One-on-One with Jake Clark

Two-time U.S. World Team member Jake Clark returned to wrestling in 2015 after a three-year layoff from competition and captured a Senior Nationals title in Greco-Roman at 85 kilos.

Clark is a top contender at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City on April 9. It will mark the fifth time he has competed at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

InterMat recently caught up with the 36-year-old South St. Paul native. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Five Gopher alumni to attend Olympic Team Trials

The wrestlers will compete for a spot on the U.S. team that will go to Rio

The United States Olympic Team Trials take place this weekend in Iowa City, and five Minnesota alumni will compete for the chance to wrestle in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

Alec Ortiz and Pat Smith will compete in the Greco-Roman side of the field, which prevents wrestlers from grabbing below the waist and attacking with their legs. Jayson Ness, Scott Schiller and Tony Nelson will compete in the freestyle field. Continue reading at www.mndaily.com

USA Wrestling releases Greco-Roman Olympic Team Trials rankings

USA Wrestling has released a special set of Greco-Roman rankings for those athletes qualified to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9-10.

Rankings have been set for the top eight wrestlers for each of the six Olympic weight classes based on following criteria: 1) head-to-head victories, 2) wins over common opponents and 3) whether or not an athlete was a member of the 2015 U.S. World Team. Results that were considered include any tournament an athlete has competed in since Jan. 1, 2015. This includes both domestic and international matches during that time period. Continue reading

Minnesota Storm well-represented at upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City

By Jason Bryant

Every four years, athletes come out of the shadows to give it one last go in order to try to make an Olympic team. For members of the Minnesota Storm, there are no shadows. Storm athletes have been busy throughout the Olympic cycle preparing for this very moment.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, set for April 9-10 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa will feature 18 athletes representing the Minnesota Training Center and the Minnesota Storm. This is the most qualifiers of any privately-operated training location in the United States. Of those 18, 15 are in the “classic style” of Greco-Roman, while three Storm freestylers also qualified. Continue reading at www.mtcstorm.com