Henson named TheMat com Wrestler of the Week

By Gary Abbott | March 30, 2005, 12 a.m. (ET)
Sammie Henson (St. Louis, Mo./Sunkist Kids) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for the week of March 22-28. Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level. The announcement will be made each week on Wednesday. Henson won a gold medal at 55 kg/121 lbs. at the Medved International, held in Minsk, Belarus, March 25. He was one of six U.S. wrestlers to medal at the event, but the only American to claim a gold medal. Henson defeated Otar Sultanov of Russia in the gold medal finals, 1-0, 2-2, 1-0. Sultanov had defeated Henson in a dual meet in Russia earlier this season. Henson defeated Russian Adam Batirov in the semifinals. Batirov was second in the 2004 Russian Nationals. (Batirov is twin brother of 2004 Olympic champion Mavlet Batirov). Henson was a 2000 Olympic silver medalist and was a 1988 World Champion. He placed second in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. It is the second time in 2005 that Henson has won TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week. Henson was also the Wrestler of the Week for Feb. 22-28, after winning the Cerro Pelado Tournament in Cuba. Click here to view previous Athletes of the Week