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There were a lot of positives to take away from last weekend’s competition. The rescheduled match at Rutgers was one of those Team wins that everyone involved with will remember for a long time. There was a hostile crowd along with some tough calls that mostly didn’t go our way. We found a way to get two come from behind wins with Andrew Crone and Ricky Robertson, a pin by Ryan Taylor to start the meet after he was penalized near the end of the 3rd period to tie the match, Zeke Jordan shut out a returning All-American and Johnny Jimenez closed out the meet with the determining win against a top 20 ranked individual he lost to last year. All this added up to an 18-15 upset of 12 Rutgers.The Minnesota match was one that could have gone either way. In the end we split the matches 5-5 with the one point difference going to MN due to bonus points in a 17-16 loss. Andrew Crone again found a way to come back to win and Zeke got a major decision to remain undefeated on the season. Johnny Jimenez, Ryan Taylor and Ryan Christensen were the other winners.
We will again compete on Friday and Sunday as we take on 9 Ohio State on Friday and then travel to Maryland on Sunday to make up the snowed out match from two weeks ago. Ohio State will be a tough challenge as they are led by 3 Sophomores in 1 ranked Tomasello at 125, 2 Ranked Jordan at 165 and 2 ranked Snyder at 285. Kyle Snyder is the current Freestyle World Champion at 211lbs. At 20 years of age he is the youngest World Champion is US History. The now former youngest, Badger Lee Kemp, held that distinction since 1978! Maryland has not had much success in duals this year but have shown big improvement recently. This will be a good dual, but one we are favored to win.
Yesterday Connor and Nazar left with the USA Team for Ukraine to compete in the 20th Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournament in Kiev. For those of you who don’t know, Nazar and his parents immigrated to the USA from Ukraine his senior year of high school, less than 7 years ago. He is excited about going back. With his contacts and language skills Nazar will be a big help to the US delegation. Below is a picture of Connor and Nazar “training” just prior to departure.
“Worst Day Ever”
That was the text from Dan Gable to USA Wrestling Executive Director (and Boscobel WI native) Rich Bender three years ago this week as the world was notified that wrestling was going to be removed from the Olympic Games. Below is a link to an interview/discussion that Coach Hull had with Rich about how and why this happened and what the world did in a short 7 months to stay in the Olympic Games. How the “worst day ever” became the best day ever for the sport of wrestling.
Read more here: “Worst Day Ever”