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2016 USA Men’s Freestyle Olympic Team

These are the six men that will have the opportunity to represent the United States in Men’s Freestyle Wrestling at the 2016 Olympic Games this summer in Rio.

  • Daniel Dennis at 57kg - Two time All American that wrestled for Iowa in College. Came in 2nd at the U.S. World Team Trials in 2015.
  • Frank Molinaro at 65kg* - Former NCAA National Champion and four time All American that wrestled for Penn State. Also a Jersey wrestling kid. Beat Jordan Burroughs back in high school for State championship.
  • Jordan Burroughs at 74kg - A 2012 Olympic gold medalist and the face of USA wrestling. 3x World Champion (2011, 2013, and 2015). He was a 2x National Champion wrestling out of the University of Nebraska.
  • J’Den Cox at 86 kg* - A two time national champion with the University of Missouri where he is still only a junior. 
  • Kyle Snyder at 97kg - After winning the 2015 World Championship at only 19 years old, Snyder returned to Ohio State University where he won a National Championship at heavyweight.
  • Tervel Dlagnev at 125kg - A two time D2 National Champion, Dlagnev is a two time bronze medalist in the World Championships. 

* signifies that the U.S. is not yet qualified for the Olympics at that weight class. Wrestlers will have the opportunity to qualify the weight class for the U.S. at upcoming tournaments in Turkey and Mongolia.

Kevin Randleman has passed away at the age of 44.

Confirmed by his family on facebook and Jeremy Botter on twitter. He died of heart failure at the hospital while being treated for pneumonia.

A former 2x NCAA national champion, Randleman is former UFC champion and Pride FC veteran. He’s been in there with so man great fighters - Fedor, Cro Cop, Shogun, Sakuraba, Rampage, Liddell, Couture, Rizzo ,etc. Can’t say there are too many guys who been put through that type of grind. A sad day for the MMA and wrestling communities.

Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Bow to the Blue

Maker’s Mark is celebrating the University of Kentucky’s 2012 NCAA National Basketball Championship with a special version of Maker’s 46 dipped in blue and white wax. Starting today, 9,000 of these collectible bottles are on shelves across Kentucky - but they won’t last long, so if you’re interested in owning one, I’d suggest  making a fast break to the liquor store.

(Photo courtesy of Maker’s Mark)