1999 World Team member Eric Guerrero (Stillwater, Okla./Sunkist Kids) won the title at 127.75 pounds at the Central Regional Freestyle Olympic Trials in Tulsa, Okla., April 29.
Guerrero won three matches on his way to qualifying for the Challenge Tournament. He defeated Jeff Bedard (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) 5-3 in the finals.
Other winners include: U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete Burke Tyree (Colorado Springs, Colo./Team Excel) at 119 pounds, Mike Eierman (Colorado Springs, Colo./Team Excel) at 138.75 pounds and Kenny Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Wildcat WC) at 152 pounds.
Winning his second Regional championship was Frank Trigg (Norman, Okla./Sunkist Kids) at 167.5 pounds. He also won the West Regional in Corvallis, Ore., March 26. The winner at 187.25 pounds was Steve Williams (Lauderhill, Fla./Team Excel), at J.J. McGrew (Stillwater, Okla./Sunkist Kids) at 213.75 pounds and J.R. Plienis at 286 pounds.
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.
USA Wrestling is hosting Regional Olympic Trials in five regions: West, East, South, Central and North. The West Regional was completed last week in Corvallis, Ore.
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.
CENTRAL REGIONAL FREESTYLE OLYMPIC TRIALS
at Tulsa, Okla., April 29
54 kg/119 lbs. - 1st - Burke Tyree, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Team Excel) dec. Chris Fleeger, Trout Run, Pa. (Advantage); 3rd - Pablo Ubasa won by tech. fall over Roger Stewart (VA Challenge), 10-0
58 kg/127.75 lbs. - 1st - Eric Guerrero, Stillwater, Okla. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Jeff Bedard, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), 5-3; 3rd - Eric Keller (Cat WC) won by tech. fall over Matt Ridings (Oklahoma), 11-0
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - 1st - Mike Eierman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Team Excel) won by tech. fall over Randy Devlin, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force), 10-0; 3rd - Cole Province dec. Jay Wieneke, Pensacola, Fla. (U.S. Navy), 6-2
69 kg/152 lbs. - 1st - Kenny Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Wildcat WC) pinned W.R. Groves (Ohio International), 1:38; 3rd - Ty Reynolds won by tech. fall over Darrell Stockton, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - 1st - Frank Trigg, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Matthew Marciniak, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army); 3rd - Tony Gansen dec. Sean Harrington (NYAC)
85 kg/187.25 lbs. - 1st - Steve Williams, Lauderhill, Fla. (Team Excel) dec. Barry Weldon (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, ot; 3rd - Viktor Sveda, Peninsula, Ohio (Hoosier WC) dec. Orlando Rosa, 3-2, ot
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - 1st - J.J. McGrew, Stillwater, Okla. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Mark Munoz, Vallejo, Calif. (Cowboy WC); 3rd - John Kading, Evanston, Ill. (Wildcat WC) dec. Orville Palmer (Sunkist Kids), 6-1
130 kg/286 lbs. - 1st - J.R. Plienis pinned Dave Anderton (Idaho), 1:36; 3rd - Steve Goss, E. Lansing, Mich. (Michigan State) dec. David Grayson (Central Oklahoma), 7-5