Sooners Finish U20 World Team Trial Qualifier

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

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.

Jakob Woodley placed fifth freestyle tournament’s 92 kg class. The redshirt freshman won his first round match by tech fall (10-0) in 1:16, over Adam Gusky (La Crosse Area Wrestlers), before a 9-2 decision in the following round over Landon Pelham (Chippewa WC). In the sweet 16, he defeated Chattanooga’s Rodney Jones by a tech fall in 3:35 (10-0) to advance to the quarterfinal, where he defeated Anthony Perrine of the Bulldog Elite Wrestling Club, by way of decision (6-0). In the semifinals, Woodley fell to Hunter Ritter (Wisconsin) in a 3-2 decision, but picked up one more tech fall win, in 2:04 (10-0), for the second time, Landon Pelhamon to finish fifth in his division.

Jacob Rubio (65kg) compiled a 7-2 record on the weekend, winning five of those matches in tech falls. Anthony Mantanona (79kg) went 4-2 in the tournament, racking up three straight tech fall wins to open the competition. Jeremy Thomas (74kg) finished at 2-2 overall, winning his two matches in a 10-0 tech fall and a 12-4 decision. Jake Boyd (97kg) competed and was 0-2 in the tournament.

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