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Nine athletes qualify for U.S. Olympic Team Trials field in Iowa City at NCAA Div. I Championships

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | March 21, 2016, 10:59 a.m. (ET)

Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State signals to his fans after winning the 2016 NCAA title at 165 lbs. in Madison Square Garden in New York City. Dieringer qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials with his win. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com

There were nine athletes added this past weekend for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling, which will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, April 9-10.

The NCAA Div. I Championships were held in Madison Square Garden in New York City, March 17-19. This was an Olympic Trials qualifier in freestyle and Greco-Roman . The champions in each weight class qualified for the Olympic Trials in both styles.

If a NCAA Div. I champion had already qualified for the Olympic Trials, that spot would go unfilled. Only one of the 2016 NCAA champions had already qualified, Kyle Snyder of Ohio State at 285 pounds, so there were nine champions who did qualify for Iowa City.

An athlete can choose to wrestle either style or both, and do not need to declare at this time. A majority are expected to compete in men’s freestyle.

The athletes added to the Olympic Trials field in both styles were
Men’s Freestyle 57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Nico Megaludis, Murraysville, Pa. (Penn State/Nittany Lion WC)
Men’s Freestyle 57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Nahshon Garrett, Chico, Calif. (Cornell/Titan Mercury WC)
Men’s Freestyle 65 kg/143 lbs. – Dean Heil, Brunswick, Ohio (Oklahoma State/Cowboy WC)
Men’s Freestyle 65 kg/143 lbs. – Zane Retherford, Benton, Pa. (Penn State/Nittany Lion WC)
Men’s Freestyle 74 kg/163 lbs. – Isaiah Martinez, Lemoore, Calif. (Illinois/Titan Mercury WC)
Men’s Freestyle 74 kg/163 lbs. – Alex Dieringer, Port Washington, Wis. (Oklahoma State/Cowboy WC)
Men’s Freestyle 86 kg/189 lbs. – Myles Martin, Penns Grove, N.J. (Ohio State/Titan Mercury WC)
Men’s Freestyle 86 kg/189 lbs. – Gabe Dean, Lowell, Mich. (Cornell/Titan Mercury WC)
Men’s Freestyle 97 kg/213 lbs. –J’Den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Missouri/Missouri Wrestling Foundation)
Note: These are freestyle weights, but they could also compete in Greco-Roman.

At this time, the total number of qualifiers through the #Road2IowaCity qualifying process is 214 wrestlers. This includes 72 men’s freestyle wrestlers, 65 Greco-Roman wrestlers and 77 women’s freestyle wrestlers.

Click here for U.S. Olympic Team Trials Qualifiers, through March 21, 2016

The next #Road2IowaCity Trials Qualifier is the University Women’s Nationals, set for Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla. on March 26. The top two athletes in each weight class qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. There are as many as 16 qualification spots in the Olympic Trials available in Oklahoma City.

Note: Women freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers who win a medal on an international tour event within the year also may qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

All-session tickets to the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials are available for purchase. All-session options include adult ($75), and youth (18 and younger, $50). VIP tickets are sold out. Fans can purchase tickets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, over the phone at 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or online at iowacitytorio.com.

Remaining #Road2IowaCity Trials Qualifiers
March 26 - Women’s University Nationals, Oklahoma City, Okla. (W)**
April 2-3 – Last Chance Trials Qualifier, Cedar Falls, Iowa (FS/GR/W)**
** - #Road2IowaCity events currently scheduled for Flowrestling broadcasts

For specific information on the Athlete Selection Procedures for the 2016 Olympic Games, visit:

Athlete Selection Procedures – Women’s Freestyle

Athlete Selection Procedures – Men’s Freestyle

Athlete Selection Procedures – Greco-Roman