Matt Gentry to Compete at World Championships
Sept. 14, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Matt Gentry, Stanford's only NCAA Champion and current Volunteer Assistant Coach, will compete at the Senior World Championships that run next week, Sept. 17-22 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Gentry, a dual citizen of the US and Canada, will be competing for Canada in Freestyle at 74 kg and will be looking to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
Gentry's weight class, which includes wrestlers from 47 different countries, will compete Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Heydar Aliyev Sport and Exhibition Complex in Baku. Next week's competition is the first Olympic qualifying opportunity, as the top eight finishers will be guaranteed a spot at the 2008 Olympics. Head Coach Kerry McCoy is also at the Championships, as a coach for the U.S. team.
Gentry won the 157-pound NCAA title for Stanford in 2004 and has spent the past two years competing internationally. He won his second consecutive Canadian Senior National Championship in March, captured the title in the 2007 Canada Cup and earned a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in July. This will be Gentry's second Senior World Championship appearance. Last fall, he became the first male Stanford alum to qualify.
'I'm looking forward to a great trip and great competition,' said Gentry. 'I have been training hard all summer, and if I relax and trust my preparation, I believe I will have good results. I'm excited for this opportunity to compete at such a high level in a very foreign environment. Putting myself in the right mental frame of mind is going to be the most important thing I can do to hopefully win a medal and qualify for next year's Olympics.'