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Junior grappler silent, but deadly

first_imgUWBadgers.comTucked away beneath the composed, relaxed stare of grappler Craig Henning’s icy blue eyes is a blazing confidence and impassioned fire that makes him the competitor he is.Henning, a junior from Chippewa Falls, probably won’t cause a stir in a crowd or elicit a commotion in a public setting. Heck, probably no one would notice his presence at all. He is shy. He is quiet. He is reserved. Put Henning out on the mat for seven minutes under the soft glow of the stadium lights where nothing but his opponent at hand matters, and it’s a different story. He will captivate the entire audience with an unbeknownst tenacity and grit. “I work at going hard in all seven minutes — always moving, always making him move — getting him tired and just going all out,” Henning said.No matter the score, Henning remains in control — something Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis says is a unique trait to have. “He wrestles so relaxed, people don’t understand,” Davis said. “I never see him panic out [on the mat] in tough situations, he’s always relaxed, always in control. If the match is close or tight, he [has the] same facial expressions. So he’s fun to watch in that regard.” While Henning may not let his coaches or teammates know what he’s thinking, his lead-by-example attitude in both practice and matches is why the Wisconsin coaching staff named him co-captain. “[Henning] comes into the room prepared, ready to work hard and compete,” Davis said. “I mean the other guys say ‘hey, look at this guy, [he] doesn’t say a whole lot, but when you watch him compete, he rises to the occasion.’ That’s leadership.”You don’t have to be outspoken to be a great leader.”Even Henning admits that public speaking, let alone speaking at all, isn’t his forte. “Yeah, I’m more of a quiet guy, but I lead by more as an example, not necessarily by my words, so in that way I just kind of hope that people see the way I’m working and doing on the side and hopefully they catch onto it,” he said. “I don’t push anyone per se, but I always get into the back of their head that they should be doing extra stuff.”Wanting a head start on some sort of extra-curricular activity, and because his dad’s sport of choice, basketball, didn’t begin until the fifth grade, a young and impatient Henning opted to try one that was offered to first graders. The sport, of course, was wrestling. Unlike a team sport such as basketball, wrestling is solely about the individual and his opponent. That’s the reason why Henning loves the sport so much and has continued with it since first grade. “I like how when you get out on the mat, it’s just you against one other guy,” Henning said. “You can’t look at somebody else and say ‘ah, well if he would have done something, then maybe we could have won.’ It’s all about you once you’re on that mat. You don’t have to worry about anybody else. If you lose, there’s only one person that you can really blame and that’s yourself.” Despite a strong sophomore campaign where he earned All-American honors at 157 lbs. for his eighth-place finish at nationals while leading the team in wins with a 29-10 overall records, Henning felt like he should have done better. In both the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships, Henning failed to finish higher than his pre-seeding, and in the case of the Big Ten Tournament, he finished three slots lower than his No. 2 pre-rank. But the soft-spoken Henning knows the experience gained from last season will propel him to new heights this year with the extra motivation to forget last season’s slip-up.”I didn’t exactly do as well as I had hoped to do,” Henning said. “Now I have wrestled, like, the top three guys all over the country, so I’m feeling confident in what I need to do in order to get to that next level and be on top of the stand.”Never one to pass up an opportunity to improve, Henning, who is ranked No. 4 heading into this year, puts in the extra work and hours lifting and training with the quiet confidence that his efforts will reap rewards. “Every day I try to come and be prepared and I try to take every day like it’s a match” Henning said. “Obviously I don’t want to lose any matches so I don’t try to take any time off and stuff. I just try to come to practice with the right frame of mind and ready to go. Get the right amount of sleep, right amount of nutrition — do all I can to wrestle as hard as I can every day.”If I can do that, I don’t think that there’s anyone in the nation that can touch me.”last_img read more

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Herbert Addo focuses on winning four trophies this season

first_imgHearts of Oak coach, Herbert Addo, is refusing to massage his ego as he reiterates his desire to win all four trophies available this season.The Phobians are in the run for the ultimate in four competitions – the First Capital Plus Premier League, the FA Cup, Elite Cup and the Caf Confederation Cup.Hearts, whose ambitions in the latter competition was to give exposure to their relatively inexperienced squad, are enjoying a sweet run so far and are closing in on a qualification to the group stages – the last eight.The record Ghanaian champions are however not having it rosy in the FCPPL. They lie ninth now but a confident speaking Hearts of Oak gaffer says his resurgent side can win them all.“We are progressing – winning the league, all the four tournaments is our target,” coach Addo told reporters.“We want everything. At the end, it is by that I will be judged. We are not going to just do well. “Winning the [Caf Confederation Cup] trophy is what I want and not just the money zone. It is my ultimate target. It brings more money to the club. It is as simple as that,” he emphasized.Hearts are back from their impressive away win over Djoliba in the Caf Confederation Cup and are preparing for next Sunday’s Accra derby with Great Olympics in the FCPPL.–last_img read more

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Region 2, 6 record minor hiccups

first_imgBy Mohanlall Suelall & Andrew CarmichaelVoting in Region Six started off very slow at Monday’s Local Government Elections (LGE), but not without hiccups.Polling agents who were initially not allowed to enter the Polling Station at at LiverpoolOn the Corentyne at Liverpool in the Hogsty-Landcaster Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), it was reported that the Returning Officer (RO) refused to allow replacement polling agents for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) saying that GECOM had instructed that replacement polling agents would not be accepted. However, after much discussion, the agents were eventually allowed to take up their positions at 06:45h. The Party had to make contact with the Chief Elections officer Keith Lowenfield in order to get the matter resolved.Speaking with Guyana Times, the PPP/C’s Deputy Agent for the NDC, Suban Ally said it was very disappointing not knowing what transpired in their absence.Meanwhile, there were reports that an elderly woman was denied the right to vote at Port Mourant after her wheelchair could not get into the polling station.While this was ongoing, the pace of voting was picking up at Number 56 Primary where four polling stations were located.There was a hive of activity at Whim, with both the PPP/C and the Alliance For Change (AFC) making all efforts to get voters out and many of them were responding. At the last LGE, PPP/C took most of the seats in the Whim-Bloomfield NDC.The AFC has since then been trying to pull most of the support from that community, since the Prime Minister is from that village.Some residents of Whim recently sought the intervention of the High Court to have their names removed from an AFC list of backers claiming that they were tricked into signing AFC backers’ forms.By noon, the voter turnout was below 20 per cent.New Amsterdam has a voting population of 14,063, Rose Hall Town 4198 and Corriverton 8468. The region has 92,801 voters registered on GECOM’s list.The two NDCs are the Plegtanker-Koortbradt NDC on the East Bank of Berbice and the Wyburg-Caracas NDC in West Canje.Peter Tambron, an A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) constituency candidate in Plegtanker-Koortbradt, told this publication that the process went smoothly. Many of the voters waited until about 10:00h before they went to vote.However, first-time voter at the LGE level, Zamal Hussain, who is also the PPP Regional Supervisor, said he was disappointed to be part of the polls.He explained that the NDC status was imposed on the community for the first time in Guyana’s 52-year history as an independent state.“This was not about consultation democracy; this is about imposed democracy on the people of Caracas/Wyburg. I think many of the persons in this area don’t want the Local Authority. They want local democracy to prevail, this area was developed by the people of the area,” Hussain added.Essequibo CoastLike the rest of the country, the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) also recorded a low voter turnout on Monday. A visit to polling stations in the region confirmed reports of voters trickling in.However, at Queenstown village, PPP/C agents complained that they were not being treated equally by GECOM staff at the polling stations. The agents said that they were asked to observe 80 feet from the polling area while candidates from the APNU were allowed to stay.However, the tranquillity of the Cinderella County was disturbed about 17:15h when a carload of persons went to some female PPP/C supporters at Danielstown village and reportedly hurled threats at them. Reports reaching this newspaper stated that some PPP/C supporters, who were under a bus shed, helping persons to find their names on the voters list before they voted were approached by the car and an occupant threatened them that if they continued, the Police would be called to arrest them. The women then shouted for help and some male villagers started walking towards the car, which immediately drove away.The women told Guyana Times that they would not be intimidated by the persons in the car since they are known People’s National Congress troublemakers.last_img read more