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

Alan Rice: Greco-Roman wrestling legend recalls historic Olympics

Even at 83, Alan Rice still looks like he could throw somebody across a wrestling ring. His forearms bulge like a construction worker’s, yet he shakes hands gently and shows off his dexterity on the brown, weathered baby-grand piano in his St. Paul living room. Built by the Schaff Bros. Co., the piano might be even older than Rice. The company went out of business during World War II.

“I enjoy the music of my youth,” said Rice, the godfather of Greco-Roman wrestling in Minnesota. “It means I play things that nobody knows – George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen. They were the good ones.” Continue reading at minnpost.com

At 18, an Olympian With an Upside; at 22, Forced to Retire

SHOREVIEW, Minn. — The enlarged cutout on the wall of the PINacle Wrestling School, in an industrial park here north of Minneapolis, shows Jake Deitchler’s finest moment in Greco-Roman wrestling. On his knees with fists clenched, Deitchler screams with joy after winning the 2008 Olympic trials at 146 pounds, making him the first high school wrestler in 32 years to qualify for the United States team.

Four years later, Deitchler looks about the same as the 18-year-old on the wall, though perhaps a little more muscular. He coaches grade-school wrestlers now, and when they kicked a soccer ball to warm up, Deitchler jumped in enthusiastically — at least until the ball caromed near his head. Then Deitchler had to remember to duck. Continue reading at nytimes.com

Brothers take hold of a wrestling dream

C.P. and Dustin Schlatter mirror each other in lots of ways, as close-knit brothers often do. Both wrestled for the Gophers with great success. Both have competed around the world, and both will take part in this weekend’s U.S. Olympic trials in Iowa City.

They live together, work out together and covet the same thing: to win a spot on the team that will compete in this summer’s London Olympics. But for a time, the Schlatters’ lives followed different paths, bringing them to one destination via two routes. Continue reading at startribune.com