Dake Defeats Burroughs

The United States Olympic Wrestling Trials concluded Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas capped by Kyle Dake's upset of 2012 gold medalist Jordan Burroughs in the 74 kg men's freestyle division. Burroughs had dominated the division for the past decade winning four world championships in addition to his Olympic gold while owning a 7-1 career mark against Dake. But Dake finally broke through Saturday defeating Burroughs 3-0 and then 3-2 in the best two out of three match series to gain the Olympic birth.

Two defending champions from the 2016 Olympics will be returning to seek their second gold medals as Kyle Snyder captured the men's 97 kg freestyle division while Helen Maroulis took the women's 57 kg class. The Greco-Roman category saw a brand new crop of first-time Olympians qualify. Overall, 15 of the 18 total divisions contested received automatic births to the Olympics while the winners of the men's freestyle 65 kg class and the Greco-Roman 77 kg and 130 kg divisions must still go through an international qualifying tournament next month in Bulgaria to earn their spots.

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Japan continued its dominance of judo at the Olympics Wednesday as Chizuru Arai added yet another gold medal to the host country's haul defeating Austria's Michaela Polleres to capture the women's 70 kg class at Tokyo's esteemed Nippon Budokan arena. After choking Madina Taimazova unconscious to win a 16 minute, overtime marathon contest in the semifinals, Arai hit a foot sweep for a half point in regulation time to beat Polleres in the finals and take the gold.

On the men's side, Georgia's Lasha Bekauri returned from a shoulder injury at last month's world championships winning the 90 kg title by scoring a half point throw on Germany's Eduard Trippel in the finals.

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You can be as prepared as ever and still not get the results you had wanted or expected. You can put your heart into every training session, just to lose. The truth is when you step onto the mat the numerical results are out of your control. Sometimes, as mentioned, you can train harder than you ever have, hit a "near perfect" form and still lose. Ironically other times, you can run a form that you didn't think was your strongest with a few slight missteps and still win. Part of having a competitor IQ means that you can assess yourself and your performances realistically and make the proper changes, if any, (but there always are) moving forward to the next tournament. I'm going to share my evaluation process between tournaments down below:

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