USA World Combat Wrestling Nationals

Tahlequah wrestling head coach Travis Kirby, left, was a silver medalist last weekend in St. Louis during the USA World Combat Wrestling Nationals.

Tahlequah's head wrestling coach, Travis Kirby, attended the 2018 USA World Combat Wrestling Nationals this past weekend in St. Louis.

"I first found out about this tournament through a couple of friends who competed in it before," Kirby said.

Kirby competed in the men's 74 kg where he had a three-man round robin bracket.

"The tournament went well," he said. "I'll admit I wasn't as prepared as I should have been. This style of wrestling known as Catch Wrestling hasn't been a thing in the U.S. for very many years. It's a mixture of Jujitsu and wrestling. I was the second match of the day, which wasn't ideal because I didn't have time to watch and see how the rules played out since I didn't understand all the rules. My first match was a huge learning tool. There were guys from all over the U.S. there competing for a spot."

Combat wrestling is Japan's version of submission wrestling. Unlike Freestyle or Greco-Roman, Combat wrestling is a hybrid form of wrestling in which a match could end via points or 'tap out' due to a submission hold.

Kirby walked away with a silver medal and earned a spot to represent, not only the U.S., but Tahlequah and Oklahoma as well.

"I'm definitely excited, and this is a great opportunity," Kirby said.

World Championships will take place in Missouri, Oct. 20-21.

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