Virginia Tech wrestling’s Bryce Andonian will compete in the 2021 United World Wrestling’s 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, which 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.
VT’s Clayton Ulrey was also in action Sunday at the 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 the Junior Nationals at 57 kilograms.
Cooper Flynn – 57 kilograms (5-2, 4th Place)
Round of 32: Flynn decisioned Noah Surtin, 8-1
Round of 16: Flynn decisioned Troy Spratley, 7-2
Quarterfinals: Richard Figueroa II decisioned Flynn, 6-4
Consolation Round 5: Flynn decisioned Jett Strickenberger, 8-0
Consolation Round 6: Flynn decisioned Noah Surtin, 6-6
Consolation Semifinals: Flynn defeated Sheldon Seymour (technical fall), 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 technical fall win over Brayden Roberts, 10-0 (4:15)
Round of 32: Andonian technical fall win over Nicholas Stoltenberg, 13-2 (0:45)
Round of 16: Andonian technical fall win over Ridge Briggs, 12-2 (2:48)
Quarterfinals: Andonian decisioned Caleb Henson, 16-9
Semifinals: Andonian technical fall win over Jack Thomsen, 10-0 (1:42)
Best 2 of 3 Finals: Andonian won by fall over Ed Scott, 1:01
Andonian decisioned Scott, 12-9
Clayton Ulrey – 74 kilograms (5-2, 5th Place)
Round of 64: Ulrey won by technical fall over Ben Durocher, 12-1 (3:28)
Round of 32: Ulrey decisioned Drake Smith, 13-6
Round of 16: Ulrey won by technical fall over Brady Henderson, 12-2 (2:35)
Quarterfinals: Ulrey decisioned Derek Gilcher, 7-3
Semifinals: Cade DeVos won by technical fall over Ulrey, 10-0 (1:51)
Consolation Semifinals: Julian Ramirez decisioned Ulrey, 7-0
5th Place Match: Ulrey won by fall over Derek Fields, 4:50