Frayer’s perspective on life helped him deal with Olympic frustration

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Updated: August 12, 2012

Jared Frayer has dealt with enough disappointment when it comes to his wrestling career. And one might be quick to add a first-round loss in the 2012 Olympics to that list; something that happened in London Sunday morning when Ali Shabanau of Belarus defeated the 145.5-pound American, 3-0, 1-0, in the ExCel Arena.

But Frayer, who recently enjoyed the birth of his second child and is the father of a two-year-old child with Down Syndrome, has learned to put life in perspective … and will still leave London with a positive attitude.

“I’m still a very blessed man,” said Frayer, the former Oklahoma All-American who earned his first World-level membership after coming up short many times in recent years. “I know how much the coaches put into me. I know how good I was feeling. I just ran into an unorthodox guy and didn’t wrestle the way I was capable of. It’s hard.

Shabanau opened the match with a leg attack against Frayer for a point 24 seconds into the period. He then gutted Frayer for two points 13 seconds later, and held onto the 3-0 period win.

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