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WRST: McDonough Makes University World Team

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 10:19 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa national
champion Matt McDonough swept Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett in a best-of-three
challenge series and will represent the United States at 57 kg at the 2014
University World Championships in Pecs, Hungary on July 8-12.



“It
feels good but I’m already thinking about the next step,” said McDonough, who
was a United States Junior World Team member in 2010. “I have a short turnaround
so there is not a lot of time to pat yourself on the back. It is time to look
at the next challenge.”





McDonough
defeated Garrett, 16-10, 15-5. He scored 14 of the final 16 points to erase an
8-2 deficit in the opening round, and built a 6-0 lead en route to a technical
fall in Round 2. 





“I knew he was explosive, so it was a matter of eliminating space. I have been
working hard at getting ahold of guys and effectively getting to where I am
good. I want to grab ahold and get to the leg. Today was about keeping cool and
doing what I need to do,” McDonough said.





“You
know he is going to come out twice as hard in Round 2, so you can’t think it is
over. Obviously there was some momentum after the first match, so you look at
it like you’re one win away from a World Team, and you rule with an iron fist.”





McDonough
is the fourth Hawkeye, and third lightweight, to earn a spot on a 2014 United
States World Team. Tony Ramos is the United States 57 kg representative at the
World Championships, and Thomas Gilman is the 55 kg representative at the
Junior World Championships.





UI
national champion Brent Metcalf will represent the United States at 65 kg at
the World Championships.





McDonough
will be the first Hawkeye to take the mat when he leaves for Hungary from the
U.S. training camp on July 3.





“I
was the first one out throughout my collegiate career, so it’s kind of exciting
to know I’ll be able to go out and set the pace for my teammates,” he said.
“I’m going to wrestle how I know best, and that is with intensity for six
minutes, or however long it takes.”

WRST: McDonough Makes University World Team


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