Jordan Oliver at the Last Chance Qualifier (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Our own Willie Saylor broke news tonight that 2021 Olympic Trials winner Jordan Oliver would be changing his training situation.
Oliver has spent the last two years training at North Carolina's Tar Heel Wrestling Club. He will be moving closer to home to train with the NYCRTC, which is run by Kendall Cross at Columbia University. Late in May, news surfaced that the NYCRTC and NJRTC will join forces to train together moving forward.
Oliver joins a talented NYCRTC room that includes recent Pan-American Champion, Shelton Mack, Mitch Finesilver, and Nestor Taffur. Olympic medalists Frank Chamizo and Vladimer Khinchegashivili also train there on a part-time basis.
Oliver was victorious in a deep 65 kg Olympic Trials weight class that included former training partner Yianni Diakomihalis, Zain Retherford, Joey McKenna, and Nick Lee. Oliver defeated all but Retherford at the Trials. About a month later, Oliver traveled to Bulgaria in an attempt to qualify the weight for the Olympics. Despite a valiant effort, Oliver was unable to do so. He needed to make the finals in order to clinch a spot in Tokyo. Oliver advanced to the semifinals and dropped a tight 3-2 bout to Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland), a two-time world medalist. Later in was revealed that Oliver was wrestling through an injury at the event.
Jordan has indicated his desire to compete at the World Championship later this year throughout the next/current Olympic quad (through 2024).
During his collegiate career, Oliver was a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time national champion for Oklahoma State. He finished unbeaten in his sophomore and senior seasons. Since his collegiate career has finished, Oliver has trained at Oklahoma State, Cornell, Arizona State, and North Carolina.