Dean Heil, who won two NCAA championships at Oklahoma State, qualified for the men’s senior freestyle World Team Trials tournament at 65 kilograms with a 5-2 win over Ohio State’s Joey McKenna on Friday at the Last Chance Qualifier in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Heil went 3-0 during the day, including 10-0 technical fall victories over Ryan McGuire and former Big 12 rival Bryce Meredith.
The World Team Trials — which will be May 17-18 in Raleigh, North Carolina — will determine the 30 remaining Final X spots. The two Final X events — Final X Rutgers on June 8 and Final X Lincoln on June 15 — establish who will compete for the United States at the World Wrestling Championships in October in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
OSU rising redshirt sophomore Daton Fix has already advanced to Final X Lincoln by winning the U.S. Open. He’ll face the World Team Trials winner at 57 kg.
In addition to Heil, the Cowboys will have six more wrestlers competing at the World Team Trials. Chandler Rogers is lone Cowboy to have qualified in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at 79 kg, though it’s unknown if he’ll actually compete in both.
Jordan Oliver (65kg)., Alex Dieringer (79kg.) and Derek White (125kg) will also be competing in freestyle, while Austin Harris (97kg.) and Bear Hughes (87kg.) take to the mats in Greco-Roman. Dieringer’s U.S. Open victory puts him in the finals awaiting his opponent.