STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Current UW-Stevens Point assistant wrestling coach and National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Dennis Hall announced Monday that he will compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Wrestling team at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials April 21-22 in Iowa City.
At the age of 41, Hall would become the oldest wrestler ever to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team and only the second wrestler in U.S. history to make four Olympic teams.
Hall, a Hartford, Wis., native is one of the most decorated Greco-Roman wrestlers in United States history, having accumulated 10 national titles, three Pan-American titles and three Olympic appearances including the 1996 games in Atlanta where he took home the silver medal.
"I knew this was my last legitimate shot if I wanted to wrestle competitively again," said Hall. "I just know that this is my last chance to possibly make an Olympic team, so I said what the heck, I don't want to look back 10 years from now and have regrets."
Though he may be older than the typical competitor, those who have been supporting Hall feel that he has put in the effort necessary to be in contention for a trip to London.
"He's obviously one of the best Greco wrestlers the United States has ever seen, if not the best," said UWSP head wrestling coach Johnny Johnson, who has helped coach Hall at several international events. "The intensity that he brings to his training and the intensity that he brings to competition is pretty much unparalleled."
Hall is set to wrestle on Sunday, April 21.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information