CORALVILLE, Iowa – Virginia Tech wrestling’s Bryce Andonian will compete in the 2021 UWW Junior World Championships this summer after winning the title at the 2021 UWW Junior Nationals Sunday afternoon.
Andonian won both his matches Sunday in the best-two-out-of-three final to earn first place at 70 kilograms and qualify for the Junior World Team. The team will compete at the Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russia from August 16-22.
The sophomore from Kirtland, Ohio is Virginia Tech’s fourth Junior World Team member in program history, following the most recent member Mekhi Lewis, who won gold at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Slovakia. Joey Dance (2012) and Sean Gray (1999) round out the list of Tech’s Junior World Team members.
Clayton Ulrey was also in action Sunday at Junior Nationals, as he went 1-1 to earn fifth place at 74 kilograms. The freshman was trailing in the fifth-place match before he pulled off the pin with just over a minute remaining.
Incoming Hokie Cooper Flynn went 3-1 Sunday after a 2-1 Saturday to earn fourth place at Junior Nationals at 57 kilograms.
Cooper Flynn – 57 kilograms (5-2, 4th Place)
Round of 32: Flynn dec. Noah Surtin, 8-1
Round of 16: Flynn dec. Troy Spratley, 7-2
Quarterfinals: Richard Figueroa II dec. Flynn, 6-4
Consi. Rd. 5: Flynn dec. Jett Strickenberger, 8-0
Consi. Rd. 6: Flynn dec. Noah Surtin, 6-6 (crit.)
Consi. Semifinals: Flynn TF Sheldon Seymour, 12-1 (2:22)
3rd Place Match: Matthew Ramos dec. Flynn, 9-4
Bryce Andonian – 70 kilograms (7-0, 1st Place)
Round of 64: Andonian TF Brayden Roberts, 10-0 (4:15)
Round of 32: Andonian TF Nicholas Stoltenberg, 13-2 (0:45)
Round of 16: Andonian TF Ridge Briggs, 12-2 (2:48)
Quarterfinals: Andonian dec. Caleb Henson, 16-9
Semifinals: Andonian TF Jack Thomsen, 10-0 (1:42)
Best 2 of 3 Finals: Andonian WBF Ed Scott, 1:01
Andonian dec. Scott, 12-9
Clayton Ulrey – 74 kilograms (5-2, 5th Place)
Round of 64: Ulrey TF Ben Durocher, 12-1 (3:28)
Round of 32: Ulrey dec. Drake Smith, 13-6
Round of 16: Ulrey TF Brady Henderson, 12-2 (2:35)
Quarterfinals: Ulrey dec. Derek Gilcher, 7-3
Semifinals: Cade DeVos TF Ulrey, 10-0 (1:51)
Consi. Semifinals: Julian Ramirez dec. Ulrey, 7-0
5th Place Match: Ulrey WBF Derek Fields, 4:50