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From Olympian to Collegian – Garrett Lowney is determined to continue his winning ways

September 11th, 2008 by Tom

By Jeff Beshey

A few weeks after the Sydney Games were over I sat down with Olympic Bronze Medalist and University of Minnesota heavyweight Garrett Lowney. Although the 21 year old Lowney has been a student/athlete at the U of MN for two years, he still has four years of college eligibility left and has yet to step on the mat as a Gopher. I asked him about his Olympic experience and what he expects as a college wrestler.

What are some of the ways your life has changed since winning the Olympic bronze medal?
Overall my life really hasn't changed. I'm a student again going through all the same things everyone else goes through. I'll soon be back with the team just like always. There are a few different things like signing autographs, going to speak with people and getting noticed every once in a while, which is a little different for me, but overall my life really hasn't changed that much.

When did being an Olympian become your goal?
My mom says that I told her when I first started wresting, at five or six years old, that I wanted to be in the Olympics. I don't really remember that, but she swears by it. I do remember watching wrestling as a very young kid and dreaming about being there.

How old were you when you started wrestling?
I was five years old. My dad got me started just playing around in a little kids club. A few years later, they realized I had some potential and they started pushing it a little bit more. Probably about third or fourth grade my dad got me into freestyle because by that time there wasn't anyone in my club or in my area that was anywhere near where I was, so we went to the national tournaments and I got a lot of match time and went up against a lot of very tough kids in that age group.

When did you really believe you could make the Olympic Team?
I guess I always believed that I could, but probably around nationals. When I placed second at nationals. I realized that it was really close and I just had to perfect a few things and polish off some of the things I was doing wrong. At that point -- at nationals this year -- is when I knew that I was very close and it was within my reach.

How did you prepare yourself for the Olympics?
I watched more tape, I watched myself quite a bit trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. I worked on my par terre [position] quite a bit because that seemed to be the only thing missing. By that time I had developed such a style on my feet that no one was taking me down. No one in the world took me down. I was really comfortable on my feet. My par terre wrestling was going to be the main make or break for the matches -- whether or not I performed on top and on bottom."

Did you train with the other Olympic team members?
We had a trip to Russia and wrestled in the Poddoubny Tournament about a month before the Olympics, which is considered to be as tough as the Olympics because there's 10-12 Russians in every weight and then all those surrounding Russian countries like Georgia and Kazakstan were there too. It's a very very difficult tournament. That was the point I knew I could compete internationally. I wrestled in that tournament and I competed against some of the best in the world. After that we had our two week training camp in Colorado Springs. Then we left about two weeks early for Australia and trained for a week in Canberra. Those were the three main training camps. Other than that, I trained here in Minnesota.

Who did you train with from the U.S. that helped you out?
Marty Morgan helped me tremendously with my defense and my style and seeing the little things that I was missing. Dan Chandler of course helped me tremendously with developing my Greco style. Billy Pierce and Quincy Clark, who made the Olympic team -- I wrestled with them quite a bit. There was a lot of people around that I could train with.

How much of the Olympic competition was mental? How much was physical?
You've got to be physically strong and physically ready for the Olympics because if you're not, you don't even belong out there. I was in the best shape of my life. At that level if you fall asleep in a match for even a couple of seconds it might cost you the match. Being mentally focused and concentrating the entire match is very important. I believe you've got to know you can win when you step out on the mat. By that time, I had trained so hard and I felt so good and so confident about everything -- I knew I could win every match. I lost in the semifinals to the gold medalist because I wasn't focused and I gave up points right away. I wasn't focused and I wasn't ready for the match. That really showed how much of it was mental because if you take even one split second of not concentrating, it could cost you the whole match, which it did.

What is it like to represent the whole United States?
It feels great, especially when you stand on the podium and watch your flag raised. I would have liked it better if they were playing my national anthem but it really is a great honor to represent your country and everything it stands for.

Did you have a lot of fan support at the Olympics?
There was about 20 people, friends and family that came all the way down there to watch me. That helped a lot because they really lit up the crowd and they really let people know who they were cheering for. They were so loud and it really does help.

What is the pinnacle achievement for amateur wrestlers?
Because world championships and the Olympics are the biggest competition that amateur wrestlers can compete in, they are the pinnacle. Being a world champ -- especially in Greco, there's been very few world champs and even fewer Olympic champions. So, if you reach that level to be number one in the world in Greco, that is the pinnacle -- that is the top of the game. No one from the U.S. in Greco has ever won two gold medals. There's only a couple of people who have medalled twice in the Olympics in Greco. It's definitely the top priority and top goal of all amateur wrestlers.

Did you get to meet anyone that impressed you at the Olympics?
I got to meet a lot of the athletes -- Maurice Green, Marian Jones. I was with the Dream Team at the Opening Ceremonies. I got my picture taken with the Williams sisters. Everyone just had this equality. Before the Opening Ceremonies everyone was walking around meeting the different teams, taking pictures and videos. The only time I really was in awe was meeting Muhammad Ali. He stepped out of the car and it was like whoa! This is Muhammad Ali! It really was exciting meeting everyone and walking out into the stadium at Opening Ceremonies after watching it for so many years -- kind of makes you think, wow, do I really belong here? It was an experience I'll never forget.

Does that atmosphere make it harder to focus?
It really does, and that's the biggest difference between the Olympics and any other competition -- all the press and all the hype. The Olympic Committee did a good job of preparing us for what to expect. The biggest thing I had to concentrate on was not to become a spectator -- going to all the events and trying to meet all these people and forgetting about the real reason that I'm there. I had to get out and see some of the events and take my mind off things but I really had to focus on why I was there and what I had to do.

As an athlete could you watch any of the other events you wanted?
They had sign-ups where you could sign up for tickets first-come first-serve and they had so many tickets for each event. You could just sign up and pick up your ticket and head on over to the event. It was a pretty good deal. We went to a few volleyball games and a basketball game. We had fun but we couldn't really participate and relax and do everything that the other fans were doing because we had to stay focused because we hadn't competed yet. We were one of the last events of the Games.
Did you have a chance to do any site-seeing in Australia?
After the Olympics I took a little vacation. I went to Dunk Island, which is a little island resort off The Great Barrier Reef, for a few days. We went swimming and snorkeling. It was a pretty good deal.
Let's switch gears a bit. Why did you decide to go to the University of Minnesota?
One of the main reasons was the program and the practice partners they had for me. At the time Joel Sharratt was here. Tim Hartung, Billy Pierce, Marty Morgan, Brock Lesnar, Shelton Benjamin -- all these guys. This was the best room for a heavyweight in the country. Another big reason was I got accepted into The Carlson School of Management. It's a top school and that was probably the thing that pushed me over the edge. That's probably the thing that made me decide -- the academic part of it.

What other schools did you consider?
I was getting recruited by Wisconsin, Iowa State, Northwestern. I visited Iowa State, Northwestern, and Minnesota. After I took the visit, I was leaning towards Minnesota because the guys were great. Everyone seemed so nice and everyone clicked so well with my personality. We had a lot of fun and so that was a big reason why I was leaning towards here and once I found out that I would for sure get accepted into Carlson as a freshman, it definitely made up my mind for me.

How hard has it been to basically sit on the sidelines the past two seasons with the Gophers?
I'm definitely ready. I've been sitting in the stands way too long already. It really is hard. If you're a competitor, you don't want to be in the stands, you want to be out on the mat. It really is tough. But it might have prepared me and gave me that extra little edge because I'm so ready now to put that singlet on and do some damage this year.

Brock Lesnar has been something of a fan favorite the last couple of years. Do you feel any pressure to live up to his accomplishments?
I don't think about filling his shoes at all. We're two totally different styles of wrestlers. We're two totally different wrestlers and there's really no similarity in how we wrestle. I'm not feeling any pressure to fill his shoes and to become a big celebrity like he was. He earned everything he got and he was a hard worker. I'm out here to win every match. I honestly believe -- anyone I wrestle, every time I step on the mat -- I can win. I just have to take it one match at a time, My ultimate goal is to be a national champ. Whether or not that comes is up to me. I don't really think about taking up Brock's place, although I get that a lot. People ask 'are you big enough to take Brock's spot,' because he was such a huge guy and he really dominated a lot of people. But that's the difference between him and me, I'm not going to be the big, dominating, powerhouse wrestler.

You're not the biggest heavyweight. How will you approach wrestling guys 30-40 pounds bigger than you?
I was a heavyweight in high school my senior year. I've wrestled a lot of heavyweights. I've wrestled with the best heavyweights in the country right in the practice room -- Billy Pierce, Brock Lesnar, and Shelton Benjamin. All these guys were All-Americans. All of them are big guys. The size of my opponents doesn't bother me at all. You've got to learn how to wrestle heavyweights. It's something that you've got to develop and you've got to know. There's a strategy to wrestling heavyweights. I don't think there is anyone in the country that's any stronger than me just because they're heavier or bigger than me. I've worked hard with my strength training. That's one of my advantages, I have a lot of strength but yet I'm small enough and I'm quick enough.

Does your success at the Olympics put any extra pressure on you?
I don't worry about the pressure anyone else gives me. I put enough pressure on myself. I don't have to pay attention to what everyone else thinks. There's a lot of chatter out there. Some of the polls have me at number five or number six. All that means nothing to me. I know my ability. I'm confident in my ability. The only pressure I feel is the pressure that I put on myself.

Does your Olympic experience give you an edge in college competition?
I think it really does because I'm coming off such a big tournament. I'm real confident and I'm real excited about wrestling. The only thing I've got to be careful of, is not to have a letdown. After a big competition sometimes athletes are prone to having letdowns and not competing at the best of their ability just because of the mental letdown and all of the stress you feel at that big tournament. Wrestling college and wrestling Greco is totally different and I haven't proven anything in college yet. I'm definitely motivated and definitely excited about the season and about wrestling for the University of Minnesota.

What do you give up to keep your amateur status and college eligibility?
I can't accept any prize money. I can't accept money for speaking if its because I'm a medalist. I gave up money for winning the Bronze. I never even considered taking that, and giving up my amateur status. There's life after wrestling and I have to get my degree.

Do your plans include future World Championships? future Olympics?
Definitely four more years. I want to win my gold medal. In four years, I'll still be training hard with the University of Minnesota and summers I'll still be wrestling world championships. Definitely in four years I'll try out for Greece and then after that we'll see what opportunities come up.

College wrestling and world championships is a lot of wrestling isn't it?
Yes it is, but even if I wasn't wrestling Greco and was just sticking to college, I'd still be training and doing lots of wrestling in the summers anyway. The only difference is I'll be competing in the summers when otherwise I would just be training and working out and not competing.

You've had success in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. Any desire to do more freestyle?
I miss freestyle a little bit, but I really did fall in love with Greco this year. I'll be sticking with Greco. I considered -- what if I won my gold in Greco this year? Maybe I'd go freestyle just to see what I could do. I didn't get my gold in Greco -- so I'll still be going Greco.

Marty Morgan Leaves U of Minnesota To Prep Lesnar For Next MMA Bout

September 6th, 2008 by Tom

 Marty Morgan was the top assistant under head coach J Robinson at Minnesota for 13 of his 16 seasons on staff. While at Minnesota, Morgan helped secure the program's status as one of the most successful collegiate wrestling programs in the nation.

Head assistant wrestling coach Marty Morgan resigned from his position at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon after 16 years with the program. Morgan will go on to train former Gopher All-American wrestler Brock Lesnar, a popular Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) competitor, on a full-time basis.

"I'm going to step back for a year to help Brock [Lesnar] train and I'll see where I'm at next summer. I've been working with Brock [Lesnar] the past few years on his training and now I've been offered a unique opportunity to work with him full time. "Morgan said. "This has definitely been a difficult decision, considering that I have been involved with the program for 20 years as an athlete and coach. I am happy to have a great relationship with the University of Minnesota administration, J Robinson, the wrestling staff, past and current team members, and numerous fans around this great wrestling state."

A native of Bloomington, Minn., Morgan began his collegiate wrestling career at North Dakota State where he won a Division II national championship as a true freshman before transferring to Minnesota. Morgan was a three-time All-American for the Gophers and won a national title at 177 pounds as a senior in 1991. With a 39-0 record during his senior season, Morgan became the first wrestler in school history to finish with an unblemished record and is one of just three wrestlers in Minnesota history to accomplish that feat. He capped off his career with the Big Ten Medal of Honor, which is awarded to a Big Ten student-athlete who demonstrates excellence in academics and athletics.

Morgan was the top assistant under head coach J Robinson for 13 of his 16 seasons with the program. During his time at Minnesota, Morgan helped secure Minnesota Wrestling's status as one of the most storied and successful programs in the nation. Under Morgan's watch, the Gophers attracted some of the nation's most sought-after recruits on a regular basis and won national titles in 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2006-07. The Gophers have also captured six Big Ten Conference championships under Morgan's tutelage.

"Marty has been around Minnesota Wrestling for 20 years, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him to step away for a year and to see what else is out there, "head coach J Robinson said. "I think it's important for people to see different opportunities that life has to offer from a different perspective and a year away from the program can provide that perspective for Marty. He will be obviously missed this year with the way we do things, but we look forward to working with him in the future."

The Gopher wrestling program, which boasts one of the nation's highest-rated recruiting classes again this year, begins its 2008-09 season with the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. on Nov. 15. Minnesota's first home wrestling event comes when the Gophers host fellow perennial national power Oklahoma State in a New Year's Day dual at the Sports Pavilion.

Anoka wrestler, Jake Deitchler, pulls off a stunner

June 16th, 2008 by Tom

Jake Deitchler Wrestler

Jake Deitchler became only the third high school wrestler to make the U.S. Olympic team with a shocking upset of Harry Lester -- considered one of the best Greco-Roman wrestlers in the world at any weight.

By RACHEL BLOUNT, Star Tribune

LAS VEGAS " Eighteen-year-old Jake Deitchler knew no one expected him to make the U.S. Olympic team. Only two other high school wrestlers had ever done so, and a person his age hadn't been on the team since 1976.

Still, Deitchler wondered: What if?

The three-time state champion from Anoka High School finished his senior year in April so he could train full-time, sweated in the wrestling room every day and came to the U.S. Olympic Trials thinking he had a chance. On Saturday, Deitchler pulled off an enormous upset in the challenge round of the 145.5-pound Greco- Roman division, then swept his opponent in the finals to earn a spot on the Olympic team.

Deitchler beat Faruk Sahin 0-5, 7-4, 1-1 in their first match of the final round at Thomas and Mack Center.

Deitchler then overcame a deep deficit in the second match for a 2-3, 7-5, 3-0 victory and a sweep of the best-of-three finals. In the semifinals, he beat heavily favored Harry Lester -- considered one of the best Greco-Roman wrestlers in the world at any weight -- in a shocking upset that left Lester in tears.

As the clock ticked down on Deitchler's victory, he drew a standing ovation from the crowd, while coach Brandon Paulson -- a 1996 Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman -- jumped up and down and pounded his hands on the mat.

"People say I'm not a very realistic person, "said Deitchler, smiling for the first time after a grueling, emotional day. "To tell you the truth, it doesn't really matter, if I can do things like this.

"I didn't have any pressure on me the whole tournament. In that second match, I thought, 'This is going to be a lifelong dream in about six minutes.' I just wrestled hard and came out on top."

By making the team, Deitchler formed the next link in Minnesota's grand Greco-Roman wrestling tradition. At least one man from the state has made the Olympic team in the sport every year since 1968.

Deitchler is the second Minnesotan to make the Olympic team at these trials, joining Ali Bernard of New Ulm, who earned a trip to Beijing by winning the women's 158 1/2-pound weight class Friday.

Other wrestlers who won their weight classes and Olympic berths Saturday included T.C. Dantzler (Greco-Roman, 163 pounds), Brad Vering (Greco-Roman, 185), Doug Schwab (men's freestyle, 145 1/2) and Henry Cejudo (men's freestyle, 121).

Paulson has been coaching Deitchler since 2004, when Anoka coach Todd Springer called him to say he had a young wrestler aching to work as hard as he could.

Paulson said he knew Deitchler would be a champion even then -- when Jake was 14 -- because he called Paulson every Sunday, begging him to work out.

Deitchler showed a flair for drama Saturday, losing the first period of every match he wrestled. Though he entered the trials as the runnerup at the 2008 U.S. championships, his youth kept expectations low.

Besides, Lester was favored to make the Olympic team and perhaps win a medal in Beijing.

Lester, a two-time bronze medalist at the world championships and six years Deitchler's elder, whipped him 5-0 in the first period of their semifinal. He scored early in the second before Deitchler was able to turn him for three points to win the period 5-2. In the final seconds of the third, Deitchler scored on a reverse lift and took the period 5-3 and won the match.

Lester walked out of the arena and buried his head in his hands. He came back to win the third-place match and retired immediately after.

Nearly three weeks ago, Deitchler walked in his graduation ceremony. In a little more than a month, he will take another walk, in the opening ceremonies in Beijing.

"What he's doing is historic, "Paulson said. "He is a phenomenal athlete. He's got to win, because he hates to lose."

2008 Big Ten Wrestling Championship Tickets Go On Sale Monday

December 16th, 2007 by Tom

By Ryan Maus
GopherSports.com

Tickets for the 2008 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, to be held at the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena March 8 and 9, will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17. All-session tickets are $30 and may be purchased through gophersports.com, in person at the Minnesota athletics ticket office in Mariucci Arena or by calling 1-800-U-GOPHER or 612-624-8080.

Big Ten Championship all-session tickets will also be available for sale at all Minnesota home wrestling meets this season.

"We're extremely excited to be hosting the Big Ten Championships this year," said J Robinson, head coach of the defending national champion Gophers. "This event always features some of the best collegiate wrestling in the country and we expect to get a lot of support from wrestling fans around the Upper Midwest."

The 2008 Big Ten Wrestling Championships will feature a three-session format, with the Session 1 preliminary matches beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8. Session 2 will get underway at 6 p.m. that same day, and the Session 3 championship matches will start at noon on Sunday, March 9. Doors to Williams Arena open approximately one hour prior to the beginning of each session.

Sessions 1 and 2 will feature four mats of action, while Session 3 will have live wrestling on three mats. The Williams Arena court will be extended to accommodate the four-mat setup.

"The Big Ten Championships will showcase the very finest that college wrestling has to offer," said Marc Ryan, Minnesota associate athletics director. "We fully expect to have sellout crowds both days and that will create an electric atmosphere inside Williams Arena."

The Big Ten Network is currently scheduled to provide live television coverage of Sunday's conference finals. The BTN is currently available in Minnesota on DirecTV (channel 220) and Dish Network (channel 439).

Williams Arena has not played host to the Big Ten Championships since 1997, a year that saw Robinson's Gophers finish in second place to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Since that year, Minnesota has dominated the Big Ten and established itself as one of the most dominant teams in the country. The Gophers have won six Big Ten team titles in the last nine seasons and crowned a Big Ten-best 27 individual champions during that span.

At the 2007 Big Ten Championships, hosted by Michigan State in East Lansing, the Gophers put on an utterly dominating performance. Minnesota's four individual champions "Jayson Ness (125 pounds), Dustin Schlatter (149), C.P. Schlatter (157) and Cole Konrad (Hwt.) "paved the way for a whopping 156 team points and a 55.5-point margin of victory over runner-up Wisconsin. Minnesota's team score was the highest at the Big Ten Championships since the 2002 team earned 174 points.

Two weeks later, the Gophers would go on to win their third national title in the past seven years.

The 2007 season also marked the second time in school history that the Gophers have won consecutive conference championships (Minnesota also won the 2006 Championships at Indiana), with the only other occurrence coming when they won three straight from 2001-03. Minnesota has finished first or second at the Big Ten Championships nine straight seasons and has placed in the top three each of the past 11 years.

Single-session tickets, if available, will not go on sale until Monday, March 3. For more information on the 2008 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, please call 1-800-U-GOPHER, 612-624-8080 or log on to gophersports.com.

Andy Hamilton Profiles J Robinson for ESPN.com

December 9th, 2007 by Tom

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio - Wrestler The architect of the nation's top-ranked wrestling team knows he has a problem.

J Robinson can't focus on one thing at a time. He can't single-task. And no matter how hard he tries, the Minnesota coach can't finish one job without drumming up a dozen other ideas some might think border on excessive or absurd.

J Robinson has put Minnesota wrestling on the map.

"I'm self-diagnosed [with] ADD [attention-deficit disorder], "Robinson said. "Sometimes the problem I have is shutting my mind off. It continually spews out ideas and thoughts. There are a hundred projects I'd try if I had the resources."

There are probably a few he'll try without.

This is, after all, a man who nearly 25 years ago wound up going to Oregon intent on capturing a couple of wild horses and came home with 36 and two buffalo.

This is a guy who once bought a Christmas house, decided he needed a collection and had a village of 23 by the end of his first weekend of gathering.

This is J Robinson -- a 61-year-old coach who spent 15 seasons trying to put Minnesota at the top of the college wrestling world, and now the guy can't sit still long enough to relax and enjoy the view.

"He goes to the extreme with everything he does, "Minnesota assistant Joe Russell said. "And that's not all bad."

It certainly hasn't been for the Gophers.

Minnesota begins the chase for a fourth NCAA title in eight years as the consensus No. 1 team in the country. The Gophers have nine starters returning from last season's national championship squad, including five seniors -- Mack Reiter (133 pounds), Manuel Rivera (141), C.P. Schlatter (157), Gabe Dretsch (174) and Roger Kish (184) -- who came from five different states to form the nation's top-ranked recruiting class five years ago.

"They wanted to come in as the No. 1 recruiting class and they wanted to come in and win a national championship, so you have a commonality and a bond between them, "Robinson said. "I think that makes a big difference when you get up in the morning and you have a purpose in your life and you're going in a common direction with a bunch of other people to help motivate you from day to day."

Robinson, however, has a different set of purposes you might expect from a coach at the top of his profession.

The architect of the nation's top-ranked wrestling program is fixated with improving the sight lines around him. He can't help but think back to something his parents told him when he was young.

"You're either part of the problem or you're part of the solution, "Robinson said. "I don't want to be part of the problem. When I'm all done with wrestling and I walk away, I want to say I fought the good fight, I did as much as I could and you couldn't ask me to do anything else."

That's why Robinson has been near the forefront of wrestling's fight against the proportionality standard for Title IX compliance. That's why Robinson has drafted plans for how the sport can raise millions by putting surcharges on wrestling camps and tournaments. That's why Robinson led a crusade to bring wrestling closer to the mainstream and onto more television sets across the country.

Mack Reiter is among the talented athletes coach J Robinson has recruited to Minnesota.

Robinson's ideas and influence have helped the sport land a deal with CSTV, which will launch the first regular national cable wrestling highlight show in January.

"He's a stubborn old mule, and when he puts his mind to something, he usually gets it accomplished, "said Iowa State assistant Tim Hartung, Robinson's first two-time individual NCAA champion at Minnesota.

"One of the things that amazes me about the man is how many things he can balance at one time. He's involved in big, big projects and I don't think any other coach in their right mind would try to take all of that on, and if they did, handle it and be as successful as he has in all of the arenas he puts his effort into."

It took awhile before Robinson was successful at Minnesota. He arrived in 1986 with a background blended from wrestling's two most-storied programs, but the Gophers failed to win a Big Ten dual meet in his first season.

Robinson competed at Oklahoma State, wrestled on the 1972 Olympic team and served as Dan Gable's top assistant at Iowa when the Hawkeyes started a run of nine straight NCAA titles in 1978.

Robinson came to a Minnesota with a vision that the Gophers could one day stand alongside Iowa and Oklahoma State, the powers that have combined for 54 NCAA titles. Nobody questioned Robinson's imagination or track record for doing what others said couldn't be done.

This was, after all, the guy who went to Oregon planning to bring back a couple wild horses and came back with a home rodeo.

"With the horse deal, I asked everybody about it and they said, 'No, don't do it. You don't have anywhere to put them,' "he said. "I listened to people and after awhile, I said, 'Here's something I've always wanted to do.' I went and did it and it was one of the most fun experiences of my life."

Then there's the Christmas house collection, which has grown to nearly a hundred and fills three rooms in Robinson's home.

"That's kind of him in a nutshell, "Russell said. "He's done a little bit of everything, and when he does it, he goes full bore. If he's going to be in it, he's going to be the best at it. He's going to be the best Christmas house collector there is or the best mustang wrangler there is. Whatever it is, he wants to be in that elite group."

Andy Hamilton covers wrestling for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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