Trump salutes NCAA champion wrestlers, takes photos with fans at title matches


Former President Donald Trump was at the NCAA Championship Wrestling Championship on Saturday night in Oklahoma and was seen waving at Princeton’s Pat Glory after winning the 125-pound weight class and taking photos with fans.

Trump sat down with staffers and Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla. The crowd rose when he took to the arena floor before the start of the nightly session with Mullin and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.

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Former President Donald Trump watches the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

“Having the president, or a former president, show up here in Tulsa is just good business for our state,” the Oklahoma governor said via KTUL-TV.

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A University of Oklahoma fan told the station that it was “exciting” that Trump was showing up at 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 know this or not, but he struggled a bit himself. He wants to come here, have a good night and leave politics out of it.”

Former President Donald Trump, left, poses for a photo with Virginia wrestler Justin McCoy at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Former President Donald Trump, left, poses for a photo with Virginia wrestler Justin McCoy at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Trump and other wrestling fans watched as Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis became 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.

Former President Donald Trump, right, poses for photos at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Former President Donald Trump, right, poses for photos at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Former President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Vito Arujau, second from right, NCAA wrestling champion in the 133-pound class, and his family at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma .

Former President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Vito Arujau, second from right, NCAA wrestling champion in the 133-pound class, and his family at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma . (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

“All of these guys are great because they’re different,” he said. “And, you know, my style is different. I could take bits and pieces from every guy, but when you see the end product, it’s its own form.”

Glory helped Princeton win a national championship in the 125-pound weight class – the school’s first since 1951. He beat Purdue’s Matt Ramos and won 3-1.

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Former President Donald Trump, left, congratulates Princeton wrestler Pat Glory after Glory won the NCAA wrestling championship in the 125-pound class, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Former President Donald Trump, left, congratulates Princeton wrestler Pat Glory after Glory won the NCAA wrestling championship in the 125-pound class, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

“Not everyone walks away and knocks Spencer Lee down like that,” Glory said of Ramos. “It takes cojones, and I knew he would have the same mentality going into the match. I knew it was going to be a dogfight. And I knew it was going to be an opportunity and I had to capitalize, and I knew that I was going to be ready when he comes.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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