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Ryan Epps is a Cannon Falls High School and Augsburg University graduate.  Ryan has been busy competing and training as he pursues his Olympic goals.

Ryan was a three-time All-American at Augsburg University and two-time National Champion.

Ryan Epps just competed against the Wisconsin RTC wrestling club and picked up a 6-2 victory over 3x NCAA division qualifier Rickey Robertson of the Wisconsin RTC.

Ryan previously wrestled in his first USA Senior level Greco-Roman and Freestyle Nationals tournament in Coralville, Iowa.  Ryan came away with a 5th place finish in the Greco portion of the tournament going 4-2 at 77 KG (169.4 LBS).  Ryan also wrestled up a weight class and went 1-2 in freestyle at 86 KG  (189.2 LBS).

Q: How and where have you been training to prepare for Senior Level tournaments during the COVID-19 period? 

A: I have been practicing with the storm four to five days a week. Lifting and running 5-6 days a week on my own. I am helping to coach at Augsburg with guys one on one.

Q:  What weight(s) do you plan on competing?     

A: 77 KG (169.4 LBS) in Greco and 79 KG (174 LBS) in freestyle.

Q:  Will you be training for both styles or focusing on Greco or freestyle? 

A: Both Greco & freestyle, at the moment I have been practicing more Greco, but I plan to put more time into freestyle.

Q:  How has the transition gone from folkstyle to Greco and freestyle?    

A: The transition from folkstyle to Greco & freestyle has been good, but I have been able to get into the practice room  and feel better in particular technical areas.

Q: Are there any areas you feel you need to improve? 

A: I need to keep improving on Par Tarre, Lifts offense and defense.  I want to improve on getting to my tie up positions

Q:  What are your goals as you compete in the Senior Event Tournaments? 

A: My goal is to compete and have fun.  My goal is to place high enough to qualify for the Olympic Trials.  I need to work everyday to improve to make the trials.  My plan is to wrestle in U 23’s and wrestle well enough to qualify for the Olympics and World Team Trials.

Q:  What events are you looking to compete in the Senior Level Tournaments? 

A: U 23’s, any National Level Tournaments. I want to thank everyone that has supported me through this process!

Epps is a 3x NCAA All-American, 2x NCAA National Champion, 5th Place USA Open Senior Greco-Roman, 6th Place U23 USA Nationals Greco-Roman. 

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