Norman, Okla. - Former Oklahoma Sooner wrestler and 2001 national champion Michael Lightner was defeated in his first match during the 2005 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, September 26.
Lightner was defeated in a tight three-period match to 2004 Olympian Tevfik Odabasi of Turkey, 2-0, 0-1, 0-4. It was Lightner’s first appearance in a World Championships.
Lightner won the first period 2-0, with a takedown and a step out point. In the second period, Odabasi scored the only point when Lightner stepped out of bounds. The final period went to Odabasi, who scored a two-point crotch lift on a counter to a Lightner shot, then scored two more takedowns when Lightner tried to press his offense.
“For myself, I felt good. I don’t feel like he did anything. I was in on his leg. I got beat with my own technique. I didn’t react on my finish quite enough. At the end, the rest of the points were scored on me forcing attacks. It is going to be hard to swallow. I beat myself, hesitating on a shot,” said Lightner.
“I was ready to go physically and mentally. I felt I went out there and was in control. Coach Jackson preaches it all the time. Don’t let him score on your technique. I let him score on my technique. The chances are against me getting back in with (Olympic champion) Quintana there,” Lightner said.
“It has been a good experience. I have gotten better. I have grown as a wrestler. I am disappointed it ended this way. I had higher expectations and my family had higher expectations. I’ve been knocked down before. I will be back,” said Lightner.