Apr 10, 2016 10:00 PM by Ross Field
Nahshon Garrett wants to wrestle for the United States in the Olympics, but he's going to have to wait four more years.
The Chico native put together a strong performance at his first Olympic Trials on Sunday at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, but it was not enough to punch a ticket to Rio.
The unseeded Garrett, who was wrestling in the 57-kilogram weight class, went 3-2 on the day and ended with a top-six finish.
Garrett won his first match 12-9 over Angel Escobedo to advance the quarterfinals where a bout against top seed Tony Ramos was waiting. Garrett performed well and led the match 3-2 with less than 20 seconds remaining but was docked for feeling his opponent. Ramos was awarded a point. The match ended in 3-3 tie and Ramos advanced on criteria.
Garrett proceeded to win two matches in the consolation bracket before losing to Tony Graff.
Garrett concluded the day with a 3-2 record, not the result he was hoping for but still a good experience as his focus now turns to making the U.S. team for the 2020 games in Tokyo.
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