Olympiads draw wrestlers state-wide

A two-day clinic at Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville featured three-time Olympic heavyweight champion Bruce Baumgartner and 1996 Olympian Lou Rosselli, an opportunity that many wrestling coaches found hard to pass up.

More than 60 wrestlers from across Georgia participated in the hands-on instruction from the two Olympians.

Heavyweight Baumgartner is one of the most decorated wrestlers in U.S. history, winning gold medals at the 1984 and 1992 Summer Games. He also finished second at the 1988 Games and third at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, making him the first U.S. wrestler to win three Olympic medals.

Baumgartner is head coach and athletic director at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

Rosselli, a member of the 1996 team which competed in Atlanta, wrestled at the 114.5 pound spot. Following a collegiate career at Edinboro, he spent two years on Team USA, At Edinboro, he wrestled under the tutelage of Baumgartner.

Both of the Olympiads told with the youthful mat men that competing, especially in international events where they represented the nation, was a thrilling experience for them.


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