Pair of Hawkeyes Added to World Team Trials

May 16, 2011

WATERLOO, Iowa — Former University of Iowa wrestling All-Americans Daniel Dennis and Luke Lofthouse advanced to the U.S. World Team Trials after winning titles at the Northern Plains Senior Regionals Saturday in Waterloo, Iowa.

Dennis, a two-time All-American, NCAA qualifier and Big Ten place-winner, defeated 2010 Junior World Team member Ryak Finch 0-6, 3-3, 2-0 in the 55kg/121 lb. finals.

Lofthouse, a four-year UI letterwinner and 2011 NCAA All-American, defeated Kamarudeen Usman 1-1, 1-4, 1-0 in the 96kg/211.5 lb. finals.

Lofthouse and Dennis will join former Hawkeyes Dan Erekson (96kg/211.5 lbs.), Brent Metcalf (66kg/145.5 lbs.), Ryan Morningstar (74kg/163 lbs.) and Mike Zadick (60kg/132 lbs.) at the USA Wrestling World Team Trials in Oklahoma City, Okla. The two-day event will begin Friday, June 10, 2011. The presentation of the World Championship teams will conclude the event. The winners earn the right to represent the United States at the 2011 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Iowa City will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials April 21-22 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The trials will determine which athletes will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The event will be held April 21-22, 2012, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Tickets to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials go on sale Monday, June 6, 2011 at 9 a.m. Visit for more information.