I just returned from Las Vegas, NV where I competed at the US National Championships. As always, I was hoping to bring back the gold, but unfortunately I fell short by losing a close 0-1 bout in the quarter finals. I bounced back quickly and won my next 4 matches to get 3rd place. By not qualifying for the finals, I have eliminated my chances of making the world team this year. Only the top two wrestlers from the nationals get to wrestle off for the world team spot.
While not making the world team this year is a big disappointment for me, I am proud of my performance. This competition proved to me that I am making PROGRESS which is the most important thing to me right now. I was wrestling fearless in my matches and I was taking risks and putting points up on the score board. In fact, if you add the points up in all of my six matches, I out scored my opponents 45 to 6. As I have had the time to reflect the last couple of days, I have come to a conclusion that my one loss was actually more beneficial to me than harmful. I became aware of a weakness to work on. Being exposed like this is a good thing because it shows me where I have room to grow. Knowing where I’m lacking is a great asset to me because now I’m confident that I’ll be getting better by really focusing on growth opportunities.
I’m going to take what I’ve learned from Nationals back to the practice room and continue to work hard towards my goal of winning the GOLD at the Olympics next year. I will be training back at Colorado Springs for the next month. After that, I am hoping for an opportunity to return to my alma mater in Marquette, MI from June 27-July 3. The Iranian National team will be there and this would be a great opportunity for me to train with some of the best. I have yet to map out my training/competition schedule for the rest of the summer, but I will be sure to keep everyone posted.
Thank you for all the support!