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USOEC wrestlers become All-Americans at nationals

The USOEC freestyle wrestling team competed in USAW Folkstyle Nationals last weekend in Oklahoma City, Okla. The team of four wrestlers coached by Shannyn Gillespie not only took home one gold medal and one bronze medal, but all earned the right to be called high school All-Americans.

The freestyle wrestling team consisted of USOEC athletes who all attend Marquette Senior High School: junior Erin Golston and seniors Jenna Burkert, Kimberly Spiegel and Taylor Zboray.

Head coach Shannyn Gillespie said that he is very pleased with the overall results and expects his team to continue to challenge themselves as they jump right back into their daily practices.

“All four of these athletes really showed everyone what they are capable of, and for two of them to be taking home medals is a great thing,” Gillespie said. “Now we are shifting our attention back to practices and continue to train as the Senior Nationals get closer by the day. We are really looking forward to showing everyone what we are made.”

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Burkert said she was also pleased with the results as she was able to secure a gold medal, although she said it was a constant battle that never let up.

“I was very nervous going into the match because I was going up against people who trained in Folkstyle wrestling for years and I only had a few weeks of training,” Burkert said. “In the end though, I just stayed focused and remember how hard I worked to get here. I fought the hard fight and came out on top to win the gold and become a high school All-American.”

Burkert was not the only one to secure a medal in the wrestling performances. Golston received a bronze medal in her overall performance.

Golston said that she was disappointed with the results at first, but also said the experience is something she won’t forget anytime soon.

“When you have goals set in your mind that you want to accomplish and come up short, it’s hard to deal with,” Golston said. “When I thought more about it, I realized I had a lot to be proud of,  not only earning a bronze medal but also All-American status. The experience alone pushes me to want more and never give up.”

The USOEC freestyle wrestling team will continue to train and prepare for the Senior Nationals, which will take place on April 7-9 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gillespie said that his team is ready to compete and show what they are made of.

“This week is a recovery week for us, and next week we are really going to kick it in gear up to the Senior Nationals,” Gillespie said. “We’ve had plenty of time to regroup and make sure everyone is peaking at the right time and in the physical shape they need to be in order to compete at their maximum potential. The bottom line is we are ready to compete and to show everyone what we’re made of.”

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