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April 23, 2012

Former Cal Poly Wrestler Chase Pami Finishes Fourth in U.S. Olympic Trials

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former Cal Poly wrestling standout Chase Pami placed fourth in the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Trials on Sunday at the University of Iowa.

Pami, competing in the 145.5-pound weight class for Sunkist Kids out of Colorado Springs, Colo., earned a 1-0, 3-0 decision over Teyon Ware of State College, Pa., before falling to Brent Metcalf of Iowa City 0-1, 4-1 and 1-0.

In the match for third and fourth place, Pami dropped a 3-0, 1-5, 2-0 decision  to Josh Churella of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jared Frayer of Norman, Okla., won the 145.5-pound title and a spot on the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team with a pair of wins over Metcalf in the finals.

Pami was a 2010 NCAA national runner-up at 157 pounds and also placed seventh in 2009. He finished his Mustang career with a 100-35 win-loss record and earned back-to-back Pac-12 Conference championships in 2008 and 2009.

Pami, a two-time Nevada state champion while wrestling at Cimarron Memorial High School in Las Vegas, was a four-time national qualifier at Cal Poly.