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Freestyle preview for Olympic Team Trials Qualifier and U.S. Nationals in Vegas

Published December 14th, 2015 by MTC Staff

By Jason Bryant, MTC Storm

 

Minnesota Storm freestyle 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.

 

 

Heading into this Olympic season, Marty Morgan, whose name is synonymous with wrestling success in Minnesota, returned to senior-level coaching for the Storm. His presence is a big addition to the Storm’s growing freestyle team. Coach Jared Lawrence and Morgan have collaborated this season to prepare Storm athletes for the road ahead.

 

On Monday, Morgan discussed his return to senior-level coaching and previewed this week’s competition in Las Vegas for Storm freestyle athletes.

 

Freestyle wrestlers will weigh-in Friday, December 18 and compete Saturday, December 19. The competition will be streamed live at Flowrestling.org.

 

U.S. Senior Nationals and Olympic Team Trials Qualifier

 

Storm Freestyle Entrants:

57 kg – Zach Sanders

65 kg – Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Jayson Ness

74 kg – Dustin Schlatter

97 kg – Scott Schiller

125 kg – Tony Nelson

 

Storm Greco entrants:

59 kg – Justin LaValle

66 kg – Brian Graham, Julian Gunnels, Dylan Ness, Devin Scott, Pat Smith

75 kg – Jake Fisher, Alec Ortiz, Dylan Reel

85 kg – Joel Bauman, Jake Clark, Jordan Holm

98 kg – Pat Carey, Josef Rau, John Wechter

130 kg – Parker Betts

 

Event Schedule:

 

Friday, December 18

Greco-Roman weight classes (59 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 85 kg, 98 kg, 130 kg)

Women’s freestyle weight classes (53 kg, 58 kg and 75 kg)

10:00 a.m. - Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation rounds as time permits

5:00 p.m. - Completion of Consolation round and 3rd, 5th, 7th place matches

7:00 p.m. - Championship Finals

 

Saturday, December 19

Men’s freestyle weight classes (57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg)

Women’s freestyle weight classes (48 kg, 63 kg and 69 kg)

10:00 a.m. - Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation rounds as time permits

5:00 p.m. - Completion of Consolation round and 3rd, 5th, 7th place matches

7:00 p.m. - Championship Finals

 

Storm wrestlers already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Athlete and Qualifying Event

Andy Bisek, 2015 Greco World Team Member

Brian Graham, Vantaa Cup bronze medalist

Jordan Holm, 2015 Greco World Team Member

Josef Rau, NYAC Bill Farrell Int'l Champion

 

Greco-Roman preview for Olympic Team Trials Qualifier/US Nationals

 

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