Oklahoma Sooner sensation Sam Hazewinkel and former Oklahoma stars Quincey Clark, Melvin Douglas and Jared Frayer are all one meet away from fulfilling their Olympic dreams. Each has earned a spot in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Wrestling, which take place May 21-23 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Hazewinkel, a red-shirt freshman at Oklahoma, qualified for the trials with a very impressive performance at the U.S. Nationals on April 10 finishing third in the 55 kg/121 Freestyle Division. It was Hazewinkel’s second consecutive third place finish at Nationals. In high school, Hazewinkel recorded a perfect 140-0 and was a three-time Florida state champion attending Pensacola Christian Academy.
Clark, a 2000 Olympian at the Sydney games, qualified by winning a Regional at 96 kg/211.5 Greco Roman Division. Clark.will be looking for his second Olympic appearance. Clark’s best collegiate finish at Oklahoma was second at the 1996 NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships.
Douglas, an Olympic veteran, will be looking to make his third straight Olympic appearance. Douglas finished fifth at the U.S. Nationals to secure his position in the 96kg/211.5 Freestyle Division. Douglas was an NCAA individual champion on the 1985 and 1986 Sooner wrestling squads.
Frayer, who was an NCAA runner-up in 2001 for the Sooners, had a terrific run at Nationals making it to the semifinals before losing to eventual 66 kg/145.5 freestyle Division champion Jamill Kelly. Frayer bounced back from the loss by pinning Jared Lawrence in the third round. Frayer will be gunning for his first Olympics next month.
The Olympic Trials begin with the challenge tournament at the RCA Dome May 21-22. Hazewinkel, Clark, Douglas and Frayer will all start in the challenge tournament with hopes of advancing to the championship finals. The winners of the championship finals best-of-three-series earn spots on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Champions from 18 weight classes (seven in Greco-Roman, seven in men’s freestyle, four in women’s freestyle) will earn a spot on the Olympic Team at the Trials and compete in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece Aug. 22-29.
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