IOWA CITY, Iowa – Columbia assistant wrestling coach Adam Hall was in action on the mat on Sunday, competing at the 2012 Olympic Wrestling Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in an effort to represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Hall, who was a former NCAA All-American and Pac-10 champion at Boise State from 2006-07 through 2010-11, competed in the men’s freestyle 66 kg division. Representing the New York Athletic Club, Hall finished in the top six and posted a 3-2 record.
After a 2-0, 3-0 loss to Chase Pami (Sunkist Kids/Team OTC), Hall had three consecutive victories in the consolation bracket. He bested Jordan Oliver (Gator Wrestling Club), 1-0, 1-1, and took a 4-3, 2-1 win over Philip Simpson (Army/Team OTC). Hall advanced to the final six after a 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 victory over Zack Bailey (Victory Wrestling). To advance to the third-place bout, Hall had to face fellow NYAC wrestler Josh Churella (NYAC/Cliff Keen WC) and came up short in a 2-0, 2-0 decision in favor of his opponent.
"Adam wrestled really well at the Olympic Trials," Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling Carl Fronhofer said. "Columbia wrestling is very proud of his accomplishments this year and looks forward to his continued success on the international stage. Having Adam in the room working out with our guys while he continues to pursue his Olympic dream has been invaluable to the growth of our student-athletes and program."