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    Women
    48 kg: Clarissa Chun
    55 kg: Marcie Van Dusen
    63 kg: Randi Miller
    72 kg: Ali Bernard

    Greco
    55 kg: Spenser Mango
    60 kg: Joe Betterman
    66 kg: Jake Deitchler
    74 kg: TC Dantzler
    84 kg: Brad Vering
    96 kg: Adam Wheeler
    120 kg: Dremiel Byers

    Freestyle
    55 kg: Henry Cejudo
    60 kg: Mike Zadick
    66 kg: Doug Schwab
    74 kg: Ben Askren
    84 kg: Andy Hrovat
    96 kg: Daniel Cormier
    120 kg: Steve Mocco

    I'll be interested in hearing from those who were actually there on what they saw. Three interesting looking teams, some old hats, and some new faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Women
    48 kg: Clarissa Chun
    55 kg: Marcie Van Dusen
    63 kg: Randi Miller
    72 kg: Ali Bernard

    Greco
    55 kg: Spenser Mango
    60 kg: Joe Betterman
    66 kg: Jake Deitchler
    74 kg: TC Dantzler
    84 kg: Brad Vering
    96 kg: Adam Wheeler
    120 kg: Dremiel Byers

    Freestyle
    55 kg: Henry Cejudo
    60 kg: Mike Zadick
    66 kg: Doug Schwab
    74 kg: Ben Askren
    84 kg: Andy Hrovat
    96 kg: Daniel Cormier
    120 kg: Steve Mocco

    I'll be interested in hearing from those who were actually there on what they saw. Three interesting looking teams, some old hats, and some new faces.

    It's great, for me, to see that five of the seven guys on the freestyle team have Iowa ties. Zadick, Schwab and Mocco all wrestled and train at Iowa currently. Askren was born in Cedar Rapids and Cejudo trains with Terry Brands. The last two are a couple of steps removed from Iowa but still tied. Congrats to all!

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    Mango is from St. Louis and Askren wrestled at Missouri so that's the two wrestlers I'm most interested in seeing in how they do in Beijing.

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    I'm most interested in seeing how, y'know, America is going to do.

    Not to get all Billy Tickets on you guys, but I'm working on about 45 minutes of sleep and sitting in the Phoenix airport, so I just posted a bunch of observations on Chicks Heart Fights, and a bunch of links on Fourth Place Medal.

    Peace.

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    Even with so little sleep, great blog, Blue! Just posted the link to my Yahoo groups. Thanks for sharing your initial thoughts from Vegas. Looking forward to seeing what you have to say, once you're back home and had a more normal night's sleep.

    Mark

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    Ditto to Ideamark. That blog was on the money recapping Vegas this weekend. I would only add that meeting these guys and talking to them simply reaffirmed what I have always thought of this sport. The level of class these competitors showed in the face of losing your lifelong goal (ie; damian Hahn) was nothing short of impressive.

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    Thanks, guys. I plan on having more up later today. I do absolutely agree with you, C. The way the guys handle winning and losing is better than in any other sport.

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    I just read that Mocco had been runner-up for the last five years. I was sad to Rowlands lose becasue I like his style, but I have to admre Mocco for sticking with it and coming through big in an Olympic year.

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    I was out there for the 3 day tournament. I must say I really enjoyed watching, I found something interesting in each of the three styles. There are definitely some new faces on these teams, but there is no lack of passion for what they are heading to China to accomplish.

    To watch Byers win his finals match was very emotional from the throw that sealed the deal to his celebration after wards. He is a a classy guy and has worked hard to get to the top of that medal stand.

    Listening to the athlete interviews and was great too. Everyone seemed to be thanking their families, coaches, training partners and at times even their competition.
    Champions are made while no one is watching.

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