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|Quotes by U.S. athletes Warren, Ruiz, Byers, coaches Fraser, Antonelli, Lewis after morning session|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
60 kg/132 lbs. - Joe Warren, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
(in his match against Liendo)
"I didn't know about the caution situation. I was too aggressive and they gave a caution and a point penalty to me. When I was on top in the second period, Momir (Petkovic) told me if I didn't score, I don't win. I got it done. I am a warrior. These guys can't stay with me. I will beat them all."
"I am staying focused, one match at a time. I can score points. I give everything I have every second of my matches. I leave it on the mat. When I do that, I should get a win every time. One match at a time. One win at a time."
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Justin Ruiz, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
"I was trying to focus on the moment. He lifted and caught me that one time. My reaction was slow. I just tried to keep my head straight and it worked out right for me."
(about his improvements in the par terre position)
"I've had more time to work on it. I went to more competitions this year. I have a good group of training partners in the room, and have been getting on top practicing with them."
"I am trying to do my best. I will take one match at a time, one period at a time. I want to see what happens."
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
"I was undecided what I would do on the top. I went for the reverse lift. I was in a great position for that. I sat there a second thinking, being a professor, not a doer. I waited too late and could not switch off. He has good defense. I could tell he wanted a par terre game. I said that's all right. I can do that."
"(Tsurtsumia) is outclassed by the Cuban he will wrestle. But anything can happen. He got a silver in the Olympics. He beat Rulon Gardner there. He made strides. We will see how he does against Cuba."
USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser
"Justin Ruiz wrestled smart in both matches. The Czech wrestler has been around a long time, and was second in the world. And he is a big guy. Justin got him tired. That was the game plan. He also did a nice job with his defense. The Czech has a great reverse lift. He caught Justin one time, but when it mattered, he did a nice job stopping it. Justin has been patient and stayed focused. He will have to stay that way against the Hungarian in the next match. He won't get any breaks wrestling against Hungary. He will have to wrestle better. Justin can run him hot, get him tired."
USA World Team Coach Jay Antonelli
"In Joe Warren's second match, he needed points, because he had two cautions. And he got them. He finds a way to win. He has a fierce competitiveness. The first two matches he looked great, the best I have seen him. Hopefully, it will continue in the remaining rounds."
USA Coach Shon Lewis
"We knew (Tsurtsumia) had a good gut wrench. After 27 seconds, we relaxed and came up a bit. It allowed George to turn his hip. We weren't able to turn him when it was our chance. In the second period, we stopped the gut wrench like we needed to. On top, we stayed with the reverse lift too long and couldn't change up in time. So we lost 1-1. It was one tactic. We knew it would go down to a par terre game."
"Tsurtsumia will be all right in the quarterfinals. The Cuban will be the determining factor in the semifinals."