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Sharratt, Durlacher, Schwab among guests this week on Takedown Radio



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Who's going to Colorado Springs for the decision between Zadick and Gallick? The times, date and place have been set for the Special Wrestle-Off between Nate Gallick and Mike Zadick. These two warriors will meet in a best-of-3 series to determine the final spot on the U.S. World Freestyle Team on Aug. 16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Gallick holds the advantage in previous meetings.

This week on Takedown Radio:

U.S. Air Force Academy Head Coach Joel Sharratt joins us to discuss all that's going on in Colorado Springs. His coaching staff, his recruits and the national movement of a more successful wrestling community.

Mary Jo Madvig joins us to promote her new calendar to raise funds and awareness on Cancer research and breast cancer.

Jared Platt (Blairstown, N.J./Blair Academy), TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for June 19-25. Platt won gold medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the Pan American Junior Championships in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Platt, a Blair Academy standout and Penn State recruit, captured the Greco-Roman title at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. on June 22 and followed two days later by winning the freestyle title at the Pan American Junior Championships. Platt dominated the field in freestyle, including pins over both silver medalist Luis Olivarez of Venezuela and bronze medalist Bharon Saez of Panama. Platt also rolled to the Greco-Roman title, pinning Saez and scoring a 6-0, 4-1 win over Venezuela's Enyerber Rodriguez

Coach Tim O'Brien of the now well-known Iowa Games joins us to discuss this upcoming event (July 14) and wrestling throughout the year. Who said it was a winter sport anyway?

Lindsey Durlacher (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC), TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for June 12-18. Durlacher turned in one of the strongest performances of the weekend in winning the U.S. World Team Trials title in Greco-Roman wrestling in Las Vegas. Durlacher, a 2006 World bronze medalist, made his third straight U.S. World Team at 55 kg/121 lbs. by sweeping two straight matches from 2006 World University champion Spenser Mango in the final-round series at the World Team Trials. He swept Mango 2-0, 2-0 in the first match and followed with a 2-0, 1-1 win in the second match. Durlacher came back strong at the World Team Trials after finishing second at April's U.S. Nationals.

Doug Schwab (Iowa City, Iowa/Gator WC), TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for June 5-11. Schwab turned in arguably the best performance of the U.S. World Team Trials by winning the freestyle title at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. on Sunday, June 10 in Las Vegas. Schwab had never placed higher than fifth at the World or Olympic Team Trials. He now qualifies for September's World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Schwab, 29, an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, came into Sunday's Challenge Tournament as the No. 6 seed after placing seventh at April's U.S. Nationals. Schwab started with a win over two-time NCAA champion Teyon Ware before he knocked off No. 3 seed Jared Lawrence, No. 2 seed Zack Esposito and No. 1 seed Jared Frayer to win the Challenge Tournament. Schwab then outlasted U.S. Nationals champion Chris Bono, who had sat out all day after clinching a spot in the finals, in the best-of-3 finals series on Sunday night.
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