2007 Greco Team Leader John Bardis as a guest speaker at the social. Photos by Justin Hoch, jhoch.com
Last weekend at the 2017 U.S. Open and World Team Trials in Las Vegas, the 2007 U.S. Greco-Roman World Championship team reunited to celebrate the 10th-year anniversary of accomplishing what most people believed couldn’t be done by the USA: winning the Greco-Roman World Championship team title.
With key performances from silver medalist Brad Vering (84 kg) and bronze medalists Justin Lester (66 kg) and Dremiel Byers (120 kg), the United States edged out powerhouse Russia by one point in the team race.
Also pushing the U.S. to world victory was a fifth-place finish from the late Lindsey Durlacher, who passed away in 2011, and TC Dantzler’s first-round win over then-reigning World Champion and Ukranian Volodimir Shatskykh.
“It was a dream come true,” 2007 Greco-Roman National Coach Steve Fraser said. “A lot of people didn’t give the U.S. team a shot to win, but through the dedication of the athletes, volunteer coaches, paid staff and everyone who believe in the dream, we got it done. For us to continue to fight through those doubts and struggles and be able to keep that goal in mind, was remarkable. I’m so proud of not only the team that won it but all those through the years who helped us get there.”