Nick Simmons Finishes Second At U.S. Olympic Trials; Chad Hanke Goes 1-2
April 22, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Oregon State wrestling's director of operations, Nick Simmons, finished second in his bid for the London Olympics on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Additionally, Chad Hanke, who redshirted this past collegiate season, finished the trials with a 1-2 record in the 120 kilogram class.
Simmons advanced to the championship round with two early wins, then took on Sam Hazewinkel for the right to represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. Simmons won the first round of 55 kilogram freestyle championship event, 3-0, 0-5 and 5-4.
Hazewinkel tied it up at one apiece with a 0-1, 1-0, 2-0 win in the second round before winning in the third championship round, 0-1, 4-0, 3-0.
The second-place finish places Simmons, who is in his third year at Oregon State, as the alternate for the Summer Games.
He opened competition Sunday by defeating Matt McDonough, 1-0, 5-0, and then advanced to the championship bout by downing Henry Cejudo in three periods, 3-0, 5-9 and 5-2.
Hanke did not officially place in Sunday's competition. He dropped a two-period bout to Les Sigman, 1-0, 7-0, to start his day. He then defeated John Helgerson in three periods - 1-0, 0-1 and 1-1.
His day was completed in his third bout, losing in two periods, 1-0, 2-0, to Jarod Trice.
Hanke, a native of Dayton, Ore., is slated to be a redshirt senior for the Beavers during their 2012-13 campaign.
The London Olympics are set to take place from July 27 to August 12.
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