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Olympic medalist Scott to compete at 57 kilos

Less than a week after being introduced as North Carolina's head wrestling coach, Coleman Scott announced that he will compete at 57 kilos as he makes one last run at the Olympic Games in 2016.

Scott, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in freestyle, competed at 61 kilos at the U.S. Open this year where he placed third. However, 61 kilos class is not one of the six Olympic weight classes. So instead of moving up four kilos to 65 kilos in 2016, he will drop four kilos.

Coleman Scott competed for Team USA at the World Cup at 61 kilos (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
"It's not going to be fun," Scott told Jason Bryant on the Short Time Time Wrestling Podcast. "I know that. It's going to be tough. But with it being 2015 and a year away ... Sort of my end plan has been (20)16 for a lot of years. It's hard to just say, 'I'm done right now.' I'm going to make sure nothing ever interferes with the team."

Scott and his wife Jessica have two young children, Leighton and Stetson.

"My family is the most important thing to me," Scott said on the podcast. "My wife, after this all happened, she was the first one to say, 'This is what we need to do to make sure you give yourself the best shot at being the best coach and making a run at the Olympic team. We're willing to sacrifice you being away in the office, in the room, for the next year so you can achieve that goal.'"

Scott says he currently walks around close to 145 pounds. He has already started his descent to his new weight class. He's working with a company out of St. Louis called Metabolic Meals that is helping him with his meals each week.

"It's never fun -- that part of it -- but it's the name of the game," Scott said of cutting weight. "Again, you just look at it and you don't complain about it. You just do it and make sure it gets done the right way."

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silvermedal (1) about 6 and a half years ago
Scott was big at 61K. How's he going to cut 11 more pounds while running a D1 program?
ahd (1) about 6 and a half years ago
61 kg - 57 kg = 4 kg = 8.8 lbs. Still tough, but better than 11 lbs...
nycgolden (1) about 6 and a half years ago
He wasn't fully focused this past cycle and it showed, I have zero belief he will be able to fully focus this next cycle and properly run a struggling DI program at the same time. I won't be surprised if he doesn't make the weight, and if he does I don't see him making the team over any of the Top 3/4 guys in the current rankings at 57k.
AFurnas (1) about 6 and a half years ago
"You just do it and make sure it gets done the right way."

Really, is there a "right way" for a conditioned athlete to drop 20 lbs. (14%!) of lean bodyweight?? In any case, severe caloric restriction and shedding pretty much all muscle tissue will be part of the program. Just what the sport needs ...