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.