For the second straight year, USA Wrestling’s World Team Trials will be hosted at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 2010.
The dates set for the competition are Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, 2010.
This event will determine the athletes who will represent the United States at the 2010 World Wrestling Championships in Moscow, Russia. Competition will be held in the three Olympic styles of the sport: Greco-Roman, men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle.
USA Wrestling was pleased with this year’s World Team Trials, which were held in Council Bluffs on May 30-31, 2009. That event set the U.S. team which is competing at the World Championships in Herning, Denmark this week.
“USA Wrestling is excited to bring the World Team Trials back to Council Bluffs,” said Pete Isais, USA Wrestling Director of National Events. “We appreciate the hard work and effort from all parties involved in the event last year. We believe that the Mid America Center and the Council Bluffs community provide the perfect setting for an outstanding fan and athlete experience.”
The Local Organizing Committee is the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“The Council Bluffs Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau are delighted the USA Wrestling World Team Trials are in Council Bluffs again. We wish every competitor the best,” said Bob Mundt, President and CEO of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce.
The nation’s best Olympic-caliber wrestlers will be on display, including numerous past Olympic and World medalists, as well as collegiate national champions and All-Americans.
The final schedule and ticket price structure has not yet been determined and will be announced shortly. There will be some changes in the session times from last year, designed to make the event a better spectator experience.
USA Wrestling will provide 50% off all tickets which are purchased at their booth at the W.I.N. Show held alongside the 2010 NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb.
USA Wrestling has hosted this popular event in the state of Iowa in the past. In addition to Council Bluffs, the World Team Trials were held in Sioux City in 2006, in Ames in 2005 and in Waterloo in 1998. Iowa and the surrounding Midwest states are considered a hotbed for amateur wrestling, with a strong fan following for the sport.
Athletes must qualify to participate in the World Team Trials, through a series of qualifying events and performance standards.
In addition to determining the athletes who will represent the United States at the 2010 World Championships, the World Team Trials will also identify the members of the U.S. national team for 2010-11 in all three styles. The top three athletes in each weight class are considered members of Team USA.
In addition to the best wrestlers from all across the nation, there are expected to be numerous participants who are either natives of Iowa and Nebraska, or attended college in those two wrestling-rich states.
Council Bluffs natives Trent and Travis Paulson, who were college wrestling stars at Iowa State, are among the nation’s top freestyle wrestlers. Trent won the 2009 World Team Trials and Travis placed second, competing in front of their home fans. The Paulsons attended Lewis Central High School. Numerous other athletes with a strong local connection are expected to participate.