Kent State's Kilgore Placed Third At U.S. World Team Trials

Updated 6/13/2011

Kilgore Places Third at U.S. World Team Trials

Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information

Oklahoma City - Kent State's Dustin Kilgore reached another milestone in his wrestling career Friday, earning a true third place at the U.S. World Team Trials. Competing at 96KG (211.5 lbs), well above his NCAA weight class, Kilgore went 4-1 on the day and reached the finals of the challenge tournament.

By placing third, the 2011 NCAA champion earned the ability to take an Olympic redshirt for the 2011-12 season and spend the next season at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Kilgore began his day with a convincing 8-4, 4-0 win over Brent Jones of the Cavalier Wrestling Club. He then needed three periods to defeat J.D. Bergman (NYAC) 2-3, 4-0, 5-3.

Kilgore then made his way into the challenge tournament finals with a 1-0, 2-1 triumph over Brandon Halsey (Sunkist Kids). With the right to wrestle former World Team member Jake Varner on the line, Kilgore fell to Chad Hanke (NWRTC) 1-0, 0-4, 3-2 in the finals. In a battle for a true third place, Kilgore topped No. 1 seed Jack Jensen of the Gator Wrestling Club 1-2, 2-0, 4-2.

Former Kent State standout Danny Mitcheff will compete in the 55KG weight class Saturday at the World Team Trials.