Trice Finishes Fourth at U.S. Olympic Trials
Courtesy: Scott Rex/CMU Athletics
A two-time NCAA All-American, Trice will return to CMU for his final season of collegiate eligibility this fall. The Olympic Trials marked the end of a redshirt season in which he traveled the world, competing in tournaments in Russia and Cuba. Stateside, he won his second career Midlands Championships title in December and finished runner-up at the prestigious Dave Schultz Memorial in February.
At the Olympic Trials, Trice drew a bye in the first round, then defeated Dom Bradley in the quarterfinals before dropping a narrow 1-0, 2-0 decision to eventual champion Tervel Dlagnev in the semifinals.
Trice defeated Chad Hanke to advance to the third place bout, where he lost to Steve Mocco, 1-0, 3-0.
Trice's 0-1, 5-0, 2-0 victory over Bradley, who will return to Missouri for his senior season in the fall, was highlighted by a five-point throw by Trice in the second period.
In the semifinals, Trice surrendered one-point pushouts in both the first and second periods to Dlagnev, America's No. 1-ranked heavyweight who was a two-time NCAA Division II national champion and three-time national finalist at Neb.-Kearney.
After defeating Hanke, an Olympic redshirt from Oregon State, Trice was edged in the third-place match by 2008 Olympian and two-time NCAA champion Steve Mocco.
Trice wasn't the only competitor at the trials with ties to CMU. Three-time NCAA All-American and 2008 national runner-up Wynn Michalak competed in the 96kg weight class of freestyle, where he dropped a pair of matches to Craig Brester and David Zabriskie.