MSU Wrestler Rebottaro Competing At UWW Junior World Team Trials This Weekend
Spartan freshman competing for spot on the U.S. World Team.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wrestler Christian Rebottaro will be wrestling at the 2017 United World Wrestling (UWW) Junior World Team Trials this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The trials will be held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, with the preliminaries starting at 10 a.m.
Rebottaro earned his spot in the Team Trials by finishing in the top eight and earning All-American accolades at the UWW Junior Freestyle Championships, held in Las Vegas, Nevada in late April. He will be competing with approximately 8-10 wrestlers in the 120 kg weight class.
"Christian is competing to be on an age group world team which is what we expect out of our guys and they want that for themselves. To be driven to be the best at your weight class, is something that we want out of all of our kids," MSU head coach Roger Chandler said. "I know that Christian is always looking to grow himself as a wrestler. It's a great opportunity for him to go out against the best 20-and-unders in the country and try to make the world team to represent the U.S. This is a great opportunity for him to represent Michigan State University, represent our program, for him to represent himself and I know he has aspirations to be successful on an international circuit."
MSU wrestling assistant coach Wynn Michalak is Rebottaro's weight class coach during the season and training, and will be accompanying Rebottaro to Lincoln. Michalak also has international level wrestling experience, as he won the 2015 U.S. Senior Nationals title at 97 kg/213 pounds and competed in the past two U.S. Olympic wrestling trials.
"This is a pretty big deal to have guys qualify for world team trials, we haven't had a whole lot of recent success in freestyle and we feel that as a program, we need to be reaching out and trying to make these World and Olympic teams because the best competition does it and the best college teams in the country have athletes that are tying to make those teams. If we want to reach and be in the same sentence as those teams, we have to start getting to those levels as well," Michalak said.
Michalak has liked what he has seen out of Rebottaro during the season and the offseason and has high hopes for his Spartan wrestler going into the weekend.
"I'm looking for Christian to kind of turn a corner at this tournament. He has improved a lot this summer and I feel that he is capable of winning, but he needs to turn a corner within himself to prove to himself that he is able to compete with all of these guys at this level. I believe that it is just up to him believing it," Michalak said.
If Rebottaro finishes in the top three, he would qualify for the U.S. National Team and would go to training camps with the National Team.
Fans can follow all of the action in Lincoln with live results and streaming on FloWrestling.org. The World Team Trials are also live on Roku and Apple TV.