Bono Runnerup at U.S. World Team Trials
LAS VEGAS --- Head Wrestling Coach Chris Bono lost two matches to one to Doug Schwab Sunday in the finals of the U.S. World Team Trials.

Bono, in the World Team Trials finals after claiming the U.S. Freestyle National title in April, opened the best-of-three-match series with a 2-1, 1-0 win over Schwab in the first match of the 66 kilograms (145.5 pounds) division.

Schwab, who defeated No. 3-seed Jared Lawrence, No. 2-seed Zack Esposito and No. 1-seed Jared Frayer in succession to get to the title match with Bono, evened the score with a 2-1, 3-1 win in match two.

In the third and decisive match, Bono claimed the first period with a 1-0 win, Schwab took the second period 1-0, and the third period ended in a 1-1 tie, giving Schwab the title.

“It was a war,” Schwab said. “I know it will be a war with (Chris) every time. I knew I had to be on the attack. I got a high crotch. I was like a dog on the bone. I was going to score no matter what, even if I had to rip it off. I had been there a thousand times before and knew I could finish it.”

The 2007 World Championships will be held in September in Azerbaijan.

Also competing at the U.S. World Team Trials were assistant coach Israel Silva and former wrestler and Ringgold, Ga., native, Josh Keefe.

Wrestling at 60 kilos (132 pounds), Keefe lost a first-round match to Todd Meneely, 2-0, 3-2. He defeated Franklin Gomez, 0-2, 3-2, 3-0 and Troy Nickerson, 0-1, 11-9, 5-0 before being eliminated by Chris Fleeger, 1-0, 1:33 (pin).

Silva, competing at 96 kilos (211 pounds), fell to Nik Fekete, 1-1, 1-0 in the first round. He defeated Mike Tamilow, 4-0, 1-0 before losing to Sean Stender, 1-1, 1-0.

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