Scott wins at trials

Scott wins at trials
Coleman Scott came one step closer to making the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Saturday night by defeating Logan Stieber in the men’s freestyle 60 kg (132 pounds) in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Scott, competing for the Gator Wrestling Club, downed Stieber of the New York Athletic Club 3-0 and 1-0 in the first round and won two of three in the second round. He took the first 2-0, dropped the second 1-0 and won the third 2-0.
Scott must now defeat either Reese Humphrey or Shawn Bunch to earn a spot on the Olympic team. The two are sitting out the trials and a mini-tournament will determine the winner at a later date.
Cary Kolat, an assistant wrestling coach at the University of North Carolina, will compete today in the 66kg (145 1/2 pounds) weight class. Kolat will wrestle Jason Chamberlain of the Bronco Wrestling Club in the first round today.
Drew Headlee, who like Scott is a graduate of Waynesburg High School, lost his opening round bout at 60kg Martin Berberyan, 3-2, 2-1. Headlee, competing for the Sunkist Kids, defeated Jimmy Kennedy of the New York Athletic Club  1-0, 0-3, 2-0, then was beaten by Andrew Hochstrasser of the Bronco Wrestling Club.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although it was a bit difficult in the beginning to figure out the best way to follow the matches I was most interested in online, after getting the hang of it, the coverage of yesterday's trails was pretty incredible. I selfishly hope today will be even better. Must admit, however, that I thought the O-R would have provided more coverage of this great event (leading up to as well as actual coverage of the event), especially given roots of several participants (Scott, Headlee and Kolat).

Does anyone else find it odd that the fever surrounding high school wrestling cools off to almost nonexistent at the next levels? I found great stories of interest written in newspapers across the country about some of the participants, but found little of that pride from the source in Washington County. Looking back in history, I guess it has always been that way.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 6:18:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

The larger newspapers have the resources to send a reporter to Iowa for a week to cover this event.

Results can be found by following the link on Intermatwrestle.com or any other websites that cover Olympic or international wrestling.

One reason why the fever cools in international wrestling is that it is difficult to understand for most.

For example, Coleman Scott wins the team trials but still is not assured a spot on the team because the rules allow him to be challenged at that weight because it is not qualified yet for Olympic competition.

Try explaning that to a novice wrestling fan. That needs to change.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 7:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely understand limitations due to the budget restraints of a smaller newspaper. I was referring to the various feel-good articles that had been written by local reporters across the country about trials and tribulations of local men who had made the committment to achieve the level of success required to participate at the nation's highest level. More local fans may have attempted to tune into the coverage that was provided over the weekend, and which will be provided by tape delay today (Monday), if they had been made aware through the press.

I don't want to go overboard, as I think you do a very nice job covering high school events. I just felt a great opportunity was missed this weekend to promote the sport using the local connection.

As far as Coleman Scott and the fact that he still might be left out of the Games, I again think that his scenario (both about need for the weight class to qualify and for the next level of wrestleoffs) could have been used to help raise awareness of thi great Olympic sport.

Monday, April 23, 2012 9:33:00 AM  

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