Chris Pendleton, two-time NCAA champ for Oklahoma State, was the only former college wrestler to come out on top at the Keep Olympic Wrestling Duals at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Saturday.
Pendleton, who won NCAA titles for the Cowboys in 2004 and 2005, made short work of Yeraly Abdrashev of Kazakhstan in men’s freestyle at 96 kilos/211.5 lbs. Pendleton, now an assistant coach for another set of Cowboys – the ones at the University of Wyoming — scored eight unanswered points in one minute, nine seconds to score a match-ending technical fall. (Under new international rules, a wrestler who builds a seven-point lead earns a tech fall.)
“It was fun, getting used to the new rules and getting a primer before going overseas,” said Pendleton, who will be competing in Armenia and Russia this summer. “It’s been a long time since I got a chance to represent the U.S. and any time you can have the opportunity to compete is always good, too.”
Other former collegiate wrestlers came out on the losing end in their matches with top freestyle competitors from Kazakhstan.
Frank Perrellli, who wrestled for Cornell University, lost to Daulet Niyazbekov, 0-7, at 60 kilos/132 pounds.
At 66 kilos/145.5 lbs., Phillip Simpson — 2005 NCAA finalist for Army – was the loser to Okassov Sayatbek by an 8-0 technical fall at 2:14.
A similar fate befell 2011 NCAA runner-up Clayton Foster at the hands of Semyon Semenov. The Kazakhstan wrestler scored an 8-0 tech fall win over the former Oklahoma State All-American at 4:16 of their match.
Jack Jensen, who wrestled for Oklahoma State from 2004-08, lost on an 8-0 tech fall in his match Saturday.
The Keep Olympic Wrestling Duals was designed to provide US wrestlers with additional competitive opportunities beyond home-grown talent… and to raise awareness for the worldwide Keep Olympic Wrestling movement, in response to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) decision in February to eliminate freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling as a core sport from the Olympics after the 2016 Games. (In May, the IOC Executive Board included wrestling on a shortlist of three sports to be considered by the entire IOC membership for inclusion at the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.)
In addition, the exhibition was also intended to assist families in the Colorado Springs area who have been devastated by recent wildfires by asking attendees to donate non-perishable food or make a monetary donation to a local charity.
Keep Olympic Wrestling Duals – Results
60 kilos/132 lbs. – Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) dec. Frank Perrelli (USA), 7-0
66 kilos/145.5 lbs. Haslan Garcia (Canada) tech. fall Dauren Zhumagazyev (Kazakhstan), 8-1, 4:16
66 kilos145.5 lbs. – Okassov Sayatbek (Kazakhstan) tech. fall Phil Simpson (USA) 8-0, 2:14
84 kilos/185 lbs. – Semyon Semenov (Kazakhstan) tech. fall Clayton Foster (USA), 8-0, 4:16
96 kilos/211.5 lbs. – Chris Pendleton (USA) tech. fall Yeraly Abdrashev (Kazakhstan), 8-0 , 1:09
120 kilos/264.5 lbs. – Daulet Shabanabay (Team Red) tech. fall Jack Jensen (Team Blue), 8-0, 3:19
Couldn’t be in Colorado Springs Saturday? Watch videos of the matches online at TheMat.tv.
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