Wrestling: Zain Out-Tweets Oliver by Technical Superiority

By Rob Dougherty on June 14, 2017 at 8:00 am
Zain Retherford wins World Team Trials at 65 kg

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Zain Retherford was awarded USA Wrestling's Athlete of the Week Tuesday for his performance at the world team trials this past weekend. Zain went through a tough battle with PSU alum and former Nittany Lion Wrestling Club member, Frank Molinaro, in the finals to secure his first world team spot.

It was noted though that Jordan Oliver was ruled ineligible to compete at the trials and stripped of his US Open title after an anti-doping violation was found by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Oliver has been particularly vocal and bitter since, and he took to Twitter after USA Wrestling tweeted out the recognition to Zain on Tuesday. Let's see how the former US Open champion reacted. 

Oliver's tweet is nice -- fairly bitter, but good zing. Considering that he owns the last win of the series, Oliver is confident that he'd beat Zain in a best of 3. The only problem is his use of "your." A proper "you're" would have likely led to a 2-point tweet takedown being awarded. Instead, he is only awarded a 1-point push-out, which is fairly consistent considering he couldn't score a takedown against Zain in their last match either. Let's see how Zain responds,

The Zain Train comes back with sarcasm that ends this Twitter match in the first period. Oliver couldn't have seen this coming, Zain is a never tweeter. Zain retweets on occasion, but he has sent out two tweets of his own since Penn State went 5-for-5 at the NCAA Tournament. But here, the Zain Train continues his momentum from the trials into a 4-point takedown and leg laces to finish it off. 

Result - That's a 12-1 Twitter victory by technical superiority. Oliver is unquestionably great on the mat, but he was beaten soundly by a never-tweeter on Tuesday. Oliver will have to gather himself and come back strong next time. However, there is no doubt the Zain Train can use this as momentum when preparing for their next encounter, so Oliver is going to have his work cut out for him.