COLUMBUS, Ohio – Future Buckeyes Nic Bouzakis and Nick Feldman will wrestle for Team USA at the U20 World Championships in the Sofia, Bulgaria (Aug. 15-21) after securing spots on the U.S. Team at the freestyle World Team Trials last weekend in Geneva, Ohio.
USA Wrestling Recap
Future Ohio State teammates, Nic Bouzakis and Jesse Mendez, left it all out on the mat during their World Team effort with three high-scoring matches. In the first round, Mendez recovered from a 6-point deficit after going on two big scoring sprees. In round two, Bouzakis and Mendez had a high-scoring match but Bouzakis’ double to a leg lace gave him the edge, winning 12-7. The deciding match was highlighted by a monster bodylock and three turns by Bouzakis to secure the technical fall over Mendez, 15-4 and the 61 kg Word Team spot. Mendez was on last year’s Freestyle Junior World Team and Bouzakis on the Greco-Roman Junior World Team.
U.S. Open champion Nicholas Feldman is the No.1 ranked heavyweight high school wrestler in the nation and is now a U20 World Team Member after defeating Virginia Tech’s NCAA qualifier, Hunter Catka, in two straight matches. Feldman knee-tapped Catka to his back for a pin in the first round and won by decision, 5-0 in the second. Feldman, another future buckeye, is predicted to be a force at the World Championships.
Several other future and current Buckeyes also took part in the trials.
Andre Gonzales, a redshirt freshman with the Buckeyes this year, made it to the quarterfinal of the 57kg U20 World Team Trials before a loss in the quarterfinals. He finished with a 1-2 record.
In addition to Mendez and Bouzakis, future Buckeye Seth Shumate wrestled at 92kg, finishing sixth.
Dylan D’Emilio, who is entering his redshirt junior season, lost in the title bout at 65kg of the U23 Freestyle WTT to claim second with a record of 5-0 in the championship bracket and two losses in the final best-of-three series against Cole Matthews of the Pittsburgh WC.
Jordan Decatur, who missed the majority of his junior year with Ohio State because of injury, also wrestled in the U23 65kg bracket, losing to D’Emilio in the Round of 16. Decatur battled back through the consolation bracket to finish fourth overall with a record of 7-2.
Isaac Wilcox, a junior in 2022-23, went 0-2 in the 74kg weight class while Bryer Hall, a redshirt freshman next season, went 3-2 in the 79kg bracket. Mike Misita, another redshirt freshman in 2022-23 with the Buckeyes, went 1-2 at 125kg.
U23 Greco-Roman WTT
Nicholas Boykin won the U23 World Team Trials in Greco-Roman at 97kg. He defeated Ryan Tiers twice by scores of 8-0 in the best-of-three finals.