Quotes from U S wrestlers George and Roberts and coach Scherr after the Thursday morning session at55 kg/121 lbs. - Tina George, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
"I don't know how to explain it. It was just that match. I was off. Something didn't click right. It happens every once in awhile. You try to wrestle through it and make the best situation possible."
"I think there is always a chance. This is wrestling. I will be ready, in case I have another match. Hopefully, my opponent will be able to wrestle back. If not, hopefully I'm the first to beat the Japanese girl the next time."
"I have to know I did what I could do. I did the best I could do. It makes me feel down if I did not. I'm not upset. As an individual, I gave it the best shot I had. Obviously it is disappointing. My support, my coaches, everybody is hurting for you. They want you to succeed."
59 kg/130 lbs. - Sally Roberts, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
"I thought my coaches were crazy, driving me into the ground in training camp. I felt today that maybe they were right. I felt real good out there. I am happy."
"I was getting ready to go out. Coach Steiner says, 'Sally, you should not be nervous. The other wrestler should be nervous.' I said, 'Right!' When I went out there, the lights were on. I was a performer. I'm unhappy I don't have to wrestle again until 4:00 p.m. I want to wrestle now. I want to be the World champion right now."
Bill Scherr, U.S. Women's World Team Coach
"Sally has been training hard. She has a great attitude and had an excellent training camp. She wrestled well."
"Sara had a tough opponent and a difficult draw. Things could have gone differently for her. I am not sure what would have made the difference. Sara is certainly capable of beating that wrestler."
"The Canadian wrestler wrestled well against Tina. Tina wrestled well in the first period, but she lost an edge on that point that was scored. The Canadian scored three points in the second period and Tina had to fight to get back in. They are tooth-and-nail every time. The Canadian probably had more intensity and physicality in the match; that was the difference."
"I think both Sara and Tina have a good chance of getting drawn back into the wrestlebacks. Both of the wrestlers who beat them have a great chance of making the finals. Sara will probably wrestle again, for sure. Her opponent is the World and Olympic champion. We need to keep a positive attitude and be ready if we get a chance. Just like Tolly Thompson yesterday. You keep your head in it and when you get the chance to wrestle again, you make the most of it."