While a Mountaineer coach, Carr made the Olympic team and wrestled in Seoul in 1988.
He won over the Mountain State with his enthusiasm and charisma. While at the Olympic Village, Carr didn't partake in any recreational activities for fear he would lose focus.
Then we watched as Carr was robbed. A judge made an obvious scoring error and Carr settled for a bronze medal. But the folks here knew. He was embraced.
(Carr, by the way, was defeated by Schultz in the finals of the 1997 U.S. Nationals. That's an extraneous tidbit I'm throwing in for free. Because I like you guys.)
In the same Olympics, we also had one of our own wrestle. Ken Chertow, who hailed from Huntington High, starred at Penn State before making the U.S. team as a junior.
Chertow didn't earn an Olympic medal, but his journey was certainly one we followed.
Wrestling is just one of our deals here. We're certainly not voting it out. Current WVU assistant Greg Jones is one of the most successful college wrestlers of all time. He won three NCAA national titles.
Dean Morrison won a title, and I was in Iowa in 1991 to watch Scott Collins win WVU's first national title. To this day, it remains one of the most thrilling events I've covered.
In the finals, Collins, wrestling in the 149-pound weight class, scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds to defeat Iowa's Troy Steiner 8-7 on his home mat.
Danny Felix, another current WVU assistant, was an Olympic alternate.
So, yes, IOC this bugs me. It hits me right here.
And when I say that, I'm tapping my heart.
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