Briefs: 12/1/11

Wrestlers prepare for finals

With the United States Olympic Team Trials around the corner, the USOEC men’s Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle teams are preparing for the final qualification process.

There are three ways for athletes to qualify for Olympic Trials: win an international tour, place top seven at the U.S. Open Wrestling Championships or place top two at the final U.S. Olympic qualifier.

Already qualified for Olympic Trials are seniors Paul Tellgren and Zac Nielsen who were both silver medalists at the Haavisto Cup in Finland earlier in the month.

Both teams will be going to Arlington, Texas to compete at the U.S. Open Wrestling Championships Dec. 15 to 17 in attempts to qualify for the Olympic Trials in April.

— Laura Conway

Mom and baby moose spotted roaming Presque Isle Park

A cow and a calf moose were spotted at Presque Isle Park last week and Marquette City Police are currently monitoring their presence.

The public is cautioned to stay away from the moose to prevent harm to the two moose and themselves.

“If they see the moose, the best thing possible to do is to stay in vehicles,” said Marquette City Police Lt. Mark Wuori. “We don’t want the moose running off cliffs or trampling someone if people crowd them to take pictures or get too close.”

Like other wild animals, if the moose feel threatened they will act aggressively and people usually get hurt, not the animals.

A young bull moose was spotted at the park in August and had to be relocated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resource and city of Marquette parks and police personnel after it became a public safety concern.

— Shaina James

Hockey player leaves team

Freshman Eric Walker, 18, left the NMU varsity hockey team last week to play for the Vancouver Giants.

The Giants are a Western Hockey League team. NCAA rules state that a player that plays in a WHL game forfeits his NCAA hockey eligibility.

Walker is one of the hockey players being charged with possession of a stolen item in the bike theft case.

— Adelle Whitefoot