Steiner twins Sanderson among FS champs at South Regional Olympic Trials

By Gary Abbott | April 08, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)

The Steiner twins, Troy (Madison Wis./Team Excel) and Terry (Madison, Wis., Team Excel) were among the champions of the Greco-Roman competition at the South Regional Olympic Trials, held in Kenner, La., April 8.

The winners at each weight class qualified for the Challenge Tournament at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Dallas, Texas, June 22-24.

Troy claimed the 138.75-pound title, defeating Kerry Boumans (Colorado Springs, Colo./Dave Schultz WC) in the finals by injury default. Terry was the 152-pound champion, stopping Ramico Blackmon (Colorado Springs, Colo./Team Excel) in the finals, 5-4. The brothers, who work as wrestling coaches for the Univ. of Wisconsin, were NCAA champions for the Univ. of Iowa.

Cael Sanderson (Heber City, Utah/Sunkist Kids), a two-time NCAA champion for Iowa State Univ., claimed the 187.25-pound title, pinning Ken Bigley (New York, N.Y./NYAC), in 55 seconds in the finals. Sanderson, a sophomore, is undefeated in his college career, and is also a talented freestyler.

Another former Iowa State NCAA champion, Mike Van Arsdale (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) claimed the 213.75 pound title. Van Arsdale pinned Chad Lamer (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC) in 2:25 in the finals. Van Arsdale was second in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Other individual champions were Tim Dernlan (Columbus, Ohio/Ohio International) at 119 pounds, Jason Kutz (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 127.75 pounds, Kenny Ramsey (Columbus, Ohio/Ohio International) at 167.5 pounds and Angelo Borzio (East Stroudsburg, Pa./New York AC) at 286 pounds.

USA Wrestling is hosting Regional Olympic Trials in five regions: West, East, South, Central and North. The West and East Regionals have already been completed.

The Central Regional Olympic Trials are scheduled for Tulsa, Okla., April 27-29. The competition will be held at Union Intermediate School. For information, contact Archie Randall at 405-354-5417.

The "last chance" qualifying event is the North Regional Olympic Trials, set for Waterloo, Iowa, May 5-7. The competition will be held in Young Arena. For information contact Steve Wachal at 319-822-7748.


Medal Matches

54 kg/119 lbs. - 1st - Tim Dernlan, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio International) dec. Burke Tyree, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Team Excel), 10-2; 3rd - Shane Valdez (Team Thunder) pin Lee Pritts (Team Thunder), 1:12

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - 1st - Jason Kutz, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Eric Akin, Overland Park, Kan. (Dave Schultz WC), 4-3; 3rd - Dwight Hinson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) dec. Mark Ironside, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC), 6-5

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - 1st -Troy Steiner, Madison, Wis. (Team Excel) won by inj. dft. over Kerry Boumans, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Dave Schultz WC); 3rd - Jeff Bedard, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Juan Venturi (Team Excel), 9-0

69 kg/152 lbs. - 1st -Terry Steiner, Madison, Wis. (Team Excel) dec. Ramico Blackmon, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Team Excel), 5-4; 3rd - Casey Cunningham, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Sunkist Kids) won by tech. fall over Jason Peters (unattached)

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - 1st - Kenny Ramsey, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio International) dec. Matt Marciniak, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), 4-1; 3rd - Mark Strickland (LA) dec. David Wells (Miami Vandals), 7-4

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - 1st - Cael Sanderson, Heber City, Utah (Sunkist Kids) pin Ken Bigley, New York, N.Y. (NYAC), 0:55; 3rd - Eric Duus, Stanford, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC) dec. Orlando Rosa, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), 4-3

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - 1st - Mike Van Arsdale, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) pin Chad Lamer, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC), 2:25; 3rd - Ray Brinzer, Iowa City, Iowa (Dave Schultz WC) pin Ryan Root (Cincinnati WC), 2:30

130 kg/286 lbs. - 1st - Angelo Borzio, East Stroudsburg, Pa. (New York AC) dec. Tom Erikson, W. Lafayette, Ind. (Sunkist Kids), 7-6; 3rd - Brian Keck, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) won by tech. fall over Rodney Sutherland (LA), 10-0