INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Brady Koontz, a redshirt Buckeye wrestler during the 2017-18 season, earned his shot at representing Team USA in the 2018 Junior World Wrestling Championships by winning the 55-kg Greco-Roman division at the World Team Trials hosted on June 8. Junior Worlds are slated for Sept. 17-24 in Trnava, Slovakia.
Koontz swept through the bracket portion of the World Team Trial Challenge with three consecutive victories to set up a best-of-3 finals series versus the sitting U.S. Open champion. Once in the finals, he got past the 2017 Junior World silver medalist (50-kg) via 15-5 and 3-3 (criteria) triumphs.
It was nearly an All-Koontz in the Challenge’s final bout as twin brother, Dylan Koontz (also a Buckeye), fell on criteria in the semifinals.
Brady posted a 17-8 overall record with five pins and a major decision while competing in six unattached tournaments as a redshirt during the collegiate season. He claimed runner-up honors in both the Findlay Open and Storm Open. Koontz donned the Stars & Stripes back in 2015 as well after capturing a UWW Cadet national championship.