FORT WORTH, Texas — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Marlynne Deede (SO, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) will join teammate Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) and two Auggie men’s wrestling alumni with a chance to compete for a spot on the United States team for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, after qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials with a second-place finish in the 76 kilogram (167 pounds) weight class at the Last Chance Qualifier meet over the weekend at Texas Wesleyan University.
Competing for the Twin Cities Regional Training Center, Deede went 3-1 in a five-wrestler round-robin bracket to finish second in the 76 kg class, clinching one of 15 spots in the weight class at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held next Friday and Saturday (4/2-3) at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. She opened with a 4:00, injury default win over Menlo (Calif.) alumnae Marilyn Garcia, then scored a 5-2 win over Colorado Mesa wrestler Tristan Kelly. Her lone loss came in a 10-0, 4:21 technical fall to eventual winner Jackie Cataline, a Team USA member. She closed the tournament with her own technical fall win, a 10-0, 2:03 triumph over Greys Harbor Community College (Wash.) wrestler Kamilla Montenegro.
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