Waynesburg-native prepares to chase Olympic gold in wrestling



WAYNESBURG, Pa. - Olympic Wrestler Coleman Scott returned to his hometown of Waynesburg this weekend. It was a hero's welcome for Scott who will compete in the London Olympics.

"It's awesome. That's what fuels the fire right there, knowing I have this many people behind me and they want me to win and do this," Scott said. "I'm going to do it for them -- give something back to them. They are giving this all to me. I have to give something back to them and you know, I think the way I can is to go win an Olympic gold medal."

While at home this weekend, Scott is doing everything he can to say thank you to his hometown for everything they've done for him, including autograph signings, meet and greets, and a wrestling clinic at Waynesburg University. At that wrestling clinic he will likely share the strategy he has lived by since he began wrestling when he was 6 years old.

"I just don't want to set my goals to low. You know, I like to like to dream big and set them high," the three-time PIAA State Champion told WPXI reporter Bill Phillips.

Phillips asked Scott what advice he would give young athletes regardless of the sport.

"Dream big, always," Scott replied. "Everybody says don't make your goals unachievable - -- to me that's sort of bologna. Always dream big and it will motivate you more and set those goals as high as possible."

Coleman Scott has already visualized what his gold medal moment will look like. Now as the Oklahoma State four-time all-American might say, it's time to "Cowboy up."

"I have the three-time reigning world champ in my weight and people are saying he is the best in the world in any weight and I'm excited to go have this opportunity to go wrestle him and make the most of it in my mind," the Olympic gold medal hopeful said. "I have been envisioning it for a while for years so it's all going to come down to one day and I can't wait to do it."

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