Brent Metcalf among early U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials upsets (videos)
The U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials are under way, and the men’s freestyle 65kg division is already producing shocking results in Iowa City.
The top four seeds were all upset before the semifinals, including No. 1 seed and four-time World Championships team member Brent Metcalf.
What’s left is a best-of-three finals matchup between Frank Molinaro and Aaron Pico.
Pico, 19, is a Bellator-signed phenom who has been heralded for years. He overcame a 9-0 deficit 90 seconds into his first match to beat Jayson Ness 20-9.
The eventual division winner tonight won’t automatically qualify for the Olympics because the U.S. must still earn a freestyle 65kg quota spot at an international tournament later this spring.
In the Greco-Roman 59kg division, two-time Olympian Spenser Mango was upset in the semifinals and left his shoes on the mat in the symbolic gesture of retirement.
The finals are at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.