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Quotes from U.S. athletes Lawal and Cormier, and U.S. coaches Duroe and Seay after the Tuesday morni



84 kg/185.5 lbs. - Mo Lawal, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)

"Two bullets. Two kills. We will see after the next match. I got these over with. I don't know how good these guys are, but they are in my weight class. I have to take them one match at a time."

"The next match, I have (2003 World champion Sajid) Sajidov. It will be a good match. I'm looking forward to it. I think he's a good wrestler. He has tricks, like all the Russians. He hasn't seen my double leg. I have been saving that. I am just going to go out and try to take the match."

96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)

"I didn't wrestle well. You have to try things when you get behind. I had to go for it. I couldn't get it done. I didn't wrestle well, no ifs or buts about it. The best in the world wrestle like the best in the world every time. I didn't wrestle the best in the world. I lost. I don't think he will get through. I felt good. I just didn't wrestle. You can't not wrestle and expect to win."

U.S. World Team Coach Joe Seay

"We lost one match. The guy Daniel lost to should be able to move forward. I think the guy might pull him back into the wrestlebacks. I feel good about that. It was not ideal this morning. However, I feel like we can win three medals if Daniel gets back in."

"I think everybody wrestled well. Daniel got into a hole and had to wrestle back hard. He had to gamble. He had nothing to lose. He was going for the win. You have to give that to him."

"Joe is on a mission this time. He is looking at the Russian down the line, later in the tournament. He has to focus on the guy in front of him. And he is doing that. He wrestled two good matches. Everything we do with him has to do with the next round and we move him up the line. Joe is wrestling well, and was ready to go."

"Mo is an incredible athlete. If you are going to beat him, you really have to wrestle. He loves to compete. He is enjoying what he is doing out there. He has a bright future in wrestling."

"I was not disappointed with anybody. Everything is on track. Yesterday was just one of those days, like you never want to go through. Today is what we are focused on, as well as tomorrow with Tolly Thompson."

U.S. World Team Coach Mike Duroe

" Overall, it was a good round. We won five of six matches. The match that we lost, we were in positions we didn't want to be in. We worked on that in training camp. You don't stay in dangerous positions. That is what Daniel did."

"Overall with things I am happy. Obviously we need to win the next two rounds. We have two chances for medals, and it will depend what happens if Daniel gets a chance. They all came out this morning and were focused."

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