Rotert places 2nd at FILA Junior World Team Trials
MADISON, Wis. -- South Dakota State freshman Nate Rotert finished second at the 2014 FILA Junior World Team Trials Friday evening. The Spearfish native dropped a best-of-three championship finale to defending world junior champion, Kyle Snyder.
To get to the championship series with Snyder, Rotert teched Troy Hembury (NYCRTC), 14-4. Rotert also beat Hembury 7-2 in the third-place match at the 2014 FILA Junior Nationals in Las Vegas in late April.
"Nate really cleaned up his wrestling and made big improvements since he competed in Vegas," said assistant wrestling coach Israel Silva, who headed Rotert's World Team Trial regiment.
After being teched in his first match with Snyder, 13-2, Rotert went blow-for-blow the second time around, dropping a 5-0 decision.
"He's been closer and closer every time he has wrestled Snyder," Silva said. "The biggest thing Nate is going to take away from this experience is knowing what it takes. He now has a much better grasp of the little things. No matter who it is in the singlet across from him, he has competed which will be huge come next season."
By finishing runner-up, Rotert will be the alternate for Team USA at 96 kg and will have an opportunity to train at the Olympic Training Center.
2014 FILA Junior World Team Trials Results
Freestyle 96 KG - Nate Rotert's place is 1st and has scored 0.00 team points.
1st Place Match - Nate Rotert (Northern Plains RTC) won by tech fall over Troy Hembury (NYCRTC) (TF 14-4)
FINAL 2 out of 3 FS 96 KG - Nathan Rotert's place is 2nd and has scored 8.00 team points.
Round 1 - Kyle Snyder (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Nate Rotert (Northern Plains RTC) (TF 13-2)
Round 2 - Kyle Snyder (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) won by decision over Nate Rotert (Northern Plains RTC) (Dec 5-0)