On Sunday (January 8), Max Nowry (55 kg, IRTC) was announced as the recipient of 5PM’s 2022 Athlete of the Year. Nowry, 32, was selected unanimously by the voting committee, joining G’Angelo Hancock as the only two winners in this category to stake that claim thus far.
Featured in the release for Athlete of the Year is a revealing and reflective Q&A with Nowry, who shared insights surrounding some of the challenges and eventual successes he experienced last year. But there was more. One exchange with Nowry did not see publish in the AOTY piece so that it could be presented in this week’s Roundup.
5PM: You haven’t been on the record here in well over a year, not since you were in Hoboken prior to Oslo (’21 Worlds). That was when you got all sassy about me asking if going to your second Senior Worlds felt different, and you were basically like, Oh, it isn’t different, I treat them all the same, and whatever else.
Max Nowry: Well, wait, no, because that is how I see it. Take Fargo. Before I had ever gone to Fargo, I looked at it as so grand and huge, and then I went and got in a three-way tie for first. Then the next year I won the thing, and I won every time after that. Every time that I won, it was cool for a little bit but then I wanted to do it again. Like in 2006, I didn’t even want to wrestle in high school, I just wanted to go right back to Fargo again. Any time that I’ve wrestled somewhere and have done something, I just want to keep doing it. Any other thoughts or expectations, I just try to push those down. Complacency kills.
The Senior Nationals in 2018, it was cool because I had never done that before. I beat Hazewinkel and that night, it was cool. I had fun. But the next morning it was, Okay, now I have Trials. I didn’t make the Team, and then it became all about making the Team for the first time in my career. The next year, I won the Nationals again, but I had already done that. I had to make the World Team and go to the World Championships. Then finally, after all of those years, I did that and fought to bring home a medal. It is always the next thing. That’s what is going to keep those thoughts to the side. That is what drives my mentality towards progress and moving forward.
2023 USA Greco January Camp
Winter Camp for US Seniors at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs opened earlier today. As reported last week, camp for 2023 includes a variety of guest instructors with ’16 Olympic/two-time World Champion Ismael Borrero Molina of Cuba the most prominent of the group.
A Q&A with Assistant US National Team coach Herb House along with other notes and insights regarding Week 1 will be made available imminently. The full January Camp schedule can be viewed below.
January 9-17 — Colorado Springs, CO
Monday, January 9
7:30am-9:00am — Hard drill
2:30pm-4:00pm — Live wrestling (groups of three)
Tuesday, January 10
7:30am-9:00am — Par terre offense & defense
2:30pm-4:00pm — Par terre live wresting (groups of three)
Wednesday, January 11
7:30am-9:00am — Outside conditioning
2:30pm-4:00pm — Lift
Thursday, January 12
7:30am-9:00am — Technical drill/Edge awareness
2:20pm-4:00pm — Live wrestling (groups of three)
Friday, January 13
7:30am-9:00am — Technique standing
2:30pm-4:00pm — Live wrestling (groups of three); Position & technical awareness
Saturday, January 14
7:30am-9:00am — Lift
Sunday, January 15
ALL DAY — Recovery
Monday, January 16
7:30am-9:00am — Drill (Shark Bait)
2:30pm-4:00pm — “Grind Match” (4X15 minutes; new partner each round)
Tuesday, January 17
7:30am-9:00pm — Par terre (coaches’ discretion); “Grind Match” assessments
2:30pm-4:00pm — “Grind Match” assessments
Novikov Official for Bulgaria
Just over one year ago, two-time U23 World Champion Semyon Novikov (87 kg) intimated a strong desire to leave his native Ukraine due to frustrations regarding what he saw as political maneuvering on the part of Vladimir Shatskikh, who serves as multi-time World/’20 Olympic Champion Zhan Belenyuk‘s personal coach. Novikov’s issue was not with Shatskikh’s coaching prowess, but rather his involvement with UKR’s team selection for World events, which have gone to Belenyuk despite the two having been neck-and-neck at times domestically in recent years.
Novikov eventually secured a Bulgarian passport and the Eastern European country has now officially declared that the 25-year-old is indeed fully eligible to compete on their home circuit and vie for World Team selection. That process for Novikov will start this coming weekend in Silven at BUL’s national tournament.
Novikov is not the only new competitor for Bulgaria. ’19 Junior World champ Abu-Muslim Amaev (63 kg) is also now in the running. Amaev came over to BUL last year after first beginning his career in Russia but was unable to represent BUL internationally. A gifted technical wrestler, Amaev placed third at the ’21 Russian Nationals and in conjunction with his U20 World gold is a Cadet title from ’15, as well.
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