Hochstrasser Takes Fourth at Olympic Trials


IOWA CITY, Iowa - Andrew Hochstrasser led a trio of Broncos with a fourth-place finish at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials over the weekend. Hochstrasser, a 2011 graduate from Boise State, joined classmate Adam Hall and rising senior Jason Chamberlain in an effort to represent the United States at the London Olympics this summer.

Hochstrasser competed at 60 kg/132 lbs where he fell in his first bout to Matt Valenti before rallying with three consecutive wins to advance to the third -place bout. Hochstrasser picked up his first win against Kellen Russell (4-0, 3-0) and pinned Drew Headlee in the consolation quarterfinal. In the semifinal, the former Bronco was given a rematch against Valenti and proved he had learned from his first bout by picking up a win by winning the first two rounds in a best-of-three format used throughout the tournament. In the final match, Hochstrasser fell to Tyler Graff, finishing with a 3-2 record at the trials.

Hall finished with a 3-2 record in the 66 kg/145.5 lbs bracket. He defeated Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver in the first round of consolation competition. Hall then defeated Philip Simpson in straight sets and Zack Bailey in a close bout which finished 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 in favor of Hall. The run came to an end when Hall went head-to-head with Josh Churella, the eventual third-place finisher.

Chamberlain finished with an even 2-2 record, also competing at the 66 kg bracket. He got off on the right foot with a close win over Cary Kolat, who competed in the 2000 Olympics, before being bounced from the championship bracket by Churella. Chamberlain rebound with a two-round win over Joe Johnston but saw his tournament life come to an end when he was handed a loss by Chase Pami.

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