Former Michigan State Wrestler Nick Simmons Earns Spot at World Championships
June 13, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Former Spartan wrestler and four-time All-American Nick Simmons will represent the United States in the 55-kilogram division at the 2011 World Championships in Turkey.
Simmons defeated former Oklahoma All-American Sam Hazewinkel to win the freestyle finals Sunday at the 2011 U.S. World Team Trials. Simmons was able to overcome a loss in the first match of the best-of-three finals (0-1, 3-1, 1-0), and went on to win two consecutive matches (0-4, 3-3, 5-3 and 2-6, 8-1, 6-1) to qualify for the World Championships.
Simmons competed for the Spartans from 2002-2006 and is one of Michigan State's most successful wrestlers in program history. Simmons notched 138 wins in his collegiate career, ranking him second all-time for career wins in MSU history. He is also the all-time career falls leader with 46, and is tied for the most NCAA wins (18) in the school record books. Simmons placed a career-high third at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Simmons placed second in the 2009 trials and this will be his first time competing for the United States at the World Championships. The 2011 World Championships will be held this September in Istanbul, Turkey.
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