Smith Wrestles to Top-Six Finish at World Team Trials

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Boise State's Kirk Smith had a strong showing at the 2010 World Wrestling Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa this past weekend (June 11-12), as the senior from Boise, Idaho wrestled his way to a top-six finish in the 84 kg weight class.

The tournament featured some of the top wrestlers in the United States who were all competing for a spot in the 2010 World Championships in Moscow, Russia in September. This marked the first time Smith has competed in the senior division of the World Team Trials, although he did compete in the University World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. last month.

It didn't take Smith long to get his feet under him, as he opened last weekend's tournament with a 5-5, 5-1 win over Doug Umbehauer to advance to the second round. Smith's run at a spot in the World Championships would come to an end shortly thereafter, though, as a 6-0, 2-0 loss to Bryce Hasseman would send him to the consolation bracket.

Smith rebounded in consolation action, winning his next two matches to advance to the consolation semifinals. Smith first beat James Yonushonis, 1-2, 2-1, 2-1 before taking down Quentin Wright, 4-0, 1-3, 4-0. His weekend would end there, however, as a 1-0, 7-0 loss to Raymond Jordan in the next round would drop Smith from the tournament. There was no fifth/sixth-place match wrestled to determine Smith's final placing in the top-six.

Smith wasn't the only Boise State wrestler competing in the World Team Trials this past weekend; however, as fellow senior Adam Hall also was invited to compete in the 74 kg weight class. Hall wrestled hard but was unable to find much success at the tournament, as he went 0-2 to end his weekend. Hall lost to Nick Marable, 1-0, 1-1, before falling in three matches to James Allen, 2-1, 1-4, 6-0.

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