April 25, 2008
Seven USOEC Wrestlers Headed to Olympic Trials
MARQUETTE— The United States Olympic Education Center men’s Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle wrestling teams will send seven athletes to the Olympic Trials after qualifying at the University Nationals April 10-13 in Akron, Ohio.
USOEC Olympic qualifiers in Greco-Roman wrestling are: Northern Michigan University sophomore Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo.) at 60 kilograms, who also was named outstanding wrestler after defeating Donny DePatto of the U.S. Marines, 5-1, 4-0; NMU junior Kerry Regner (Beaver Falls, Pa.), who won 3-0, 6-0 over Chad Vandiver at 63 kg; sophomore Bo Beckman (Orem, Utah), with a 4-0, 6-0 victory over Calvin Miller of RoadRunnerWC at 66kg; freshman Jonathan Drendel (North Aurora, Ill.), who defeated freshman Aaron Briggs (Tucson, Ariz.) at 70 kg; senior Jake Fisher (Platte City, Mo.), a 5-0, 6-0 winner over USOEC facility user Chad Hemerson at 79 kg; and sophomore Peter Gounaridis (Leominster, Mass.), who defeated sophomore Michael Rossetti (Aurora, Ill.) 3-0, 3-0 at 96 kg.
The USOEC women’s freestyle qualifier was sophomore Alyssa Lampe (Tomahawk, Wis.) who placed second, falling to Sara Fulp-Allen of NYAC (write out) 7-1, 6-0, at 48 kg.
Greco-Roman third place finishes include, NMU junior Ben Sanchez (Leominster, Mass.) at 66 kg, senior Jacob Curby (LaGrange, Ill.) at 74 kg, freshman Talan Knox (Salt Lake City, Utah) at 79 kg, senior Cheney Haight (Orem, Utah) at 84 kg and freshman Peter Kowalczuk (Oak Park, Ill.) at 120 kg. Facility users Ryan Hall placed seventh at 55 kg and Anton Goltfredson placed sixth in 74 kg.
The women’s freestyle team had a strong showing, with third-place finishes by NMU senior Sadie Kaneda (Honolulu, Hawaii) (either give all weights or none), senior Amy Borgnini (Terre Haute, Ind.) and junior Nichole Darrow (Lanesboro, Mass.). Freshman Whitney Conder (Puyallup, Wash.) and facility user Ku’u Johnson finished fourth, freshman Amber Miracle (Berlin, Wis.) came in fifth and senior Dany Hedin (Kailua, Hawaii) finished sixth.
The final chance to qualify for the Olympic trials is the U.S. Senior Nationals April 25-27 in Las Vegas, Nev. The top seven from each Olympic weight class and top four from non-Olympic weight classes will earn a spot to compete in the Olympic trials June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev.
USOEC Media Intern