PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rising junior Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) of the Brown University wrestling team is set to represent Israel at the Junior Wrestling World Championships held August 13-18 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Bernstein will wrestle in the 84 kg weight class of the men's freestyle division on Sunday, August 18 at Arena Armeetz. The qualification rounds will begin at 2 a.m. EST.
More than 600 of the top junior wrestlers representing 58 national wrestling federations from around the world have been entered in the competition. NFs from all five continental organizations will be represented, including wrestlers from Oceania and Africa.
Bernstein continues to shine on the international stage this summer after he most recently represented the United States at the World Maccabiah Games in July. The Texas native, who wrestled at 84 kgs, claimed the gold medal in freestyle and the silver in Greco-Roman. Bernstein defeated the top-ranked wrestler from Israel at the Games to earn a spot at the Junior World Championships. The third-largest international sporting event in the world, the Maccabiah Games draws more than 7,000 athletes from 60 countries and features high-level competition in 34 sports.
Bernstein is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign for the Bears at 184 pounds as he qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season after placing third at the EIWA Championship. Bernstein was named Second Team All-Ivy and picked up a win in the consolation round at NCAAs.
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