The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo Are Here

11/06/2008

(LAS VEGAS) -- The time has arrived for wrestlers who have dreams of competing on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in wrestling.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are scheduled to begin in Las Vegas, Nev., June 13-15 at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Only the nation's best wrestlers have earned the right to be in Las Vegas, through a series of qualifying events. Everything is on the line in Las Vegas this weekend.

During all three days, the preliminary session will be held at 10:00 a.m., with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials finals series and the third place matches set for 5 p.m.

There will be six weight classes contested each day, with the U.S. Olympic Team position determined in each division in a one-day ompetition format.

Friday, June 13 will feature competition in all four women's freestyle Olympic weight classes (48 kg/105.5 lbs., 55 kg/121 lbs., 63 kg/138.75 lbs., 72 kg/158.5 lbs.), as well as the first two men's Greco-Roman weight classes (55 kg/121 lbs. and 60 kg/132 lbs.).

Saturday June 14 will include both men's freestyle and men's Greco-Roman action. There will be three men's Greco-Roman weight classes (66 kg/145.5 lbs., 74 kg/163 lbs., 84 kg/185 lbs.) as well as the first three men's freestyle weight classes (55 kg/121 lbs., 60 kg/132 lbs. and 66 kg/145.5 lbs.).

Sunday, June 15 is the final day, with two men's Greco-Roman weight classes (96 kg/211.5 lbs. and 120 kg/286.5 lbs.) and four men's freestyle weight classes (74 kg/163 lbs., 84 kg/185 lbs., 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and 120 kg/286.5 lbs.).

Wrestling fans seeking to purchase tickets, receive updated information on the event, and be eligible for regular prize drawings, should visit. http://www.usawrestlinglasvegas.com.

Below are links for information with everything you need to know about the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

There is a Special Section on TheMat.com with preview information about the Olympic Trials. This is where USA Wrestling will be posting all of its stories, results and features during the competition.
http://themat.com/specialevents/2008/trials/default.php/

U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifiers by state
http://www.themat.com/index.php?page=showarticle&ArticleID=18810

Bullet bios on all of the athletes in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials
http://www.themat.com/index.php?page=showarticle&ArticleID=1888