WrestlingGear.com Takes in the Olympic Trials
While we enjoy selling wrestling shoes and wrestling gear, what we really LOVE is seeing them in action. There is no greater thrill than watching the top athletes in the sport compete against each other with big stakes on the line. This was the case as the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials exploded into the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa April 21-22. Judging by the record two-day attendance of 54,766, we’re not the only ones passionate about this sport.
There are almost too many highlights from the weekend to list. Clarissa Chun became the United States first two-time Olympian in women’s freestyle history thanks to a dramatic victory over Alyssa Lampe. Sam Hazewinkel qualified; making him the first second-generation U.S. wrestler to make it to the Olympics after his father, Dave, competed on the 1972 squad.
The emotional highlight was former gold medalist Henry Cejudo’s on mat retirement. He had promised his mother he would retire if he did not qualify. After his semifinal loss to Nick Simmons, he did just that in front of a crowd of almost 14,000. The crowd rose to its feet in appreciation of Cejudo’s career. In response, Cejudo removed his wrestling shoes (which were a pair of Nike Inflict wrestling shoes) and threw them into the stands.
After the excitement of this weekend, we are thoroughly pumped for the summer games in London. We can hardly wait to see our men and women in action. You can see the almost complete team roster here: http://themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=25022