About

Gentry Olympic BW

International - Freestyle

  • 2x Olympian (2008, 2012)
  • 3x Canadian Senior National Champion (2006, 2007, 2011)
  • 2x Pan-American Games Bronze Medalist (2007, 2011)
  • 2012 Yasar Dogu Champion, Turkey
  • 2012 Ziolkowski Champion, Poland
  • 2011 BC Male Wrestler of the Year
  • 2011 Canada Wrestling Male Athlete of the Year

University - Folkstyle

  • 2004 NCAA Champion, 157 lbs, 42-0 record
  • 2004 Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year
  • 4x Most Valuable Wrestler, 3-year Team-Elected Captain
  • 3x Academic All-American
  • Career Record, 138-25 including a 64 match win streak

MY WRESTLING STORY

I started wrestling at 7 years old.  A lot of people ask me how I started at such a young age in a relatively obscure sport.  I like to say I started because I beat up my younger brother all the time, but the truth is that I was small for my age and also extremely competitive.  That combination made wrestling a great fit for both my personality and physical skills.  I was and have been fortunate to have great coaching, starting with my very first day.  Wrestling is a physically intense and demanding sport, so enjoying it is key to being successful.  I wrestled for North Valley High School at 100, 103, 119, and 135 pounds, and I finished 1st, 2nd, 1st in the state championships my last 3 seasons.  

After graduation, I attended Stanford University.  Stanford is an amazing academic and athletic institution, and I am very proud to call myself an alumnus.  I 'redshirted' my first season of University, which basically meant I was still a part of the team, but did not compete on the varsity squad.  Because the intensity is so much greater in University over high school, this was an important year for me to grow and improve.  That year, I finished 7-6 in open competitions.  The only reason I mention this is because it showed how much better I needed to become in order to reach my goals.  I worked hard over the next summer and the following season I finished 35-12, and was an NCAA Qualifier, Pac-10 finalist, and Pac-10 and Stanford Freshman of the Year.  My sophomore season was a defining year for my career, not because of the success I had, but because of the lessons I learned.  I had a decent year and earned the #1 seed at the Pac-10 Championships, the qualifier for NCAA's.  I put a lot of pressure on myself and wrestled afraid to lose and finished in 6th place with a 1-3 record.  That failed to even qualify me for NCAA's, but I was given an alternate spot and 4 days before NCAA's I received a call that another athlete was hurt and I was in.  Before I received that call I had realized how much I enjoyed competing and how upset I was that I wouldn't even be able to showcase my abilities.  When I was able to compete, I decided that I was going to control the things I could control, namely myself, not worry about anything else, and have fun because I love to compete.  I went out there and finished top-12 in the country, just missing All-American status with a tournament record of 4-2.  I decided to keep that attitude and the next time I lost a match was 64 matches later after winning the NCAA title in 2004 at 157 lbs.  My senior season I let the pressure get to me again and did not have a great finish to my career.  I still took a lot of lessons from that season. 

After I graduated from Stanford with a degree in Human Biology in 2005, I decided to train full time for the Olympics.  I compete for Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club in British Columbia, and the coaches and workout partners are top notch.  I am grateful for the support I've received and it has allowed me to grow and be the best wrestler I can be.  I am absolutely confident that without the support of the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canada Amateur Wrestling Association I would not be the wrestler I am today.  I am very grateful to be able to represent Canada on the World stage!

I qualified for the 2008 Olympics but did not have a great performance.  I wrestled OK, but not great, which is what the Olympics demand.  I almost retired from competition after the 2008 Olympics because I was becoming a wrestling coach, but that competitive itch never went away.  In 2010, I decided to step away from coaching and focus full-time on my competitive career, a huge sacrifice for me and my wife Emily.  The results of stepping away speak for themselves, and I finished 2012 with my best international season ever, winning my last 3 tournaments before the Olympics.  This included beating some very top-notch opponents, and I took that momentum into the London Olympics where I finished 5th.  

My goals are to get better every day.  Time is the one constant that every single competitor has the same amount of.  You have to be extremely smart about the way you train, recover, sleep, eat, and manage your life.  To be truly successful at wrestling, you have to live a lifestyle off the mat that helps you on the mat.  Although difficult to follow at times, the rewards have more than made up for the sacrifice.