Olympic spot comes down to Hawkeye versus Hawkeye

Andy Hamilton
Former Hawkeye Tony Ramos celebrates his win over Coleman Scott in the 125.5-pound (57 kilo) freestyle weight division at the U.S. Wrestling Olympic Team Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Iowa will have an Olympian wrestling this summer in Rio.

The only thing left to settle is the name on the reservation.

College teammates Tony Ramos and Daniel Dennis will clash in Sunday to determine which one will become the 18th Hawkeye to wrestle in the Olympics. The winner of the best-of-three championship series will take the 125.5-pound spot (57 kilograms) on USA Wrestling’s freestyle Olympic Team.

Top-seeded Ramos won a pair of bouts on criteria, downing Nahshon Garrett and Coleman Scott to advance through the top side of the bracket. Dennis, the No. 3 seed, rolled through the bottom side by defeating Alan Waters and Tyler Graff.

“He’s the big man on campus right now,” Dennis said. “And that’s not in debate. He is. I want to dethrone him, I guess.”

Ex-Hawkeye, Olympic hopeful has quite a tale to tell