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Five athletes give verbal commitments to USOEC Women s wrestling program

By Shannyn Gillespie | Jan. 28, 2008, 11:21 a.m. (ET)

The U.S. Olympic Education Center has received verbal commitments from five outstanding high school wrestlers across the USA.

The list of new USOEC freestyle wrestlers is headed by 2007 ASICS Girls High School All-American Team members Emily Martin of Frisco, Texas (Centennial High School) and Veronica Carlson of Addison, Ill. (Addison Trail High School)

Patricia Hill of Tomahawk Wis. (Tomahawk High School), Melissa Apodaca, Chugiak, Alaska (Chugiak High School) nand Erin Golston, Lake In The Hills, Ill. (Crystal Lake South High School) round out the first group of committed USOEC freestyle wrestlers for the 2008-2009 season.

Carlson and Golston will enter the USOEC as high school students while Martin, Hill, and Apodaca will be incoming freshman at Northern Michigan University.

In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan University (NMU) as the nation's only United States Olympic Education Center. The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training program, where athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also continuing their education.

Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU.
The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, and weightlifting.

Committed USOEC Freestyle Wrestlers:

* Emily Martin, Frisco, TX., Centennial High School, Sr., 48kg
2007 ASICS GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN WRESTLING TEAM USAW Jr. National All American 2007 USGWA Jr. National All American 2007

* Patricia Hill, Tomahawk Wis, Tomahawk High School, Sr. 48kg
USAW Junior National All American 2007

* Veronica Carlson, Addison, Ill., Addison Trail High School, Jr, 63kg
2007 ASICS GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN WRESTLING TEAM, USAW Junior National Champion 2007, USGWA National Champion 2007

* Melissa Apodaca, Chugiak, Alaska, Chugiak High School, Sr., 63kg
USAW Jr. National All American 2007

* Erin Golston, Lake In The Hills, Ill., Crystal Lake South HS, Fr.
Body Bar National Champion 2007

The USOEC Freestyle team will release another list of committed recruits in one month.