Martinez, Rau, Zillmer, Cabell round out champions at Last Chance World Team Trials Qualifier

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | May 21, 2017, 3:15 p.m. (ET)
Photo: Isaiah Martinez (Illinois RTC) works a front headlock on Nick Wanzek (Minnesota Storm) in the 74 kg finals at the Last Chance World Team Trials Qualifier. Photo by David Peterson, Minnesota-USA Wrestling.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Last Chance World Team Trials Qualifier concluded on Sunday afternoon at the RCTC Regional Sports Center with four athletes solidifying berths to the U.S. World Team Trials set for Lincoln, Neb., June 9-10.

Joining the men’s freestyle U.S. World Team Trials field after gold-medal performances in Rochester are Isaiah Martinez, Joe Rau, Hayden Zillmer and Blaize Cabell.

A two-time NCAA champion and three-time NCAA finalist for Illinois, Martinez picked up three technical fall wins on the way to the 74 kg/163 lbs. gold. In the finals, Martinez made quick work of the Minnesota Storm’s Nick Wanzek, 10-0.

Two Greco-Roman staples training with the Minnesota Storm cast their names in the ring for a freestyle World Team Trials berth and came out victorious.

Past Greco-Roman World Team member and 2016 Olympic Trials champion Rau secured two pins and two technical falls on his way to the 86 kg/189 lbs. title. Rau made use of a crafty front headlock to quickly dispatch of past NCAA All-American for Edinboro Vic Avery in the finals, 10-0.

Zillmer, the U.S. World Team Trials runner-up at 98 kg/216 lbs. in Greco-Roman, defeated Timmy McCall in the 97 kg/213 lbs. finals, 6-4, courtesy of a late four-point takedown. He tallied one technical fall and a pin on his way to the finals showdown.

The final bout of the tournament saw Cabell, a past NCAA qualifier for Northern Iowa, take out Braden Atwood of the Sunkist Kids, 7-5. Cabell took an early 7-0 lead on Atwood courtesy of a pair of slick takedowns. He held off a late Atwood charge to book his spot in Lincoln.

These four athletes join yesterday’s champions, Thomas Gilman, Jayson Ness, Mario Mason and Dylan Ness, as the final qualifiers for next month’s U.S. World Team Trials.

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At Rochester, Minn., May 20-21

Men’s Freestyle Results for Sunday
74 kg/163 lbs.

1st – Isaiah Martinez (Illinois RTC) tech. fall Nick Wanzek (Minnesota Storm), 10-0
3rd – Dan Vallimont (New York AC) dec. Brett Bye (Jackrabbit WC), 19-10

86 kg/189 lbs.
1st – Joe Rau (Minnesota Storm) tech. fall Vic Avery (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0
3rd – Quinton Godley (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Robert Jordan (Jackrabbit WC), 10-8

97 kg/213 lbs.
1st – Hayden Zillmer (Minnesota Storm) dec. Timmy McCall (Titan Mercury WC), 6-4
3rd – Jacob Kasper (Blue Blood WC) forfeit Austin Schafer (Bronco WC)

125 kg/275 lbs.
1st – Blaize Cabell (Valley RTC) dec. Braden Atwood (Sunkist Kids), 7-5
3rd – Blake Wolters (Jackrabbit WC)