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Max Askren battles Phil Keddy in the finals of the 84 kg World Cup Team Wrestle-off at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Darren Miller photo.

Askren beats Keddy for spot on World Cup team

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Max Askren need-

ed just two periods to defeat Phil Keddy 2-0, 2-1, in the finals of the Special Wrestle-off for the 84 kg/185 lbs. position on the 2013 U.S. Freestyle World Cup Team. The bout was held on Jan. 6 in Carver- Hawkeye Arena, just prior to the start of the Iowa vs. Purdue Big Ten dual meet. The first period went to a clinch, which

Askren won when he scored two-points from the defensive position. He added two points in the second

period on a crotch lift. “I think I did alright. I have a long way

to go,” Askren said. “I’m not in as great shape as I am going to be. “It was a fun experience for me. I am

excited to get overseas and compete. It is not so fun wrestling Americans. It is fun going to other countries and seeing new faces.”

Askren, a past NCAA champion for Missouri, defeated Keddy on his home mats from when he was an All-American star for Iowa. “I never wrestled at Carver-Hawkeye in

a dual meet when I was in college,” Askren said. “That was great. I was born in Cedar Rapids. “It was exciting to finally compete

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here.” The 2013 Freestyle World Cup, which

is the annual international dual meet championships and is one of the most important events of the year, is scheduled for Tehran, Iran, February 21-22. Askren, who attended high school in Wisconsin, has been training with Olympic and World champion Jordan Burroughs and Coach Mark Manning in Nebraska. He also trains back at home in Wisconsin with his older brother, Ben, a 2008 Olympian in freestyle who is now a success in mixed martial arts. Askren had to win three matches to

qualify for the U.S. team. Six nationally-ranked wrestlers accept-

ed invitations to compete in the Special Wrestle-off. Preliminary matches were held at the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex on Sunday morning. In the quarterfinals, Askren stopped

Tyrel Todd 2-1, 3-0. In the semifinals, Askren defeated

Austin Trotman 1-1, 5-2, 2-1. Keddy, who received a bye in the quar- terfinals based upon his success in recent competitions. In the semifinals, he defeated Clayton Foster 1-0, 8-0.

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