October 9, 2007

Lester Wins World Bronze Medal

Lester (in red) wins second world bronze medal
Lester (in red) wins second world bronze medal
MARQUETTE –United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestler Harry Lester, a Northern Michigan University senior, competed at the World Championships Sept. 17 in Baku, Azerbaijan and came home with a bronze medal.
Lester won the first four rounds at 66 kg. He defeated Juha Hiltunen of Finland (7-0, 6-0), Seref Eroglu of Turkey (3-2, 3-0, Mayil Consuegra of Cuba (1-1, 3-0) and Ionel Puscasu of Romania (5-0, 3-1). 
In the fifth match, Lester lost to hometown wrestler Farid Mansurov of Azerbaijan (3-6, 1-4). He said the duel featured some questionable calls.
“We got into a scramble and I put him on his back in the last period,” Lester said. “Normally, a wrestler has the opportunity to change positions with thirty seconds left in the last period, unless one wrestler is one his back. Even though I had him [Mansurov] on his back, he still got to reset at the 30 second mark. It was a fired-up match.”
Lester rebounded from loss and secured a bronze medal with a 3-1, 2-1 victory over Tama Lorincz of Hungary.
“All of the matches were live on T.V. in Baku,” said Lester. “I was recognized because we were on T.V. so much; I even had a news crew following me around for a few days.”
Lester also earned eight points with his third-place finish, lifting Team USA to its first-ever overall team title.

Prepared By
Jackie Lange
Student Writer