MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — --
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE,
N.C. — The
All-Marine Wrestling Team placed second in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman
during the Armed Forces Championships 2016 at Naval Base Kitsap Feb. 20-21.
Capt. Bryce Saddoris (154 lbs) and
1st Lt. Daniel Miller (215 lbs) both won gold medals in Freestyle.
“Collectively, I believe, all the
Marines competed very well and displayed superb mental toughness and
professionalism,” said Saddoris, the team’s officer in charge. “I do think we
have room for improvement in the context of our technique and experience.”
The AMWT also had four Marines
qualify to attend the Olympic Trials April 9-10 at the University of Iowa.
Saddoris, Miller, Lance Cpl. Eric Fader,
and will represent the Marine Corps and compete to make the U.S. Olympics team.
“I think this is a great opportunity
to not only compete but also represent the Marine Corps in many facets. As a
competitor I am a direct representative to the toughness all Marines display,”
said Saddoris, a former All-American wrestler at the Naval Academy. “It is also
an opportunity for me to represent my country in the Olympics, which is the
pinnacle of all athletes’ careers. It will be an extra benefit to represent the
United States in the Olympics as an American and United States Marine.
“This task is not an easy one and
that is why only the best competitors in the country are allowed to compete at
the trials,” said Saddoris. “The three other Marines who have qualified are
dedicated to working hard and staying disciplined. I am honored to lead those
individuals because they make my job much easier. They are the backbone of the
All-Marine Wrestling Team and set the example for others to emulate.”