MADISON, Wisc. – Former Oklahoma State wrestler and two-time NCAA champion Jordan Oliver fell in a best-of-three finals series to Brent Metcalf in the 65 kilogram bracket of the U.S. World Team Trials on Sunday.
Oliver earned his way to the finals after a solid performance in the mini bracket. To open his tournament, he put up a 10-0 technical fall over Joey McKenna. Oliver escaped Jimmy Kennedy in the second round, winning 2-2 and pitting him against Logan Steiber in the mini bracket finals. Oliver took the match with an 8-5 decision to send him to the finals series, where rival Brent Metcalf was awaiting him. In the first round, Metcalf held off Oliver in a 9-4 win. The former Hawkeye went on to take the World Team spot as he defeated the Cowboy, 7-0, in the second round.
Two former Cowboys in 2012 Olympic medalist Coleman Scott and 2013 All-American Jon Morrison competed at 61 kilos. Scott suffered an early loss to Daniel Dennis, 8-6. In the consolations, Scott took out Kyle Hutter, 8-1, and was put against Morrison for the third-place mini bracket match. Scott defeated the fellow Cowboy in an 8-6 decision. The Olympian had one more match as he wrestled Kendric Maple for true third, who he bested 4-2.
Four-time All-American Tyler Caldwell competed for the highly contested spot at 74 kilos. Caldwell faced Anthony Valencia in the first round, who he dominated with a 12-2 tech fall. Caldwell was then sent to the backside of the bracket after a 5-2 loss to two-time NCAA champ David Taylor. He was eventually knocked out of the tournament after falling to Colton Sponseller.
Cayle Byers, a 2012 All-American for the Pokes, went 0-2 at the tournament at 97 kg, suffering losses to Enock Francois and Wynn Michalak.