Matt Gentry to Compete in Senior World Championships

Sept. 15, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford volunteer assistant coach Matt Gentry heads to Guangzhou, China on Septemebr 20th in preparation for his upcoming appearance at the Senior World Wrestling Championships. The former Cardinal standout will represent Canada in the event, which runs Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at the Tianhe Sports Center in the center of Guangzhou. Gentry will wrestle at 74 kg, and is scheduled to begin competition Sept. 28. Wrestlers will be paired by a random draw on Sept. 27.

The World Championships, which will serve as an Olympic qualifying event in 2007, feature more than 1,000 athletes from more than 60 countries. The wrestlers earned a place on the World Team and an invitation to the World Championships by capturing their respective national titles. Gentry earned his spot with a top finish at the Canadian Nationals in May, after posting a 3-1, 1-2, 2-0 victory over Guelph's Zoltan Hunyady in the title match.

Gentry, who has been training and competing at various tournaments all summer in preparation for the championships, will wrestle in the event for the first time in his career and is the first male wrestler from Stanford to qualify. Patricia Miranda, who graduated from Stanford in 2002, will make her third appearance at the Senior World Championships this year. Stanford head coach Kerry McCoy will also be at the championships as a training partner and coach for the U.S. team and a coach for Gentry.

'I'm in a good position because I'm young,' said Gentry. 'Getting this experience at the World Championships is really good for me as a wrestler. I just need to go out there with no pressure. I've been preparing very intensively. I just have to trust in my training and things should go well.'

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