While still a student at North Dakota State, Hayden Zillmer (Minnesota Storm) entered into the 2016 US Olympic Trials and without a huge amount of preparation by any stretch, managed to take third place, thus earning a spot on the National Team at 85 kilograms. It was an impact performance, to be sure. Tall and strong, Zillmer also showed off an engine that could seemingly run for days. Maybe there was some rawness in need of refinement, but collegians are often a work-in-progress, anyway.
When the fall of 2016 rolled in, Zillmer, 24, returned to action a full weight class up at 98 kilograms and instantly asserted himself as a worthy contender for one of the United States’ most prized prospects, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist). Hancock, the young, talented dynamo who by that time was already turning into a headline-grabbing star, had also begun his own journey as a full-time Senior, so it was natural that the pair would wind up bumping into each other. And that they did, to the tune of four finals and five matches — all won by Hancock, most recently at the 2017 World Team Trials in Las Vegas. Continue reading at www.fivepointmove.com