PHILADELPHIA – Micah Burak, a 2013 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and an All-American wrestler for the Quakers, is competing at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials this weekend in Iowa City with his eyes on a trip to Rio and the Summer Olympics.
Burak, a 2012 All-American at 197 pounds for the Quakers, is competing at 97kg./213 pounds this weekend at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa.
In 2013, Burak won the ASICS University National Championship and represented the United States at the University World Championships at 96kg. That World Team berth came after a stellar collegiate career for Penn where Burak was a four-time NCAA Championships qualifier and a four-time EIWA Championships finalist – including a title at 197 pounds in 2013.
A four-time All-Ivy selection, Burak won 94 career matches during his career at Penn.
Burak earned his spot at the Olympic Team Trials with a fifth place finish at the Team Trials Qualifier earlier this year. Competing for Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, Burak will be one of a talented group of wrestlers competing for a spot on Team USA.
The defending World Champion at 96kg, Kyle Snyder, awaits the winner of a tournament which will be held on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye. Snyder – who recently won the 2016 NCAA Championship at heavyweight – became the youngest world champion in United States history with is win this past summer.
Headlining the field in the challenge tournament at 86kg is Jake Varner, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist at 96kg, and J.D. Bergman who has twice made World Championships teams.
Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. EST on April 10 for Burak.