Colorado wrestlers take U23 World Team trail by storm09 Oct 2017
By Tom Blair, ICW Staff
It was a fantastic finish on the two-day USA World Team Trails held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. The finals were determined by the best of three matches to determine who would represent USA next month in Bydgoszcz, Poland, November 21-26 at the U23 World Championship in men’s Greco, men’s Freestyle and women’s Freestyle.
There were six wrestlers in the tournament representing Colorado or are Colorado natives, in the women division Maya Nelson at 63 kg and Cody Pfau at 48 kg, in men’s freestyle Isaac Jimenez, in men’s greco Alex Mossing, Aaron Trygstad and G’Angelo (Tracy) Hancock. Four of them would take home the 1st place spot to earn the ticket to Poland.
In Greco-Roman, G’Angelo Hancock of the Sunkist Kids went 3 – 0 in the bracket to make his third U.S. World Team of the year with a two-match sweep over Alton Meeks of the Florida Jets at 130 kg/286 lbs. Hancock won handily, with an 8-0 technical fall in bout one and a pin in 3:46 in bout two. Hancock is up a weight class, after competing at 98 kg at both the 2017 Senior World Championships in France and the 2017 Junior World Championships in Finland. “My goal was to get in and out of there as fast as possible. The goal was to score early. The earlier you score, the later you can go in the rounds with a heavyweight. I weighed in at 106 kg. and definitely, the lightest heavyweight. That’s the thing my coaches talked to me about, to use my speed and technique, to tire out those guys and move them,” said Hancock.
Claiming the Greco-Roman team spot at 71 kg/156 lbs. was 2017 University Nationals champion Alex Mossing of the Air Force RTC, who stopped Colin Schubert of NYAC/NMU-OTS in two straight battles. Mossing was able to throw and pin Schubert in the first match in 3:39. In the second match, a big Mossing throw was taken away with a challenge late in the bout, and he trailed 8-6. Mossing won the match when he received a caution and two-point penalty against Schubert by aggressively forcing the action. Mossing would go 4 – 0 on weekend with the win in the finals.
Also wrestling in the Greco-Roman division was Aaron Trygstad of the Otero Wrestling Club, wrestling at 80 kg. Trygstad would lose his first match in the quarters by dec 8 -1, then win in the consi-quarters by fall 2:24 and he would lose his next match in the consi-semi 8 -0. This would put him out of the tournament with a 1 -2 record for his efforts on the weekend.
In the men’s freestyle division Isaac Jimenez of the Air Force RTC and a junior at the Air Force Academy went 2 – 0 in his bracket taking him to the finals in the 61-kg weight class. In the finals he loss both matches by tech fall 11 – 0 and 15 – 4 against Mitchell McKee, Minnesota Storm.
In the women division 2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson of the Sunkist Kids made her second U.S. age-group World Team of the year, earning the 63 kg/138.75 lbs. team berth with a two-match sweep over Alexis Porter of the New York AC. Nelson won the first match, 5-0, then scored a takedown in the final seconds of bout two to win 4-2. “She is a tough opponent. I remember during the summer, we worked together at the Olympic Training Center. Being able to pull out big wins like that against tough opponents goes to show that hard work pays off. I am going to continue to work hard and get better every day,” said Nelson. To get to the finals Nelson won three straight matches by tech fall, 10 – 0 , 12 – 2 , and 14 – 5.
Cody Pfau defeated her college teammate Maria Vidales of the Lions WC /Emmanuel College (Georgia) in two straight dominant matches, winning a 14-1 technical fall in bout one and getting a pin in 1:14 in bout two. Pfau, who has made UWW Junior World Teams, is a redshirt senior, punched her ticket to the U23 World Finals with the destruction of the 48 kg bracket. Pfau would only wrestle a total of 2 minutes and 25 seconds in her three matches getting to the finals with pins all in the first period.