March 16. 2009 10:55PM
Calm Fay ready to win with last shot at NCAAS
By J.R. Ogden
Moza Fay UNI All-American
Call it calm confidence.
University of Northern Iowa senior Moza Fay isn't sure why, but he's heading into his third NCAA wrestling tournament very relaxed.
"It's kind of weird," he said Monday. "There's not the pressure that's been there in the past."
Maybe it's the fifth-place finish at last year's NCAA Championships. Maybe it's the 25-4 record that includes wins over No. 2 Andrew Howe of Wisconsin and third-ranked Ryan Morningstar of Iowa. Maybe it's the 115 career wins in 145 collegiate matches.
"I have a real good feeling coming in," he said. "I'm just looking forward to it. Everything is kind of coming together.
"I know I'm up there and I know I can win a national title. My goal is to win a national title."
UNI hasn't had lot of success in recent years at the national meet. Last year, Fay was UNI first All-American since the 2005 season.
The Panthers haven't had a national champion since Tony Davis in 2000 and he was UNI's first titlist in 37 years.
Fay would like the join the elite group. He said he's healthy and that technically, "I feel great and I've got a gas tank ... more than I'm going to need.
"Things are going great."
But, he said, this isn't a make-or-break weekend. Sure, this is his final shot at an NCAA title, but wrestling won't end for Fay in St. Louis.
"I know this isn't going to make or break me as an individual," he said. "I know this isn't it for me as far as wrestling.
"I'm not going to let it define me."
Fay was a two-time state high school champion at Anamosa High School. He's majoring in physical education and wrestling has been a big part of his life. There's freestyle and there's coaching.
An NCAA title is the goal, but ...
"This is just another tournament," he said. "I can't wait to get down and start competing. I just want to go wrestle."
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