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For this champion, ‘it’s all just wrestling’

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Cohl Schultz didn’t wrestle with boredom this summer.

The 16-year-old Ponderosa junior traveled around Europe from Austria to Serbia to Finland to Sweden to France and finally to Greece.

He returned home as the first American Cadet World Greco-Roman wrestling champion in 20 years.

Schultz did have some time to see some European attractions, but wrestling was the main reason he spent the summer in Europe training and competing in junior and Cadet tournaments.

“It was a little tough being away from home for so long,” said Schultz, who is a two-time 220-pound Colorado state champion. “I really had to focus on what my goals were.”

He obtained one of his goals Sept. 5 in Athens when he got a takedown with 12 seconds remaining to earn a 3-1 win over Hungary’s Balint Vatzi in the 100-kilogram world title Greco match.

“It was awesome,” said Schultz. “It sounds great, world champion.”

Greco-Roman wrestling differs from freestyle because you can only do takedowns by attacking the upper body of the opponent and can’t grab a foe below the waist.

In freestyle wrestling, participants can use their legs as both offensive and defensive weapons and single and double-leg takedowns are common.

The Cadet age-group classification is 16- and 17-year-old wrestlers, but Schultz also competed in a couple junior tournaments for wrestlers born after Sept. 1, 1997 plus those enrolled in grades 9-12.

“I like Greco more, but honestly it’s all just wrestling,” Schultz said.

USA Greco-Roman assistant coach Momir Petkovic knew Schultz would be a Greco-Roman standout when he first saw him.

“His body type has no weak spot,” explained Petkovic. “Greco is more physical. To throw somebody you need explosive power. When I saw him for the first time, he was 13 or 14 and I said this kid has no weak spots. He could be a great Greco representative for this country.”

There was an assembly at Ponderosa on Sept. 13 to honor Schultz, who plans to continue wrestling for the Mustangs this winter. A group of Pondo pom girls wore special Schultz T-shirts that said “World Champion” and got fros in reference to Schulz’s Afro hairstyle.

“It was great,” said Schultz. “I really didn’t have too much to say. It was crazy. There were so many people.”

Mount Elbert All-Stars fourth

The Mount Elbert All-Stars, a group of golfers aged 13 and under, finished fourth in the PGA Junior Southwest Regional tournament, which concluded Sept. 10 at the Greg Mastriona Golf Course at Hyland Hills in Westminster.

Traejan Andrews, 13, Ty Andrews, 10, Kaden Devenport, 11, and Rachel Penzenstadler, 13, were from the Timm Golf Academy in Centennial. The Links Golf Course in Littleton had three golfers on the team in Andy Schwartz, 12, Dylan Bundy, 12, and Qwenton Caldwell, 13.

Max Zadvorny, 12, was from South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial and Ayzic Belanger, 13, plays at Family Sports Center in Centennial. Cade Rummell, 13, is from Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden.

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.Cohl Schultz didn’t wrestle with boredom this summer.

The 16-year-old Ponderosa junior traveled around Europe from Austria to Serbia to Finland to Sweden to France and finally to Greece.

He returned home as the first American Cadet World Greco-Roman wrestling champion in 20 years.

Schultz did have some time to see some European attractions, but wrestling was the main reason he spent the summer in Europe training and competing in junior and Cadet tournaments.

“It was a little tough being away from home for so long,” said Schultz, who is a two-time 220-pound Colorado state champion. “I really had to focus on what my goals were.”

He obtained one of his goals Sept. 5 in Athens when he got a takedown with 12 seconds remaining to earn a 3-1 win over Hungary’s Balint Vatzi in the 100-kilogram world title Greco match.

“It was awesome,” said Schultz. “It sounds great, world champion.”

Greco-Roman wrestling differs from freestyle because you can only do takedowns by attacking the upper body of the opponent and can’t grab a foe below the waist.

In freestyle wrestling, participants can use their legs as both offensive and defensive weapons and single and double-leg takedowns are common.

The Cadet age-group classification is 16- and 17-year-old wrestlers, but Schultz also competed in a couple junior tournaments for wrestlers born after Sept. 1, 1997 plus those enrolled in grades 9-12.

Mount Elbert All-Stars fourth

The Mount Elbert All-Stars, a group of golfers aged 13 and under, finished fourth in the PGA Junior Southwest Regional tournament, which concluded Sept. 10 at the Greg Mastriona Golf Course at Hyland Hills in Westminster.

Traejan Andrews, 13, Ty Andrews, 10, Kaden Devenport, 11, and Rachel Penzenstadler, 13, were from the Timm Golf Academy in Centennial. The Links Golf Course in Littleton had three golfers on the team in Andy Schwartz, 12, Dylan Bundy, 12, and Qwenton Caldwell, 13.

Max Zadvorny, 12, was from South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial and Ayzic Belanger, 13, plays at Family Sports Center in Centennial. Cade Rummell, 13, is from Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden.

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.

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