Marquette—Several athletes, coaches and athletic trainers who will participate in next month’s Olympics in Beijing have ties to the United States Olympic Education Center.
Among the athletes heading to Beijing are current residents and Greco-Roman wrestlers Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo.) at 55 kilograms and Joe Betterman (Chicago, Ill.) at 60 kg. Mango, a junior at Northern Michigan University, made the team at the Olympic Team Trials June 13 in Las Vegas, Nev. Facility use athlete Betterman also took first, but while the U.S. did not qualify his 60 kg weight class for the Olympics, Betterman could compete in Beijing if a wild card is handed out.
Other Greco-Roman wrestlers making the team are former resident Adam Wheeler (Lancaster, Calif.) and short term athlete Jake Deitchler (Ramsey, Minn.). Wheeler, once coached by USOEC Greco-Roman head coach Ivan Ivanov, earned a spot on the team at 96 kg. Deitchler scored an upset win over current USOEC Greco-Roman wrestler Harry Lester at 66 kg to make the team.
On the women’s freestyle wrestling side, former resident Randi Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and short term athlete Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn.) will head to Beijing. Miller, a current National Champion, attended NMU before moving to Colorado Springs to train. She will compete at 63 kg. Bernard trained at the USOEC for a short time at 72 kg.
Former USOEC short term athlete Rau’see Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) punched his ticket for his second Olympics, but first as a Flyweight. Other short term athletes making the team are Javier Molina and Luis Yanez. Former boxing residents David Clark and Greg Carter will go to Beijing as training partners.
Former USOEC weightlifting coach Ma Jianping, a native of China, will serve as a special USOC assistant; while former visiting coaches Terry Steiner and Izzy Izboinikov will help with the women’s freestyle wrestling team.
Dr. John Lehtinen of Marquette will make his third appearance as a team physician at the Olympics. Three former USOEC athletic trainers—Ed Ryan, Vinny Comiskey and Peter Toohey—will also assist athletes.
Former Greco-Roman visiting coaches Steve Fraser, Jay Antonelli, Ike Anderson, Momir Petkovic and Anatoly Petrossyan will play a part in Beijing. Rounding out those with ties to the USOEC are four members of the boxing staff for the U.S team: National Director of Coaching Dan Campbell, William Price, Basheer Abdulla and Larry Nicholson.Members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team will start traveling to Beijing on Aug.1. The opening ceremonies will be held on Friday, Aug. 8.
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