Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Waynesburg's Scott Nearing End of Journey

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Waynesburg's Scott Nearing End of Journey

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Coleman Scott's path to London may have began in Waynesburg when he was 6 years old. Scott, now 26, once came home from first grade and told his mother, Mary, about a wrestling demonstration.

"I remember when he was in first grade and he brought the flier home, and that's what he wanted to try," Mary said.

"I remember thinking to myself, 'How is he going to remember to counteract all the moves?' I don't know how he does it."

Or it could be said the wrestler's journey to Saturday's 60- kilogram preliminary matches began when he finished fourth in the 2008 Olympic Trials.

"I was really disappointed," Coleman said before heading across the Atlantic.

"I don't know if I was prepared to win then. ... It took me a few years to reach this level."

It may be even more accurate to say Scott's path to London took off in earnest with the birth of his daughter, Leighton, June 6, 2011.

"She doesn't really understand too much," he said of his only child's knowledge of his profession.

"I think when we look back on it, and we can tell her in a couple years, she'll have a full understanding."

Scott won the 2008 NCAA title in the 133-pound weight class in his final match for Oklahoma State. Two years later he married his wife, Jessica, whom he met through a mutual friend during his senior year. When his family grew from two to three, Scott faced the difficult reality of chasing his Olympic hopes.

"It's definitely not a big money-making sport," he said.

"We have to figure it out, and find a way to support them, and that's what I want to do.

Admittedly, there have been times Scott wondered if it would be more responsible to find a more stable way of life.

"It's always been a thing there, should I just get into coaching and be more stable, or should I keep pushing?" said the three-time PIAA and four-time WPIAL champion, who spends some time as an assistant coach at his alma mater. "I've got a great wife, and she's backed me the whole way. She said, 'You can only have so long to wrestle.' "

In the past year, Scott has focused more and more on his training, won the Olympic Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, in April, and finally earned his spot in London during a wrestle-off in Times Square in June. …

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