SPORTS BRIEF: Caputo Places Ninth at Junior World Championships

In a preseason tune-up, junior Louis Caputo wrestled to a ninth-place finish at the Junior World Championships hosted by the China Agricultural University this Sunday in Beijing.

Caputo, who represented the United States at the tournament after winning the FILA Junior World Team Trials in late May, competed in the freestyle 84 kg. weight class and posted a 2-2 record.

After defeating Canada’s Cotlen Woznow, 3-1, 4-0, Caputo fell to Anzor Urishev of Russia in a shutout.

In his match against China’s B. Huwatibieke in the wrestlebacks, Caputo relied on superior footwork at the edge of the mat to pull off a close 1-1, 2-0 victory.

He then lost to 2007 Asian Junior champion Ali Rajabzade of Iran, suffering his second shutout of the tournament, 7-0, 1-0.

Caputo, who had an All-American season last year—including a conference title at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships—will lead the Harvard wrestling team as co-captain along with senior Robbie Preston in the upcoming season.