Sheridan finishes 2-2, just shy of bronze

Lucas Sheridan (Concord, Calif.) advanced to the bronze medal match of Greco-Roman wrestling competition on the first day of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. He finished the day on the losing side of a close match with Ruslan Kamilov of Uzbekistan, 1-3, to wrap up competition 2-2.

Sunday, August 15, 2010, SINGAPORE – Lucas Sheridan (Concord, Calif.) advanced to the bronze medal match of Greco-Roman wrestling competition on the first day of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. He finished the day on the losing side of a close match with Ruslan Kamilov of Uzbekistan, 1-3, to wrap up competition 2-2.

“He wrestled him tough – it’s just a tough tournament,” said head coach Mark Halvorson. “I think he knows he was in the match, and both he lost were winnable. It was just one of those matches, and he lost a couple close ones. This whole thing is such a great experience for everyone. This is a great venue and a first-class event.”

Sheridan opened the pool rounds at the International Convention Center with a quick, 5-0 win vs. Teia Mweia of the Solomon Islands. He lost a close match to Hamdy Abdelwahab of Egypt, 1-3, followed by a 4-0 win versus Adil Al-Abedi of Iraq to advance to the medal rounds.

Sheridan will be a senior at will be at De La Salle High School in California. He was a 2010 Junior Nationals Greco-Roman champion. At the 2010 FILA Cadet Nationals, he was second in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman. Sheridan was also second in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman at the 2009 Cadet Nationals. He placed third in the 2010 California state high school tournament.

Wrestling competition continues on Monday, Aug. 16, for Team USA. Jenna Burkert (Middle Island, N.Y.) is on the mat in the -60 kg weight category, beginning pool play at 12 noon. She will face Pooja Dhanda of India, followed by Dzhanan Ahmed of Bulgaria and Natasha Puteri of Singapore.

The wrestling competition features 112 athletes – 80 men and 32 women – with eight participants in each weight class. An additional wrestling competition at the Youth Olympic Games, beach wrestling, will be held on Saturday, August 21 at Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island. This event is open to all YOG athletes in all sports. The U.S. wrestlers will have the opportunity for another competition if they enter the Beach Wrestling tournament.

About Team USA

The U.S. Team in Singapore is comprised of 82 athletes in 18 sports, the maximum number of qualified U.S. athletes. Team USA is competing in aquatics (swimming and diving), archery, badminton, basketball, boxing, equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, sailing, table tennis, taekwondo, track & field, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling. Complete information on Team USA can be found at youtholympicgames.teamusa.org.

About the 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Singapore is hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 14-26, 2010, as young athletes age 14-18 compete in 26 sports and take part in the Culture and Education Program. Approximately 3,600 athletes from around the world will participate, and all 205 National Olympic Committees will be represented. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aim to inspire youth to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. More information can be found at www.singapore2010.sg.

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