Well, the freestyle guys finished up yesterday as 74 kilos was the last weight to wrestle. We ended up bringing home a silver and a bronze thanks to a gutsy performance by Jake Herbert and a tough and technical Tervel Dlagnev. It is so intense watching these guys wrestle. They have poured their lives into this and, for some, it was over after just one match. I have been lucky enough to see what these guys go through on a daily basis (I hope that you have too through the interviews and videos), and it makes it so hard to see one of our athletes be done after four minutes, sick to my stomach even. I believe that there is a positive future with the guys that competed and many other prospects from the United States.
Last night my dad and I got to go to a get together with all the freestyle guys, coaches, families, and even some members from the other national teams. John Smith delivered a speech that was great. The hair was standing up on the back of my neck. The coaches seemed to be excited for the future, but Zeke made it clear that the team still needs to push and strive to get better. The freestyle wrestling team is one of the most amazing groups of people for many other reasons than their talent on the mat.
The team left early this morning and it is sad to see them go. We know that we will see much more of them and I promise you that we have a future to look forward to. The good news is we have the women and greco teams to look forward to. We were able to see 2 women's weight classes yesterday and it opened my eyes to this category of wrestling. We were blown away at how intense and tough the girls were. The young category is evolving at an amazing rate and I look forward to what is to come. If you have never watched women's wrestling, I strongly encourage you to start.
Our world champion Clarissa Chun had a tough day losing second round to the So from the Peoples Republic of Korea. Chun's opponent looked like she could squat a Buick at the age of 17. Clarissa did not wrestle her best match but was also wrestling with a torn shoulder, something that she did not bring up when I questioned her about the match. Interviewing Clarissa was very difficult, I could feel her pain and I had to really concentrate as I was beginning to feel choked up myself.
Jessica Medina won her first match in her first world championship but was unable to bring home any hardware. From getting to know her from a good conversation on a bus ride I know we will see more of her.
The Greco guys are in town and we have heard they are fired up and ready to go. Many people have told me that greco at this level is amazing to watch and I can't wait to see it. The first greco weight is tomorrow. We are exited for the rest of the world championships and will do our best to try and give you a feel of the arena. If you haven't heard we are doing live audio. Many athletes and coaches have come and joined us to do play by play and to field questions from their fans. So far we have had Brandon Slay, Bill Zadick, JD Bergman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jake Herbert, and Clarissa Chun. Come join us.