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Wharry places sixth at masters meet

BUCHAREST, Romania-- South Medford wrestling coach Ken Wharry placed sixth in the World masters wrestling championships, Sept. 1-5.

Wharry competed in the 35-40 age group at 76 kilograms (167 pounds).

He posted a 2-1 record in an 11-man field, but failed to reach the championship bracket. His only loss came to the eventual champion, Zamad Nejabi of Iran. But the loss didn't hurt Wharry as much as another wrestler dropping out of his qualifying pool. Without another match, he couldn't earn enough points to reach the championship bracket.

Nejabi, a member of the Iranian national team and a three-time European champion, pinned Wharry in the second round.

But Wharry, a former NAIA champion for Southern Oregon University, bounced back to pick up a win over Trocea Sandu of Romania by injury default and Hungary's C. Istvan.

There were 32 championships settled in four age groups and eight weight classes.