UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Exactly five weeks after clinching the 2012 NCAA
Team Championship in St. Louis, four Nittany Lion wrestlers will contend for a
spot on the U.S. Olympic team traveling to London this summer.
Penn State's 2012 national champions, Ed Ruth and David Taylor, along with 2011
national champion Quentin Wright and Matt Brown will travel to Carver-Hawkeye
Arena on April 21-22 to compete in the freestyle competition at the U.S.
Olympic Team Trials.
Taylor, who won the 2012 Hodge Trophy after a dominant 32-0 season at 165 pounds, earned a wildcard spot at 74 kg (163 pounds). Additionally, redshirt freshman Matt Brown will contend for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at 74 kg after a second place finish at the Final Olympic Trials Qualifier.
Ruth, who was recently named InterMat Wrestler of the Year after an undefeated national championship season, clinched a wildcard spot for the trials at 84 kg (185 pounds). Fellow Nittany Lion and 2011 national champion Quentin Wright will join Ruth at 84 kg after also being named a wildcard selection.
Nittany Lion wrestling head coach Cael Sanderson won the World Team Trials after seven years away from competition last summer at 84 kg, but Coach Sanderson is not expected to wrestle at the U.S. Olympic Trials next week.
The winner from each weight class at the Olympic Trials will represent the U.S. at the London 2012 Summer Games.
GoPSUsports.com caught up with all four Nittany Lions preparing for the Olympic Trials at the Penn State wrestling room. Take a look what they had to say about the adjustment to freestyle competition as they get set for competition in Iowa City.