Zain Retherford selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | March 19, 2019, 3:02 p.m. (ET)

Photo: Zain Retherford at the 2017 World Team Trials. Photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com.

Zain Retherford (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) has been selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on March 19, 2019.

A 2017 Senior World Team member and 2012 Cadet World champion, Retherford helped the USA to a third-place finish at the 2019 Men’s Freestyle World Cup in Yakutsk, Russia, going 4-0 at the event.

Retherford started his perfect weekend with a solid 9-2 decision against Amiran Vakhtangashvili in the opening dual against Georgia. The U.S. went on to win the dual 7-3.

The Red, White and Blue fell to Iran in the second dual on criteria, 5-5 (21-18). Retherford, once again, had a decisive performance, defeating Morteza Ghiasi Cheka, 6-1.

In the final two duals, the USA dominated and Retherford registered back-to-back technical falls.

Against Mongolia, Retherford scored five takedowns on 2014 University World and Military World bronze winner Batmagnai Batchuluun for a 10-0 win at 65 kg.

In the third-place dual vs. Japan, Retherford produced a 10-0 tech fall against 2014 Junior World bronze medalist and 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist Daichi Takatani, finishing an unblemished weekend.

Each week USA Wrestling 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. Twitter fan votes also play a part in decision.

To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Communications Coordinator Taylor Miller at tmiller@usawrestling.org.