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Marshall Islands wrestler seeking unprecedented sixth Micro Game win

MAJURO — A Marshall Islands wrestler who has won gold in every Micronesian Games since 1994 is hoping to extend his undefeated gold medal-winning reign during   the Micronesian Games in Pohnpei.

Waylon Muller has won gold in every Micronesian Games since 1994 in Guam.Waylon Muller has won gold in every Micronesian Games since 1994 in Guam.
Waylon Muller hopes to extend his gold medal haul to an unprecedented sixth Micronesian Games. The regional sports competition is held every four years.

“If I win gold, I will be undefeated from 1994 to 2014,” he said Friday. He and a team of Marshall Islands wrestlers depart to Pohnpei on Tuesday this week. The Games open Sunday, with wrestling competition the following week.

Now 42, Muller continues to push the boundaries for competition at regional tournaments by maintaining fitness levels well beyond the normal life of most wrestlers. Having won two gold medals in each of the previous five Micronesian Games, Muller has little left to prove except that he can win a battle with age.

The Marshall Islands wrestling team to Pohnpei is this year sporting many younger faces, only a few of whom have international experience. But Muller is confident that their training program, which has included South Korean wrestling coach Young Ho Ko working with the group over the past several weeks, is going to pay off with a haul of medals in Pohnpei. Ko was a gold medalist during the Asian Games and is also a reigning South Korean national champion.

“We are looking to win 16-18 total medals,” he said. The wrestling federation is sending a team of both men and women wrestlers,

Muller is coming back from knee surgery, but feels he’s ready for the competition.

“This year, I had a meniscus knee tear and had surgery,” he said. “Hard recovery, but I’m fully back on track and ready to compete.”