Pitt wrestler, rising redshirt senior Cole Matthews, won the 65kg (143 lbs) title at the USA U23 World Team Trials, making him the U23 Freestyle National Champion.
U23 Freestyle National Champion 🏆
Cole Matthews wins the 65kg title at the USA U23 World Team Trials! 🇺🇸
— Pitt Wrestling (@Pitt_WRES) June 5, 2022
Matthews took on Rutgers rising junior Sammy Alvarez in the quarterfinals and thoroughly defeated him 13-2, with 5:09 riding time.
He then faced off Nebraska rising junior Ridge Lovett in the semifinals. Matthews and Lovett fought a tough match, but Matthews managed to take a slim, 6-5 victory to make it to the final.
Matthews came up against Ohio State rising redshirt junior Dylan D’Emilio in the final and beat him 8-4. Matthews got revenge on D’Emilio, who defeated him in a match, 4-3, last December.
The win means that Matthews could wrestle for the Team USA at the U23 World Championships in Spain in October.