Former Orange HS standout Jermain Hodge (Army WCAP) continued to impress the wrestling world with his silver medal performance at the US Open this past weekend in Las Vegas.
Hodge defeated Nikko Triggas in a 7-6 nailbiter semi-final match, before falling to Jesse Thielke (NYAC) 6-4 in the 59kg finals.
Several other North Carolina wrestlers were among the all-star field this weekend, including UNC-Chapel Hill Assistant Coach and Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott. Scott battled back from from an early round miscue to earn 3rd in the 61kg Freestyle. Darius Little of the Wolfpack WC was also a placer at 61kg, earning a solid 7th place showing.
Malik McDonald from Southview High School and Jake DeAngelo from Southern Alamance were both All-Americans in the UWW Jr. Division
Two time NCAA national champ Nick Gwiazdowski made a strong showing in the 125kg freestyle, earning his way to the semi-finals before falling to eventual champion Trevel Dlagnev. Gwiazdowski forfeited the consolation finals match, finishing 4th.
Other notables included Terrence Zaleski, who finished 5th at 80Kg. New NC State assistant Adam Hall finished 7th at 70kg. Other NC wrestlers of note were Austin Trotman (3-2), Quinton Godley (4-2), and Santonio Thompson (0-2).
For Freestyle, the top 5 wrestlers in each weight qualify for the World Team Trials, set for June 12-14 in Madison, Wisconsin.
In Greco-Roman the team trials will take place June 4th in Ithaca, NY.