This was supposed to be Tony Nelson’s final year as a competitive international wrestler.
And his plan for 2020 was simple: Earn a trip to Toyko as a member of the United States Olympic wrestling team, then retire in a blaze of glory on the Olympic stage.
“My original goal was to be done after this year,” Nelson said. “I have three kids, so that adds a factor to training. I had even given my wife a timeline. And then this happened.”
“This” is the COVID-19 pandemic that has put everyone’s life in stasis. For Nelson, his dreams have been deferred to 2021 as the Olympic Trials, the qualifying events for the U.S. Olympic team that were scheduled for early April, were postponed, as were the Tokyo Olympics.
Nelson, a 2009 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School, won two state titles in high school as well as two NCAA titles at the University of Minnesota. Nelson had a 141-18 record with the Bluejackets and was 131-16 with the Golden Gophers. Continue reading at hometownsource.com
USA Wrestling has released the “Return to the Mat Guidelines” document, which are guidelines and recommendations for the wrestling community as it makes decisions on a local level regarding when and how to safely resume wrestling activity.
The document was initially drafted by one of USA Wrestling’s special committees created during the pandemic, the Return to Practice and Competition Committee, which includes medical experts and event operations professionals. It has been reviewed by USA Wrestling’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee, a group of experts who advise the organization on medical, scientific and government matters pertaining to the novel coronavirus.
This document includes recommendations from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and numerous other sources, including public health agencies and other sports organizations.
USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has formed four committees to deal with specific issues facing the organization and the sport caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These committees include numerous experienced professionals in a variety of industries who have chosen to volunteer their time and expertise to assist USA Wrestling and the sport of wrestling as it navigates through these extraordinary times.
“USA Wrestling is tremendously grateful and blessed that these talented leaders are willing to step up for wrestling at this time. All have a passion for the sport and a commitment to help guide our organization in its decision-making process. With this assistance, our sport will have the best possible direction to help us get through the current situation and emerge successfully, with a clear vision for the future,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender.
Based upon its principle of following current advice and direction from local health and government authorities, and with a focus on developing best practices for the return to wrestling, USA Wrestling has extended its suspension of sanctioned events through May 24.
The postponement of national and regional events will remain through July 1 at this time.
At this time, based upon the input of USA Wrestling’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee, and through careful review of the national, state and local restrictions concerning the novel coronavirus, USA Wrestling has not identified any situation that would allow competitions to resume yet.
As the situation concerning the pandemic remains fluid and ever-evolving, USA Wrestling will continue to monitor this closely and pledges to regularly update the wrestling community on changes to its policies.
Minnesota/USA Wrestling Marketing Director Jamie Nelson talks with Minnesota/USA Wrestling Kids Director and Wabasso/Red Rock Central Coach Brett Bartholomaus.
Topics discussed include Minnesota/USA Wrestling updates, Wabasso/Red Rock Central’s co-op, the upcoming high school sports seasons during a pandemic, high school weight class reduction to 13 or 12, and more.
Due to the nature of what it would entail to host a national or regional USA Wrestling competition, with the first priority being the health and safety of all participants involved, USA Wrestling has extended the postponement of its national and regional events through July 1.
Minnesota/USA Wrestling Marketing Director Jamie Nelson talks with Minnesota/USA Wrestling U16 (Cadet) Director Matt Njos.
Topics discussed include Minnesota/USA Wrestling updates, Heartland Duals, Cadet and Junior Duals, Fargo, modified schedule scenarios, and more.
We don’t know what would have happened. This whole sport is in “what if?” land right about now. Last weekend was supposed to be the 2020 US Olympic Trials. Instead, the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University was empty, leaving somewhere between 100-120 Greco-Roman athletes on the shelf wishing, waiting, hoping for the day when they can resume chasing a goal that resides on top of the hypothetical heap.
But still, you ask the question: How would Calvin Germinaro (67 kg, Minnesota Storm) have fared at the Trials a week ago?
We like to say that US Trials tournaments are akin to crapshoots, and that anything can happen. It’s only partially true. Upsets are the product of presumption, anyway, and do not take into account what occurred behind the scenes in the lead-up to whichever event we’re even talking about. This is why old time handicappers and boxing writers used to frequent gyms. They were smarter than most wrestling folk. They used their access to get an inside look at training camps, and then made determinations as to how they figured the result would play out. In wrestling, we use credentials and experience as our guiding datasets more than we do relevant, recent optics.
Even though Germinaro was going to hold a top-3 seed in the Olympic Trials Challenge Tournament, chances are…not many would have given him much of a chance at all.
And that would have been a big mistake. Continue reading at fivepointmove.com