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.

Jacks honored by WWC

OREM, Utah – The Western Wrestling Conference announced its All-Academic Team and Coaches’ Honor Roll for the 2010-11 wrestling season.

Three South Dakota State student-athletes balanced school work and mat time to meet the league’s highest academic standards, the All-Academic Team, while 11 made the Coaches’ Honor Roll.

Sophomore Aaron Pickrel earns his All-Academic Team honor with the second highest GPA in the WWC with a 3.86 GPA as a biology/pre-medicine major. Pickrel also earned a spot on the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team a few weeks ago.

Also appearing on the WWC All-Academic Team are sophomore Tyler Johnson, a manufacturing engineering major with a 3.397 GPA, and junior David Michaud, a journalism major with a 3.368 GPA.

The All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes who secured a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA, were a starter or key reserve during the 2010-11 season and are a sophomore or higher in academic standing.

Eleven more Jacks earned spots on the Coaches’ Honor Roll. To qualify for the Coaches’ Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Coaches’ Honor Roll
Joe Brewster, 3.087 GPA, graphic design
Bryce Drefke, 3.097 GPA, pre-nursing
Jimmy Hamilton, 3.0 GPA, civil engineering
Kevin Kelly, 3.195 GPA, health, physical education and recreation
Rex Lyon, 3.517 GPA, architecture
Seth Moe, 3.613 GPA, pharmacy
John Nething II, 3.143 GPA, pre-economics
Tyler Palmer, 3.163 GPA, pre-nursing
Joe Rasmussen, 3.128 GPA, economics
Tony Vaske, 3.556 GPA, mathematics
Andrew Youngblom, 3.781 GPA, architecture

The Air Force Academy boasts the most wrestlers on the two combined teams with a total of 16, while SDSU and Utah Valley followed with 14 grapplers each on the two lists.

The 2010-11 total of 71 student-athletes named to the two lists is a record for the WWC and a large increase from the 56 honored for academics a year ago.

Additionally, as a team SDSU owned the fourth highest GPA among Division I wrestling programs, as honored by the NWCA a few weeks ago. The Jacks followed only Harvard, American and Columbia.

Gophers add five to 2011 signing class

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson and the Gophers program have announced that five prep competitors have signed Acceptance of Admission forms and will join the 2011-12 Minnesota wrestling squad. New to the Gophers lineup next season will be Brenton Beard, Alex Daugherty, Tony Morrow, Zach Stepan and Jon Volp.

“These guys have worked hard to achieve their goals as student-athletes at the University of Minnesota. In turn, we have pledged to help them develop the skills to be successful at the college level,” head assistant coach Joe Russell said. “We are excited to have them join our program.”

A native of Elk, Wash., Beard twice placed at the state tournament while competing for Riverside High School including taking third-place honors as a senior. The Minnesota newcomer was crowned the Northwest Regional Freestyle champion while also earning all-state academic honors. Beard is expected to wrestle at 141 lbs. for the Gophers.

A two-time captain on the Central Valley High School wrestling team, Daugherty is expected to wrestle at 285 lbs. when he joins the Gophers program. A native of Monaca, Pa., Daugherty was the 2011 MAC Tournament runner-up as well as the runner-up at the 2011 section tournament.

One of three Minnesotans to sign an Acceptance of Admission form, Morrow ended his prep career with a second-place finish in 2011 – his second time placing at the state tournament. A member of the all-state academic team, Morrow was a two-time section champion and was named Kasson-Mantorville High School’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2011. The Kasson, Minn., native is expected to wrestle at 125 lbs. for Minnesota.

A native of Zimmerman, Minn., Stepan finished his prep career with 132 career wins.  The freshman to-be concluded his high school career with a second-place finish at the 2011 state tournament – notching his third appearance at the event. Stepan is expected to compete at 133 lbs. for the Gophers.

A graduate of Osseo High School, Volp was the 2011 section champion and earned all-conference honors as a senior. A two-time team captain, Volp placed fifth at the state freestyle tournament. The Maple Grove, Minn., native is expected to compete at 197 lbs. for Minnesota.

With the addition of Beard, Daugherty, Morrow, Stepan and Volp, the Minnesota signing class now sits at nine student-athletes. Four wrestlers – Brad Dolezal, Steve Keogh, Jordan Kingsley and Logan Storley – signed National Letters of Intent last fall.

SCSU Wrestling Golf Classic set for Aug. 26

The sixth annual St. Cloud State University Wrestling Golf Classic has been set for Friday, August 26, at Wapicada Golf Course in nearby Sauk Rapids, Minn.  This event will begin with a Noon registration and a 1 p.m. shotgun start for this 4-person team scramble tournament.  Proceeds from this event help benefit the intercollegiate athletic program at St. Cloud State University.

The cost of the outing is $100 per person, which includes green fees on the challenging links at Wapicada G.C., a cart, dinner, prizes, contests, awards and an outing souvenir.  After the golf is complete, the event will conclude with a social hour and awards dinner in the Wapicada G.C. clubhouse.

If you would like to participate in this year’s SCSU Wrestling Golf Classic, please contact Steve Costanzo at 320-308-2996 or e-mail him at

Of note, hole sponsorships for this event are also available for $100.  For more information on hole sponsorship opportunities, contact Costanzo at 320-308-2996 or e-mail him at