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Six UNI-Related Wrestlers to Compete at World Team Trials

KWWL (WATERLOO) - Six wrestlers associated with the University of Northern Iowa wrestling program will be competing at the 2009 World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa, May 30-31. The winner of each weight class will represent the United States at the World Championships in Herning, Denmark, Sept. 21-27.

Cruse Aarhus, Tervel Dlagnev, Moza Fay, Mark Rial, Brett Robbins and Sean Stender will represent the Panthers as they attempt to qualify for the World Championships in Herning, Denmark, Sept. 21-27.

Cruse Aarhus (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) earned his berth into the team trials by winning the 55 kg/121 lbs. Northern Plains Regional freestyle championship May 16.

Tervel Dlagnev (Arlington, Texas) found his way to Council Bluffs through his second-place finish at the 2009 U.S. Nationals in the 120 kg/264.5 lbs. weight class.

Moza Fay (Anamosa, Iowa) was tabbed with a wild card selection into the 2009 World Team Trials at 74 kg/163 lbs. Fay capped his Panther wrestling career with back-to-back All-America seasons at the NCAA Championships.

Mark Rial (Fort Dodge, Iowa) will compete in the Greco-Roman portion of the World Team Trials at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Rial placed second at the 2009 U.S. Nationals. Rial won the 2008 U.S. Nationals title and placed second at the Dave Schultz Memorial International.

Brett Robbins (Bloomington, Ill.) earned his spot into the World Team Trials by winning the 70 kg/154.25 lbs. freestyle title at the 2009 ASICS University & FILA Cadet National Championships.

Sean Stender (Eldridge, Iowa) is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and earned his spot at the World Team Trials through the National Open. Stender placed sixth in 2009 U.S. Nationals, third in 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and sixth in 2006 and 2007 U.S. Nationals.

Online Producer Matt Haupert

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