We had guys compete in four different tournaments this weekend. I am pleased they got the experience and hopeful they take the time to evaluate and improve as a result. I am hopeful the guys who did not take advantage of the opportunity did so for the right reasons. Often time, competition helps with improvement. Athletes tend to be more focused in their preparation and can learn from the match experience. Nevertheless, it is not always the best decision.
Matt Voss performed well at the Greco-Roman World Team trials. He finished in 4th place and showed he can compete with the best USA Greco-Roman wrestlers. I think it was an eye opening experience for him. He won 3 matches. In his first bout he won by a tech fall. He lost his next match and would ultimately lose to the same guy in the consolation finals. He won by a pin in his first consolation bout. In the consolation semi-final he won 10-5 over the recent winner of the Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament. I believe Lio Quezada and Talha Farooq had the most matches over the weekend as they both had 8 matches at the NE Regionals.
The team will be training on their own for the next few weeks as we enter the end of the semester. They need to be focused on finishing well in their studies. We need to have a good semester as a team, so everyone needs to step up and do the best they can individually.
Our next competition will be May 20-21 as we will have the University Duals at George Mason University. We plan on having most of the guys stick around after final exams to represent the Patriot Elite Wrestling Club at the duals. It will be great for us to have teams from all over the country on our campus.