MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University wrestling assistant coach Nick Marable will compete in the 2014 United States World Team Trials this week in Fargo, N.D., for a chance to represent Team USA at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships.
WVU head coach Sammie Henson will accompany Marable, who is representing Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club at the competition.
The trials will take place, Thursday, at the Fargodome with the Men’s Freestyle Challenge Tournament starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Men’s Freestyle Finals at 3:15 p.m. Qualifiers will compete in the challenge tournament with the winner advancing to the Final Wrestle-Off to face Marable, who earned an automatic berth after winning the U.S. Open earlier this year. The finals will follow a best-of-three format.
Marable, who joined the Mountaineers in June, is currently ranked number one in the nation at 70 kilograms (150 pounds). He recently defeated 2012 Olympic champion and two-time world champion Jordan Burroughs on his way to the gold medal at the Yasar Dogu International. Earlier this year, Marable won gold at the Grand Prix of Paris and the New York AC International. In April, Marable won a trio of tech falls on his way to a first-place finish at the 2014 Las Vegas/Asics U.S. Open.
“My goal is to make the world team and I’ve been working hard this past year to get closer to that goal,” says Marable, who was a two-time all-American at Missouri. “Coach Henson and I train to beat the best and the world and I did, which gave me more confidence and really got the ball rolling. I dropped down to 70 kilos for this opportunity, and hopefully, will be the final member of our coaching staff to make the world team.”
Henson is no stranger to the international wrestling scene, having won gold for Team USA at the 1998 World Championships in addition to a bronze medal in 2006. Mountaineer assistant coach Danny Felix is also a former world team member and competed for Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Denmark.
“I expect big things out of Nick this week,” says Henson. “He’s taken this opportunity and trained hard, cut weight and has really seized the moment. I’ve been working with him for two years now, and in that time he’s really matured. I think being a coach has helped his wrestling improve. It will be a tough battle, but I believe he’ll represent both WVU and Sunkist very well.”
The 2014 World Wrestling Championships will take place September 8-14 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.