Excitement builds with ticket sales brisk as U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City starts in one month

It is exactly one month before the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, April 9-10.

Top stars from international wrestling have already qualified to compete including Olympic champion and three-time World champion Jordan Burroughs, three-time World champion Adeline Gray, 2015 World champion Kyle Snyder, 2012 Olympic champion Jake Varner, 2012 World champion Elena Pirozhkova, two-time World bronze medalist Andy Bisek, 2015 World champion Helen Maroulis, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and 2008 World champion Clarissa Chun, two-time World medalist Justin Lester, 2005 World champion Iris Smith, 2015 World bronze medalists Leigh Jaynes-Provisor and James Green, plus so many other great wrestling champions. Continue reading

Holm wins gold, Rau takes bronze in Greco-Roman at Pan American Olympic Qualifier

FRISCO, Texas – Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) won a gold medal at 85 kg/187 lbs., the top U.S. performance in Greco-Roman at the Pan American Olympic Games Qualifier at the Dr Pepper Arena on Sunday.

Holm controlled the action in the finals, earning a 9-0 technical fall over Alfonso Leyva Yepez of Mexico. In the first period, he scored on a takedown, a pushout and a gutwrench to lead 5-0 at the break. Holm added four second-period points, ending with a takedown, for the technical fall.

With his title, Holm earned a spot in the championship finals, earning Olympic qualification for the nation at his weight class. The top two wrestlers in each of the six Olympic weight classes contested have qualified their nation for the Olympic Games. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

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