Nebraska All-American James Green went 1-1 representing the United States in freestyle wrestling competition at the 2013 World University Games at Ak Bars Wrestling Palace on Thursday. Green, a junior from Willingboro, N.J., defeated Finland’s Petteri Martikainen, 4-0, in his opening match in the 66 kg class. Martikainen finished fifth at the 2012 World University Championships. Nebraska’s two-time All-American was then eliminated from medal contention in the round of eight with a loss to Kyrgyzstan’s Ulukman Mamatov.
Green is one of seven wrestlers from Big Ten Conference schools competing on the 14-member USA Wrestling Team at the World University Games. He finished seventh at 157 pounds at the NCAA Championships in both 2012 and 2013 for Nebraska. Green earned his place on the USA Wrestling World University Games Team by capturing the 66 kg/145.5 lbs championship at 2013 ASICS University Freestyle Nationals in Akron, Ohio in late May.
Green was one of four U.S. wrestlers competing in freestyle on Thursday at the World University Games, joining Ed Ruth (Penn State, 84kg), Nico Megaludis (Penn State, 55 kg) and Tyrell Fortune (Grand Canyon, 120 kg), who earned a bronze medal for the United States.