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

Oritz Earns Spot In U.S. Team Trails Field

At the appropriately named Last Chance Olympic Trials qualifier tournament last weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a championship performance by Gopher wrestling alum Alec Ortiz guaranteed him a spot in the 75-kilogram, Greco-Roman field at next week’s team trials, the event which will decide the U.S. team for this summer’s Olympic Games.

Nine Gophers – past, present and future – were in Cedar Rapids to compete in both Greco and freestyle this weekend. The prize at every weight class in both styles was the last spot at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials next weekend in Iowa City. Only the winners at each weight class advanced to the trials. Continue reading

Taken down, Olympic wrestling is up off the mat

Rule changes led to a revival of a sport that briefly was cut from the Olympics.

When wrestling was dropped from the Olympics in 2013, Dan Chandler knew everyone associated with the sport would fight for a reversal. What the Minneapolis coach and three-time Olympian didn’t expect, though, was the outpouring of support from folks who couldn’t tell Greco-Roman from freestyle.

Everywhere he went, he saw anger and shock that a sport so closely identified with the ancient Olympics could be cut loose from the modern Summer Games. ”Even taxi drivers were talking to me about it,” Chandler said. “We never got so much publicity. And I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this is a blessing in disguise.'” Continue reading at

Cadet World champion Hall, World Teamer Blanc among men’s freestyle champions at Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A thrilling second day of competition at the Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier concluded at the UNI-Dome on Saturday with six men’s freestyle athletes punching their tickets to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials set for Iowa City, Iowa next weekend.

High school senior Mark Hall (OTC) stole the spotlight in Cedar Falls by capturing the gold medal at 74 kg/163 lbs. with a last second 5-4 victory over Anthony Valencia (Sunkist Kids) in the finals. Continue reading at

NDSU All-American Hayden Zillmer Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman Team Trials

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa–North Dakota State University All-American Hayden Zillmer secured a place at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials by winning the Greco-Roman 85 kg/187 pound weight class at a Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier at the UNI-Dome on Friday, April 1. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are set for Iowa City on April 9-10 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Trailing by one point late in the second period, Zillmer representing the Minnesota Storm, scored a late four-point takedown to claim the 85 kg/187 pound gold medal over fourth-place finisher at the 2015 U.S. Open, Khymbakhy Johnson (New York AC/NMU), 6-3. Continue reading