June 11, 2008

Wrestlers head to Olympic Trials

Lester (red) will compete at the Olympic Trials
Lester (red) will compete at the Olympic Trials
 
WRESTLERS HEAD TO OLYMPIC TRIALS
Marquette—Members of the United States Olympic Education Center’s Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle wrestling teams will head to the Olympic Trials June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev.
            Freestyle wrestler and recent Northern Michigan University graduate Amy Borgnini (Terre Haute, Ind.) will compete in the 55 kilogram weight class, along with teammate and NMU freshman Syla Iokia (Maui, Hawaii). Iokia holds the sixth seed, while Borgnini is 13th
“I am going to go out there and focus on my execution,” said Iokia. “I know what to expect.”
At 48 kg are NMU senior Sadie Kaneda (Honolulu, Hawaii) and sophomore Alyssa Lampe (Tomahawk, Wis.).
            “My goal, of course, is to make it to the Olympics,” said Kaneda. “But if that doesn’t happen this time, I’ll still be training for the 2012 Olympics.”
            Kaneda takes the sixth seed, while teammate Lampe is ranked seventh.
            Greco-Roman wrestlers heading to the trials are NMU freshmen Zac Nielson (Zimmerman, Minn) at 90 kg and Peter Kowalczuk (Oak Park, Ill.) at 120 kg; sophomores Bo Beckman (Orem, Utah) at 66 kg, Talon Knox (Salt Lake City, Utah) at 74 kg and Peter Gounaridis (Leominster, Mass.) at 96 kg; juniors Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo.) at 55 kg, Andrew Bisek (Chaska, Minn.) at 74 kg and Chas Betts (St. Michael, Minn.) at 84 kg; and seniors Cheney Haight (Orem, Utah) and Kevin Lozano (Jefferson, La.), both at 74 kg.
            “I’ve been training for this [2008 Olympics] for four years now,” said Mango. “I’m the number one seed going into the trials, but you still have to beat everyone to win.”
            Rounding out the Greco-Roman wrestlers are recent NMU graduates Jacob Curby (LaGrange, Ill.) at 66 kg and Jacob Fisher (Platte City, Mo.) at 74 kg; post baccalaureate students Nate Engel (St. Helena, Calif.) at 55 kg and Harry Lester (Akron, Ohio) at 66 kg; and facility use athletes Joe Betterman (Chicago, Ill.) at 60 kg and Jake Plamann (Appleton, Wis.) at 84 kg. 
            Fisher, who takes the number three seed at 74 kg, said that he’s just trying to take it easy before the trials.
            “Right now my main priorities are to get my weight down and make sure that my previous injuries don’t flare up,” he said. “I can’t get too nervous.”
            Wrestlers who finish in the top spot will make the 2008 Olympic Team and head to Beijing for the Summer Games.


Prepared By
Erin Berg
Student Writer
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