Purdue Wrestlers Hit Freestyle Mat in Las Vegas
UWW Junior Freestyle National Championships
South Point Convention Center / Las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, April 26
6 p.m. ET / Preliminary round, consolation
Saturday, April 27
Noon ET / Quarterfinals, consolation rounds
8 p.m. / Consolations, consolation semifinals, championship semifinals, third-, fifth-, seventh-place matches, finals
Tournament Central / Brackets, Results / Live Video (subscription required)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Five Purdue wrestlers will represent the Boilermaker RTC at the two-day UWW Junior Freestyle National Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Action opens from the South Point Convention Center at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, followed by two sessions on Saturday.
A top-eight performance in Las Vegas earns a spot in the UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, with the national champion earning an automatic berth to the best-of-three wrestle-off against the challenge tournament winner. The UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials will run alongside the senior freestyle World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 16 to 18.
Kendall Coleman has already qualified for the UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials, hitting two qualifying criteria (PDF) in 2018: a sixth-place finish at 65 kg at the UWW Junior National Championships and a fourth-place finish at 152 pounds at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior Freestyle National Championships.
Luke Welch, a 2018 Purdue wrestling graduate, makes his return to the mat in the 57 kg bracket of the Marine Corps U.S. Open Men's Freestyle National Championships. The first of two senior-level sessions starts at noon on Friday with preliminaries, quarterfinals and consolation rounds 1-3. Action resumes at 6 p.m. with consolation rounds 4 and 5, along with championship semifinals.