GREELEY – Northern Colorado freshmen Henry Chirino and Travis Himmelman recently traveled to Akron, Ohio to compete in the 2012 ASICS University Greco-Roman Nationals.
Both wrestlers finished third to qualify for the Greco-Roman University World Team Trials which will take place on August 17-18 in Colorado Springs at Palmer High School.
Greco-Roman is one of the two Olympic styles of wrestling, along with freestyle. In Greco-Roman wrestling, competitors use only their arms and upper bodies to attack. They can hold only those same parts of their opponents. In 1904, a second wrestling event was added to the Olympic programme, called “freestyle”. In this style, wrestlers can use their legs for pushing, lifting and tripping, and they can hold opponents above or below the waist.
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Chirino competed in the 120 kilogram weight class (264 pounds). He defeated Zack Wilcox from MWC 1-0, 1-0 in the first round before losing 2-0, 1-0 to NYAC’s Toby Erickson in the semifinals. Erickson went on to win the title. Chirino bounced back for a 2-0, 2-0 decision over Jared Erickson from the Falcon Training Club and again beat Wilcox for third place, with an identical 1-0, 1-0 decision.
Himmelman redshirted for the Bears this season and competed over the weekend at 66 KG (145.5 pounds). He dropped his opening match to eventual champion, Nick Alvarez, before coming back to win his final three bouts to finish in third place. In the second round, Himmelman won a 5-0, 3-0 decision over Logan Burch from the Falcon Training Club. He then defeated Carter McElhany from the same club 2-0, 3-1 before winning a 3-0, 5-1 decision over James Hogan (ATWA) for third place.