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|Quotes from the U.S. champions at the Dave Schultz Memorial International on Saturday night|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
48 kg - Stephanie Murata
"I like 48 kg. Not really 48 kg, but I like 110 pounds, with the two kg allowance. Making 48 kg is another thing."
"It is always a challenge for you when you wrestle good opponents. I like training here. There are always good opponents. This is why I wrestled well, because of my good opponents."
"The USOC has stepped up and helped us perform better. The addition of the recovery center has helped us to recover and train harder. It is helping us to create better on the international level. All the resources we have here makes a difference in our training."
"Every tournament, every day is a new day. Just because you had success in the past, you can't sit on your laurels. That is the beauty of the sport. You have to improve and get better or you lose."
51 kg - Patricia Miranda
"I was pretty disappointed with my semifinals match. My coach Levi (Magden-Weikel) has me working on many things. One of them was offensive pressure. We envision where the shots are wide open. I got a three-point lead in both periods. I lost my focus and let my opponent on my legs a few times. It seems like a simple lesson.That is what these tournaments are for. I only see Hitomi (Sakamoto, the World champion) a few times a year. Mistakes like that against her would be takedowns."
"I love this tournament. I am an old Dave Schultz Club member. It means a lot to me."
"I have to stop taking one minute lapses. I could cost me a loss."
(about the finals against Jenny)
"I saw the match as redemption for the semifinals, to see if I could go the whole two minutes, creating my openings with pressure, so they never get a clean shot and so I can pick my offense. You saw a little less shooting in that match. Hopefully I did my tasks correctly. Wrestling a friend is a skill. It is not a happy thing. You have to divorce the friendship from that."
55 kg - Marcie Van Dusen
"I had a chance to change my strategy. I came out too strong. I had to see what she had and wrestle my own match. I'd say I was in better shape, but I definitely wanted it more. I was attacking too much early on and she was capitalizing on my mistakes. In the second period, I had to set her up more and get off my shots. Coach Izzy (Izboinikov) refocused me in the corner."
"That match was all about strategy. It wasn't about technique. It was the best strategy that won."
63 kg - Randi Miller
"It meant a lot to me. I can't believe it myself. I want to keep doing this and say consistent with my performances. I am still in shock."
"I changed my ideology about wrestling after watching Iris (Smith) win the World Championships. I started believing in myself, and good thing started to happen. Before they took me to the Worlds to be Iris' training partner, I never thought I'd beat someone like Sara McMann. But Iris wasn't supposed to win, and she did, and so can I."
(about the match with McMann)
"I knew if she took me down, my par terre is not so good, and she could turn me. I tried to stay on my feet and score from that position."
(about the U.S. Olympic Training Center)
"I have a lot of great people to work out with now. I am working on specifics now. That is the main thing that is different."
67 kg - Katie Downing
"I felt coming in, with it being at home and with the quality of this tournament, I wanted to show everybody that I learned something at the World Championships this year and am progressing. I want to build on each tournament I wrestle. With the tournament at home, I wanted to pick it up. This has become a huge tournament, bigger than last year and bigger than the year before. My weight class was not very big, but I wrestled four matches. I wanted to wrestle the Russian who was third in the world in my weight class, but they moved her up a weight. But they were here training with other teams for a week and I got some matches then."
(about improving her offense)
"I think there was a lot of stuff that was there in drilling, but not live and in competition. I had to make it happen. It is not like I did not have it. At the New York AC Tournament and the Guelph Open, I worked on it there. Here, I wanted to perform. I want to be at the next level for the Nationals, the Trials and the World Championships."
60 kg - Travis Lee
"It was a very strong weight class. I did not try to think of the guys in the weight class that were good. I tooke it one match at a time and worked slowly through the tournament. I felt good the whole time. I felt my conditioning could be a bit better. This was a good tournament for me. I am usually a slow starter in matches. For me to win my matches in two periods."
(about facing Sahit Prizreni)
"He gave me a good test. I've known him a year. I lost to him a year ago at the Schultz in the quarterfinals. He is not somebody to take lightly."
"In terms of goals, I want to do the best I can. Coming up are the U.S. Nationals and the World Team Trials. I want to make the National Team and the World Team. It is the first step to making it in 2008."
120 kg - Daniel Cormier
It's good to get a win. It has been awhile. I have had many matches lately. This is good, even if it is at heavyweight. I'm not staying at heavyweight. I'm a 96 kg wrestler and that is the weight class where I can do my best. In this tournament, I was able to get some offense going and build some confidence."
(about facing regular training partner Steve Mocco)
"It's tough to wrestle somebody you wrestle every day, but sometimes it happens. He's a great wrestler and tough to wrestle. You feel like you are on the defense all the time. I was lucky to get the coin toss on the final clinch. Then they tried to end the match on a caution. I felt happy about that at first, but you don't want to win like that. We needed to wrestle that clinch out."
"Next, I am going to Turkey at the end of the month, and I will wrestle 96 kg. I'll have time to focus, get my weight down and get prepared."
55 kg - Lindsey Durlacher
"This is a solid tournament here. If you walk out with a win, you are doing a good job. The weight classes are stacked. It shows what I have been doing is working and I am making strides."
(about facing Spencer Mango)
"Mango did a heck of a good job beating good people to make the finals. I felt pressure coming in. I didn't rush things. I tried to be a smart wrestler. I have more knowledge, that veteran knowledge in matches."
"Getting over the hump and winning that World medal is a tremendous confidence booster. I know I am one of the best wrestlers in the world. I didn't have that before. I was clawing and scratching to get in there. Now I have that medal and that confidence."
120 kg - Dremiel Byers
"I didn't try to do too much. I worked things I have been working on lately. My lungs were good. I pushed hare. I tried to score on my feet. It was fresh on my mind that I lost in this tournament last year. The truth be told, a couple of guys we expected in this tournament didn't wrestle. They didn't show. My mind set was for them too. I have to look ahead now. I wish my team did better. We have to press on to the next tournament. Bigger and better things are coming up."
"This tournament gives me a different look with our focus and strategy. We try to take their points away and do what we are good at. Then you have to ask yourself. Has he paid the price like you have? Is he good enough to beat you? Did he get up at 4 in the morning to work out? If the answer is no, then you shouldn't lose. The World Championships sucked. There was a bad call. For the first time in 10 years, I got a bad call. I have to consider myself lucky about that, and I won't let it happen again."