North Star High School junior Nick Roberts will, once again, get to travel the world this summer thanks to his success in the sport of wrestling.
Roberts will board a plane today that’s headed to Germany to wrestle and to Romania in July to compete.
At Friday’s FILA Junior World Team Trials in Franklin, Ind., Roberts repeated as the 55-kilogram (110-pound) champion by beating Jarred Brooks 3-0, 2-1 in the first match, then 1-0, 5-0.
That victory clinched Roberts’ spot on the United States World Junior Team that will wrestle in Romania. Roberts finished fifth at the world championships last year as a 16-year-old.
The Junior World Championships annually feature the top 17-20-year-old wrestlers on the planet.
Something new this year, Roberts earned a spot on the U.S. World Cup team that will travel to Germany this week to compete against the hosts, Russia, Iran and others in an eight-team field. It is a dual meet tournament mirroring the senior-level World Cup including the top wrestling countries from around the world. The event will guarantee athletes as many as four international matches and the opportunity to help the United States to win the Junior World Cup Team Title.
Last month in Cleveland, Roberts won the 55 kg championship at the ASICS FILA Junior Nationals Freestyle Wrestling Tournament.
The Junior Division includes wrestlers born from 1991-93, mainly first-year college wrestlers and elite high school seniors.
Roberts won his second PIAA state title at 112 pounds for North Star in March. He placed third in 2010.