The Last Chance Senior World Team Trials Qualifier took place on Friday. Winners of this tournament pick up the final open spot at the World Team Trials Tournament at their respective weight classes.
Three wrestlers with Oklahoma State ties participated. Eddie Klimara at 57 KG, Austin Miller at 57 KG, and most notably two-time NCAA champion Dean Heil at 65 KG.
The 65 KG group was without a doubt the toughest weight at this tournament. It featured Heil, NCAA runnerup Joey McKenna, two-time NCAA finalist Bryce Meredith, and two-time All-American Evan Henderson.
Heil came in as the No. 1 seed and started out with a 10-0 tech over Ryan McGuire. In the semifinals he took on Bryce Meredith in a rematch of the 2016 NCAA final. Heil drilled Meredith picking up this takedown, followed by a few quick turns to tech Meredith in just over a minute.
This set up a final between Dean Heil and this years NCAA runner up at 141 pounds Joey McKenna. Heil had beat McKenna at the US Open just a week prior.
Heil was put on the shot clock in the first. When put on the shot clock in wrestling, a wrestler has 30 seconds to score or they give up a point. Heil didn’t score, but this forced him into some offense late in the period which resulted in a take-down for Heil and a shot clock point for Mckenna. This put Heil up 2-1 at the break. Heil picked up a quick takedown in the second to go up 4-1. The two exchanged push-out points late in the match and Heil held on for a 5-2 win.
Dean Heil beats Joey McKenna 5-2 and qualifies for World Team Trials. pic.twitter.com/GFI787oyri
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This qualifies Heil for the World Team Trials tournament later this month in Raleigh, North Carolina. He’ll join a posse of Cowboys there as they all vie to make the World team.