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).
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John Wechter has never been one to leave things unfinished.
A married father of three with a burgeoning medical career as an orthopedic surgeon at Willmar’s ACMC clinic, Wechter seemingly isn’t a man who needs to pursue athletic success at this stage of his life.
This seems especially true considering that he’s already a decorated Greco-Roman wrestler, even winning the 98-kilogram weight class at the 2013 U.S. Open. Continue reading at www.grandforksherald.com
There were 102 athletes added to the field this weekend 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 U.S. Senior Nationals/Trials Qualifier was held in Las Vegas, Nev. this past weekend, the largest qualifying event in the #Road2IowaCity qualifying series.
Read more102 athletes qualify for U.S. Olympic Team Trials field in Iowa City through U.S. Nationals/Trials Qualifier in Las Vegas
By Jason Bryant, MTC Storm
Las Vegas, Nevada — The move up two weight classes has paid off big for Joe Rau. A move West to Hawaii has seemed to work for veteran Jake Clark.
On Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rau and Clark captured U.S. Open championships and led a field as 18 Minnesota Training Center/Storm athletes took part in the Olympic qualification event. Continue reading at www.mtcstorm.com
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Hitting a five-point throw in the first period, then a pair of clutch two-point exposures late in the match, Joe Rau of the Minnesota Storm knocked off three-time U.S. World Team member Caylor Williams in an entertaining finals at 98 kg/215 lbs. at the U.S. Nationals/Trials Qualifier in Greco-Roman.
Rau nailed a back arch on the edge of the mat for five points to lead 5-0 at the break. Williams came back strong early in the second period, to score six straight points for a 6-5 lead. Initially, officials gave Williams four points, but he protested the call, and one of his two-point moves was changed to a four-point throw.
Late in the period, Rau got a pair of exposures for four more points, reclaiming the lead at 9-6. He was able to hold off Williams as time ran out, and he captured his first national title. Rau was a member of the 2014 U.S. World Team at 80 kg, but has moved back up in weight this year. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org
Many of the best American wrestlers in the sport today will be on the mat at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday and Saturday with the goal of earning a spot in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trails next April in Iowa City. Among that field will be nine Gopher alums, three of whom will wrestle Greco on Friday and the rest in freestyle, which will take place on Saturday.
The icebreaker for Minnesota’s Greco contingent will be Pat Smith, who will wrestle at 66 kilograms and be the first Gopher to compete on Friday. Smith won gold at last April’s Pan America Championships and finished as the runner-up at the World Team Trials in June, both at 71 kilograms. Shortly after Smith, Dylan Ness and Alec Ortiz will kick off their tournaments in the 75-kilogram, Greco field. In his international debut, Ness went 3-2 wrestling at 66 kilograms at the Bill Farrell International Open last month.
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By Jason Bryant, MTC Storm
Minnesota Storm Greco-Roman wrestlers will compete this weekend in Las Vegas at a U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying event. The top seven finishers in each weight class will punch their tickets to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City in April.
Olympic silver medalist Brandon Paulson, Jared Lawrence and company have put together one of the top private training centers in the country with the PINnacle School of Wrestling. Paulson runs Greco-Roman senior-level practices out of PINnacle, located in Shoreview, to help prep the Storm and MTC competitors for international competition. Continue reading at www.mtcstorm.com
The largest Olympic Trials qualifying event will be held this week, as the U.S. Senior Nationals and Trials Qualifier, will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, December 18-19.
Up to 126 spots are up for grabs for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 9-10, easily making this the largest qualifying event in the #Road2IowaCity series of events.
Competition will be in the 18 Olympic weight classes, six weight classes in each of the three Olympic styles. The top seven placewinners in each weight class will qualify to compete in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling in Iowa City, Iowa, April 9-10.
Read moreUp to 126 spots in Olympic Trials up for grabs at U.S. Senior Nationals/Trials Qualifier in Las Vegas, Nev. Dec. 18-19