Travis Paulson and Brent Metcalf shine at USA Wrestling’s World Team Trials

Travis Paulson put together quite a weekend a the 2010 U.S. World Team Trials. After finishing second last year, Paulson defeated 2008 Olympian Ben Askren and his twin brother to take the challenge tournament. He then won two straight matches against U.S. Open champion Andrew Howe to earn a spot on the World Team.

Brent Metcalf finished his collegiate career at the University of Iowa with his second title less than two months ago. Now, he can say that he has made his first World Team. After entering the field as a wild card, he plowed through the challenge tournament to earn a shot at U.S. Open champion Jared Frayer. Metcalf dropped the first match, but he was able to win the next two in three periods and earn a spot on the team.

This winners from this past weekend will head to Moscow in September for the FILA World Championships. For information on and match video from the 2010 U.S. Open, check out


55 kg/121 lbs.
Obe Blanc (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC) def. Angel Escobedo (Griffith, Ind./New York AC), 2 matches to 1
Blanc dec. Escobedo, 1-0, 2-0
Escobedo dec. Blanc, 1-0, 1-1
Blanc dec. Escobedo, 1-0, 4-0

60 kg/132 lbs.
Mike Zadick (Solon, Iowa/Gator WC) def. Shawn Bunch (Columbus, Ohio/Gator WC), 2 matches to 0
Zadick dec. Bunch, 0-2, 2-0, 4-0
Zadick dec. Bunch, 0-1, 7-0, 3-0

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Brent Metcalf (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC) def. Jared Frayer (Madison, Wis./Gator WC), 2 matches to 1
Frayer dec. Metcalf, 1-0, 1-0
Metcalf dec. Frayer, 3-0,3-4,2-1
Metcalf dec. Frayer, 0-6,4-0,2-0

74 kg/163 lbs.
Travis Paulson (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) def. Andrew Howe (Cedar Lake, Ind./New York AC), 2 matches to 0
Paulson dec. Howe, 1-0, 1-1
Paulson dec. Howe, 0-1, 1-0, 2-1

84 kg/185 lbs.
Jake Herbert (Evanston, Ill./New York AC) def. Keith Gavin (Pittsburgh, Pa./Lehigh Valley AC), 2 matches to 1
Gavin dec. Herbert, 4-1, 7-3
Herbert dec. Gavin, 0-3, 3-2, 2-1
Herbert dec. Gavin, 1-0, 1-0

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
J.D. Bergman (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC) def. Jake Varner (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC), 2 matches to 0
Bergman dec. Varner, 3-1, 3-2
Bergman dec. Varner, 2-1, 1-1

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Les Sigman (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) def. Tervel Dlagnev (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids), 2 matches to 0
Sigman dec. Dlagnev, 1-0, 2-1
Sigman dec. Dlagnev, 3-3, 4-1


55 kg/121 lbs.
Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo./New York AC) def. Jermaine Hodge (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army), 2 matches to 0
Mango dec. Hodge, 2-0, 0-1, 1-0
Mango dec. Hodge, 0-2, 3-0, 1-0

60 kg/132 lbs.
Jeremiah Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) def. Nathan Piasecki (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army), 2 matches to 0
Davis dec. Piasecki, 2-0, 4-1
Davis dec. Piasecki, 2-0, 5-0

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Faruk Sahin (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) def. Glenn Garrison (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army), 2 matches to 1
Sahin dec. Garrison, 1-0, 3-0
Garrison dec. Sahin, 2-2, 0-1, 4-0
Sahin dec. Garrison, 1-0, 0-1, 2-0

74 kg/163 lbs.
Jake Fisher, Boise, Idaho (New York AC) def. Steven Forrest (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps), 2 matches to 0
Fisher dec. Forrest, 1-0, 1-0
Fisher dec. Forrest, 0-3, 3-0, 1-0

84 kg/185 lbs.
Jake Clark (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force) def. Chas Betts (St. Michael, Minn./Minnesota Storm), 2 matches to 0
Clark dec. Betts, 1-0, 2-0
Clark dec. Betts, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Justin Ruiz (Meridian, Idaho/New York AC) def. R.C. Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), 2 matches to 0
Ruiz dec. Johnson, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
Ruiz dec. Johnson, 1-0, 2-0

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) def. Tim Taylor (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army), 2 matches to 0
Byers dec. Taylor, 1-0, 1-0
Byers dec. Taylor, 1-0, 1-0