Reshirt first-year Yahya Thomas came out physical as he made a few key adjustments from their first meeting at the U.S. Open. Thomas was able to break through O'toole's defense taking the match 7-0 on three takedowns and a pushout.
Their second match was a little more controlled by both parties. Yahya took a 1-0 lead into the second period and used a passivity point to take the match 2-0 and will officially represent Team USA in the Junior World Championships taking place in Estonia, August 12-18th.
Lucas Davison also came out hot utilizing a "nasty armspin" as the commentator so aptly put it to take a 4-0 lead. Luke "The Big Tuna" Davison continued to put up points taking match one 9-0.
Similar to Thomas, Luke's second match was a much more stingy affair. With only a 1-0 lead at the break, Luke closed out match two with a pushout, lost challenge, and a closing takedown to cement his 5-0 win. Congrats Big Tuna!
Luke will join Yahya in their quest to win a Junior World Medal in Estonia! Northwestern University is the only school with multiple representatives on the Junior World Team.
Match one was ended quickly as Ryan unfortunately got caught in a match-ending leg lace. Ryan made some amazing adjustments heading into match two wrestling in a hostile Nebraska environment (Green wrestled for the University of Nebraska). Winning with less than a minute remaining Ryan gave up a takedown to ultimately drop the match 4-3 against the two-time World Medalist.
Ryan is now number two on the world team ladder for Team USA at 70 kg. He will have the ability to travel and wrestle in a number of overseas competitions while on the National Team. The number two's are scheduled to wrestle in the Alexander Medved International Tournament of Prizes. Fun Fact here - this tournament used to be called the Alexander Medved International Tournament of Cash and Prizes. Apparently they ran out of cash but are chock full of prizes.
Joe has recently started his own food blog @chowwithrau on Instagram. Feel free to give him a follow for a more personal sneak peak into the world team member’s off-the-mat antics.
In other RTC related news, the Wildcat Wrestling Club is excited to announce its newest constituent in Lucas Sheridan. Luke was a Final X contestant at 97 kg's in the Greco style and currently serves in the US Army WCAP program.
In order to satisfy his military requirements, Luke will remain based in Colorado, but will fly out to train with the club for a period of time every month. Luke is a great addition for our current Greco Roman athletes as well as our upper-weight college men.