By SOU Sports Information
FARGO, N.D. – Southern Oregon University wrestler Brock Gutches (Central Point, Ore./Crater) kept up his stellar work on a national level beyond the NAIA as he captured third place Tuesday in the Phase II U.S. World Team Trials at the Fargodome.
Gutches, competing in the 80 kilogram (176 pounds) Greco division, dropped a 4-2 decision to Ben Provisor in the semifinals. But he rebounded with a 1-minute, 26-second pin of Team USA wrestler Jon Anderson in the consolation bracket and then a 3-1 decision over former Wyoming star and NCAA Division II All-American Patrick Martinez in the third-place match.
Seeded seventh in the trial, Gutches began his run by hanging a convincing 14-2 technical fall on top-seeded Tarrence Williams of the Clackamas Wrestling Club.
"Brock is a player now; he's moving up the Olympic ladder," SOU wrestling coach Mike Ritchey said. "He's not just beating college kids here – these are some of the best open guys in the country."
Provisor was eventually defeated in a best-of-three championship series by Joe Rau, who advanced to September's World Championships in Tashkent Uzbekistan.
Gutches, who will be aiming for his fourth straight NAIA title this winter, earned his spot at the trial in late May when he won bronze in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle at the ASICS University National Wrestling Championships.