Emily Shilson: Teen Wrestler

Imagine this: A wrestler training three to four times a week for 10 months straight. Each practice roughly two hours long. Starting with a 15 minute warm up consisting of tumbling and gymnastic style activities, followed by 45 to 60 minutes of intense drilling to perfect technique, and finally a 20 to 30 minute live wrestling practice against partners from around the state. Are you tired yet? Continue reading at maplegrovemag.com

Eight U.S. wrestlers to visit White House with fellow Olympians and Paralympians on Friday

Eight members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic wrestling team will join other members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team in a White House visit on Friday morning in Washington, D.C.

The wrestlers who will attend the White House visit and meet President Barack Obama include men’s freestyle wrestlers Jordan Burroughs, Jake Herbert, Sam Hazewinkel and Tervel Dlagnev, Greco-Roman wrestlers Spenser Mango and Dremiel Byers and women wrestlers Clarissa Chun and Ali Bernard. Burroughs was an Olympic gold medalist and Chun won an Olympic bronze medal. Continue reading at themat.com

Day 5 Recap: Disappointing finish for U.S. women’s freestyle team

LONDON — A day after Clarissa Chun won the first medal for the U.S at the 2012 Olympic Games, Kelsey Campbell (55 kilos) and Ali Bernard (72 kilos) bowed out prior to the medal rounds on the final day of Olympic women’s freestyle competition Thursday at the ExCel Center in London.

Aside from Chun’s bronze medal performance, the other three U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers went a combined 0-4 at the 2012 Olympic Games. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Day 4 Recap: Chun gives U.S. first wrestling medalist in London

LONDON — It took four days, but on Wednesday the U.S. claimed its first wrestling medal of the 2012 Olympic Games in London when Clarissa Chun earned a bronze medal in women’s freestyle at 48 kilos.

Ironically, Chun, a 30-year-old Hawaiian, defeated the same wrestler who defeated her four years ago for the Olympic bronze medal in Beijing, Irini Merleni of Ukraine, an Olympic champion and five-time World champion. Continue reading at www.intermatwrestle.com