MARQUETTE, Mich. — Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site Greco-Roman wrestlers will compete for the first time in 2017 on Feb. 1, at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The team has not competed since Dec. 17-18, when six wrestlers earned medals and 14 others finished in the top 10 at the Senior Nationals in Las Vegas. It was a best-ever finish for the NMU squad.
During the rest of last semester, the team produced 12 medals and 23 top-10 finishes in international contests, wrestling in Panama, Sweden, Finland and the United States.
Assistant coach Andy Bisek is ready to get the team back on the mat in a competition setting.
“I am looking forward for our guys to get another opportunity to compete, as I feel that is one of the biggest ways you can improve,” said Bisek. “Right now I am looking to build upon our base and improve a few of the mistakes I saw during Senior Nationals.”
The Schultz tournament is held in memory of the late Dave Schultz, an Olympic and World champion for the United States, who was an international ambassador of goodwill through sport.
It also serves as one of the qualifiers for the 2017 U.S. World Team Trials, which are set for April 27-29 in Las Vegas. To date, the NMU-OTS has 22 athletes qualified for that event.