Akron, Ohio – Current and Former Oregon State wrestlers, Joey Palmer, Mike Mangrum, and Chad Hanke, competed at the University National Freestyle Championships over the weekend, with all three athletes placing.
Hanke, a former Oregon State heavyweight, went undefeated and placed first at 97 kg in his third appearance at the Freestyle Championships. With that title under his belt, Hanke puts himself in good position to represent the United States of America in the University World Championships this summer in Pecs, Hungary.
Check out this interview with Chad Hanke following the tournament:
Former Oregon State All-American Mike Mangrum placed second at 65 kg. Both Mangrum and Hanke train in Corvallis at the Northwest Wrestling Regional Training Center while continuing to pursue their international wrestling careers.
Joey Palmer, currently a sophomore at Oregon State, placed eighth at 61 kg. Palmer just finished his second season with the Beavs and will be back in action for Oregon State next fall.
In order to be eligible to compete at the University Nationals, a wrestler must fit one of the following two descriptions:
1. Students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at a university or similar institute whose status is recognized by the appropriate national academic authority of their country.
2. Former students of the institutions mentioned above who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event.
All competitors must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 17 and 28 on January 1, 2014. Athletes must have graduated from high school in 2013 or before, while 2014 graduates are not eligible.
For more information on the event and future events, visit www.teamusa.org.