|2007 AAU Ironman World Championships|
On Wednesday, June 27, State Director/Coach Brian Orndorff, along with Coach Chris Shea and student coach Cole Orndorff, had the honor of taking 9 Oklahoma wrestlers to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in the 2007 Ironman World Championships. The group left Guthrie at 6:30 on Wednesday morning, and arrived in Omaha at 2:00 that afternoon. The team did not eat on the trip, and checked their weight at the University of Nebraska in Omaha upon arrival. Several wrestlers were slightly over their desired weight, so they exercised throughout the afternoon, then weighed in at 5:00 in the evening. After that the team went directly to the nearest all-you-can-eat buffet!
On Thursday, the Oklahoma wrestlers shined in the The Greco-Roman competition. The day ended with all Oklahoma wrestlers placing in the top 3 (results are below).
"Just as I stated after Nationals, Greco-Roman is our strong suit, so I expected great results, and we got them," stated Brian Orndorff, "and in addition, we were fortunate enough to have several college coaches approach us about the possibility of recruiting Chris Shea and Cole Orndorff."
The only problem encountered for the day was the A-C joint separation to the left shoulder of Chris Shea. Doctors stated that the injury would be healed in the next couple of months without surgery, which would still allow Shea to enroll in college and to compete in the upcoming season.
On Friday, the Oklahoma wrestlers performed surprisingly well. The Freestyle competition finished with all of the Oklahoma wrestlers placing in the top 4 .
Brian Orndorff stated, "I was absolutely thrilled with the performance of the group in the Freestyle competition. the wrestlers, regardless of how bruised and battered, stepped up and finished Freestyle stronger than any team we have taken to a National or World tournament to date."
On Saturday, although not as strong as the prior 2 days, the wrestlers continued their excellent performance. The Folkstyle competition ended with all wrestlers placing in the top 5.
Orndorff commented, "Everyone gave everything that they had left in them and placed again. These wrestlers will provide amazing teams for our State Schools, and we will likely start to see some of them as High School State Collegiate placers in the future, and as college athletes."
In addition, each individual was competing for the Ironman Award in his bracket. The award is earned by wrestling all 3 styles, and accumulating the most classification points in all 3 styles totaled. Classification points are awarded for feats such as 5 point throws, 3 point throws, and pins. All of the Oklahoma wrestlers except one won a top 3 Ironman award. Just like Nationals, the group received many great compliments from other coaches, parents and wrestlers during and after the tournament.
"We were again extremely pleased with the comments concerning our team's appearance, attitude, discipline and most importantly, wrestling," stated Brian Orndorff.
Team Oklahoma would like to thank each and every business and citizen of Oklahoma for generously giving to these young athletes for this trip," said Orndorff. Enough money was raised this year to cover the entire cost of the Omaha trip for nearly all of the athletes.
Results for the competition are as follows:
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