Tickets on sale for 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, April 21-22

By Christopher Brewer University of Iowa

Tickets to the 2012 USA Wrestling Olympic Team Trials inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena April 21-22 go on sale today (Monday, June 6) at 9 a.m. (CT).

Tickets can be purchased online at or or over the phone at (800) 424-2957.

All-Session tickets can be purchased in children (under 18, $40), adult ($70) or VIP ($175) packages. The VIP package includes preferred seating, parking pass, official program, limited edition Dan Gable bobblehead, t-shirt, and access to a concierge lounge (food/drink).

A special combined ticket package for UI Wrestling season ticket holders has also been approved by the United States Olympic Committee. Hawkeye fans who order All-Session tickets when purchasing 2011-12 Iowa Wrestling season tickets will receive the limited edition Dan Gable bobblehead and an exclusive USA/Hawkeye wrestling t-shirt. Call the UI Ticket Office at (319) 335-9323 or 800-IA-HAWKS for Iowa Wrestling season ticket information.

The 2012 USA Wrestling Olympic Team Trials determine which U.S. athletes qualify to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The event is being hosted by an organizing committee that includes officials at the University of Iowa, Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Coralville, and City of Iowa City.

Three Gophers Place at Northern Plains

A trio of competitors with ties to the Minnesota wrestling program placed this weekend at the 2011 Northern Plains Junior and Senior Regional Championships in Waterloo, Iowa including Dylan Ness, who took home top honors in the senior 60 kg bracket to advance to the senior world team freestyle trials in Oklahoma City on June 10-11. 

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Minnesota claims two champions and two runners-up at USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals

By Chad Shilson, MN/USA Wrestling – Girls’/Womens’ Director and Coach

Minnesota recently sent sixteen girls to the 2011 USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals, held at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK. It was the largest contingency of girls ever sent to the tournament from Minnesota. The previous two years saw eight (2010) and four (2009) Minnesota girls making the trip. This year’s group represented ten different wrestling clubs throughout the state.

In all, Minnesota earned 14 medals of the 16 girls that competed throughout the Friday and Saturday event. The tournament continues to grow in popularity. Although the numbers are relatively low compared to the Kids Folkstyle Nationals, which is held in Cedar Falls each year, competition has improved from year to year, making it a must for all female athletes.

Makayla Welch, Rum River Wrestling, 80 pounds Girls Div II, won her first ever girls national title with a bye in the first round, a pin in the semi finals and another pin in the finals.

Emily Shilson, PINnacle, 60 pounds Girls Div II, won her third straight girls national title with a pin in the first round followed by another pin in the second round.

Sarah Tison, Osseo Youth Wrestling, 110 pounds Girls Div II and Haylie Bonham, Hawley Wrestling, 60 pounds Girls Div II, both concluded the tournament with runner-up finishes.

Minnesota’s National Tournament Team

  • Sarah Tison – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Natalia Schack – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Brooke Powell – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Emily Shilson – PINnacle
  • Makayla Welch – Rum River Wrestling
  • Summer Rockstroh – Pine City
  • Mackenzie Sloan – North St. Paul
  • Madelynn Sloan – North St. Paul
  • Devyn Johnson – Osakis
  • Kristina Erickson – Cloquet
  • Jolynne Denman – Cloquet
  • Julia Carlson – Buffalo
  • Megan Line – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Aubrie Klink – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Savannah Westerberg – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Haylie Bonham – Hawley Wrestling

For more information about Girls’/Womens’ Wrestling in Minnesota, please contact Chad Shilson at or 612-791-1120