Former Bison Wrestler Nick Severson Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials
Release: April 02, 2012
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Former North Dakota State wrestler Nick Severson will compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials after finishing second in Greco-Roman at the Final U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier this weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Competing at the 120 kilogram (264.5 lbs) weight class, Severson qualified after winning the true second place match against Steve Andrus with a second period pin. Severson, who competed for the Minnesota Storm, had dropped the title bout to New York Athletic Club's Rob Smith after getting pinned in the first period. He finished the competition with a 4-1 record.
A two-time All-American, Severson was a two-time NCAA Division II champion for the Bison, winning heavyweight titles in 2001 and 2002. He also claimed the North Central Conference title in 2002.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials will be held April 21-22 in Iowa City, Iowa. At the trials, Severson will compete against the likes of Rulon Gardner, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, and Dremiel Byers, an eight-time U.S. champion.