Colin Realbuto secured his 1st win at the United Planet Wrestling (UWW) Senior Planet Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Competing in the 65-kilogram freestyle division, Realbuto represented Italy and was ranked 38th in the globe. In his opening round, he won by forfeit against Junjun Asbias of Micronesia, coming back from an eight-four deficit to win 14-eight. This victory marked Realbuto’s 1st profession win at the Planet Championships, following his participation in the 2021 Senior Planet Championships in Oslo, Norway, exactly where he was eliminated in the 1st round.
Moving on to the second round, Realbuto faced a difficult opponent in Maxim Sacultan of Moldova, who was ranked 41st in the globe. Right after a low-scoring 1st period, Realbuto briefly took the lead with a two-point takedown, but Sacultan immediately regained the lead to safe a 7-three victory.
Initially from Somers, New York, Realbuto had a effective collegiate profession at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). He certified for the NCAA championships twice at the 149-pound weight class and recorded a 44-21 general record in his 3 seasons at UNI. Realbuto transferred to UNI from Brown University in 2020 and went on to location fifth at the 2023 Large 12 Championships, earning an automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships.
For the duration of his redshirt junior season in 2022-23, Realbuto accomplished notable achievement with 20 victories, like wins against prime-25 opponents. A single of his standout performances was defeating third-ranked Sammy Sasso from Ohio State at the Collegiate Duals in New Orleans. Realbuto has also excelled academically, getting two-time Initial Group Large 12 All-Academic Group honors and getting named a 2023 NWCA Scholar All-American.