Michael Rogers from Spring Mills, Pa and a senior at Wyoming Seminary won the Junior Greco World Team trials on Thursday in Las Vegas. Rogers, a two time National Prep champion for Wyoming Seminary carved through the heavyweight bracket to earn the spot on the World Team that will represent the USA in Macon, France in August.
Rogers began the day with a bye and faced a very tough Thomas Helton from Illinois. After surrendering the first point of the match Rogers closed out the victory scoring several takedowns to secure the 8-2 victory. The win set up a semi-final match with Octavio Alejandre, a Washington state champion and college freshman. Rogers worked an over-underhoook for the thunderous Fall at 2:02 to send him to the final and a potential birth on the Junior Greco World Team.
To earn a spot on the Junior World Team all finals matches are the best 2 of 3. Rogers faced Nick Boykin, a Fargo double champion and the one seed in the tournament. Rogers scored first in match one and controlled the action. Up 10-6 :45 seconds into period two Rogers used an underhook for a big throw and a four point score to end match one on technical superiority 14-6.
Thirty minutes later the two Greco heavyweights switched singlets, and Rogers, wearing a red USA singlet conceded the first point of the second match. Boykin, needed to win match two in order to set up the final best of three match. From that point on it was all Rogers controlling the ties, using his athleticism, and executing a big four point throw in front of the table to end the match, again by technical superiority, 11-1.
Off to the Flo interview area he went to recap his victory and focus on his new status of Junior Greco World Team member. He will be training hard all over the world in the next four months before he departs for France and a shot at a World championship.