Four USOPTC women, including two from the EAP program, to compete in Grand View Open on Feb. 3
by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
Four women’s freestyle athletes who train regularly at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center (USOPTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. will compete in the Grand View Open in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, February 3.
Two of the entries will be from USA Wrestling’s Elite Accelerator Program (EAP), which was designed to develop young athletes with Olympic potential at the USOPTC. This has included wrestlers who are still in high school or are high school graduates who choose to train in the international styles prior to going to college.
The EAP wrestlers who will enter the Grand View Open are high school star Karlee Brooks of Arizona (123) and Genesis Cejudo of Arizona (109), who is a high school graduate. Brooks was a member of the 2023 U17 World Team and holds a No. 3 ranking at 120 pounds in the National Girls High School Rankings. Cejudo has been a USA Wrestling age-group All-American.
Two Senior wrestlers who train at the USOPTC will also compete, Alex Hedrick of the Titan Mercury WC (130) and Katja Osteen of California (191).
Hedrick was a 2022 U23 World bronze medalist, a 2021 U.S. Open champion and a past Senior National Team member. Osteen, a two-time NCWWC All-American, has been a multiple USA Wrestling age-group All-American as well.
The team will be coached by USA Wrestling National Developmental Coach Jessica Medina.
The Grand View Open is one of the largest and most respected college Open wrestling tournaments. Grand View is currently ranked No. 4 in the NAIA in women’s wrestling. Teams from the NAIA, NCAA and NJCAA have traditionally competed in this event, as well as Senior-level athletes.
GRAND VIEW OPEN
At Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 3
109 - Genesis Cejudo
123 - Karlee Brooks
USOPTC resident athletes
130 - Alex Hedrick
191 - Katja Osteen