CMU Wrestling Has Three At Olympic Trials

Updated 6/26/2000
DALLAS, TEXAS -- A trio of wrestlers with Central Michigan University ties competed at the Olympic trials, held June 22-24 at Reunion Arena, and one finished fourth.

Chippewa assistant coach Shawn Charles competed at the trials for the second time in his career, wrapping up with a fourth-place finish in the 138.75-pound weight class.

Charles beat Troy Steiner, 4-3, in his first match on Friday to advance to the third-place bout. Eric Larkin posted a 5-4 overtime victory over Charles to take third place.

CMU graduate assistant coach and former athlete Casey Cunningham appeared in the trials for the first time in the 152-pound freestyle class. Cunningham, who was the NCAA champion at 157-pounds in 1999, opened the tourney with a 6-2 victory over Kenny Ramsey. He then fell to Pat Santoro, 6-2, in the second round. Cunningham beat Adam DiSabato, 6-5, in the consolation round but bowed out of the competition with a 9-3 loss to Terry Steiner.

Current Chippewa wrestler Jason Mester (Mineral Point, WI) won the Olympic regionals at Iowa to gain a berth into the trials. Mester, who is also in the 138.75-pound freestyle bracket, was pinned by T.J. Jaworsky in :52 seconds in the first round. Eric Larkin defeated Mester, 10-0, to knock him out of the trials.