Two Former Air Force Wrestlers Qualify for the Olympic Trials
April 13, 2004
All-American Kevin Hoy and Phil Johnston, two former Air Force Academy wrestlers, qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials after finishing among the top-eight wrestlers of their respective weight classes at the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev.
Hoy, wrestling freestyle 120 kg as the seventh seed, placed fifth overall. He defeated Kellan Fluckiger by a 6-5 decision to seal up the fifth-place finish. After opening the event with two victories, he suffered his first loss to former NCAA champion Steve Mocca, by a 9-3 decision. He then won consecutive matches in the consolation bracket before falling to Billy Blunt, 5-3. Hoy finished the tournament with a 5-2 record.
Philip Johnston, wrestling Greco-Roman 96 kg as the eight seed, placed seventh overall. He defeated J.D. Bergman (Ohio International WC) in his final match to earn a spot at the Trials. He finished 3-2 overall at the tournament.
Hoy was a four-year letterwinner at the Academy from 2000-03. He was a two-time All-American and last season was the runner up in the NCAA national championships. Johnston wrestled at the Academy from 1997-2000 and was the team's co-captain as a senior.
The duo will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, May 21-23, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind.