Wrestling Coaches Compete at Dave Schultz Memorial
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (February 2, 2015) – West Virginia University wrestling assistant coach Nick Marable claimed the title at 70 kilograms (154 pounds), while volunteer assistant Dom Bradley and operations assistant Clarissa Chun both wrestled in the finals at their respective weights at the 2015 Dave Schultz Memorial International in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this past weekend.
The trio currently trains under WVU coach Sammie Henson in the Mountaineer Regional Training Center in Morgantown. They compete for Henson through his club, Sunkist Kids.
Marable, who represented the United States at the 2014 World Championships in September, earned the title over Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota Storm) in a 1-1 decision on criteria. After scoring on a pushout early in the second to tie the bout, he was awarded the win as the last to score. Marable started the day off with a 5-2 decision over Nobuyoshi Takojima of Japan in the quarterfinals before defeating Kevin LeValley of the Minnesota Storm in a 4-1 decision to advance to the finals.
“This past weekend was my first competition back since the World Championships so I knew I wasn’t going to feel the best I could” said Marable. “My footwork, my timing and conditioning weren’t going to be what it was in September. Even though I didn’t feel my best I knew I had to find some way to win. I focused on what I know my strengths are and stuck to the system. Coach Henson stresses that every day and it paid off in the end. My matches weren’t necessarily what I wanted them to be, but my confidence in the system helped me persevere and get the win.”
Bradley, who earned the Dave Schultz title at 125 kilograms in 2012, won a 6-0 decision over Justin Grant (NYAC) in the quarterfinals before taking a 3-2 decision from Anthony Nelson of the Minnesota Storm in the semifinals. He then dropped a 5-2 bout to Russia’s Pavel Krivstov in the finals.
The 2008 World Champion and 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Chun squared off with 2013 World Champion Alyssa Lampe, also of Sunkist Kids, in the semifinals and took a 6-4 decision. She then dropped an 8-0 decision to Canadian Victory Anthony in the finals.
The Dave Schultz Memorial International is held every year in honor of former Olympian and World Champion Dave Schultz, who was shot and killed by sponsor John E. du Pont while training for the 1996 Olympics. His story is the subject of the movie Foxcatcher.
WVU wrestling returns to the mat this weekend, when they travel to Clarion on Friday for a 6 p.m. dual before returning to Morgantown to host Big 12 foe Iowa State on Saturday evening in a 6 p.m. start at the WVU Coliseum.
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