Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:39
Wrestler Sam Hazewinkel, a Pensacola Christian Academy graduate, begins his quest for Olympic gold Friday in London. Competition begins at 7 a.m. CT.
Hazewinkel, 28, will compete in the 55-kilogram freestyle bracket. He is Team USA’s top-ranked wrestler in that weight division. He went 140-0 and won three state championships at Pensacola Christian Academy, won two Junior National Greco Championship and 107-7 in three seasons at the University of Oklahoma. Hazewinkel lives in Norman, Okla., where he trains with Gator Wrestling Club, coached by Rob Hermann.
Hazewinkel’s father, Dave, and uncle, Jim, both were Olympians.