Utah Valley State's Tadzhimetov to Compete in Elite
by Clint Burgi
December 6, 2005
OREM, Utah — Utah Valley State senior wrestler Erkin
Tadzhimetov has been invited to compete in one of the
nation's most prestigious wrestling tournaments later this
month. The Midlands Wrestling Championship, held December
29-30 in Evanston, Illinois on the campus of Northwestern
University, is an invitation only tournament that
comprises some of the most talented amateur wrestlers in
Tadzhimetov, who is currently ranked 19th in the nation in
the NWCA/InterMat poll at 133 lbs., lost his first two
matches of the year last weekend at the Cliff Keen Las
Vegas Invitational to opponents ranked higher than him.
His first loss came to 9th ranked Robbie Preston of
Harvard with his 2nd coming at the hands of #11 Matt
Keller of UT-Chattanooga. The native of Uzbekistan holds a
9-2 record so far this season.
"It's an honor just to be invited," said Utah Valley State
coach Cody Sanderson. "It's just downright a tough
tournament. It's great for Erkin to have the opportunity
to compete at that level."
Sanderson should know, having competed in the tournament
as a wrestler at Iowa State and then winning it his first
year out of college.
"It's a huge stage for our program and will bring more
recognition to what we're doing here," said Sanderson.
"Every time we can put one of our athletes on that stage
it's good for Utah Valley State wrestling."
Illinois is the two-time defending team champion at the
Midlands Championship, which will also contain one of the
deepest team tournaments outside of the NCAA Championships
and includes schools such as Iowa State, Iowa and Indiana.