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Jesse Thielke named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week



Jesse Thielke (Germantown, Wis./Sunkist Kids) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week.

Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level.

Thielke captured a bronze medal at the FILA Junior World Championships on Tuesday at the Eastern Sports Training Center in Pattaya, Thailand. He won four matches in Greco-Roman at 60 kg/132 lbs.

Thielke scored a 1-0, 1-0 victory over Ramunas Dagys of Lithuania, scoring a first-period takedown and scoring a point by defending in par terre to capture a bronze medal.

After a disappointing and controversial loss to Ramin Taheri of Iran in the semifinals, Thielke regained his composure.

Against Taheri, Thielke fell behind early, but rallied with a takedown and a late exposure to bring the score within 3-2 in the final seconds of the first. Coach Ike Anderson threw the challenge brick at the close of the period, asking for two points on the exposure. After two views from the jury of the video, the jury appeared to award Thielke two points, which would have won him the period.

But officials not part of the jury reviewed the video once again and held with the initial call despite the jury awarding two points, and the period, to Thielke.

Taheri would win 3-2, 1-0 to advance to the finals, where he later lost to Russia’s Zaur Kabaloev.

It was Thielke’s fourth straight trip to the Junior Worlds. He had failed to win a match in his first three appearances in the event.

Note: To nominate a wrestler for TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week, send the athlete's name, accomplishments for the week and career accomplishments to Craig Sesker at csesker@usawrestling.org
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