Eight USOEC Greco-Roman wrestlers qualify for U.S. World Team Trials

MARQUETTE – The United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestling team left the U.S. Open in Las Vegas with three silver medals and five other wrestlers advancing to the U.S. World Team Trials in Stillwater, Okla., on June 20-23.

Max Nowry of Wheeling, Ill., fell to former USOEC wrestler Spencer Mango at 55 kilograms, 3-0, 0-1. On his way to the championship, Nowry beat Justin Nolen of the Navy, 6-0, 7-0, in the quarterfinals and former USOEC wrestler Nate Engle of the Army, 0-1, 1-0, 2-0, in the semifinals.

Kendrick Sanders of Homestead, Fla. lost to 2012 Olympian and former USOEC athlete Ellis Coleman of the NYAC in the 66-kg final, 0-3, 4-0, 2-1. Leadin up to the final, Sanders defeated Brian Graham of the Minnesota Storm, 2-0, 4-1, in the quarterfinals and overtook Santonio Thompson of YES wrestling, 6-0, 2-0, in the semifinals.

In the 84-kg final, Zac Nielsen of Zimmerman, Minn., lost Jordan Holm of the Minnesota Storm 3-0, 1-0. Previously, Nielsen won by technical fall over Shaun Scott of the Modern Day Gladiators, 7-0, 7-0, in the quarterfinals and he pinned Peter Hicks of the Army 44 seconds into the first period of the semifinals.

Also finishing in the top seven for the USOEC were Dmitry Ryabchinsky (55 kg, fifth place), Nick Alvarez (66, seventh), Tanner Andrews (74, fourth), Mark Stenberg (84, sixth) and Toby Erickson (120, fifth).