I just got home from my trip to Zagreb, Croatia tonight and would like to give you an update on how the competition went. I won my first match 7-0 against Croatia then I lost my next my next match 0-1 against Serbia. It was single elimination unless the opponent you lost to made it all the way to the finals in which case you can get bumped back into the tournament for a chance for third place. The opponent I lost to lost in the semi finals which bumped me out of the tournament.
This obviously was not the results I was hoping for but I am staying positive and am still happy about the experience I’ve gained from this trip. I got some great training with the Croatian team and I learned a lot about what I need to do in my training going forward. I will not compete again until the US open which will be help in Las Vegas in May which gives me plenty of time to get to work.
I just wanted to give an update on the trip I’m on in Zagreb, Croatia. This is the first overseas competition I’ve been on since before I retired in 2012. I arrived on Monday and will be competing on Saturday. We have the opportunity to train with some Croatian wrestlers this week and it’s been a great change in pace of my normal routine. I had the chance to train with world medalist Nenad Zugaj on Tuesday. I’m feeling the best I’ve felt since I’ve came back and I’m very grateful for this opportunity. The competition is a Grand Prix which means I can expect to see some tough competition. My game plan here is not so much on winning but on putting points on the board. I’m keeping my goals long term because my ultimate goal will be on the 2016 Olympic Gold. I feel that putting too much emphasis on short term results will limit my progress in the long term. If I can score points in all my matches I know I am making progress so it will be important for me to take some chances here and test my skills. I’m feeling confident right now and I am excited to challenge myself in this event to see where I stand on the world level. I’m hoping to take away some positive learning experiences from this trip, so that I know what I need to work on when I get back to the states.
I would like to thank everyone who is following me on this blog and are showing their support. I’ll be sure to post my results after the competition.
Cheney went 1-2 at the Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament 2015. He lost to Kazakhstan (A. Dilmukhamedov) first match 1-6. He won his second match to Argentina (M. Prudenzano) 6-3. He lost his final bout to enter the 3rd and 4th place match to USA teammate Patrick Martinez 1-5. I posted videos of the matches below so everyone can watch as he improves!
VS. Kazakhstan, Ashkat Dilmukhamedov
VS Argentina, Maximiliano Prudenzano
VS USA Patrick Martinez
Cheney’s next stop is Zagreb, Croatia. He will train there for a week and compete in a tournament on Feb. 21st. He will update the blog with practice and results, so stay tuned for more posts! Thank you for following!
I would like to share some of the thoughts I’ve had of my most recent competition that I competed at called the Dave Schultz International. I definitely did not have the best showing and did not feel that I wrestled up to my potential. I’m not going to let this bring me down because it is the first of many on my road to Rio in 2016. As I sat down to reflect on my performance after the competition I came to the conclusion that my problem was 100% mental. I think that because of the fact that this was my first major event I’ve competed at after a long time away from the sport I let my nerves get the best of me. This was a HUGE problem because it meant that I was putting too much emphasis on the outcome of the event (whether I won or lost) instead of what I was doing during the match. My focus during each of my matches should have been simply to try the stuff I’ve been working on the last couple of months and putting points on the scoreboard instead putting any pressure on myself on what the final outcome of the match would be. From past experience in wrestling and many other area’s in life I’ve learned that I perform best when I am able to live in the moment. It is the times when I’m able to phase everything else in my life out and put all of my focus into my present situation that I’m at my very best. From this moment moving forward I’m going to be putting a lot of work into living in the moment and embracing every second of it. I’m very grateful to be given a second chance at my dream and excited for the journey ahead.
I want to thank everyone who is following me on this blog, your support means a lot to me.