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Fri., June 7, 1996, midnight


Rob Eiter Age: 28 Hometown: Clarion, Pa. College: Arizona State, 1991 Personal: Five-time national champion; bachelor’s degree in psychology; assistant coach, Clarion University; trains with Sunkist Kids in Phoenix.


Lou Rosselli Age: 25 Hometown: Edinboro, Pa. College: Edinboro University Personal: Two-time reigning national champ; wrestled under head coach Bruce Baumgartner at Edinboro; former substitute teacher at high school in Edinboro; trains with New York Athletic Club.


Kendall Cross Age: 28 Hometown: Raleigh, N.C. College: Oklahoma State Personal: Placed sixth at 1992 Olympics; three-time national champion; wrestled under current Olympic coach Joe Seay at Oklahoma State; assistant coach, University of North Carolina; trains with Sunkist Kids.


Tom Brands Age: 28 Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa College: Iowa Personal: 1993 world champ; fourtime reigning national champ; won NCAA titles in 1990, 1991 and 1992 under head coach Dan Gable at University of Iowa.


Townsend Saunders Age: 29 Hometown: Phoenix College: Arizona State, 1991 Personal: Placed seventh at 1992 Olympics; two-time national champ; wrestled under Bobby Douglas at Arizona State University; degree in sociology; works for Home Depot; trains with Sunkist Kids.


Kenny Monday Age: 34 Hometown: Phoenix College: Oklahoma State Personal: 1988 Olympic champion; 1992 Olympic silver medalist; fourtime national champion; won 1984 NCAA title under head coach Tommy Chesbro at Oklahoma State University; operates Subway franchise in Tulsa, Okla.; trains with Sunkist Kids.


Les Gutches Age: 23 Hometown: Central Point, Ore. College: Oregon State Personal: Two-time reigning NCAA champ at Oregon State University; placed second in first trip to nationals (1995) and beat 1992 Olympic champ Kevin Jackson to win national title this year; trains with Sunkist Kids.


Melvin Douglas Age: 32 Hometown: Mesa, Ariz. College: Oklahoma Personal: 1993 world champ; five-time national champ, including last four years; won 1985 and 1986 NCAA titles under head coach Stan Abel at University of Oklahoma; trains with Sunkist Kids.


Kurt Angle Age: 27 Hometown: Pittsburgh College: Clarion (Ohio) Personal: 1995 world champ; twotime reigning national champ; won 1990 and 1992 NCAA titles under Bob Bubb at Clarion University, earning degree in education; had tryout with Pittsburgh Steelers; trains with Dave Schultz Wrestling Club.


Bruce Baumgartner Age: 35 Hometown: Cambridge Springs, Pa. College: Indiana State Personal: 1995 Sullivan Award winner; 1984 and 1992 Olympic gold medalist; 1988 Olympic silver medalist; three-time world champ; 15-time national champ; won 1982 NCAA title under Fran McCann at Indiana State University, where he earned degree in industrial arts education; head coach at Edinboro (Pa.) University; trains with New York Athletic Club.

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