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|Quotes from U.S. wrestlers Bill Zadick, Donny Pritzlaff and Andy Hrovat and Coach Kevin Jackson after Thursday morning session at World Championships|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
66 kg/132 lbs. - Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
"I 'm trying to go out and wrestle how we trained and prepared ourselves, to win some gold medals. I feel good with the results. There are things I would have done better, though."
(comparing with his previous World Championships experience)
"I am more prepared, and having the experience of being here makes a difference. You can't take things for granted. You have to seize your opportunities when they come."
74 kg/163 lbs. - Donny Pritzlaff, Madison, Wis. (New York AC)
"I let that one get away from me a little bit. I didn't open up. I was a little tentative. I didn't train to be tentative. I was in a groove coming in. He had a style that was difficult. Hopefully he carries me through."
"I felt the first match was a good tuneup. In the second match, I beat a guy who had beaten me earlier this year. I felt then that I was in the groove. It didn't work out that way. Hopefully, he gets in and, then its two matches for the bronze."
"He was underhooking my attack arm. I wasn't doing a great job clearing my arm. I don't think I was as physical as I usually am. It cost me."
84 kg/185 lbs. - Andy Hrovat, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)
"I knew everything I was doing. After I got up 3-0, I wasn't focused on keeping him from scoring. I messed up. You don't lose when you have a three-point move. I didn't stop his offense. If I moved more, he wouldn't have been able to score on me."
"I hope he goes forward and pulls me back in. He is a good wrestler. It was a bad match for me. I hope he goes on and makes the finals."
"I felt sharp. That is how it went. He attacked my right leg. I knew that was a weakness. I drew a guy with a good attack to the right side. I worked on it a thousand times in practice. It let me down, my defense."
(about the experience of wrestling in World Championships)
"For me, every match is the same. You go out there and do what you are best at. That is what I tried. I wasn't good enough to beat him. This isn't different than any other tournament. You can't put it on a pedestal."
U.S. National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson
"We are excited for Bill Zadick to have this opportunity, after all of the hard work and sacrifice he has done. He moved to Colorado Springs and the Olympic Training Center for a full-time effort to pursue his dreams. He now has to take the next step. He has to become the World champion, to make all of that hard work and sacrifice pay off."
"We are extremely disappointed with the 74 kg and 84 kg results. If you lose, lose your best match. That did not happen at those weights. Hopefully, Donny will wrestle back. It was the first time at the World Championships for Donny Pritzlaff and Andy Hrovat. It was a great opportunity they had. They will realize that they missed out. From that, they will learn and they will get better. It is all about consistency, in your training environment and in your preparation. Look at Bill Zadick. Bill trained fulltime for this moment. He trained consistently at a high level. That training environment is the key reason for the results."