Fifteen United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestlers earned top 10 status in Thursdayâ??s (Nov. 29) national senior rankings by TheMat.com, the official website of USA Wrestling. The rankings feature 10 athletes in each of the seven World Championship weight classes.
Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill., received a No. 2 rank in the 55-kilogram weight class. Nowry, who won the University World Championships in October, was happy with his ranking but still motivated to do more.
â??Moving up to No. 2 is nice,â?? said Nowry. â??My goal is not only to be No. 1 in the country, but in the world.â??
USOEC teammates also in the top 10 are: 55 kg - Isaiah Varona, Miami, No. 7; Dmitry Ryabchinskiy, Brooklyn, N.Y., No. 860 kg - Jessy Williams, Windsor, N.Y., No. 1066 kg, Kendrick Sanders, Homestead, Fla., No. 3; Nick Alvarez of Miami, No. 9; Thrasher Porcher, Chuluota, Fla., No. 974 kg - Tanner Andrews, North Aurora, Ill., No. 784 kg - Mark Stenberg, Lockport, Ill., No. 3; Zac Nielsen, Zimmerman, Ill., No. 4; and Lee Wildes, Oviedo, Fla., No. 9 96 kg - Marcus Finau, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, No. 5; Eathen Dondlinger, Slinger, Wis., No. 7 120 kg - Toby Erickson, East Helena, Mont., No. 4; Parker Betts, St. Michael, Minn., No. 8.
â??Being ranked is a good confidence boost for the athletes,â?? said Coach Rob Hermann. â??We have a good group of athletes here. Our goal is to keep progressing to become world and Olympic champions.â??