MARQUETTE, Mich. – United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestler Jacob Curby (LaGrange, Ill.) is back from France with a renewed motivation for the sport.
Curby was invited to wrestle for the U.S. National Team at the Henri Deglane Challenge Nov. 23-25 in Nice, France.
“A few of my USOEC teammates went last year and seemed to enjoy it, so I knew it would be a good trip to get more international experience,” Curby said.
Curby placed seventh in the 66-kilogram weight class with a 1-1 record.
“I’ll never be satisfied leaving a tournament without a championship or a medal, but I feel that I competed fairly well and found out what I need to work on when wrestling world-class competition.”
Wrestling unknown opponents helped Curby gauge his progress in the sport.
“It is fun to go up against guys from different countries when you don’t know who they are or a thing about them,” he said. “It also humbles you to think you have a technique that works pretty well in the U.S., but it still needs improvement in order to work overseas. All of it motivates me to come back to the wrestling room and work even harder.”
While Curby learned wrestling techniques differ between countries, having to make weight remained a constant.
“Running on the shores of the Mediterranean had to be one of the most enjoyable weight-cutting sessions I have ever experienced.”
Curby is a senior secondary education major at NorthernMichiganUniversity and has trained at the USOEC for five years. He is a cancer survivor who received the 2001 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Courage Award.