U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials results


U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials results from Fort Worth, Texas …

Men’s Freestyle
Finals: Thomas Gilman def. Vitali Arujau PIN, 2-2
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Thomas Gilman def. Joe Colon 10-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Vitali Arujau def. Daton Fix 7-5

65kg (weight not yet qualified for Olympics)
Finals: Jordan Oliver def. Joey McKenna 3-0, 5-2
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Joey McKenna def. Zain Retherford 8-5
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Jordan Oliver def. Yanni Diakomihalis 4-4

Finals: Kyle Dake def. Jordan Burroughs 3-0, 3-2
Challenge Tournament Final: Kyle Dake def. Jason Nolf 11-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Kyle Dake def. Evan Wick 10-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Jason Nolf def. David Carr 10-0

Finals: David Taylor def. Bo Nickal 4-0, 6-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: David Taylor def. Gabe Dean 4-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Bo Nickal def. Zahid Valencia 12-5

Finals: Kyle Snyder def. Kollin Moore 10-0, 5-1
Challenge Tournament Final: Kollin Moore def. Mike Macchiavello 10-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Kollin Moore def. Ty Walz 6-2
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Michael Macchiavello def. Hayden Zillmer 2-2

Finals: Gable Steveson def. Nick Gwiazdowski 10-0, 10-4
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Gable Steveson def. Greg Kerkvliet 11-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Nick Gwiazdowski def. Dom Bradley 6-0

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Women’s Freestyle
Finals: Sarah Hildebrandt def. Victoria Anthony 12-2, 10-0
Challenge Tournament Final: Victoria Anthony def. Amy Fearnside 11-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Victoria Anthony def. Alyssa Lampe 7-6
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Amy Fearnside def. Whitney Conder 4-1

Finals: Jacarra Winchester def. Ronna Heaton 7-4, 12-2
Challenge Tournament Final: Ronna Heaton def. Katherine Shai PIN
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Ronna Heaton def. Dominique Parrish 7-3
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Katherine Shai def. Areana Villaescusa 2-1

Finals: Helen Maroulis def. Jenna Burkert 5-3, 5-6, PIN
Challenge Tournament Final: Jenna Burkert def. Alli Ragan PIN
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Jenna Burkert def. Cameron Guerin 11-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Alli Ragan def. Xochitl Mota-Pettis 9-2

Finals: Kayla Miracle def. Macey Kilty 8-4, 3-4, INJ (8-0)
Challenge Tournament Final: Macey Kilty def. Maya Nelson 5-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Maya Nelson def. Jennifer Page 6-1
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Macey Kilty def. Mallory Velte 4-2

Finals: Tamyra Mensah-Stock def. Kennedy Blades 12-4, 8-1
Challenge Tournament Final: Kennedy Blades def. Forrest Molinari 11-1
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Forrest Molinari def. Alara Boyd 4-3
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Kennedy Blades def. Alexandra Glaude 5-0

Finals: Adeline Gray def. Kylie Welker 10-0, 11-0
Challenge Tournament Final: Kylie Welker def. Victoria Francis 6-3
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Kylie Welker def. Dymond Guilford 8-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Victoria Francis def. Jackie Cataline 9-3

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Finals: Ildar Hafizov def. Ryan Mango 7-0, 8-0
Challenge Tournament Final: Ryan Mango def. Leslie Fuenffinger 3-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Leslie Fuenffinger def. Dalton Roberts 5-2
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Ryan Mango def. Sam Jones 4-1

Finals: Alejandro Sancho def. Ellis Coleman 2-0, 3-1
Challenge Tournament Final: Ellis Coleman def. Benji Peak 7-3
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Ellis Coleman def. Xavier Johnson 6-0
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Benji Peak def. Raymond Bunker 9-0

77kg (weight not yet qualified for Olympics)
Finals: Jesse Porter def. Peyton Walsh 8-1, 7-7
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Peyton Walsh def. Jacob Fisher 4-1
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Jesse Porter def. Patrick Smith 5-3

Finals: John Stefanowicz def. Joe Rau 6-5, 2-1
Challenge Tournament Final: John Stefanowicz def. Pat Martinez 1-1
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: John Stefanowicz def. Alan Vera 6-3
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Pat Martinez def. Jonathan Anderson 8-0

Finals: G’Angelo Hancock def. Braxton Amos 8-0, 8-0
Challenge Tournament Final: Braxton Amos def. Nick Boykin 8-2
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Nick Boykin def. Daniel Miller 7-5
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Braxton Amos def. Nick Sheridan 8-6

130kg (weight not yet qualified for Olympics)
Finals: Adam Coon def. Cohlton Schultz 10-1, 3-3
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Adam Coon def. West Cathcart FALL
Challenge Tournament Semifinals: Cohlton Schultz def. Jacob Mitchell 4-3

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Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

Teri McKeever

Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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