Navy Wrestling Great Bryce Saddoris to Represent U.S. at World Championships
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Though he graduated from the Naval Academy in 2011, Bryce Saddoris, a 1st Lt. in the Marine Corps, continues to rise among the cream of the crop in the wrestling world, this time representing the United States on center stage at the 2014 World Championships slated for Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Saddoris, who wrestles among the Greco Roman squad at 66 kg / 145.5 lbs, boarded a plane this morning to Kazakhstan where he will train with Team USA for the next three weeks before he steps onto the competition mat on Sept. 13.
One of just six four-time NCAA qualifiers in Naval Academy history, Saddoris took All-America honors in 2009 and `11 wrestling for Bruce Burnett who is currently serving as Team USA's Freestyle Coach. His decorated collegiate career also included winning the 2009 EIWA Championship at 149 pounds and was the recipient of the EIWA's 2009 Coaches Award, presented to the EIWA Most Valuable Wrestler. Saddoris also left the school as its record holder on the all-time wins list, amassing 147 wins over his four-year career. He joins fellow All-American Matt Stolpinski (141 wins) as the only two wrestlers in Navy history to win more than 130 matches.
Saddoris has been able to balance both his service to the United States in the Marine Corps and his wrestling career by wrestling for the Marine Corps club team. In the last calendar year, he placed second at the Pan American Championship, second at the U.S. World Team Trials and third at the U.S. Open.
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