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Greco-Roman Wrestler Chas Betts Finishes Ninth, Has No Regrets About Olympic Experience

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Greco-Roman wrestler Chas Betts didn't win a medal on Aug. 6, 2012, but the 26-year-old says he has no regrets.

Betts, who wrestles at the 84-kilogram (185-pound) weight class, lost his second match of the day and was eliminated from the tournament.

"I stuck to my plan and did what we talked about, and it just didn't work out for me," Betts told USA Wrestling after the match. "But I can honestly say I have no regrets about the match."

Betts, of St. Michael, Minn., won his first match of the day over Mirconesia's Keitani Graham, taking two periods 6-0, 1-0 in the win. He was happy with the way the day started out, and the first win of the day helped to give him a bit of confidence, Betts said.

"I knew the guy I drew was fairly inexperience as far as big international competitions go," Betts told USA Wrestling. "So I was just looking to get a good burn in and hit maybe a nice move, get the crowd kind of riled up -- my family and stuff -- and have some fun out there the first match. And I did."

In his second match, Betts was defeated by Cuban wrestler Pablo Enrique Shorey Hernandez, who won two periods by a score of 1-0, 1-0. Shorey Hernandez won the first period on a failed par terre attempt from Betts, and he won the second period on the point scored from a push out.

From there, Betts was forced to watch as Shorey Hernandez was pinned by Poland's Damian Janikowski.

Had Shorey Hernandez reached the finals, Betts would have had the opportunity to wrestle back for the bronze medal in the repechage round. Instead, Betts was forced to leave the Olympic Games empty handed. He finished in ninth place overall.

Though he didn't achieve the end result he had hoped for, Betts said he still enjoyed his time and experience at the Olympic Games.

"It's been great. It's absolutely awesome," Betts told USA Wrestling. "I'm happy to be here. It's as mind-blowing as everyone says it is. It's such an awesome experience and it's something that, without a doubt, is going to to be with me my entire life, and I'm really happy about that."

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Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46.

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