2020 Tokyo Olympics

Dickies Arena to Host U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials This Week

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place with limited spectator attendance

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Texas will be well represented in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in wrestling at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth this Friday and Saturday.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock is an athlete from Houston. The current world number one said the delay in the Tokyo Olympics was actually a blessing in disguise.

"It actually allowed me to take a breather and just be with myself and with God. I was able to spend more time with my husband. It was phenomenal,” Mensah-Stock said. “At the same time, it was a bummer because my Olympic dreams were pushed back, but that’s not all I am. I got to do the things I always wanted to do and to make me a better person. I freaking loved it."

Mensah-Stock’s world ranking means she can skip the early rounds on day one and will be on the mat for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in a best of three.

She said she knows what is at stake, but she’s trying to just enjoy every moment of the journey.

"It’s like stepping stones, and I feel like I meant to do this. I love wrestling, so I am always just trying to get out there to the next competition. I am enjoying the journey," Mensah-Stock said.

Texans who are scheduled to compete for a spot with U.S. Olympic wrestling for the Tokyo Olympics are:

  • AJ Ferrari, men’s freestyle 97 kg – lives in Allen, attended Allen High School.
  • Charlotte Fowler, women’s freestyle, 50 kg – attended Katy Cinco Ranch High School.
  • Jasmine Hernandez, women’s freestyle, 53 kg – lives in Cypress, attended Cy-Fair High School.
  • Tamyra Mensah-Stock, women, 68 kg –attended Wayland Baptist Univ., attended Katy Morgan Ranch High School.
  • Nahiela Magee, women’s freestyle, 68 kg – attended Wayland Baptist University.
  • Xotichl Mota-Pettis, women’s freestyle 57 kg – lives in Humble, attended Klein High School.
  • Bo Nickal, men’s freestyle 86 kg – attended Allen High School.
  • Nina Pham, women’s freestyle, 50 kg – attends Wayland Baptist University.
  • Desiree Zavala, women’s freestyle 62 kg – attends Wayland Baptist University.

The trials are April 2-3. Tickets are on sale now.

Friday, April 2
Session I – 10 a.m.
Session II – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 3
Session III – 12 p.m.
Session IV – 6:30 p.m.

This will be the fifth straight trial where all three Olympic wrestling teams will be determined at the same time. Men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman will all be featured.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at the event with limited spectator attendance and interaction, as well as virus testing for athletes.

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