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|Quotes from U.S. wrestlers Erin Tomeo and Tina George, and coaches Bill Scherr and Terry Steiner after the Saturday morning session at the World Championships|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
59 kg/130 lbs. - Erin Tomeo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
(about the match against Li Hui Su)
"I think what were factors were my defense and her leg attacks. It is not a situation I get into a lot. I need to work on it some more. I am pleased I stayed offensive minded, but I have to be ready for those shots. I stuck with the game plan and wrestled hard, other than that."
"I'm still confident. I am at this level. I deserve to be here. I just need to make a few more tweaks."
55 kg/121 lbs. - Tina George, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
"I don't think I fought. That's it. I did some great things. I dissected the match. I got put on my back and fought out. That is big for me. I had a good scramble at the end of the second period. In the third period, I didn't feel confident in my shots. In ½ second, I wasn't focused and it was over."
"Everyone kept saying I had a walkthrough to the finals. I don't look at it that way, I look at it differently. I get more nervous then. I think it puts more pressure on you to expect that. I think I played it safe to get through that first match, and it cost me."
"I think the preparation was there. I didn't compete like a champion. A champion can pound on whoever is there, no matter if you have heard of them or not. They have the fight in them. I didn't wrestle like that today."
"I honestly don't know my next step. I need to re-evaluate things."
U.S. Women's World Team Coach Bill Scherr
"It's a disappointing session for us. I don't think we didn't try hard, or that we didn't wrestle well some of the time. We just didn't wrestle well when we need to in order to win some of those bouts. We need to wrestle smarter and harder at the right time when we need it."
"Patricia ran into a great opponent close to her back yard. Patricia knew what she needed to do to beat her, but didn't execute it. It was a situation of facing a great opponent."
"We are happy with Erin Tomeo's development. She is a great wrestler, a great athlete, and has a bright future ahead of her."
"Tina wrestled not to the level she needs to beat World-level wrestlers. She has the potential to beat everyone here, but she needs to wrestle with more intensity at times. It cost her against the Vietnamese wrestler."
U.S. Women's National Coach Terry Steiner
(about the wrestle-back matches ahead for Miranda and Tomeo)
"Now, everyone has to throw in everything. It is for a medal. There is nothing to lose. They will be tough matches, feisty matches. We have to take control People will wrestle with emotion tonight. We have to be ready for that and wrestle above it."