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.
Fans can watch the Senior Nationals/Olympic Team Trials Qualifier live on Flowrestling.org
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