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Illinois Stars fall quick at Olympic Trials – Illinois Matmen


The 2021 Olympic Trials got here to a lackluster ending should you had been an Illinois wrestling fan. The three Olympic hopefuls, Kennedy Blades, Ellis Coleman, and Joe Rau,  all misplaced their greatest of three collection remaining in two matches. Underscoring simply how powerful it’s to make the Olympic group in the US. At many weight lessons you must beat a World Medalist or World Champion simply to make the group. Because the saying goes, “Typically you must crush one other’s dream to realize your personal.” This weekend a few of our Illinois wrestling stars had their goals crushed.


Excessive College Junior Kennedy Blades took the wrestling world by storm over the previous two weeks. She demolished the sphere on the Final Likelihood Qualifier. Then went on a tremendous run to the Championship Finals on the Olympic Trials. She misplaced two consecutive matches to the reigning World Champion, Tamara Mensah-Inventory, by a rating of 12-4 and 8-1. Mensah-Inventory, is favored to win the Gold Medal in Tokyo, and proved to be a bit of too savy for Blades. Blades didn’t get the job completed, however her future is vivid, as she’s going to try and make the Junior World group in a number of weeks.


Ellis Coleman dropped two shut matches to the reigning World Staff Member at 67 kg, Alejandro Sancho. Coleman misplaced the primary match by a rating of 2-0 and the second match by  a rating of 3-1. Coleman had a pair alternatives, however couldn’t capitalize in opposition to the stingy protection of Sancho. After the match Coleman left his sneakers within the middle of the mat, signifying his retirement from the game. Coleman, a former Olympian, introduced us the flying squirrel, and so many different nice reminiscences, good luck Ellis.


Joe Rau was the favourite to win the 87 kg Olympic Spot. Rau dropped match one to Stefanowicz 6-5, in a match that was determined by a controversial referee resolution. Many Illinois followers, myself included, really feel that Rau was robbed within the first match. Nonetheless, that’s the reason it’s a better of three collection, within the finals. In match two, Rau misplaced a good resolution by a rating of 2-1, and his Olympic goals got here to an finish. After the match Rau left his sneakers in the midst of the mat, signifying his retirement. Rau has been an awesome ambassador for the game throughout his profession. He has helped introduce hundreds of Illinois wrestling children to Greco-Roman wrestling, as an athlete, coach, and camp clinician. As an Illinois wrestling fan you may’t assist however really feel for Rau, who received the Olympic Spot in 2016, however the US did not qualify the load, and he was unable to take part within the Olympics. This yr he fell simply quick, however one can’t assist to marvel how issues could have been totally different had Rau received that first match. Perhaps this years group may look a bit of totally different. The remainder of the US Olympic group could be discovered under.


2021 Males’s Greco-Roman Staff

60 kg Ildar Hafisov (ARMY-WCAP)

67 kg Alejandro Sancho (ARMY-WCAP)

77 kg Jesse Porter (New York Athletic Membership)

87 kg John Stefanowicz (All Marine Wrestling Staff)

97 kg Tracy Hancock (Sunkist Wrestling Staff)

130 kg Adam Coon (NYAC / CKWC)



2021 Males’s Freestyle Olympic Staff

57 kg Thomas Gilman (TMWC / NLWC)

65kg Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Children Wrestling Membership)

74 kg Kyle Dake (TMWC / Spartan Fight)

86 kg David Taylor (TMWC / NLWC)

97 kg Kyle Snyder (TMWC / NLWC)

125 kg Gable Steveson (Gopher Wrestling Membership)



2021 Ladies’s Freestyle Olympic Staff 

50 kg Sarah Hildebrandt (New York Athletic Membership)

53 kg Jacarra Winchester (TMWC / USOPTC)

57 kg Helen Maroulis (Sunkist /NLWC)

62 kg Kayla Miracle (Sunkist Wrestling Membership)

68 kg Tamyra Mensah-Inventory (TMWC / USOPTC)

76 kg Adeline Grey (NYAC / DAM RTC)


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