Gopher Wrestling Club to send ten to Fort Worth for Senior Nationals

The Gopher Wrestling Club Regional Training Center will be well represented as ten freestyle athletes are set to compete at this weekend’s Senior Nationals/Olympic Team Trials Qualifier in Fort Worth, Texas.

Eight Gopher Wrestling Club athletes earned pre-seeds heading into the event. Top-seeded wrestlers for the club are Nazar Kulchytskyy at 74kg and Tony Nelson at 125kg. Hayden Zillmer is seeded #2 at 97kg. Other freestyle wrestlers receiving pre-seeds are Zach Sanders – #8 at 57kg, Brett Pfarr – #8 at 86kg, Sean Russell – #9 at 57kg, Dylan Ness – #11 at 74kg, and Jayson Ness – #12 at 65kg. Non-seeded Gopher Wrestling Club wrestlers are Daniel Deshazer at 57kg and Elroy Perkin at 74kg. Men’s Freestyle competes on Saturday and Sunday.

Minnesota Storm Greco-Roman wrestlers earning pre-seeds are Eric Twohey – #3 97kg, Carter Nielsen – #4 at 87kg, Barrett Stanghill – #5 at 87kg, Calvin Germinaro – #6 at 67kg, and Richard Carlson – #8 at 87kg. Former Hibbing HS/Augsburg standout Leslie Fuenffinger is the top seed at 60kg wrestling for U.S. Army WCAP. Men’s Greco-Roman competes on Friday and Saturday.

The lone seeded Women’s Freestyle wrestler from Minnesota is Emily Shilson – #5 at 50kg.

The top five placers in each style/weight class at each of the Olympic weights will qualify for the 2020 Olympic Team Trials which will take place on April 4-5 in State College, Pa.

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Note that seeds may change after final registration.

Senior Nationals/Olympic Team Trials Qualifier
Fort Worth, Texas
Men’s Greco-Roman – Friday-Saturday, December 20-21 – Pre-Seeds
Women’s Freestyle – Friday-Sunday, December 20-22 – Pre-Seeds
Men’s Freestyle – Saturday-Sunday, December 21-22 – Pre-Seeds