STILLWATER — Oklahoma State produced two of the eight men's freestyle champions at the FILA Junior World Team Trials at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday.
For a second consecutive year, Alex Dieringer (74 kg) and Austin Marsden (120 kg) won their respective weight classes to advance to the Junior World Championships on Aug. 13-18 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
“Wrestling in Gallagher-Iba is pretty sweet,” Marsden said. “There's nothing like having your home crowd cheer you on. It helped push me.”
It only took 16 seconds, but with a five-point throw Marsden was two matches away from reaching the 120-kg finals. His next two bouts took a little longer, but had the same result.
Marsden secured two technical falls to complete his challenge bracket, and when he reached the finals, he pinned Adam Coon (Fowlerville) in the first bout and then won the second with a 10-3 technical fall.
“I'd probably give myself a seven or eight,” the 20-year-old said. “I feel like I could've been a little more offensive. Everything worked out. I think my shots were good and my counters were good.”
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