Holm qualifies USA at 85 kg with semifinal win at Pan American Olympic Qualifier in Texas

FRISCO, Texas – Three-time U.S. World Team member Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) earned a spot in the championship finals, earning Olympic qualification for the nation at 85 kg/187 lbs, during the morning session of the Pan American Olympic Games Qualifier at the Dr Pepper Arena.

The top two wrestlers in each of the six Olympic weight classes contested have qualified their nation for the Olympic Games.

Holm was not scored upon in his two strong wins. He opened with a dominant 8-0 technical fall over Alexander Brown Thieriault of Canada. An early Holm takedown on a counter was followed with a pair of two-point gutwrench. Holm did an arm drag to a takedown to secure the first-period technical fall. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Smith and Schiller medal at Pan American Championships

A pair of Gopher alums – Pat Smith and Scott Schiller – competed in the Pan American Championships in Frisco, Texas over the weekend, taking on competitors from across North, Central and South America. Smith captured the first of three gold medals won by Team USA on the Greco side of the competition, earning the top spot on the podium at 71 kilograms for the second straight year at the Pan-Ams, while Schiller won his first career international medal, one of eight won by the U.S. in freestyle. Continue reading

USA team features 13 top stars for Pan American Olympic Qualifier in Frisco, Texas, March 4-6

Minnesota Storm wrestlers Jordan Holm and Joe Rau to compete

The United States will send a talented and motivated wrestling team to compete in the 2016 Pan American Olympic Games Qualifier at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, March 4-6.

Teams from North, Central, and South America will compete in the three Olympic disciplines, men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle, and Greco-Roman.

This event serves as a major qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The top two place winners in each of the 18 Olympic weight classes will qualify their nation to compete at the Olympic Games. In total, 36 spots in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are up for grabs. Continue reading

Smith repeats as Greco champion, Speiller, Haight also win golds at Pan American Championships

FRISCO, Texas – Three U.S. Greco-Roman stars won gold medals and the USA won the team title at the Pan American Championships on Sunday night at the Dr. Pepper Arena. Team USA had seven total medals, including a silver and three bronze medals

Winning the Pan American Championships for the second year in a row was Patrick Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm), who defeated Jair Cuero Munoz of Colombia, 2-2 in the 71 kg/156 lbs. finals. Cuero led 2-0 on a second period gut wrench, but Smith blocked a Cuero throw for a two-point takedown and held on to the win by scoring the last point. Cuero is a previous two-time Pan American bronze medalist. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

One-on-One with Joe Rau

Joe Rau of the Minnesota Storm is an Olympic hopeful in Greco-Roman at 98 kilos. He was a U.S. World Team member in 2014 at 80 kilos, and this past December won title at the U.S. Nationals at 98 kilos.

Rau, an Illinois native, competed collegiately at Elmhurst College and was a three-time All-American and NCAA Division III champion as a senior in 2013.

InterMat caught up with Rau. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Tony Nelson Wins Silver Medal In Turkey

Gopher alums Tony Nelson and Scott Schiller donned the red, white and blue this weekend as part of Team USA at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul and both turned in strong performances, particularly Nelson, who captured the silver medal in freestyle at 125 kilograms.

Nelson picked up three victories on his way to the championship bout, overwhelming his side of the bracket along the way. He began with consecutive 10-0 tech falls, first knocking off Recep Bolme and then Slim Trablsi. In his semifinal match, Nelson pinned Yasin Kilic in just 1:38, putting him into the finals without a point allowed. Nelson found himself fighting for the gold against two-time World champion Taha Akguel, who took the match, 10-0. Continue reading

14 athletes qualify for U.S. Olympic Team Trials field in Iowa City at Schultz Memorial and on tours

There were 14 athletes added to the field in late January for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling, which will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, April 9-10.

The major qualifying event just held was the Dave Schultz Memorial International, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo, January 28-30. The highest placing USA athlete in each weight class winning a medal who had not yet qualified advanced to Iowa City. There were 12 athletes who qualified for Iowa City at the Dave Schultz Memorial, seven in men’s freestyle, six in Greco-Roman and one in women’s freestyle. Continue reading

Jayson Ness Qualifies For U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Ness’ dominant performance in Colorado Springs on Saturday clinched his spot in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Jayson Ness won the 65-kilogram title in freestyle at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, a victory that guarantees the former Gopher and 2010 NCAA champion a spot in the U.S. Olympic Team Trails this April.

Ness won the title in definitive fashion, allowing just one point throughout his four matches. Ness began his day with a pin at 1:47 of his first bout, before earning tech falls over fellow Gopher alum Nick Dardanes (12-1), Chase Pami (10-0) and, in the finals, Bernard Futrell (10-0). Continue reading