Former Hawkeye Mocco still has fire

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IOWA CITY Steve Mocco is still competing, still competitive.

When asked if he would retire after his third-place finish at the Olympic Wrestling Trials, the 2008 Olympian had a simple answer.

I didnt taking my (bleeping) shoes off, he said and walked off.

Mocco, a former Iowa and Oklahoma State NCAA champ and the No. 2 seed at 264.5 pounds, lost in the challenge tournament semifinals to third-seeded Les Sigman of State College, Pa. He came back and won two consolation matches, finishing third and securing a spot on the national team.

Im a wrestler, full time, he said. This is whatI do for a living.

Im a coach ... this is what we tell them to do.

He blamed himself for his quarterfinal loss and wished Sigman the best.

Its not what I wanted, he said. Its still a little surreal for me right now.


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