Fifteen Golden Gopher wrestlers will compete at the 2021 UWW U23 National Championships this week at the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. The champion at each weight in Greco-Roman and freestyle will represent Team USA at the UWW U23 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in November.
Leading the Minnesota contingent are NCAA All-Americans Patrick McKee and Brayton Lee. McKee finished third at the 2021 NCAA Championships and earned the tournament’s Gorriaran Award for most pins (3) in the shortest amount of time.
Lee became a two-time All-American with his sixth-place finish at 149 pounds. Earlier this month, he earned a third-place finish at the UWW Senior Nationals to qualify for the World Team Trials in September.
Greco-Roman competition begins on Thursday at 10 a.m. with a second session slated for 4 p.m. Freestyle competition will run Friday through Saturday with 10 a.m. starts each day.
@GopherWrestling will have tournament updates.
Boo Dryden (59kg)
Cael Carlson (77kg)
Patrick McKee (57kg)
Matthew Ramos (57kg)
Boo Dryden (61kg)
Jake Gliva (61kg)
Jakob Bergeland (65kg)
Theo Cha (65kg)
Brent Jones (65kg)
Brayton Lee (70kg)
Sebas Swiggum (70kg)
Cael Carlson (74kg)
Bailee O’Reilly (79kg)
Sam Skillings (79kg)
Michial Foy (86kg)
Rowan Morgan (92kg)
Keaton Kluever (125kg)
Schedule of Events
Thursday, May 27
10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Greco-Roman
4 – 6:30 p.m.: Greco-Roman (Medal Matches & Best of 3 Finals)
Friday, May 28
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Freestyle Session I
4 – 8 p.m.: Freestyle Session II
Saturday, May 29
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Freestyle Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Medal Matches & Best of 3 Finals)
(info courtesy of Gopher Sports)