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Dec 16 Freestyle Team USA to hold daily public workouts at the NCAA Fan Fest with autograph session on Friday March 17

By Gary Abbott | March 13, 2006, 1:41 p.m. (ET)
Freestyle Team USA will conduct a mini-training camp during the week of the NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 16-18. Fans are invited to watch the team during these special training sessions.

On all three days of the tournament, Freestyle Team USA will be holding public workouts for fans to enjoy. The training sessions will be held during the NCAA Fan Festival, which will be located at the Cox Business Services Convention Center, directly across Reno Street from the Ford Center.

The wrestling mat for the workouts will be placed right in the middle of the Fan Festival area. National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson, along with other USA Wrestling national coaching staff members, will put our nation's top freestylers through workouts each day.

The roster of the U.S. team members participating in the workouts has not been finalized, but a number of past U.S. World and Olympic team athletes are expected, as well as many of the top young stars training for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. In addition, there may be some Olympic-caliber women wrestlers and Greco-Roman wrestlers who also take part in some of the training.

On Friday, March 17, prior to the workout at 2:30 p.m., for a half an hour, the Team USA athletes will conduct an autograph session on the stage area.

The last time that Team USA workouts were a part of the NCAA Fan Festival was in 2003 in Kansas City, Mo. Team USA training sessions have been held during NCAA week numerous times in the past.

Among the features of the NCAA Fan Festival are:
- Coca-Cola Spirit of Champions, a experiential event with interactive sports that captures the challenges and spirit of NCAA championships
- Daily presentations on the Fan Festival stage, including expert analysis of upcoming matches and flashbacks to the greatest matches in NCAA Wrestling history
- Exhibit boots from major wrestling associations, including USA Wrestling, the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
- Souvenirs and food will be available for purchase.

The NCAA Fan Festival will be held each day of the tournament, March 16-18, from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. daily. It will be in the Cox Business Services Convention Center, in Exhibit Halls 1 & 2. When you get there, you won't have any trouble finding the workout area, as the mats will be right in the center of the entire display.

Public address announcements held during the NCAA Championships will update fans on all of the activities at the NCAA Fan Festival.

NCAA Fan Festival Schedule of Events (Tentative)

Thursday, March 16
NCAA Fan Festival featuring Coca-Cola Spirit of Champions - Noon to 7 p.m
USA Wrestling Team Practice, Fan Festival Center Mats, 3:30 to 5 p.m.*
Dan Gable Wrestling Techniques Demonstration, Fan Festival Center Mats, 4 to 5 p.m.*

Friday, March 17

NCAA Fan Festival featuring Coca-Cola Spirit of Champions, Noon to 7 p.m.

USA Wrestling Autograph Session, Fan Festival Stage, 2:30 to 3 p.m.*

USA Wrestling Team Practice, Fan Festival Center Mats, 3 to 4:30 p.m.*

Semifinals Preview Show, Fan Festival Stage, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.*


Saturday, March 18

NCAA Fan Festival featuring Coca-Cola Spirit of Champions, Noon to 7 p.m.

USA Wrestling Team Practice, Fan Festival Center Mats, 2:30 to 4 p.m.*

Greatest Matches of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Fan Festival Stage, 4 to 5 p.m.*

Greatest Matches Participant Autograph Session, Fan Festival Stage, 5 to 5:45 p.m.*

* Event times are approximate and may be adjusted due to NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships session completion times. Further announcements about each event will be made inside the Ford Center during various sessions.

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