By Johnny Obholz, Michigan State | Aug. 28, 2019, 1:18 p.m. (ET)
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State wrestling redshirt freshman Peyton Omania has elected to take an Olympic redshirt for the 2019-20 season, MSU wrestling head coach Roger Chandler announced Wednesday.
Omania, from Concord, Calif., will take the year off to train in hopes to make the 2020 USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Olympic Team at 67 kg.
“Peyton is a world class Greco-Roman wrestler and the time is right for him to completely focus on making the 2020 Olympic Team,” Chandler said. “He is getting better every time he steps on the mat and this is a unique opportunity for him to place the majority of his training towards Greco-Roman.”
The three-time World Championships team USA member most recently collected a bronze medal at the 2019 Greco-Roman Junior World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. Omania recorded a 5-1 outing at the Championships, including three tech fall wins on his way to the semifinals. After falling to 2019 European Junior Champion Giorgi Shotadze of Georgia, Omania bounced back to knock off Xin Huang (6-5) of China to bring home the bronze medal for Team USA.
Omania became the first Spartan wrestler to earn a world medal since Franklin Gomez’s silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in Istanbul.