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Terry Shockley named Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

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Quotes from National Champions

Stephen Abas, Fresno State, 125 pound champion "I'm a little tired right now. He came at me a little differently than I expected. The first time we wrestled, he wasn't as aggressive. He did a great job. He surprised me a little." "I didn't like the way I finished the match. I would have like to have been on top of him. I'm glad that I won, though." (about winning the match that clinched it for Minnesota) "I'm glad to see it's not Iowa winning again. Anybody but Iowa again. Minnesota did a great job. They had 10 All-Americans. That's great." "I knew I couldn't stop wrestling. Taking that extra shot (in the third period) helped me out. I'm going to take a little break this year, and not wrestle in freestyle." Eric Juergens, Univ. of Iowa, 133 pound champion "It's hard to describe. All year long, we train to win the national title. We want to win as a team. The team is like a bunch of brothers to you. Jody lost. You put in the time and want to win. This is hard to describe." "Last year was so great. I had never won. I had many doubts. It was much better last year. It would be great if everyone else in the finals won. I feel more for the coaches. They put in so much time for us. They don't sleep at night trying to figure out how to help us win." " I remember last year it went to overtime and praying not to give up and keep going. In the third period this year, I was thinking, 'just two minutes for the rest of my life.'" "When that whistle blew, it was like a dream. I lost one match this year. I was thinking this probably may be my last competitive match." Michael Lightner, Univ of Oklahoma, 141 pound champion "I was never nervous before the match. It was good nerves. I was ready to go. I wrestled the kind of match 200 times this year. I was so ready. I had a feeling I'd win. I played it in my head and I won every time. I was focused. I wrestled a smart match." "I lost two years in a row. The analogy is like having Christmas, and having your parents put out a great gift, and then having them pull it away. I thought about it every day this year. They could have rotated wrestlers on me; I wouldn't have let it happen again. I thank my coaches for getting me ready." "Losing, it made me grow up. I think this year I improved my wrestling and my mental skills. If I had won in the past, I many not have been as good now. I stepped it up a notch this year." "I'm going to keep wrestling. If I quit being competitive now, I'd go crazy. I'm healthy and I'm motivated. Winning his gave me a desire and a hunger to go to the next level." Adam Tirapelle, Illinois, 149 pound champion "I knew this would be hard. I beat him three times before. Everytime you face the same guy, it gets harder. He had a new strategy. He stopped some of my better moves." "I had a great progression. I was third as a sophomore, second last year and first this year. After I lost last year, I said there were 365 days until next year's championship finals." "I wrestled my match. I took my shots and controlled the match. I did some new things to win this match. I left Stanford and came to Illinois to be a national champion. If I didn't make it, it still would have been worth it. The team, the coaches, the university were all great. This is the best thing I ever did." "I am going to continue to wrestle and try to make the Olympic team. I'll also help coach at Illinois. I feel I have a decent shot, as good as anybody." T.J. Williams, Univ. of Iowa, 157 pound champion "For about two weeks, we worked as individuals. I have been working on getting out in 30 secons for two weeks. I was getting out in between two and five seconds. I figured the first three seconds in the tiebreaker were important. I heard the whistle and was going to wrestle until I heard another one." "This is my last win, my last college match. I went out on top and that's good. Last year, taking third was tough. Being on that podium in third place was not easy. When you enter, anything can happen in wrestling." (about his older brother Joe) "I have never thought I was in my brother's shadow. We are two different people. He has his own shadow and I have my own shadow." (was he pleased with his wrestling) "Not really. I'm disappointed with the last match. I wish I scored more points. Last year, though, I took third. I'm excited, but not happy." Donny Pritzlaff, Univ. of Wisconsin, 165 pounds (was this sweeter than last year) "It's sweeter. I worked hard this year. I made it my goal to finish out on top, and I did. It was great." "Every time I wrestle him, it's a tough match. I usually like to dominate, but with him, I really can't. I wrestled well, good enough to win. Nobody cares years from now how you wrestle, as long as you get that W." (about overtime) "He won the flip. I think I had to press it. I felt I had to make more opportunities. I wish I had done that in the rest of the match. When you are tired, you have to push back that pain zone, and give yourself a chance to have opportunities." "I had him pressured on the edge. I'd been pushing on the edge all night. I've driven that shot a million times, so I did it and scored the takedown." "I'm going to take some time off, then I might get ready for Vegas (for U.S. Nationals). I'm going to enjoy this for awhile and have a great St. Patrick's Day." Josh Koscheck, Edinboro, 174 pound champion "I had a little more intensity. I went out this year and believed in myself. Last year, I didn't believe. I went back and worked hard. This year, I believed it and prepared better. It feels all right now. Now I'm ready to train for next year." "With two seconds left, I had a nice grin on my face. I realized all of the hard work had paid off. I thank God. It's awesome. He's been with me, and we did it together." Cael Sanderson, Iowa State, 184 pound champion "I have been looking forward to relaxing for awhile now. I have to look back and look at what I have to improve on. It's time to get ready for next year already. Mentally, this year was more difficult. It was a little different approach. It's easy to go out there with no pressure and have fun." (about Daniel Cormier) "My goal was to get the first takedown and ride some of his conditioning out of him. That is my goal any time I wrestle him." "Now is time to go on to freestyle. It's all fun for me. It's not like I'm stressed out. It's just a little different. I enjoy wrestling. I love the big tournaments, the big crowds, the tight team races. It's awesome to have the opportunity to perform in that setting." Mark Munoz, Oklahoma State, 197 pound champion "The difference between last year and this year was I kept my focus and was mentally stronger. The key was having fun, and glorifying God in every way. I just did what I had to do." (about winning the NCAA)"It is something I worked on the whole year. Since high school, I wanted to be the NCAA Champions. This year, I was focused. I did what Hulk Hogan does: pray, eat vitamins and eat right." "All the hard work, all the morning workouts, the stadiums, the lifts, the live wrestling, it all paid off. You can never work too hard to accomplish what you want to do." John Lockhart, Univ. of Illinois, heavyweight "We knew each other's moves and when we do them. The new shots he had this time were the high crotches to the other side. The secret to wrestling somebody a number of times is to switch things up." "The strength of the Big Ten heavyweights is amazing. We had five of the eight All-Americans. We see each other so much. This is the fourth time I saw Tommy this year. I wrestled Matt Brink five times last year. We beat each other up." "Physically, all the coaches have confidence in me. I guess I'm a mental case. That's what we worked on. Don't think. It has to be all instinctive. We did a lot of work, one on one. It was outstanding."
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