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U.S. Olympic Trials will be in Texas in early April

The 2021 U.S. Olympic team trials for wrestling have been moved from the Penn State campus in State College, Pa., to Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on April 2-3.

Winners of each weight class will represent the United States at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, on August 1-6.

Jake Fisher, the former assistant coach at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, is training to compete in the event. Fisher, 36, will be competing at 77 kilograms (kg) of 169.7 pounds.

Fisher was an assistant coach at GFA in December 2019 when he finished second at the U.S. Senior Open to earn a spot at the Olympic Trials. He is now living in the Denver area in Colorado after graduating from the University of Bridgeport with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in the spring of 2020.

Fisher, who grew up in Missouri and wrestled at Northern Michigan, was a member of the U.S. World Team in 2011. He won the U.S. World Team trials twice and spent six years on Team USA (2009-13 and 2014-16).

This will be the fifth straight U.S. Olympic Team Trials in which all three Olympic wrestling teams were determined at the same time, with men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman all featured in the event. A limited number of spectators will be permitted.

The competition will be held in the 18 Olympic weight classes in wrestling, which includes six weight classes in men’s freestyle (57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg), women’s wrestling (50 kg, 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg) and Greco-Roman (60 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg).

Fort Worth becomes only the 10th U.S. city to host a U.S. Olympic Team trials in wrestling since USA Wrestling became national governing body for wrestling in the United States in 1983. The only previous time it was held in Texas was in 2000, when Dallas hosted the event.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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