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Chasing a Dream at Age Twenty



In a wide open field at the Olympic Trials Garrett Lowney was not about to be overlooked. Lowney stepped forward and became the U.S. Olympian at 213.75 pounds. Lowney's trip to the finals was hardly secure as the challenge tournament began. The field was thick with experienced, veteran competitors, yet when the wrestling was through the young up-start from Appleton, Wisconsin had garnered a trip to the Olympics at the age of twenty. Lowney, who was second at the 2000 U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas, had to fight his way through the challenge tournament with competitors such as Randy Couture, a three-time National Champion. Also, in the field was Michael Foy who came out of retirement in an attempt to make his third Olympic team. Others that posed threats to Lowney were Dan Hicks, Dave Surofcheck, and Jason Klohs. In this wide open field, with veteran competitors Garrett Lowney needed some help to advance. Lowney had all the help and inspiration he needed from the loud and large crowd of Lowney loyalists who made the long trip to Dallas from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Once he had advanced from the challenge tournament to face 1996 Olympian, Jason Gleasman, a huge upset was in the making. Lowney battled and emerged, victorious by winning two matches in Overtime by the score of 3-0. And, the throngs of Lowney loyalists celebrated the moment. At age twenty, before he had even wrestled a varsity match for his collegiate coach J. Robinson at the University of Minnesota, Lowney had earned the right to represent America in the Olympics. Lowney has already started writing the first chapter in what could become a legendary story, only time will tell if he will become as some coaches have said, "one of America's next Greco-Roman greats."
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