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November 2, 2017

GREAT FINISH FOR LOCAL WRESTLER

Michael Osborne, owner of Our Father’s House, in his own words.

It was an incredible experience representing the USA in the World Wrestling tournament in Plovdiv. The competition was elite.  I finished in 5th place. Received a bye first round and then wrestled someone from Kazakhstan. I won that match by a fall in the first period. Next was the semifinals where I faced Hedj Nelson from the USA. Hedj had just won the Greco Roman World Championships earlier in the week and was 2nd at a higher weight class last year so I knew he was tough. Lost that match and then after 2 byes I wrestled a South African (2nd in 2016 World) in the medal round for 3rd Place. The match was close but I also lost that match. There were 14 wrestlers entered in our weight class 58 kg, class E (56-60 yrs old). 50 countries represented in tournament.

I have no regrets and feel like I did the best I could given the abbreviated preparation schedule I was on, lack of freestyle experience, and elimination of lower weight class and older age bracket.

Thanks to all for prayers, support and encouragement. I thought of you often while in Bulgaria.

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