Two Former OSU Wrestlers Place In Top Three At World Team Trials

Monday, June 2nd 2014, 12:28 am
By: News 9

Former Oklahoma State standouts Jordan Oliver and Chris Perry both earned spots on the national team with their top-three finishes in their respective weight classes on day two of the World Team Trials on Sunday.

Their success in the tournament gives the two opportunities to travel and compete with Team USA.

Oliver was back on the mat at 65 kilos, where he finished first in the challenge bracket, defeating Nick Dardanes, Kellen Russell and Reece Humphrey on the way. In his challenge bracket finals match against Humphrey, Oliver trailed, 2-0, heading into the second period, but it wasn't long before he put his first points on the board with a four-point feet-to-back move that gave him the lead and ultimately the win. Oliver met up with 2013 World Team member and automatic finalist Brent Metcalf in a best-of-three finals series, where Metcalf pulled out two consecutive wins to take the world team spot.

Chris Perry and Clayton Foster faced each other in the true third-place match at 86 kilos. The two were paired up after Foster was runner-up in the challenge bracket and Perry finished third.

Perry, a two-time NCAA champ at 174 pounds, cruised to the true third-place finish after falling just short in his first bout to Jon Reader. In his first consolation match, Perry finished a huge four-point throw to pin Francois in 14 seconds, before earning a win by injury default over Phil Keddy. Perry and Reader matched up again in the third-place bout of the challenge bracket, this time with a much different outcome as Perry got the fall in 1:22. The win sent Perry to a true third-place bout against former teammate Foster, who he defeated, 2-1.

Foster made it to the finals of the 86 kilo challenge bracket with solid wins over Enock Francois, 6-3, and Jon Reader, 10-0. Foster went head to head with Ed Ruth in the challenge tournament finals, where Ruth took a 7-3 victory.

2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott wrestled up a weight class, competing at 65 kilograms. In his first match of the day, he shut out former Penn State wrestler Frank Molinaro with a 10-0 technical fall to move on to the semifinals. He met up with Humphrey in the semis but suffered a 6-2 loss before withdrawing from the tournament, forfeiting his consolation match.

Four-time All-American Tyler Caldwell got a quick first-period fall over Lucas Smith to start the tournament, but was bumped out of the tournament with tough back-to-back losses from Andrew Howe and Moza Fay.