2015-09-03 / Sports

Local taking international mat

By Michael Selecky
810-452-2632 • mselecky@mihomepaper.com


Former Cardinals’ grappler Brent Metcalf, shown here defeating University of South Dakota head coach and Iowa State grad. Chris Bono at an AGON event in Dec., 2013, at Perani Arena. Metcalf will wrestle the best competition on the planet in Nevada at the Orleans Hotel and Casino next week. 
Photos by Michael Selecky Former Cardinals’ grappler Brent Metcalf, shown here defeating University of South Dakota head coach and Iowa State grad. Chris Bono at an AGON event in Dec., 2013, at Perani Arena. Metcalf will wrestle the best competition on the planet in Nevada at the Orleans Hotel and Casino next week. Photos by Michael Selecky LAS VEGAS — Just like when he beat Aaron Pico on April 4, 2015, at AGON V: Iowa against the world, Davison grad Brent Metcalf doesn’t make a move that isn’t designed to bring him one step closer to winning an Olympic Gold Medal. Now the University of Iowa grad. is about to take the next step in this journey at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships Sept. 7-12 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Training has been very good. This is my fourth time wrestling at a world championship event and now I’ve got an opportunity to do so on home soil, so I’m excited about that,”

Metcalf said. “I haven’t gotten it done in the past, and by getting it done I mean winning a gold medal. That’s what it’s about and that’s what I’ve trained for.”

Currently Metcalf is the top-ranked wrestler at

143 lbs. (65 kg) for the

United States National

Freestyle Team.

While he’s followed closely on that depth chart by Oklahoma State product Jordan Oliver and Illinois native Jimmy Kennedy, only one wrestler per weight class takes the mat for each country in international competition.

“It’s just a matter of getting it done. This has pretty good implications regarding making the Olympic team. Essentially, if you medal at the world championships they put you in the top spot here in the United

States,” said Metcalf. “There’s a process where someone has to beat you best two-out-of-three to take your spot.”

This event begins on Sept.

7-9 with preliminary

Men’s Greco Roman matches starting at 10 a.m. and ending with bronze and gold medal bouts. The women’s freestyle matches then commence on Sept. 8-10 and will feature a very similar time frame prior to the men’s freestyle taking center stage on Sept. 10-12.

“It definitely behooves you to do well at this event. If not, then you’re thrown into the bunch and you have to wrestle your way through the tournament,” Metcalf said.

Since joining Team USA in 2010, the Davison native has amassed a wealth of success at international events. This includes winning this year at the U.S. World Team Trials, the U.S. Open and World Cup in addition to placing second at the Ivan Yargin Grand Prix and third at the Grand Prix of Paris.

“It’s good to have the momentum. There are a lot of great things going into 2016, but ultimately it all comes down to what’s ahead of you here,” said Metcalf.

In preparation for this event Metcalf and the rest of Team USA, which includes Tony Ramos, Reece Humphrey, James Green, Jordan Burroughs, Jake Herbert, Kyle Snyder and Terval Dlagnev according to www.vegasworld2015.com, trained in Arizona. Some of the other countries participating at this years world championships include Albania, Afghanistan, Algeria, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Paraguay and Poland.

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