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    USA Wrestling's attempt to petition 132-pound freestyle wrestler Mike Zadick's way into the Olympic games apparently failed Monday when the sport's international governing body granted seven wild-card spots to China.

    Zadick was a silver medalist in the 2006 world championships but, based on recent performances that included several failed attempts this year in international qualifiers, the United States did not qualify for Beijing at Zadick's weight.

    Team USA qualified in all four weight classes in women's wrestling and six of seven weights in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, but missed out at 132 pounds in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. Russia is the only country with the maximum 18 wrestlers, 14 men and four women.

    USA Wrestling, which regulates amateur wrestling in the country, expected to hear from international governing body FILA by no later than Monday if it had gained the 132-pound wild card but, as of that night, it had not.

    Additionally, FILA posted on its Web site for the first time Monday what it called the final list of Olympic qualifiers, with all seven wild cards going to host China.

    Based on what FILA said was the end of the selections for Beijing, 66 female wrestlers from 30 countries will wrestle in the Olympics. In freestyle, 136 wrestlers qualified from 43 countries and 135 wrestlers from 41 countries qualified in Greco-Roman.

    The Olympic wrestling competition will be Aug. 12-21.

    Because the United States could not qualify at Zadick's weight in multiple tournaments this year, USA Wrestling officials knew there was only a remote chance of getting a wild card.

    Zadick, a three-time NCAA all-American at Iowa, won the U.S. Olympic trials in Las Vegas on Saturday by beating Shawn Bunch in a three-match finals. But the title is largely ceremonial because Zadick, barring any unforeseen developments, cannot wrestle in Beijing.

    Zadick's brother, Bill, a 2006 world champion and a former NCAA champion at Iowa, also missed out on Beijing when he lost consecutive matches to top-seeded Doug Schwab in the 145 1/2-pound finals. Schwab also beat Bill Zadick in the U.S. nationals in April, after Bill Zadick missed most of the 2007 wrestling season with injuries.

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    Oh, my poor guy!

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    Nows Not The Time To Be Negative! You're An American Right!?

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    Not sure why this is surprising to anyone. They always give wild card spots like that to the host country in order to get as much participation for that country as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    Nows Not The Time To Be Negative! You're An American Right!?
    How is that being negative? As anyone who posts on here regularly knows, I love Mike Zadick. You might have noticed that he is my avatar. Quit looking for sarcasm where it isn't, and don't ever use all caps. Thanks.

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    He wasn't targeting that at you.

    Zadick kind of had a little episode during his press conference after ol' Marty Flo asked him if his winning the Trials was bittersweet since it seemed as though he wasn't going to be going to the Olympics.

    Zadick cut him off in the middle of his question and demanded that he stop being negative since he is an American.

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    Phew. I get a little worked up when I think people are questioning my devotion to my man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    He wasn't targeting that at you.

    Zadick kind of had a little episode during his press conference after ol' Marty Flo asked him if his winning the Trials was bittersweet since it seemed as though he wasn't going to be going to the Olympics.

    Zadick cut him off in the middle of his question and demanded that he stop being negative since he is an American.
    Typical SQWAKEYE dillflapobrain. I bet he would vote for Bush AGAIN!
    Last edited by zappacy; 06-17-2008 at 09:48 AM.

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    I'd prefer you keep comments like that to yourself Cy. We do have a more than a few younger people on the board who don't need to read that kind of stuff.
    RIP Jacob Schlottke; KR1963 and rpayton




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