LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Batavia High School’s Casper Stewart continued his offseason training at this past week’s U17 World Team Trials, where the Blue Devils’ sophomore earned a sixth-place finish at in Greco Roman style and a 12th-place finish in Freestyle, both at 65 kg.
In GR, Stewart began with 10-9 a win over Terae Dunn of Minneapolis, MN in the round of 32 and followed it up with an 8-0 victory over Brodie Dominique of Stryker, OH in the round of 16. The Batavia sophomore then won his quarterfinal match, 7-2, over August Hibler of Pound Ridge, NY before falling in the semifinal round to Joel Adams of Omaha, NE. Stewart then dropped the fifth-place match, 7-6, to Rhode Island’s Gabriel Bouyssou.
In Freestyle, Stewart took care of California’s Nathaniel Zabala, 10-0, in the round of 64 and Iowa’s Kane Naaktgeboren, 4-0, in the round of 32 before falling to Washington’s Joshua Neiwert, 7-2, in the round of 16 and advancing to the top-12 to finish his run.
Stewart previously earned All-American honors at the NHSCA 33rd Annual High School Wrestling Nationals in late March.
The Blue Devils grappler earned his spot on the podium at the NHSCA Nationals after dispatching New Jersey’s Josh Fuller by a 5-2 decision in the 138-pound seventh-place match.
The NHSCA All-American honor was the second time Stewart has earned such an achievement. Over this past summer, Stewart earned A-A status at the USA Wrestling Nationals in Fargo, ND.
Stewart recorded a fourth-place finish at this year’s NYSPHSAA Division I Championships and has won four straight sectional championships.