Former Husker All-American Justin Ruiz will put his talents to test on the international level as he will take part in the 2010 World Wrestling Championships in Moscow, Russia from Sept. 6-12. Ruiz is part of the 21-member U.S. wrestling team that also includes former Nebraska club coach Travis Paulson.
Ruiz qualified for the 2010 World Championships after he won the Greco-Roman 96-kilogram (211.5 pounds) title at the U.S. World Team Trials in June. Ruiz had previously retired from the sport of wrestling but made a remarkable comeback as he will be competing in his fifth World Championship competition with hopes of returning to the medal stand after claiming bronze in 2005.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ruiz was a two-time All-American for the Huskers in 2002 and 2003. He was named the team's Redshirt of the Year in 1999 and also earned Most Improved Wrestler and Most Dedicated Wrestler awards during his career. He finished with a 43-16 record, including a 16-5 mark in 2002-03.
Paulson will compete for the U.S. as the 74-kilogram freestyle champion. He qualified for the squad by defeating 2010 NCAA champion Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) in the World Team Trial after also defeating his twin brother, Trent. Both Paulson's were Nebraska club coaches during the 2008-09 season.
The seven-day competition will start with the Greco-Roman tournament, followed by women's freestyle and men's freestyle.
Daily coverage of the 2010 World Championships will be available on TheMat.com, provided by USA Wrestling.
2010 U.S. World Championships Schedule
Monday, Sept. 6
Greco-Roman 55 kg (Mango), 66 kg (Sahin), 96 kg (Ruiz)
Tuesday, Sept. 7
Greco-Roman 60 kg (Davis), 84 kg (Clark), 120 kg (Byers)
Wednesday, Sept. 8
Greco-Roman 74 kg (Fisher); Women's freestyle 48 kg (Lampe), 51 kg (Medina)
Thursday, Sept. 9
Women's freestyle 55 kg (Padilla), 59 kg (Campbell), 63 kg (Pirozhkova)
Friday, Sept. 10
Women's freestyle 67 kg (Davis), 72 kg (Lee); Freestyle 55 kg (Blanc)
Saturday, Sept. 11
Freestyle 60 kg (Zadick), 84 kg (Herbert), 96 kg (Bergman)
Sunday, Sept. 12
Freestyle 66 kg (Metcalf), 74 kg (Paulson), 120 kg (Sigman)