Joey McKenna named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week
Joey McKenna (Towaco, N.J./Team USA) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week.
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.
McKenna captured a silver medal for the United States at the FILA Junior World Championships on Aug. 9 in Zagreb, Croatia.
McKenna rattled off four straight wins to advance to the freestyle finals at 60 kg/132 lbs.
McKenna opened with a pair of decisions, stopping Burghum Aliyev of Azerbaijan 10-2 and Yo Nakata of Japan 6-2. He followed with a 10-0 technical fall over Giorgi Bregadze of Georgia in the quarterfinals before scoring a first-period fall over Dzianis Maksimau of Belarus in the semifinals.
In the finals, McKenna fell to Iman Sadeghikoukandeh of Iran by an 8-0 score, but the match was way closer than that. The Iranian took a lead in the first period, and added to it in the second. McKenna trailed 4-0 late in the match before he attempted a throw and was countered for four points.
McKenna was one of six medalists for the U.S. in freestyle. He led the U.S. to a second-place finish in the team standings at the Junior Worlds.
McKenna, a past U.S. Cadet World Team member who has excelled in numerous USA Wrestling age-group events, plans to wrestle collegiately for Stanford.
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