U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials: Wrestlers to Watch

Six wrestlers to watch and six local wrestlers to follow during the Olympic Trials

Published: April 10 2012 | 10:04 am - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 4:26 pm in

JORDAN BURROUGHS, 74 kg/163 pounds, Men's freestyle

*-23

*-Member of Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club

*-2011 U.S. World Team Member

*-U.S. ranking: 1st

*-2011 World Champion, Ukrainian Wrestlers Memorial International champion, U.S. Open champion

*-Former three-time All-American for Nebraska, winning NCAA titles in 2009 and 2011. Won 2011 Hodge Trophy, awarded to college wrestling's top competitor.

HENRY CEJUDO, 55 kg/121 pounds, Men's freestyle

*-25

*-Member of Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club

*-U.S. ranking: 5th

*-2008 Olympic gold medalist in Beijing, China, 2007 U.S. World Team Member, 2011 Sunkist Kids International Open Champion.

JAKE HERBERT, 84 kg/185 pounds

*-27

*-New York Athletic Club

*-2009 and 2010 U.S. World Team Member

*-U.S. ranking: 2nd

*-Two-time World Championships competitor, earning silver in 2009, two-time bronze medalist at World University Games (2006 and 2008), two-time defending U.S. Open champion, Fifth in 2011 Ivan Yarygin Memorial.

*-Four-time All-American for Northwestern, winning 2007 and 2009 NCAA titles and placing second in 2006, 2009 Hodge Trophy winner and Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year.

DREMIEL BYERS, 120 kg/264.5 pounds, Greco-Roman

*-37

*-U.S. Army Wrestling Club

*-Eight-time U.S. World Team Member (1999, 2002, 2005-07, 2009-11)

*-U.S. ranking: 1st

*-2002 World Champion, placing fifth in 2010, second in 2009 and third in 2007, placed seventh at 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, 2001 World Cup champion,  Third in 2011 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals in Azerbaijan, 2011 U.S. Open champion.

SPENSER MANGO, 55 kg/121 pounds, Greco-Roman

*-25

*-U.S. Army Wrestling Club

*-Three-time U.S. World Team Member (2009-11)

*-U.S. ranking: 1st

*-Placed ninth at 2009 World Championships and eighth at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, 2011 U.S. Open Champion, seventh in FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals.

ALI BERNARD, 72 kg/158.5 pounds, Women's freestyle

*-26

*-Gator Wrestling Club

*-U.S. ranking: 1st

*-Placed third at 2011 World Championships, competing in 2009 World Championships.

*-Placed fifth at 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, 2011 U.S. Open champion, Third in Grand Prix of Tourcoing and Guelph Open champion, 2008 U.S. National champion and two-time Junior World Champion.

*-Five-time CIS Championships gold medalist at University of Regina (Canada)

MOZA FAY, 74 kg/163 pounds, Men's freestyle

*-26

*-Gator Wrestling Club Member

*-U.S. ranking: 10th

*-Placed fourth at 2011 Olympic Trials Qualifier in Las Vegas, Nev., in December

*-Two-time NCAA All-American for University of Northern Iowa, winning 119 matches for the Panthers and earning Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Year honors twice. Two-time Class 2A state champion for Anamosa High School.

JOHN HELGERSON, 130 kg/264.5 pounds, Men's freestyle

*-23

*-Won USA Wrestling's Final U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier tournament in Cedar Falls March 30-April 1 in his first-ever freestyle competition.

*-Two-time Midlands Championships placewinner.

*-Three-time NCAA Division III All-American for Wartburg, winning the 2011 NCAA heavyweight title. Class 2A state runner-up and two-time medalist for North Fayette High School in West Union.

JORDAN HOLM, kg/ pounds, Greco-Roman

*-30

*-Member of Minnesota Storm Club

*-U.S. ranking: 2nd

*-2011 U.S. Open champion, runner-up in 2011 U.S. World Team Trials and 2011 Pan American Championships.

*-Former Junior Nationals and Cadet Nationals champion and two-time Minnesota state prep champion.

MATT MCDONOUGH, 55kg/121 pounds, Men's freestyle

*-22

*-One of eight current NCAA wrestlers to receive a wildcard berth

*-Junior at the University of Iowa. Two-time NCAA champion and three-time finlaist. member of the 2010 U.S. Junior World Team.

*-Was a three-time state champion and four-time state medalist at Linn-Mar High School. Won 2006 Cadet National Freestyle champion.

RYAN MORNINGSTAR, 74 kg/163 pounds, Men's freestyle

*-25

*-Member of New York Athletic Club

*-U.S. ranking: 8th

*-Runner-up at 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International and runner-up at 2010 NYAC Internatonal Open

*-Won 110 matches for the University of Iowa from 2005-10. Was a four-time national qualifier and two-time All-American.

JAKE VARNER, 96 kg/211.5 pounds, Men's freestyle

*-26

*-Nittany Lion Wrestling Club

*-2009 and 2011 U.S. World Team Member

*-U.S. ranking: 1st

*-Placed third at 2011 World Championships and ninth in 2009. 2011 U.S. Open champion, Fifth in 2011 Ivan Yarygin Memorial.

*-Four-time NCAA finalist at Iowa State University, winning championships in 2009 and 2010.

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