Scott's dilemma

Coleman Scott is in an unusual situation. He is the winner of his wrestling weight class, 60 kg (132 pounds) at the Olympic Team Trials but that weight class is not qualified for the Summer Olympics in London. The United States must compete in a tournament in China and hope to finish in the top three so the weight is qualified. Scott is not wrestling in China; Shawn Bunch is. Bunch skipped the Olympic Team Trials and will be in a mini-tournament in New York on June 7 and will challenge Scott for the right to go to London, even though he did not participate in the team trials.
The line forms to the right.
International wrestling is frought with intricate rules and a pecking order, where your rank in a weight class can be more important than your placement in the team trials.
Scott should be celebrating his impressive win at the team trials. Instead, he might not be the representative at his weight, Bunch might be . . . if he beats Scott in the mini-tournament.
Scott can still make the Olympics if he defeats Bunch, but this system is so skewed against him and other wrestlers in his situation.
Scott has to root for Bunch to win, then hope to beat when he returns for the mini-tournament. Lose, and no Olympics for the winner of the team trials.
It's a dilemma.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to a great Waynesburg Alum! Joe here's a question that I recently had with a fellow wrestling fan. Maybe you can help. Who has more all time state champions? Canon Mac or Waynesburg? I believe it's Waynesburg but could be wrong.

Friday, April 27, 2012 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

To Anonymous:

It depends on how you count them. Canonsburg High School has produced 21 state champions and Canon-McMillan has 15 after Wiercioch's win.

Waynebsurg has 30.

Friday, April 27, 2012 4:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sunday, April 29, 2012 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mistake, thought these would be posts about Coleman Scott dilemma, but just seems to be Canon-mac posts

Sunday, April 29, 2012 9:36:00 AM  

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