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Kurt Angle Wants To Make a Comeback

January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Kurt Angle, who is probably best known for his exploits in the WWF, wants to make a comeback to real wrestling. That’s right: the 43 year old is going to attempt to make the 2012 US Olympic team. Angle is actually an incredibly accomplished wrestler, winning the heavyweight division of the freestyle wrestling event at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

Angle also has numerous other wrestling exploits, winning a Junior World Championship, an NCAA national championship and the 1995 World Championship.

The United States had one medal winner, a bronze from Adam Wheeler, but that was in Greco Roman wrestling. Angle will be attempting to make the team in freestyle, where no American finished in the top 18 in 2008. He’ll have to win the qualifying event in April in Iowa City to make it, but he seems optimistic about doing just that.

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US Wrestling Trials to be held in Iowa City

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

It is the site of the most successful NCAA wrestling program in history, and now Iowa City, Iowa will be the site of the 2012 Olympic wrestling trials. The site of the University of Iowa beat out fellow Iowa city Council Bluffs and Columbus, Ohio. The University of Iowa averaged over 8,000 fans per home dual match last year, and they drew a record crowd when around 16,000 people saw them defeat Iowa State.

The trials will be held in April of next year, and they will feature roughly 600 wrestlers. Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where the trials will be held, is currently undergoing a $47 million renovation.

Other cities who bid were Greensboro, North Carolina; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Hampton, Virginia and Pontiac, Michigan.

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