McCoy, U.S. eye bringing home 9th World Cup

Arena playing host to round-robin event


May 05, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

In a tough match, Kerry McCoy knows what it takes to come out on top. Take, for example, last year's World Cup championships at George Mason University's Patriot Center in February.

McCoy entered his 286-pound match tied at 10 points with Russia's Oleg Khorpiahov in their bids for gold medals, but the former two-time NCAA champion at Penn State calmly handled the pressure.

The shorter, swifter McCoy led a tight bout 1-0 with 1:55 remaining before scoring a three-point takedown to blow open the match en route to a 4-0 decision.

"I knew he'd get tired, so I just worked at staying in position to score, and when the opportunity presented itself, I took it," McCoy said.

The 26-year-old McCoy, a former New York state champ, returns to that class for this year's World Cup at the Baltimore Arena today and tomorrow.

He said there's no reason he shouldn't win the event for the third time. "As long as I wrestle my style, I don't have to worry about what the other guy's going to do," said McCoy, who was an assistant wrestling coach at Lehigh last winter, and an assistant at Penn State three years prior.

The World Cup, a five-team, round-robin yearly affair, is one of amateur wrestling's three major events along with the Olympics and the World Championships, wrestled in non-Olympic years.

McCoy helped the U.S. team dethrone defending champion Russia last winter. The Americans won six of eight bouts in a 22-9 rout, finishing 4-0 and securing their eighth crown in the past 11 World Cups.

Iran, last year's silver medalist, will again field a team, as will Russia, last year's bronze medalist. Teams from Turkey and Uzbekistan also will be on hand.

One of this year's featured bouts will be tomorrow at 138.75 pounds between Iran's 2000 Olympic gold medalist, Ali Reza Dabier, and defending World Cup champ Cary Kolat, a Pennsylvania native and former two-time NCAA champ.

Kolat scored a pin, two technical fall victories and won by forfeit to take the event last year.

Also returning for the U.S. is defending champ Joe Williams (167.5), a former four-time Illinois state champ and a three-time NCAA champ.

Williams had one of the more exciting bouts a year ago. Heading into his gold-medal match with Russia's Chamiel Aliev, Williams trailed 10-9 in points. Their bout ended in a 2-2 tie in regulation, but a passivity call against Aliev with 32 seconds left in overtime earned Williams the victory.

Paul Boettcher, 19, a 1999 Curley graduate who won a state title as a senior, is the assistant events director to his former high school coach, Alan Gebhart, a two-time Coach of the Year in The Sun. Boettcher also is the graphics designer and artist for the World Cup.

"I did the whole Web site, the logo, all the newspaper advertisement and all the media credentials and the sponsor banners," said Boettcher, whose work can be seen in all three of the major wrestling publications, Amateur Wrestling News, Win Magazine and Wrestling USA. "I've worked for an average of 12 to 14 hours a day. To me, though, it's rewarding to just be able to do something that will help the sport of wrestling."

Fact box

What: Wrestling World Cup

Where: Baltimore Arena

When: Today (noon-4:30 p.m. and 7-10:30 p.m.); tomorrow (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.)

Tickets: Ranging from $10 to $40.50. Available at Ticketmaster or by calling 1-877-407-8497.

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