Joe Williams weighs in for '05 World Championships

Three U.S. freestyle wrestlers who weighed in on Monday have received their draws for the first round of competition on Tuesday at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Competition on Tuesday, Sept. 27 will be held at 74 kg/163 lbs., 84 kg/185 lbs. and 96 kg/211.5 lbs. in men's freestyle wrestling. At 74 kg/163 lbs., 2001 World bronze medalist Joe Williams (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) will open the competition against Kunihiko Obata of Japan.

Williams was fifth in the 2004 Olympic Games. He also competed in the 1999 World Championships, where he placed fourth, as well as the 2003 World Championships, where he did not place. 
 
Obata was 10th in the 2003 World Championships and competed in the 2004 Olympic Games. 
 
At 84 kg/185 lbs., Mo Lawal (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) will compete in his first World Championships, and will face Ibrahim Al Khatib of Libya in the opening round. 
 
At 96 kg/211.5 lbs., 2004 Olympian Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC) opens with a match against Peter Pecha of Slovakia. 
 
Cormier was fourth in the 2004 Olympic Games. He placed fifth in the 2003 World Championships, as well. 
 
Pecha competed in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. He competed in three previous World Championships, but did not earn a placement in any of them. 
 
QUOTES: 
74 kg/163 lbs. – Joe Williams, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) 
"It feels good. The coaches definitely had us ready, with the workouts and by putting us in difficult situations that we will face in our matches. I am excited. Any time you have the opportunity to represent your country in a setting like this, it is a great opportunity for success. I feel good going in." 
 
Joe Seay, U.S. World Team Coach 
"With these three athletes, we have two experienced wrestlers and a phenomenal talent. I think they are great. Now they have to perform. We have done all the work in training. We are prepared. The problem is our mindset and our tactics. These three know what happened to our guys today. I am confident in all of these guys. But it is out of our hands as coaches. The work has been done by them. The mindset must come from them. If they don't have it, they won't reach their goals. Now is the time to perform. Every one of these guys have a chance to do well. We are in a situation where we need this group to do well. They are perfectly capable of winning. I feel good about it. You can't have mental lapses and you have to find a way to win. I have a feeling that tomorrow will be the opposite of today. That is how I feel." 
 
Kevin Jackson, USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach 
"The bottom line is that draw is what it is. We have to wrestle accordingly. The draw doesn't make you win. You win or lose the tournament on the mat. We look at this draw as positive. These guys all made weight and are ready. All this tells is who we have in the first round. Hopefully, we wrestle to our performance. After a day like today, we are looking to that second group. It is the opposite of last year, where we had a great first day, then slipped on the second day. We need to finish strong. This is a talented group of wrestlers with no titles. They want to win. Let's see how they do. I believe they can do better than that first group." 
 

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