COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri wrestling alumnus Nicholas Marable won the Gold medal at 163 pounds for the U.S. men's freestyle wrestling team at the Dan Kolov International in Bulgaria.
Marable posted four wins in the tournament for the U.S. He defeated Macedonia's Goran Atanasov 3-0 to start the day. Marable continued his march toward the championship by taking down Bulgaria's Miroslav Kirov 1-0 in overtime. Mongolia's Unurbat Purevjav was the next Marable victim; falling to the former Tiger two-time All-American 3-0. Marable took home the gold in the championship bout 3-0 over Turkey's Batuhan Demiricin to post a perfect 4-0 record.
Marable excelled in his four seasons (2006-2010) at Missouri. He ranks eighth all-time in career victories with 116 and also holds the third highest career winning percentage in school history. Marable was named the program's Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2008, en route to a third place finish at the NCAA Championships.
The former Tiger represents the Missouri Regional Olympic Training Center and Sunkist Kids. He is coached by former World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Sammie Henson, who is currently the head coach of the Sunkist Kids. The Sunkist club has recently added 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist and World Champion Clarissa Chun to the Missouri Regional Training Center. The club looks to add current Mizzou wrestler Dom Bradley and others in the near future.
When Sammie Henson accepted the Head Assistant coaching position at the University of Missouri, the Sunkist Kids program came with him. Henson, along with Marable and many others, look to build a freestyle program that will rival the best in the country. It presents an opportunity for former Mizzou wrestlers to continue their quests to be the best in the world under the Sunkist Kids and Missouri Wrestling Foundation.
Marable is currently serving as the Tiger's Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach. He has coached for the team for three seasons.