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Pfau takes fifth at Austria tournament

GOTZIS, Austria — Cody Pfau came so close.

She said so herself, right before she put things in perspective.

“One mistake, that’s all it takes,” Pfau initially said on her Facebook page following her fifth-place finish at the Austrian Ladies Open women’s wrestling tournament on Saturday.

“I was all set to go to the finals,” she continued. “Only one in my pool that hadn’t lost a match. Had to wrestle one last girl because I had to wrestle everyone going into a placing match in my pool. One mistake, that’s all it takes. I messed up. Ended up getting 5th with one loss while the second place girl had three.”

Pfau, a graduate of Grand Valley High School in Parachute who last year earned a spot on the teams associated with USA Wrestling, had a chance to finish first in her pool at the tournament, which featured wrestlers from around the world. Despite winning the first three matches in her pool, she barely lost her fourth match and finished her first international tournament on European soil in fifth place.

Competing at the senior level of wrestling for the first time, which is a step up from her previous level, Pfau convincingly won her first three matches against Donna Robertson of Scotland, Tremblay Josee of Canada and Julie Sabatie of France. She lost by pin, however, to Lenka Matejova of Czechoslovakia, which dropped her into the tournament’s fifth-place match.

She beat Shafag Muradzade to win the fifth-place match. And a little time after the tournament had finished, she didn’t feel as bad.

“Okay trying to be positive,” she said. “I did pretty well for my first tournament against Europeans. Especially considering that I am just barely a junior competing at a senior level right now. Just so y’all know, junior level is like 18 to 21. And senior is older than that.”

Senior-level wrestling consists of athletes who typically compete for spots on their nation’s respective Olympic teams.

Pfau, who on Feb. 21 in Denver became Colorado’s first female to win a first-round match at the state wrestling championships, won the 105-pound weight class of the USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals in Oklahoma City on March 30. Her championship at the FILA Junior Women’s Freestyle Nationals in Florida on May 12 earned her a trip to the World Championships in Bulgaria from Aug. 11 to 16.

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