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Sam Hazewinkel didn't have the easiest matchup to make his way to London for 2012, but defeating Nick Simmons should give him some motivation to represent his country.
Simmons' defeat over 2008 gold medalist Henry Cejudo was probably one of the biggest turn of events at this year's trials, but even more so as the loss "pushed the youngest American Olympic champion into retirement."
While Cejudo's decision may surprise some, it is now Hazewinkel's time to shine.
He will have some big shoes to fill, as Cejudo was the only American wrestler to grab a medal at the 2008 freestyle events.
Who knows if Hazewinkel would even be here if Cejudo would have made it through, but for now all he can do is be happy to finally be an Olympian.
According to ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs, Hazewinkel was shocked to finally make it after two previous failed attempts.
Sam Hazewinkel thought he was finished. Again. The 29-year-old, who had never won an NCAA championship and finished third and second at the past two U.S. Olympic wrestling trials, figured he was set to become wrestling's version of the Buffalo Bills.
Drehs shares quite a tale on Hazewinkel's path to success, as the former Greco-Roman wrestler has found true success this time around in his switch to freestyle wrestling.
It will remain to be seen though if his recent conversion will get the best of him in London.