Four Former Wrestling Wolverines to Compete at U.S. Olympic Trials
Josh Churella

April 18, 2012

Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22 • 9 a.m./6 p.m. CDT
Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, Iowa

Live Results/Brackets | USA Wrestling | Tournament Site | Live Video


One current University of Michigan wrestler and three former Wolverines will vie for spots in London at the U.S. Wrestling Olympic Team Trials this weekend (Sat-Sun., 21-22) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Fifth-year senior Kellen Russell (High Bridge, N.J./Blair Academy) will compete in the 60kg/130-pound freestyle division, while alumni Josh Churella (2005-08) and Tyrel Todd (2006-09) will wrestle at 66kg/145.5 pounds and 85kg/185 pounds, respectively. All three will represent the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club. U-M's lone Greco-Roman representative, Joe Warren (1996, '98-2000), will wrestle at 60kg/132 pounds.

The trials feature 18 Olympic wrestling weight classes in the three Olympic styles (men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman, women's freestyle) to be contested at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Brackets will be released between 5-6pm CDT on Friday (April 20).


Each day will feature two sessions and six weight divisions. Preliminary, quarterfinal, semifinal and challenge tournament final rounds will commence at 9 a.m. CDT each day, while the best-of-three championship series matches kick off at 6 p.m. Russell will compete on the first day of competition, while the remaining three will have to wait until the final day.

Men's Freestyle: 60 KG, 74 KG, 96 KG
Greco-Roman: 55 KG, 66 KG, 84 KG, 120 KG
Women's Freestyle: 55 KG, 72 KG

Session I: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT
Session II: 6-9 p.m. CDT

Men's Freestyle: 55 KG, 66 KG, 84 KG, 120 KG
Greco-Roman: 60 KG, 74 KG, 96 KG
Women's Freestyle: 48 KG, 63 KG

Session I: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT
Session II: 6-9 p.m. CDT


Live results and bracket updates from the trials will be posted on, while full recaps will be available on, the official website of USA Wrestling. to provide a live webcast of all four mats of the Challenge Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. CDT each day.

NBC Sports Network will also air six hours of next-day coverage of the Olympic Trials on NBC Sports Network. The first day of action will be aired on Sunday (April 22) from 4-7 p.m. EDT, while the final day action will be aired on Monday (April 23) from 3-6 p.m. EDT.

Ticket prices for the Olympic Trials range from $25 for a single-session ticket to $70 for an all-session pass. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the University of Iowa Ticket Office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS.


Kellen Russell -- Russell received one of the final two freestyle wildcard selections for the Olympic Trials, just weeks after completing one of the most successful careers in Michigan wrestling history with his second straight NCAA 141-pound title. Russell excelled in freestyle in his prep career, capturing both junior (2006) and cadet (2005) national titles in Fargo, N.D., and more recently, he took seventh place at the 2008 FILA Junior National Championships. He will move down a weight class to 60kg/132 pounds.

Josh Churella -- A three-time NCAA All-American who has trained out of Ann Arbor since graduating in 2008, Churella is a two-year freestyle national team member at 66kg/145.5 pounds after twice placing third at the World Team Trials (2010, '11). He was the runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Open and captured a medal at several international tournaments, including the NYAC International Open (gold, 2009) and Cuba's Cerro Pelado Tournament (bronze, 2010).

Tyrel Todd -- Todd punched his ticket to Iowa City by claiming the 84kg/185-pound title at the Last Chance Qualifier three weeks ago in Cedar Falls, Iowa. A three-time NCAA All-American, Todd in his first full year of freestyle competition after missing the previous two with injuries. He claimed fourth place at 2008 Olympic Trials and took fifth at the 2007 U.S. Open.

Joe Warren -- Warren, a 2001 U-M grad, is taking a break from his successful MMA career to make a run at the Greco-Roman Olympic team. Warren captured the 2006 world title at 60kg/132 pounds, becoming just the fifth American wrestler to win a Greco-Roman world title, and was a 2007 World Cup champion.

Cliff Keen Wrestling Club: Jimmy Kennedy (60kg), Kellen Russell (60kg), Josh Churella (66kg), Mike Poeta (74kg), Jake Herbert (84kg), Tyrel Todd (84kg).

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