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Kase Mauger Competes at World Championships

By Dusty Skidmore, 09/14/17, 8:45PM MDT

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Photo by Richard Immel

 

Kase's only chance to continue in the consolation ladder would be conditioned upon Mamyrbekov advancing to the finals.  In the quarterfinals, however, Mamyrbekov would be defeated in a controversial finish by eventual world silver medalist, Hennadii Zavertailo of the Ukraine, and Mauger would be eliminated from the tournament.  Mamyrbekov would finish as the world bronze medalist.

Of the experience, Mauger commented, "representing the USA in Greece was an amazing experience even though I didn't finish how I wanted.  It was great to come and experience how other countries train, cut weight, and compete."  Mauger also expressed, "I am extremely grateful for everyone who has helped me get [here].  I am especially thankful for my mom and dad for everything they do for me [and] for my coaches and partners that help me train and make me better."

In June, Kase Mauger won the US Cadet World Team Trials in Akron, Ohio to become DTA's first world team member.  As a world team member, Kase qualified to represent the United States of America at the 2017 UWW Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece on September 5th.  

In preparation for the World Championships, team USA traveled to Greece on August 30th.  They would spend the days preceding the tournament completing their preparations and making their final weight cuts.  To begin the tournament, Mauger's draw had him paired against 2017 UWW Cadet Asian Games silver medalist, Yerassyl Mamyrbekov of Kazakhstan. About halfway through the first period, Mamyrbekov would score the first takedown and follow it up with a two point gut wrench.  The score would remain 4-0 at the end of the first round.  In a second round scramble, the two wrestlers came up off the mat and Mamyrbekov executed a four pount throw to finish the match 8-0.


Photo by Richard Immel

When asked what the best part of his experience overseas was, he said, "The best experience I have from this trip was stepping on the mat and just being out there competing with the best in the world."