Jordan Holm’s 2016 Olympic dream stalls at U.S. Olympic Team Trials

IOWA CITY, Iowa − Jordan Holm’s quest for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team ended Saturday in the semifinals of the 2016 Olympic Team Trials in a stunning 3-0 loss to Ben Provisor at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Provisor competed at the 2012 Olympics and wrestled last year at 80-kilograms. The Stevens Point, Wisconsin, wrestler who competed at Northern Michigan University, capitalized on Holm’s aggressiveness to pick up a reversal and pounced again after Holm got caught on a turn attempt.

Provisor, ranked fourth, won the U.S. Open in 2013 and knocked off No. 1 seed Aaron Sieracki at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Continue reading at

Minnesota club wrestler Rau one step closer to Rio

Joe Rau won a provisional spot on the U.S. team for the Rio Olympics.

IOWA CITY – The night before he wrestled at the Olympic trials, Joe Rau did a little reading while fighting with his nerves. “It was a sports psychology book,’’ said Rau, who trains with the Minnesota Storm. “It said when something bad happens, don’t dwell on it. Get your focus back.’’

That turned out to be the perfect lesson for Saturday’s championship series. Rau was thrown to his back and pinned by Caylor Williams to end the first match of their best-of-three series in the Greco-Roman 98-kilogram class. After winning the second, Rau trailed by a point as the clock ticked down in the final match.

A late two-point move gave Rau the victory, making him the first wrestler with Minnesota ties to win a provisional place on the U.S. team for the Rio Olympics. Three members of the Storm club made the finals on the first day of the trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. But Chaska native and former Gopher Pat Smith fell 2-1 to RaVaughn Perkins in the Greco-Roman 66 kg class, and Greco veteran Jake Clark was swept by Ben Provisor at 85 kg. Continue reading at

Northfield native Holm may have wrestled last match

IOWA CITY – Long before this weekend’s Olympic wrestling trials, Jordan Holm helped set the table for success. He qualified his weight class for this summer’s Olympics in Rio, and the wrestlers he recruited to the Minnesota Storm prepared several club members for big performances at the trials.

But Holm was unable to reap the benefits himself. The Northfield native, who now lives and trains in the Twin Cities, was upset Saturday by Ben Provisor in the semifinals of the Greco-Roman 85-kilogram class. Holm then lost in the consolation bracket to Hayden Zillmer of Crosby, ending both his run at the trials and his five-year stint with the U.S. national team. Continue reading at

NDSU’s Hayden Zillmer Third at U.S. Olympic Trials, Lands Spot on U.S. National Team

IOWA CITY, Iowa–North Dakota State University All-American Hayden Zillmer rebounded from his quarterfinal loss to storm through the Greco-Roman 85 kg/187-pound consolation bracket and place third at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials to land a spot on his first U.S. National Team on Saturday, April 9, before 13,000 fans at the University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Zillmer, a senior from Crosby, Minn. (Crosby-Ironton H.S.) went 4-1 on Saturday. He rallied for a 5-3 decision over Lucas Sheridan of Army (WCAP) before dropping an 8-0 tech fall to third-seeded Jacob Clark in the quarterfinals.

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