Former President Donald Trump was at the NCAA Championship Wrestling Saturday night in Oklahoma and was seen greeting Princeton’s Pat Glory after he won in the 125-pound weight class and taking photos with fans.
Trump sat down with staff members and Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma. The crowd rose to its feet as he went to the arena floor before the evening session began with Mullin and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
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“Having the president, or a former president, show up here in Tulsa is big business for our state,” the Oklahoma governor said on KTUL-TV.
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A fan from the University of Oklahoma told the station that it was «exciting» that Trump showed up to the event.
«I think it’s good for the wrestling community because a former president coming to a wrestling event is awesome,» the fan said.
Mullin added: «I don’t know if you guys know this or not, but he’s struggled a bit himself. He wants to come here, have a good night and leave politics out.»
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Trump and other wrestling fans watched Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis become the fifth Division I wrestler to win four national titles and Penn State won its 10th tag team title in 12 years. Diakomihalis joined Kyle Dake, Pat Smith, Logan Stieber and Cael Sanders as the only four-time Division I champions.
«All those guys are great because they’re different,» he said. «And, you know, my style is different. It might take parts from each guy, but when you see the final product, it’s his own way.»
Glory helped Princeton to a national championship in the 125-pound weight class, the school’s first since 1951. He defeated Purdue’s Matt Ramos to win 3-1.
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«Not everyone goes and knocks out Spencer Lee like that,» Glory said of Ramos. «It takes balls, and I knew he would have the same mindset going into the game. I knew it was going to be a dogfight. And I knew it was going to be an opportunity and I needed to capitalize on it, and I knew I was going to be ready when it came. «.
Associated Press contributed to this report.