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    Four Storylines to Follow at the Last Chance Qualifier

    Two weeks from now is one of the crown jewels of American wrestling, the Olympic Team Trials. Before getting to the Trials, we have to finalize the field. That will be done this weekend as USA Wrestling is holding the Last Chance Qualifier event on Saturday and Sunday in Fairfax, Virginia. 18 winners, spread across the three styles, will earn berths in the Trials. 

    There is a strict qualifying criteria for the Olympic Team Trials so there are plenty of very talented wrestlers that have not locked up their place in the brackets in State College. One women’s freestyle bracket has four 2020(1) Trials qualifiers fighting amongst themselves (and others) for one berth at the Trials. A men’s freestyle weight has two NCAA champions, neither of which are seeded, vying for one of the coveted spots at the Trials. 

    Simply put, there’s a lot at stake this weekend. Here are some of the storylines to follow as you watch on Saturday and Sunday. 

    The Kids

    Since this is an open event you get all kinds of entries. Post-grads, collegiate stars, and small college sensations are aplenty. Perhaps the most intriguing “type” of entry is that of the high school superstars. Most of the men’s freestyle weight classes have multiple high school phenoms that will test their respective hands against older competition. 

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