Three recommended to coach freestyle wrestling team in Beijing


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Kevin Jackson, Lee Kemp and Kerry McCoy have been recommended by USA Wrestling to coach the U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team in Beijing.

The recommendations will be sent to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval.

Jackson, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist, is the USA Wrestling national freestyle coach and coached the 2004 U.S. Olympic freestyle team in Athens.

McCoy, a former Penn State heavyweight, wrestled on the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic teams and coached on the 2006 and 2007 American world team staffs. Kemp was a three-time world freestyle champion and was on the 2006 U.S. world team and 2007 world junior team staffs.

The other finalists were Sean Bormet, Mike Duroe and Lou Rosselli.

While the U.S. Greco-Roman team won the world championship in Azerbaijan in September, Russia dominated freestyle by winning six of seven weight classes and 37 of 38 matches. The United States finished fourth.

"We want several Olympic champions and medalists. We have a lot of work to catch the Russians," Jackson said. "We can close that gap."