July 23, 2014
FARGO, N.D. -- There will be a strong Northwestern wrestling contingent at the 2014 U.S. World Team Trials on Thursday, July 24 in Fargo, N.D. Rising sophomore and 2014 NCAA Champion Jason Tsirtsis along with former NU three-time All-American Jason Welch will both vie for a spot on the U.S. World Team at 70 kg while Northwestern volunteer assistant coach Conor Beebe is competing at 61 kg.
Competition takes place inside the FargoDome and begins at 9:30 a.m. CT. The freestyle challenge tournament runs until 1:30 p.m. with the finals set to begin at 3:15 p.m. Fans can watch matches from the World Team Trials on Flowrestling.
All three will represent the Chicago Regional Training Center and have been training at the Ken Kraft Wrestling Complex at Northwestern. Should Tsirtsis, Welch or Beebe win their weight class, they will compete at the 2014 FILA World Championships, which run Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
A 2014 NCAA Champion at 149 lbs. in his first year on the mat for the Wildcats, Tsirtsis has also found success on the freestyle circuit as he won the 2013 ASICS Junior World Team Trials at 66 kg and represented the U.S. at the 2013 FILA Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Tsirtsis compiled a 32-3 record en route to his NCAA title, which was the first for a Northwestern freshman.
Welch had a decorated career at Northwestern as a three-time All-American with more than 100 career victories at 157 lbs. Since graduating from Northwestern in 2013, Welch has been active on the freestyle scene, most recently securing bronze at the Canada Cup earlier this month.
Beebe also competed at the Canada Cup and took home gold in the 61 kg freestyle division. A four-time NCAA qualifier for Central Michigan, Beebe helped guide Northwestern to a top-10 finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships during his first season on the coaching staff in Evanston.
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