Alex Dieringer Third at Olympic Team Trials
Earns spot on Team USA
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Port Washington native, Oklahoma State NCAA Champion and Hodge Trophy winner Alex Dieringer leapt to the national stage Sunday in Iowa City as he took on the world of Senior Level wrestling. Alex finished the day in third place at the Olympic Team Trials and found himself being a member of TEAM USA 2016. Top three finishers at each weight class gain that distinction and earn the right to train as a TEAM USA Member for the 2016 Olympic cycle along with USA Wrestling 2016 Olympic Team members. Dieringer went 4-1 on the day wrestling at 74kg (163lb) losing only to runner up Andrew Howe who lost out in his Olympic Team bid to World and Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs in the best of three finals Sunday evening. Being a Team USA member also results in some funding for training.
“I’m excited about it. I’m happy to be on the US team and help out whoever gets the spot and help them out for the Olympics,” Dieringer said.
Starting the day with a bye in the preliminary round he won his Quarterfinal over Adam Hall (TMWC/Wolfpack Wrestling Club) by decision 10-4 after leading 6-0 early. A dramatic last minute throw moved Dieringer past a 6-4 break lead making the final 10-4.
In the Semifinal he faced Andrew Howe (NYAC/SWC) a powerful competitor Dieringer may not have seen the likes of before. Alex scored first with a fast takedown, but Howe pressed Dieringer on their feet until passivity was called in Howe’s favor. Pressure and or fatigue and Howe’s power may slowed Dieringers usual methods and Howe scored a huge four point toss to take the final lead with less than one minute remaining.
In Consolation action he went 2-0 winning by technical fall over Logan Massa (NYAC/CKWC) 10-0, then defeated Adam Hall again, this time by a score of 6-3.
Winning the consolation bracket led to a ‘true third place’ matchup with Nick Marable the only US wrestler to defeat Burroughs in over four years.
A passivity call late in period one and unable to score on the shot clock (wrestler must score in 30 seconds after passivity call or give up on point) put him behind 1-0. The same ruling later in Dieringers favor brought a 1-1 tie. Called for passivity again late in the match Alex forced Marable to ‘step out’ of the circle giving him a one point lead 2-1 and the win.
“It’s the Olympic Trials, and those words together sound pretty cool,” Dieringer said. “It’s been a pleasure to be able to compete here in this arena. It’s pretty cool to be able to come here and take third. It’s not what I wanted, but I’m happy with how it ended.”
Other Wrestlers with Wisconsin ties at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials
Former UW wrestler and All-American Tyler Graff (57kg) placed third. Graff, wrestling for NYAC/RWC, was 3-1 on the day with a Challenge Bracket Semifinal loss to Daniel Dennis ((TMWC/HWC) 6-2. Tyler defeated Tomasello (TMWC) by tech fall 10-0, then won consolation matches over Nahshon Garrett (TMWC) TF 10-0 and over Alan Waters (MWF) TF 10-0 for third.
Andrew Howe, who won an NCAA title at Wisconsin placed Second. Winning the Challenge Bracket he advanced to the best of three Championship Series versus World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs. On the way Howe defeated Mark Hall II (OTC) by technical fall 10-0 in Preliminaries. In the Semifinal Howe won by decision over Alex Dieringer (Cowboy WC) 5-2 and for 1st Place in the Challenge Bracket defeated Nick Marable (Sunkist) 2-1.
Alyssa Lampe, women, 48 kg – (attended Tomahawk High School). Wrestling for Team Sunkist Lampe, seeded 1 took a tough loss in Semifinal action dropping a tight 7-6 match to eventual OTT Champion Haley Augello (NYAC/OTC). In the Quarterfinal Alyssa won by tech fall over Breonnah Neal (TMWC) 11-0. Lampe did not place.
Jessika Rottier, women, 69 kg – (lives in Little Suamico, attended Pulaski High School) went 2-2. Rottier dropped her Preliminary match 8-3 to Tanya Kusse (Xtreme Training) by decision 8-3. Jessika came back with two wins to reach the Consolation Semifinal where she was defeated 8-3 by Niauni Hill of Lindenwood. Her two victories came by tech fall over Brittany David (Lindenwood Women`s Wrestling Club) 11-0 and a 6-5 decision over Kristie Davis (Gator Wrestling Club).
Ben Provisor, Greco-Roman, 85 kg – (attended Stevens Point High School) and Jesse Thielke, Greco-Roman, 59 kg – (attended the Univ. of Wisconsin, attended Germantown High School) each won their weight divisions and the chance to represent the USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Read more here