Thomas Gilman of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club has been selected to represent Team USA at the Pan-American Olympic Qualifier in Ottawa, Canada on March 15. HWC head coach Mark Perry made the announcement at a HWC social yesterday before the Oklahoma State dual meet. Gilman is replacing Daton Fix who was originally named to the team.
It was announced by USA Wrestling and reported on this blog on February 14 that Kayla Miracle of the HWC will also be competing at the Pan-American Olympic Qualifier at 62kg on March 14.
With an Olympic berth on the line at each weight, this is the biggest tournament of the year for USA Wrestling.
From USA Wrestling:
All 14 athletes must finish in the top-two of their respective weight classes in order to qualify the weight for the USA to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in August.
The Pan-American Olympic Qualifier is a separate event from the Pan-American Championships, which are set for March 6-8 in Ottawa. The Championships feature all 30 Worlds weights, while only the 18 Olympic weights will be contested at the Olympic Qualifier.
Pan-Am nations may only enter athletes at weights that they have not yet qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
The USA has already qualified four weights—74 kg MFS, 97 MFS, 68 kg WFS, 76 kg WFS—based on medal-winning performances at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Any weight that the USA does not qualify in Ottawa will have one more chance April 30-May 3 at the World Olympic Games Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Saturday, March 14
9:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage (WFS 50-53-57-62-68-76 kg)
4 p.m. – Finals (WFS 50-53-57-62-68-76 kg)
Sunday, March 15
9:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage (MFS 57-65-74-86-97-125 kg)
4 p.m. – Finals (MFS 57-65-74-86-97-125 kg)
*Times listed are CST.
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