Missouri Wrestling Foundation Hosts Olympic Sendoff



July 9, 2008

Columbia, Mo. -The Missouri Wrestling Foundation will host an Olympic sendoff for former Tiger grappler Ben Askren, Wednesday, July 16, beginning at Noon (CT) at the Peach Tree Catering Hall in Columbia, Mo. Those interested in attending the hour-and-a-half lunch emceed by the Voice of the Tigers, Mike Kelly, should register online at the Missouri Wrestling Foundation . Seating is limited and tickets are $40 per person or $250 per table. All proceeds from the event will go to the Missouri Wrestling Foundation.

Following the luncheon, Askren will be available for a meet-and-greet session.

Askren, a two-time collegiate national champion, qualified for his first Olympic appearance June 15 in the 74 kg weight class. Askren is the first Missouri graduate to qualify for the Olympics in the sport of wrestling and one of six freestyle grapplers representing the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The freestyle wrestling competition will begin Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the China Agriculture University Gymnasium.



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