Brent Metcalf’s bid for a return trip to the World Championships came to an abrupt end Saturday night.
The former Iowa star lost a three-match series to Teyon Ware in the World Team Trials at 145.5 pounds in Oklahoma City.
Metcalf was leading 1-0 in the second period of the decisive match when Ware scored a takedown and six points with a flurry of trapped-arm turns to win the period by a 7-1 technical fall.
Metcalf wrestled his way through Saturday’s challenge tournament, beating Kevin LeValley, Kyle Ruschell and Josh Churella to set up a final series against Ware.
Ware, a two-time NCAA champion at Oklahoma, claimed the first match 1-0, 0-1, 1-1, taking the first period when Metcalf couldn’t score out of the leg clinch and winning the third when he scored with eight seconds remaining.
Metcalf evened the series with a 2-1, 0-6, 2-0 win in the second match. But Ware earned a spot on the World Team for the first time with a 2-0, 7-1 win in the third bout.
Former Iowa All-American Daniel Dennis placed fourth in the challenge tournament at 121 pounds.
Nick Simmons (121), Cael Sanderson (185) and Tervel Dlagnev (264) joined Ware and Friday winners Reece Humphrey (132), Jordan Burroughs (163) and Jake Varner (211) as tournament winners in freestyle.