Kyle Hutter Claims Freestyle Gold Medal at Northeast Senior Regionals
By ODU Athletics
Norfolk, Va. – ODU wrestling alum and current volunteer assistant coach Kyle Hutter claimed a gold medal in freestyle at the Northeast Senior Regionals on Saturday in East Stroudsburg, Pa. Hutter went 5-0 in a round-robin style bracket en route to the title at 61kg.
“I am excited to compete at the U.S. World Team Trials at the end of this month at 57 kg,” said Hutter. “My ultimate goal is to make the 2016 Olympic Team and making the National Team is a important part of that process!”
Within the last year, Hutter has solidified himself as one of the top contenders in the United States in his weight class. At the 2013 World Team Trials last June, Hutter upset three former NCAA All-Americans en route to a fourth-place finish on the ladder for the United States national team at 55 kg after entering the tournament as only the 10th seed. Just a few months later in November, he claimed a bronze medal in the prestigious NYAC Holiday International Open, placing ahead of the United States’ currently highest-ranked wrestler at the weight class. Additionally, Hutter gained valuable experience overseas while competing in the Dmitry Korkin International in Yakutsk, Russia, where he was just one of two Americans to place fifth.
By claiming the title at the Northeast Regional, Hutter has now qualified to compete in the U.S. World Team Trials which will be held May 30-June 1, 2014, in Madison, Wis. At the trials, Hutter will contend for a spot to represent Team USA at the World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from September 8-14, 2014.