Hawk finishes 11th in Beijing
Marcus Schulz - Special to The Daily Iowan
Issue date: 8/27/07 Section: Metro
BEIJING - Iowa freshman Jake Kerr finished 11th in men's freestyle-wrestling competition Aug. 25 at the 2007 Junior World Wrestling Championships in the China Agricultural University Gymnasium.
Kerr rated his performance a 2 out of 10.
"The first match was the only thing I did decent, probably a 2, honestly," he said.
Competing in the men's freestyle at 74 kilograms - 163 pounds, he went 1-1 in the morning session, placing him in the repechage rounds in contention for the bronze medal.
He lost in the second repechage round to Gocha Lomtatidze of Georgia, 2-0, scoring only one point to seven in the first round and losing to a technical fall in the second round. International competition consists of three two-minute periods with a 30-second break between.
Kerr felt that the differences in each foreign wrestler's style caused the most difficulty.
"Every foreign guy here is different," he said. "When you wrestle American guys, it's more hand fighting, going for the legs, shooting.
"Here, you're worrying about the upper body."
However, Kerr's opponent shot for his legs, beating him in two periods by technical fall, 7-1 and 6-0.
During the morning session, Kerr opened the competition with a 4-2, 4-2 win over Kurt Botha of South Africa. In the first period, Kerr had a three-point chestlock throw and in the second period had a front headlock throw for three points, winning the match.
Kerr advanced to the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by Denis Tsargush of Russia, the 2006 Military World champion, who went on to win the gold medal at 74 kilos by defeating Ayhan Sucu of Turkey. Kerr lost to Tsargush by technical fall, 6-0, 6-0.
Kerr's coaches for the Junior World Team in freestyle include 2004 Olympic silver medalist Jamill Kelly, three-time Senior World Champion Lee Kemp, and National Freestyle developmental coach Dave Bennett.
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