First Posted: 6/23/2010
Former Lackawanna Trail wrestler Keith Gavin came within one win of representing the United States in the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Gavin finished second in freestyle at 84 kg/185 pounds in the World Team Trials, June 12, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The runner-up at the 2008 World University Games is continuing his wrestling career on the international level while serving as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. While wrestling at Pittsburgh, Gavin went 33-0 in his senior year and won an NCAA championship. Gavin went 2-2 in the 2008 Olympic trials and has set the 2012 Olympic Games as a long-term goal. Jake Herbert, a 2009 World silver medalist, needed a rally in the best-of-three finals to get past Gavin. Gavin won the first match, 4-1, 7-3. Herbert was one decision from elimination when he rallied to win the second match, 0-3, 3-2, 1-0. Herbert then won the third match, 1-0, 1-0. Gavin wrestles for the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club. For more information on Gavin, or the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club, visit .