U.S. World Team Trials return to Gallagher-Iba Arena

The chance to host the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials at Gallagher-Iba Arena again was a long time coming, as 24 years bridged the gap since OSU last hosted the event.
BY TANNER HOLUBAR, For The Oklahoman Modified: June 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm •  Published: June 21, 2013
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photo - WRESTLING TRIALS: Trent Paulson (left) jumps away from an attack by David Taylor (right) in a match for third place in the 163-pound weight group at the U.S. World Team Trials on June 21, 2013 held at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. Taylor would go on to win the match 4-0. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman
WRESTLING TRIALS: Trent Paulson (left) jumps away from an attack by David Taylor (right) in a match for third place in the 163-pound weight group at the U.S. World Team Trials on June 21, 2013 held at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. Taylor would go on to win the match 4-0. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman

The chance to host the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials at Gallagher-Iba Arena again was a long time coming, as 24 years bridged the gap since OSU last hosted the event.

USA Wrestling representative Gary Abbott said the chance to have the event held at such a historic site is great for the sport.

“This is one of the great venues for the sport of wrestling,” Abbott said. “So much history of wrestling has happened in this building over the course of more than a century of wrestling.

“It's been awhile since we've been back here, but USA Wrestling is very excited have its premier senior level domestic event for each year held at Oklahoma State.”

RULE CHANGES BENEFIT COLLEGE WRESTLERS

With the sport experiencing some rule changes, wrestlers who recently performed in college have more of an advantage in the U.S. team trials.

Coleman Scott, who wrestled at OSU before winning a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Games, said the mindset of former Cowboy wrestlers will be benefited by the new rule changes and scoring system.

“Anybody who comes through Oklahoma State is going to be excited about them,” Scott said. “We like to score, we like to have great technique. With the two-point takedown, when that's where most of your work's put in at is on your feet. For all of us coming through this room, I think we were all happy.”


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