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U.S. wrestling trials begin Friday in Stillwater

Senior and junior teams for world championships will be set at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, Published: June 20, 2013

* Olympic bronze medalist (2012)

* NCAA champion at OSU (2008)

Obe Blanc, OSU

* 55 kg/121 lbs. — Men's freestyle

* U.S. Open champion (2013)

Jordan Oliver, OSU

* 66 kg/145.5 lbs. — Men's freestyle

* U.S. Open runner-up (2013)

Jordan Burroughs, Nebraska

* 74 kg/163 lbs. — Men's freestyle

* Olympic gold medalist (2012)

* World champion (2011)

* 4th wrestler ever to win an NCAA championship and world championship in the same year.

Kristie Davis, OCU

* 72 kg/158.5 lbs. — Women's freestyle

* Two-time World champion (2000, 2003)

* Won the WCWA women's college national title twice at Oklahoma City University

Brittney Roberts, OCU

* 72 kg/158.5 lbs. — Women's freestyle

* U.S. Open champion (2013)


On Feb 12, the International Olympic Committee announced wrestling, one of the five original sports from the 1896 Olympics, would be cut from the Summer Games.

The IOC executive board announced on May 29 that wrestling would compete with squash and baseball/softball for the final space in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In September, the IOC's executive board will meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the final decision.

“It's the ultimate goal in the sport of wrestling is to be an Olympic gold medalist,” Smith, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, said. “You reach the highest high that you can. It's our Super Bowl, it's our World Series, it's the NBA Finals, the Olympics is it.”


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