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Jordan Oliver and Alex Dieringer Win Bill Farrell Memorial

Both qualify for the Olympic trials

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The Bill Farrell Memorial Wrestling Tournament took place this past weekend in New York City, N.Y., with a number of former Cowboys competing and two coming out on top.

Alex Dieringer went out for the first time at his new weight class of 86 KG (189.6 pounds) This is quite the weight change from where we first saw him as a freshman at OSU at 157 pounds. Last year Alex competed at 79 KG, which is a non-Olympic weight. In an Olympic year his options become cutting to 74 KG or moving up to 86 KG, and he chose to move up. So far, so good.

Alex came in as the No. 1 seed and started with a quick tech fall over Ryan Loder where he recreated the USA Wrestling logo with this awesome throw.

He followed that up with a 8-2 decision over Domenic Abounader in the quarterfinals before knocking off Ukrainian Illia Archaia in the semis. In the finals Dieringer matched up with former Ohio State NCAA champion Myles Martin. He beat Martin 7-2. He was actually down 2-1 going into the second before storming back. This win qualifies Dieringer for the Olympic trials.

 

Jordan Oliver has been a bit of an off-season story-line in wrestling. He made the move to North Carolina to train with former Cowboys and Olympic Medalists Coleman Scott and Kenny Monday. This was the first opportunity for wrestling fans to really see how that would pay off and in his first outing as a part of the Tar Heel Wrestling Club he looked good.

He came in as the No. 2 seed and opened with two quick techs over Nick Dardanes and Bryce Meredith. In the semifinal he took out Joey McKenna 5-3 and moved on to the final where he matched up with Frank Molinaro. He looked strong here and beating Molinaro 8-6 and also qualifying for the Olympic trials.

Other former Cowboys competing:

Eddie Klimara and Austin Miller: 57 KG
Dean Heil: 65 KG
Derek White: 97 KG
Chandler Rogers: 87 KG Greco (finished 3rd)

 

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