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Quotes from U.S. women wrestlers Downing and Smith and Coach Steiner, and Greco-Roman coach Estrella after weighins Thursday

Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
09/29/2005


67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Katie Downing, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

"It feels great. I've been ready to go for years. Once I made weight today, finally I get my chance. What I came to do is the only thing left. I am not nervous, not worried. I am excited. All that is left is the fun part."

"I feel that the wrestler who beat Kristie Marano can beat any girl in the weight class here today. For a few years, I was almost there. Something had to click. Whatever it was at the Trials is what I need. I feel that my wrestling is at a whole different level. I have wrestled all these girls before. That little extra will make a difference. I feel I can beat whoever is here."

72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

"I am really excited. I am ready to go out and finish the job I came here for. Everything is a cycle. That is what I have tried to do forever. I am ready to get the job done."

"I am feeling really good. The training camp has been good. People have been very supportive. The coaches pushed us. All I have to do now is wrestle."

Terry Steiner, USA Wrestling National Women's Coach

"Katie is a newcomer. She is unproven. She is one of our leaders. She live the right lifestyle and does the right thing in training. As we have learned in the tournament so far, no matter how we train, we have to use what we use on the mat. Katie is capable. She beat a seven-time World medalist to get here. She's wanted this a long time. She has the output and the effort to get here, and should pay off."

"Iris, in the training camp and leading into this, has looked the best she has in years. Her reactions are quick and strong. These rules suit her. She is explosive and hard to score on. I look for her to do well here. She has looked good in training, competing against some tough foreign competitors. She hasn't had a shot in awhile. She is happy to get another shot."

About 55 kg/121 lbs. Greco-Roman, Lindsey Durlacher, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

Rich Estrella, Colorado Springs, Colo. U.S. World Team Coach

"We are excited about Lindsey. This may be his first time at the World Championships. He has prepared for this opportunity for a long time. We want to see how well he does here. He is capable of it. He had a very good training camp. We expect him to step up and compete."

"One of the things we are aware of with the new rules is this is the most even playing field. We have focuses in and are excited about our chances here. Our mix of veterans and new guys give us a real good feel for what we will do here."
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