MARQUETTE— United States Olympic Education Center assistant Greco-Roman coach and competing athlete Jim Gruenwald (Marquette, Mich.) was injured at the Greco-Roman Olympic Qualifying Tournament May 10 in Rome, Italy in an attempt to qualify the U.S. for the 2008 Olympics at 60 kilograms
Gruenwald fell to Vitali Rahimov of Azerbaijan 0-7, injury default 1:15. This defeat took Gruenwald out of the running to qualify for the Olympics as a member of Team USA.
According to TheMat.com, “he separated his shoulder,” said Steve Fraser, coach of the U.S. National Team. “He [Gruenwald] wrestled him pretty well.”
This is the second injury to the shoulder which Gruenwald originally hurt at the 2003 World Championships.
Gruenwald, a two-time Olympian, retired shortly after the 2004 Olympics, but returned to the mat last October.
According to TheMat.com, Fraser has announced that 2007 U.S. World Team member and USOEC facility use athlete Joe Betterman (Chicago, Ill.) will compete in the second and final Olympic qualifier for Greco-Roman, May 24-25 in Serbia.
The U.S. has qualified 6-of-7 weight classes in Greco-Roman wrestling.
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May 13, 2008