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2012 U.S. Olympic Trials: Men's Freestyle 96kg/211.5 pounds



96 kg/211.5 lbs. freestyle

2011 WORLD BRONZE MEDALIST – IN CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
JAKE VARNER, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

Third in 2011 World Championships… Ninth in 2009 World Championships… 2011 Pan American Games champion… 2009 and 2011 U.S. Open champion… Second in 2010 World Team Trials… Second in 2010 New York AC International… Second in 2010 U.S. Open… Third in 2012 Ivan Yarygin Memorial (Russia)… Third in 2009 Sunkist Kids International Open… Third in 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Seventh in 2008 U.S. Open… 2009 and 2010 NCAA champion for Iowa State… Second in 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships… 2005 FILA Junior World Team member… Second in 2005 FILA Junior Nationals… Two-time California state high school champion… Third in 2004 Junior Nationals… College: Iowa State… High School: Bakersfield, Calif…. Born: March 24, 1986… Age: 26

2011-12 NATIONAL TEAM NO. 2
CHAD HANKE, Dayton, Ore. (Northwest RTC)

Second in 2011 World Team Trials at 96 kg… Second in 2012 Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial… 2011 Men’s Freestyle Olympic Trials Qualifier champion… Fourth in 2011 Hargobind International (Canada)… 2011 University Nationals champion… Second in 2009 FILA Junior Nationals… Third in 2009 FILA Junior World Team Trials… 2008 FILA Junior Nationals champion… Second in 2008 FILA Junior World Team Trials… Taking Olympic redshirt year from Oregon State… Three-time Oregon state high school champion… College: Oregon State… High School: Dayton, Ore…. Born: February 20, 1989… Age: 23

2011-12 NATIONAL TEAM NO. 3
DUSTIN KILGORE, Berea, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)

2012 Pan American Championships champion… 2012 Cerro Pelado International champion (Cuba)… Third in 2011 Olympic Test Event (England)… Second in 2011 New York AC International… 2011 Sunkist Kids International champion… Third in 2011 World Team Trials… Third in 2011 University Nationals… Fourth in 2010 Junior World Team Trials… 2011 NCAA champion for Kent State, its first NCAA Div. I champ… Seventh in 2010 NCAA Championships… U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete on Olympic redshirt… Ohio state high school champion… College: Kent State… High School: Berea, Ohio… Born: May 28, 1989… Age: 22

OTHER QUALIFIERS (ALPHABETICALLY)

J.D. BERGMAN, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)

Tenth in 2010 World Championships…. Third in 2012 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… 2010 U.S. Open champion… 2010 World Cup Wrestleoff champion… 2010 Cerro Pelado champion (Cuba)… Second in 2010 Medved International (Belarus)… 2010 New York AC International champion… Fourth at 2007 U.S. Open… Fourth in 2006 U.S. Open… 2006 University Nationals champion in freestyle, runner-up in Greco-Roman… Third in 2005 U.S. World Team Trials in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2005 U.S. Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2004 FILA Junior National champion in both styles… 2005 University Nationals champion in Greco-Roman… Attended Ohio State… Second in 2008 NCAA Championships… Fourth in 2007 NCAA Championships… Third in 2004 NCAA Championships…. Two-time Ohio state high school champion for Oak Harbor High School… Three-time Junior National champion… Born: September 7, 1984… Age: 27

TREVOR BRANDVOLD, Verona, Wis. (New York AC)
Second in 2011 Freestyle Olympic Trials Qualifier… Fifth in 2006 Junior Nationals… Fourth in 2011 NCAA Championships for Wisconsin… Sixth in 2010 NCAA Championships… Wisconsin state high school champion… College: Wisconsin… High School: River Falls, Wis… Born: August 7, 1987… Age: 24

CRAIG BRESTER, Lincoln, Neb. (NWTC)
2011 Freestyle Olympic Trials Qualifier champion… Fourth in 2012 Final Olympic Trials Qualifier… Fourth in 2011 Sunkist Kids International… Fourth in 2006 FILA Junior Nationals… Second in 2009 and 2010 NCAA Championships for Nebraska… Fourth in 2008 NCAA Championships… Two-time Nebraska state champion… College: Nebraska… High School: Howells, Neb… Born: October 2, 1986… Age: 25

TANNER HALL, Meridian, Idaho (New York AC)
Third in 2011 Freestyle Olympic Trials Qualifier… Competed in 2011 Junior World Championships… Second in 2011 FILA Junior Nationals… Fifth in 2012 FILA Junior Nationals… 2010 Junior Nationals champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… 2010 FILA Cadet Nationals champion in both styles… Second in 2010 Pan American Youth Olympic Games Qualifier… Third in 2010 FILA Junior World Team Trials in both styles… Third in 2010 FILA Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… 2009 Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman champion… Three-time Idaho state high school champion… High School: Meridian, Idaho… Born: January 23, 1993… Age: 19

BRENT JONES, Colorado Springs, Colo. (OTC)
Third in 2011 Men’s Freestyle Olympic Trials Qualifier… Sixth in 2010 and 2011 U.S. Open… Second in 2010 Sunkist Kids International Open… Third in 2010 University Nationals… Second in 2009 University Nationals… 2008 University Nationals champion… Second in 2008 University World Team Trials… 2006 FILA Junior Nationals champion… Second in 2006 FILA Junior World Team Trials… Attended Univ. of Virginia… Attended Fairfax Robinson High School (Va.), where he was a state champion… Born: October 13, 1986… Age: 25

WYNN MICHALAK, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
Second in 2011 Sunkist Kids International… Third in 2009 U.S. Open… Seventh in 2011 U.S. Open… Second in 2008 NCAA Championships… Second in 2011 Henri Deglane Challenge (France)… 2010 Hargobind International champion (Canada)… Second in 2011 Shaheed Bhagat Singh International (India)... Third in 2010 Sunkist Kids International… Sixth in 2007 University Nationals… Second in 2008 NCAA Championships for Central Michigan… Sixth in 2005 NCAA Championships and eighth in 2006… Two-time Michigan state high school champion… College: Central Michigan… High School: Caro, Mich…. Born: November 7, 1984… Age: 27

CHRIS PENDLETON, Laramie, Wyo. (Gator WC)
2010 Final Olympic Trials Qualifier champion… Third in 2005 U.S. World Team Trials… Fourth in 2007 U.S. Open… 2009 and 2011 Northern Plains Regional champion… 2010 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… 2006, 2007 and 2009 Sunkist Kids International champion… Third in 2009 New York AC International… Third in 2005 Sunkist Kids International… 2008 Northwest Regional Olympic Trials champion… Tenth in 2005 World University Games… Second in 2002 University Nationals… Two-time NCAA champion at Oklahoma State (2004-05)… Third in 2003 NCAA Championships… 2000 California state high school champion… College: Oklahoma State High School: Leemore, Calif…. Born: Jan. 21, 1982… Age: 30

TOMMY ROWLANDS, Hilliard, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)
Fifth in 2007 World Championships… Second in 2007 Pan American Games … 2007 U.S. World Team Trials champion… 2007 and 2008 U.S. Open champion… Second in 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Third in 2006 U.S. World Team Trials… Second in 2007 Pan American Championships… Second in 2002 World Team Trials… Fourth in 2010 World Team Trials… 2005 World University Games gold medalist… 2005 U.S. Open runner-up… Third in 2006, 2010 and 2011 U.S. Open… Fourth in 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials… 2002 U.S. World Team Trials runner-up… Second in 2000 Junior World Championships… Fourth in 1999 Junior World Championships… Second in 2005 Ivan Yarygin Memorial (Russia)… Two-time NCAA champion for Ohio State (2002, 2004)… Second in 2001 NCAA Championships, and sixth in 2003… Two-time Ohio state high school champion… College: Ohio State… High School: Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Ready)… Born: June 3, 1981… Age: 30

DAVID ZABRISKIE, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
Second in 2011 Freestyle Olympic Trials Qualifier at 120 kg… Fourth in 2011 U.S. Open… Fourth in 2009 and 2010 Sunkist Kids International… Fourth in 2010 University World Team Trials… Eighth at 2010 U.S. Open… Fifth in 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International… Fifth in 2011 and 2012 Cerro Pelado International (Cuba)… Fourth in 2010 University World Team Trials… Fifth in 2008 University Nationals… 2010 NCAA champion for Iowa State… Fifth in 2009 NCAA Championships… 2005 New Jersey state high school champion… College: Iowa State… High School: Branchville, N.J. (High Point)… Born: Dec. 19, 1986… Age: 25

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