Former NCWA Champion Geordan Speiller Qualifies for U.S. Greco-Roman World Team

June 24, 2018 | Scott Farrell

(Taken from Taylor Miller's story at USAWrestling.org; original story is linked at bottom of page from the "Read More" icon)

Georgan Speiller, a former NCWA champion at Central Florida and now wrestling with the Florida Jets Wrestling Club, qualified for the 2018 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team over the weekend by winning the 82 kg weight class at the World Team Trials in Tulsa, Okla.

Speiller defeated two-time World Team member Cheney Haight in consecutive matches in the best-of-three finals format, 7-2 in the first match, then with an 8-0 tech in the second match. Speiller will wrestle with the U.S. team in October at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It is Speiller’s first World Championships at the Senior level after representing the U.S. at two Junior World Championships in 2012 and 2013. 

Speiller dedicated his championship performance to his late father in an interview for USA Wrestling.  

“My dad was diagnosed with cancer and passed away last year,” Speiller said. “I had to take some time off to spend as much time with him as possible. So family first. Dad, I love you. Rest in peace. This one’s for you, I’m going to the World Championships. I love you.”

Speiller won the NCWA Championship at 174 pounds wrestling for UCF in 2016 before focusing on his Greco-Roman career. Speiller swept five matches at nationals to win the title with three pins, including a first-period pin in the final for the title that helped push UCF to win the NCWA team title. 

Eleazar Deluca, also of the Florida Jets, took fourth at the World Team Trials in the 72 kg class.

Here are the complete results from the U.S. Trials:

2018 SENIOR GRECO WORLD TEAM TRIALS
at Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Okla. June 21-22

Final results
55 kg
1st: Sam Hazewinkel (Sunkist Kids) def. Max Nowry (Army WCAP), two matches to none
Bout one – Hazewinkel dec. Nowry, 4-4
Bout two – Hazewinkel TF Nowry, 11-0

3rd: Dalton Duffield (NMU-OTS) TF Brittan Longmire (Team Nevada), 8-0

60 kg
1st: Dalton Roberts (NYAC) def. Ildar Hafizov (Army WCAP), two matches to one
Bout one – Hafizov dec. Roberts, 4-2
Bout two – Roberts TF Hafizov, 10-2
Bout three – Roberts dec. Hafizov, 4-3

3rd: Randon Miranda (NYAC) TF Mike Fuenffinger (Army WCAP), 10-1

63 kg
1st: Jesse Thielke (NYAC/LOG) def. Ryan Mango (Army WCAP), two matches to none
Bout one – Thielke dec. Mango, 12-6
Bout two – Thielke dec. Mango, 6-4

3rd: Xavier Johnson (Marines) dec. Travis Rice (NMU-OTS), 1-1

67 kg
1st: Ellis Coleman (Army WCAP) def. Alejandro Sancho (NYAC), two matches to one
Bout one – Sancho dec. Coleman, 6-3
Bout two – Coleman TF Sancho, 9-0
Bout three – Coleman TF Sancho, 8-0

3rd: Hayden Tuma (Army (WCAP)) dec. Jamel Johnson (Marines), 6-2

72 kg
1st: Jon Jay Chavez (Finger Lakes WC) def. RaVaughn Perkins (NYAC), two matches to none
Bout one – Perkins TF Chavez, 8-0
Bout two – Chavez dec. Perkins, 5-4
Bout three – Chavez dec. Perkins, 7-5

3rd: Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) dec. Eleazar Deluca (Florida Jets), 7-1

77 kg
1st: Kamal Bey (Sunkist Kids) def. Mason Manville (Army WCAP), two matches to none
Bout one – Bey dec. Manville, 5-3
Bout two – Bey TF Manville, 10-0

3rd: Peyton Walsh (Marines)

82 kg
1st: Geordan Speiller (Florida Jets) def. Cheney Haight (NYAC), two matches to none
Bout one – Speiller dec. Haight, 7-2
Bout two – Speiller TF Haight, 8-0

3rd: John Stefanowicz (Marines) dec. Jacob Fisher (Curby-3-Style), 7-0

87 kg
1st: Patrick Martinez (NYAC) def. Ben Provisor (NYAC/Nittany Lion WC), two matches to one
Bout one – Martinez dec. Provisor, 6-0
Bout two – Provisor dec. Martinez, 1-1
Bout three – Martinez dec. Provisor, 1-1

3rd: Kevin Radford (Sunkist Kids) TF Richard Carlson (Minnesota Storm), 8-0

97 kg
1st: G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist Kids) def. Daniel Miller (Marines), two matches to none
Bout one – Hancock dec. Miller, 11-8
Bout two – Hancock dec. Miller, 6-3

3rd: Lucas Sheridan (Army (WCAP)) dec. Kevin Beazley (NYAC/MWC), 9-4

130 kg
1st: Adam Coon (NYAC) def. Robby Smith (NYAC), two matches to none
Bout one – Coon dec. Smith, 3-1
Bout two – Coon fall Smith, 5:55

3rd: David Tate Orndorff (Utah Valley RTC) dec. Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids WC), 6-5