Olympic Trials come to exciting end in front of over 13,000 in Iowa City

IOWA CITY – The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials wrapped up on Sunday with Clarissa Chun becoming the first two-time Olympian in women’s freestyle history for the United States, Sam Hazewinkel joining his father as an Olympian, Jared Frayer knocking off a hometown favorite, and young Ellis Coleman winning a title in front of 13,712 to finish off a two-day total of 54,766 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, without question a Trials record.

Nine champions were crowned – three in Greco-Roman, four in freestyle, and two in women’s freestyle – with eight of them punching their ticket to London. Continue reading at themat.com

Minnesotan advances in Olympic wrestling trials

IOWA CITY — R.C. Johnson is not one of those athletes who refuses to retire because he has nothing else in his life. As much as he loves wrestling, the Plymouth native also is excited to finish his Ph.D. in computer science and pursue the business ventures he’s setting up.

But he doesn’t want it to happen too soon. Johnson, an Armstrong High School graduate, has been putting all of his energy lately into earning a place on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team—and Sunday, he moved closer to reaching that goal. Johnson advanced to Sunday night’s finals in the Greco-Roman 96-kilogram class at the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials, winning two matches earlier in the day. Continue reading at startribune.com

Nine champions crowned on Saturday as eight earn Olympic berths

Chas Betts makes Olympic team

IOWA CITY – Only a select few can claim the title “Olympian.”

On Saturday in front of a capacity crowd of 13,750 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, eight wrestlers added the distinction to their resume.

For American Greco-Roman stars Spenser Mango and Dremiel Byers it will be visit number two to an Olympic Games. For six others a lifelong dream came true on a Saturday evening where none of the best-of-three series needed the full three bouts. Continue reading at themat.com

Minnesota wrestlers advance in Olympic trials

IOWA CITY – It’s always tough, Dan Chandler said, when Minnesota’s Greco-Roman wrestlers have to compete against each other. But the coach of the Minnesota Storm wrestling club was delighted Saturday morning when two of his own — Jordan Holm and Chas Betts — advanced to the finals of the 84-kilogram weight class at the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials, assuring that at least one Minnesotan will make the Olympic team.

Betts, of St. Michael, and Holm, of Northfield, will wrestle each other in Saturday night’s finals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Former Gopher C.P. Schlatter also made the finals and will face two-time world bronze medalist Justin Lester in the 66 kg Greco-Roman class. The finals are a best-of-three-matches format, and the winner will earn the lone U.S. Olympic berth at each weight. Continue reading at startribune.com

Finalists set for Day 1 of U.S. Olympic Team Trials

IOWA CITY – A U.S. Olympic Team Trials record 13,520 wrestling fans kicked off the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials on Saturday inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Those seeking trips to the Olympic Games in London provided plenty of entertainment for the largest gathering of Americans to watch freestyle or Greco-Roman.

Nine weight classes – four in Greco, three in men’s freestyle, two in women’s freestyle – will be decided in tonight’s best-of-three Championship Series. Continue reading at themat.com