COLUMBUS, Ohio – Colt Sponseller, a junior on the Ohio State wrestling team, has seamlessly transitioned from collegiate wrestling to the national and international style based on his performance this past weekend at the ASICS University & Fila Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio. Sponseller, who is the 2010 Big Ten Championships runner-up, captured the 74KG/163 pound title at the event held in the Athletics Field House Complex.
A native of Glenmont, Ohio, Sponseller now will contend for a roster spot on the 2010 World Wrestling Championships lineup when he wrestles at the U.S. World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 11-12. The Top 2 finishers in the seven Olympic weight classes qualify for the 2010 World Wrestling Championships team that will compete in Moscow, Russia, in the Greco-Roman, men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle events.
In the University Nationals final, Sponseller downed Ethen Lofthouse of Hawkeye WC, 0-1, 1-0, 4-0.
Recently concluding his freshman campaign, Ian Paddock also competed in Akron, taking third in the 63KG/138.74 pound Greco Roman division. The Warsaw, N.Y., native won his third-place match via a technical fall over Gavin Moore (Bobcat Wrestling Club) 6-0, 8-0.