Turtogtokh Makes the Mongolian World Team … Maybe
He went a tournament best 4-1 in five matches at Saturday’s Mongolian World Team Trials, but Turtogtokh Luvsandorj still isn’t certain he’ll be representing his home country at September’s World Championships in Turkey. The Citadel junior who will wrestle
165 lbs. 174 lbs. in 2011, competed up at 84kg while only weighing in at 80kg. Turtogtokh has been my primary connection inside Mongolia.
Unlike the American World Team Trials the Mongolian tournament is not necessarily the final indicator of who will be on the team. According to team officials they will now begin deliberations about who they think is the best representative for the country. It’s not precisely fair, but it’s the way things are done. For his part, Turtogotkh was able to secure more points than anyone but beating the favorite by fall in the second period. At the time of the fall he’d already lost the first period 2-0 and was down 5-0, but stepped over a loose gut wrench and was able to secure the fall – it was dramatic.
Now it’s just a waiting game. The committee will decide sometime this week and let him know their plans. That he wrestles in the United States is not a good thing though, the Mongolian coaches would like to work full-time with their team member. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
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