Spencer Lee looked like Spencer Lee in winning the 57kg title. After three first period tech falls, Lee defeated former NCAA National champion Nico Megaludis in the finals, 7-4. Winning the tournament qualified Lee for the 2024 Olympic Team Trials in April. Lee looks ready to go for a run at an Olympic Gold.
Austin DeSanto won by a 13-3 tech fall over Yahya Thomas to place third at 65kg.
Pat Lugo dropped a 2-1 decision to teammate DeSanto in the Consolation semifinals at 65kg.
At 74kg Alex Marinelli dropped the finals match to Jason Nolf, 11-0. Marinelli had won a match by tech fall and two by decision to make the finals.
Jacob Warner placed second at 97kg. Warner made his way to the finals with a tech fall and a decision before dropping the finals bout to Michael Micchlavello, 4-0.
True freshman Rose Cassioppi of the Iowa Women’s Wrestling team dropped an 8-3 decision to Vlanne Rouleau of Canada in her only match at 76kg.
The 2024 Olympic Team Trials will be at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania on April 19-20.
The 2024 Summer Olympic Games for Men’s Freestyle will be in Paris, France on August 8-11.
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