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10/24/2007


USOEC women's coach reflects on Chinese delegation's visit

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) hosted athletes from China in an exhibition of three Olympic sports Tuesday (Oct. 23). Athletes competed in women's freestyle wrestling and men's Greco-Roman wrestling, and boxing.

The Greco-Roman competition saw the Chinese wrestlers take five of the eight matches from the USOEC. Song Jidong at 264.5 pounds defeated Mike Rossetti. The Chinese won the second match of the night at 211.5 when Chen Xiaofei decisioned Peter Gounaridis.

"I was happy that I did a pretty good job. The team performance overall was very good," said Chen. "These types of competition are great preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. Our opponents were very strong so by training and competing against them it was a good learning experience."

USOEC wrestlers Jake Plamann and Jake Curby took the next two matches. Plamann won a decision at 185 over Liu Ming. At 145.5, Curby won by decision over Xu Shuo.

Three of the next four weight classes went to the Chinese. Wang Chao defeated Peter Kowalczuk at 185. Shen Zhixue and Wang Hui picked up wins for the Chinese in the next two matches. Shen at 211.5 won his match over Chas Betts. At 145.5 Wang won over Kerry Regner. The final match of the night saw Jim Gruenwald win a decision over Wang.

The Chinese women took all six freestyle wrestling matches against the USOEC. Liang Yue won the first match of the night at 158.5 pounds over Katie Crouch by fall. Schuyler Brown lost to Ge Zhen at 138.5. The next match was at 130.5 as Wang Lie defeated Shyla Iokia.

Liang Yue downed Lindsey Brooks. Ge won against Iokia at 130. The final match of the freestyle event saw Wang down Amy Borgnini at 121.
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