Oregon State’s Amar Dhesi won the silver medal in the 120 kilogram (heavyweight) division at the FILA World Junior Freestyle Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, this past weekend.
A rising sophomore from Surry, British Columbia, Dhesi won three matches to advance to the championship bout. There he lost 10-0 to two-time junior world champion Geno Petriashvila of the Republic of Georgia.
Dhesi defeated Seongsu Kim of Korea 10-0 by technical fall in the opening round. He routed Yusef Emre Dede of Turkey 12-3 in the quarterfinals, and then scored a takedown in the final 15 seconds to edge University of Michigan standout Adam Coon of the United States 7-6 in the semifinals to advance to the finals.
The tournament was limited to competitors between 18-21 years of age. Dhesi wrestled for Team Canada; his medal was the first for the Canadian since 1989.
Dhesi has placed either first or second in three tournaments this summer. He won the Junior Pan American Championships, and took second at The Canada Cup.
Dhesi was 27-10 for the Beavers as a freshman, placed second at the Pacific-12 Conference Tournament and went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships.