When he first learned that he had earned a spot on the U.S. junior national team by virtue of a forfeit, Kevin Beazley was torqued off, which conveys much about wrestlers in general and Beazley in particular.

Beazley, Old Dominion's standout freshman, wants nothing handed to him. He works too hard and has too much respect for his peers to be given such an honored position. He came to a kind of grudging acceptance after he had time to ponder the circumstances.

"I didn't feel like I had earned a spot on the team like everybody else did," Beazley said. "But then I thought about how I had won the tournament before, to put myself in the finals, and I was excited to be on the world team."

Beazley will represent the U.S. at the Greco-Roman International Wrestling Federation (FILA) Junior World Championships in Bulgaria in August, after last weekend's junior team trials at Oklahoma State.

"It means a lot," said Beazley, who will compete at 96 kilograms (211 pounds) for the U.S. team. "For myself, I get to wrestle against international competition and it helps our team get attention, that we have a guy on the world team. Hopefully, it'll help bring in top high school recruits that want to do the same thing."

While Beazley had an easy competitive weekend, former ODU wrestler and current Monarchs' assistant coach Kyle Hutter had an outstanding meet in Stillwater, Okla. Seeded 10th at 55 kilograms (121 pounds), he finished fourth and put himself in position to compete for the U.S. national team in 2014 and beyond.

"Definitely pretty happy with the way things turned out," Hutter said. "Obviously, not where I wanted to be, but it was a good experience."

Beazley is the first ODU wrestler under coach Steve Martin to represent the Monarchs on a junior world team. Hutter, who graduated from ODU in 2011, gives the Monarchs a second wrestler on the national radar.

"Kevin Beazley making the world team will have a significant impact on our program," Martin said. "Wrestling in the 'worlds' will make it that much easier for him to chase down a title at the NCAA tourney in Oklahoma City next year. Kyle solidified himself as a legitimate candidate to be on world and Olympic teams in the future. We will have a great sell for recruits in the fact that we have an athlete and a coach chasing down world and Olympic glory."

Beazley's summer extends an outstanding freshman year. Though he redshirted and didn't compete for the Monarchs, he compiled a 33-13 record as an open competitor. He tied for eighth in the nation in pins (15) and defeated three NCAA qualifiers.

He placed in the top six in eight college meets, including a third-place finish at the National Collegiate Open, which is essentially the national championship for redshirt competitors wrestling unattached.

"You've got to think that you're not building toward winning the national title in one year, but you're giving yourself an extra year to win the national title," Beazley said of his redshirt year. "My goal wasn't to win the 2013 national title, so I was training every day to win the 2014 national title."

Beazley's spot on the junior national team came about because he won the Greco-Roman title at the ASICS Junior National Championships in Las Vegas in April, which qualified him for the team trials last weekend at Oklahoma State. He was supposed to wrestle Northern Michigan's Khymba Johnson in a two-of-three match wrestle-off for the U.S. team spot when he learned that Johnson was injured and unable to compete.

Beazley earned double All-American status at the ASICS meet, finishing fourth in the freestyle division besides winning the Greco-Roman division. He wrestled 11 matches in two days.

Curiously, Beazley said that Greco-Roman is his least favorite wrestling style, though he's most accomplished at it. He got a head start on the discipline because his father, David, is a nationally recognized Greco-Roman junior coach.

He eagerly awaits his first season wrestling for ODU. He has no concerns that the extended competitive calendar and upcoming trip to Bulgaria might cut into rest and recovery time. The coaches, he said, know when to push and when to taper.

"It's another chance to train and keep me competing," Beazley said, "and I think the international experience will give me a lot of confidence going into my collegiate season. I was doing stuff that other guys I'm competing against weren't doing."

Hutter's performance last weekend was a surprise to most people besides Hutter. Though he upset three former All-Americans and finished ahead of three others in a deep field, he said that his improvement and recent training convinced him that he belongs among elite wrestlers.

"I feel like I'm there," he said. "At this level, everyone is so close. On any given day, anyone in that bracket could have won that tournament."

When Hutter graduated from ODU in 2011, with a double major in accounting and finance, he said that he planned to quit wrestling. After a couple of months, however, he still had a competitive itch. Martin brought him on board as a volunteer assistant, which provided the chance to coach and train.

Age and experience benefit him, and performances such as last weekend provide motivation.

"A ton of encouragement," said Hutter, who was 113-53 at ODU. "It builds a lot of momentum, especially moving forward. I'm only one or two matches away. It's definitely a lot easier to keep moving forward."

Hutter and Beazley hope that their accomplishments can help the program move forward as it transitions to the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member for wrestling. Conference USA doesn't sponsor wrestling, and the MAC, with the addition of ODU, Missouri and Northern Iowa, becomes Division I's third-largest league behind the Big Ten and EIWA.

"It's a huge deal for the program," Hutter said. "Especially for the guys on the team, guys that we're recruiting for the future, they have big goals as well. The highest echelon of wrestling, the Olympics and the world championships, those are things high school kids and guys on the team look to achieve someday. Seeing others do it here makes them believe they can do it here as well."