After years away, Severson chasing Olympic wrestling dream

Wrestling wasn’t at the top of Nick Severson’s mind when he began getting back into shape. He just wanted to feel good again, lose some weight and be fit enough to help his friend Travis Wiuff train for his mixed martial arts bouts.

In early 2011, the 310-pound Severson started taking long walks near his Pine Island, Minn., home. That led to running, which led to wrestling, which led to a wild idea. Now that he was feeling like an athlete again, he thought, he needed some kind of goal. And with the 2012 Olympic wrestling trials in Iowa City, why not set the bar high? Continue reading at

Wrestler Jordan Holm’s journey to Olympic trials detoured through prison

Jordan Holm would like you to keep an open mind judging his bid for the U.S. Olympic wrestling team. He spent 6-1/2 years in prison for third-degree sexual abuse.

Entering this weekend’s trials in Iowa City, Iowa, Holm insists he is not looking for a forum to illuminate people about what he calls the “calamity of errors” that banished him behind bars for a crime he says he did not commit.

The 1998 and ’99 Minnesota state champion would rather talk about a lifelong dream of competing for the United States, his arm being raised in triumph, his ticket punched to London’s Summer Games as the country’s best 185-pound Greco-Roman wrestler. Continue reading at

Dream Team Classic will feature many of the nation’s top high school wrestlers

Scott West’s Kroells and Caledonia’s Goergen set to compete

Fans heading to Iowa City for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials will have an opportunity to watch some of the nation’s best high school wrestlers compete.

The Dream Team Wrestling Classic is set to take place on Friday night at Iowa City West High School. The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Continue reading at

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OTC wrestlers Betts, Bisek set sights on winning Olympic trials

Chas Betts and Andy Bisek wrestled together in elementary school. Then in high school. Then in college. Then at the Olympic Training Center. Now, they await the biggest jump.

The OTC residents, competing in different weight classes in Greco-Roman, both hope to crack the London Games this summer, with Betts tabbed a favorite and Bisek labeled an underdog heading into the U.S. Olympic trials Saturday and Sunday in Iowa City. Continue reading at

Lensing receives Britton Scholar-Athlete Award

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Thursday Augustana’s Cody Lensing has been honored with the 2012 Dr. William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence. The award recognizes the conference’s top male student-athlete.

A senior from Moundsview, Minn., Lensing is majoring in biochemistry with a minor in philosophy and holds a 3.96 grade-point average. The Totino-Grace High School graduate wrestled for the Vikings at 125 pounds. Continue reading