MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Hayden Zillmer, a native of Crosby, MN, will travel to Las Vegas this week to compete in the U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Trials at 98 kilograms (215 lbs). This will not be Hayden’s first time competing in the U.S. World Team Trials, but this will be his first attempt to make a U.S. World Team after a full season of training Greco as a senior-level athlete.
Last year, shortly after finishing his collegiate career at North Dakota State University, where he was an NCAA Division-I all American, Hayden transitioned into Greco and finished third at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 85 kilograms (187 lbs). This season, Hayden enters the Trials a more experienced Greco wrestler who is now ranked among the top-20 in the world.
So far this season, Hayden (pictured, right) has earned a string of medals in international competition. He began his season earning a silver medal in the New York AC Bill Farrell International. Next he traveled to Sweden and Finland where he again won silver medals in both events. In December, he finished second in the U.S. Open National Championships, dropping his bout in the finals to the same opponent he faced in the finals in New York, D’Angelo Hancock of the NYAC. This spring Hayden competed in Denmark and Croatia, finishing seventh and fifth, respectively. With a full season under his belt, Hayden hopes to qualify for his first senior-level World Team and to represent the U.S. in the World Championships in Paris in August. Continue reading at www.mtcstorm.com