the Greco-Roman tournament, where he quickly defeated each of his first two opponents in under a minute – Sean Haskett (Gunston Wrestling Club) in 0:29 (8-0); and, Lenny Petersen (Air Force RTC) in 0:44 (8-0). In the finals, set as a best two-out-of-three format, Demas fell to Nolan Baker (Northern Illinois RTC) in a 12-3 decision before coming back to win match two by decision (8-6), and forcing a third match. Demas finished second after losing by fall in the final bout in 0:54 (4-0).
In the freestyle event, Demas defeated LJ Bentley (Pittsburgh) by decision (8-4), in the round of 16 before besting Nebraska’s Colton McCrystal by tech fall in 5:21 (12-2) in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Dublin, OH, native beat Kevin Jack of the Wolfpack Wrestling Club by decision (3-0) to move advance to the final. Demas was defeated by the Minnesota Storm Wrestling Club’s Mitchell McKee by decisions in the best-two-of-three series, 4-3 and 9-6.