CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A pair of wrestlers defended their championships earned at last year's USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals in this year's edition, while a third wrestler reclaimed a Preseason Nationals title that they previously had earned. This year's event at the UNI-Dome saw approximately 1,050 wrestlers take to the mats for a long day of high-level wrestling on Saturday.
Colton AdamsColton Adams (Scottsbluff, Neb.) won a third consecutive championship in this event, coming home with the title at 126 pounds. Ranked 43rd overall in the Class of 2014, Adams had three major decisions and two clear decisions through the quarterfinal round. In the last two matches, this Junior National folkstyle champion would upend a pair of Cadet National folkstyle champions to take home the championships. First, it was a 2-1 semifinal victory over Ryan Schuman (Tri-Valley, S.D.) before a 5-1 victory over Fredy Stroker (Bettendorf, Iowa).
Bo Nickal (Allen, Tex.) also earned back-to-back titles at the Preseason Nationals, this time in the 160-pound weight class. This augments his USA Wrestling event championship resume, which includes a Cadet Triple Crown earlier this year and an additional Cadet National folkstyle title in 2011.
Nickal, ranked No. 13 overall in the junior class, had four pins to open this tournament, before a 9-0 major decision in the semifinals over Kimball Bastian (Maple Mountain, Utah) in a rematch of the Cadet freestyle final from this summer. In the final, he upended fellow junior Ryan Blees (Bismarck, N.D.) -- who is ranked No. 38 in overall in that class – by a 3-2 score.
Joining those two as multi-time champions in this event was Brandon Sorensen (Denver Tripoli, Iowa), as the nation's No. 37 overall senior took home the 145-pound weight class championship. Prior to the final, Sorensen had two pins and a 9-0 major decision preceded by a pair of convincing decision victories. However, the final was a much tighter match, as he outlasted Garrett Sutton (Richmond Burton, Ind.) by a 3-2 decision.
Taner Trembley followed up his InterMat JJ Classic title last weekend with a Preseason Nationals title this weekend (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)The tournament's highest profile final was in the 170 pound weight class, where a pair of top 50 overall seniors took to the mat. No. 32 Zach Beard (Tuttle, Okla.) upended No. 48 Tyler Askey (Northgate, Ga.) 3-2 in the tiebreaker. Joining Sorensen and Beard as Top 100 seniors to win Preseason National titles were No. 91 Barlow McGhee (Rock Island, Ill.) at 120 pounds and No. 78 Jordan Ellingwood (Plainfield Central, Ill.) at 195. Other seniors to earn weight class titles included George Fisher (Marmion Academy, Ill.) at 132 pounds, Tanner Trembley (Lake Crystal, Minn.) at 138, and Aaron Rothwell (Sheboygan North, Wis.) at 182.
Joining Adams and Nickal as underclass weight class champions were juniors Nathan Rose (Sibley East, Minn.) at 220 pounds and Tanner Farmer (Highland, Ill.) at 285; a pair of nationally ranked sophomores in No. 34 Dayton Racer (Apple Valley, Minn.) at 152 and No. 38 Davion Jeffries (Collinsville, Okla.) at 113; along with freshman Rudy Yates (Brother Rice, Ill.) at 106.
Trembley, Racer, and Rose all won InterMat JJ Classic titles last weekend in Rochester, Minn.
106: Rudy Yates (Brother Rice, Ill.) dec. Jack Mueller (Trinity Christian Academy, Texas), 2-0
113: Davion Jeffries (Collinsville, Okla.) pinned Skyler Petry (WEM, Minn.). 3:22
120: Barlow McGhee (Rock Island, Ill.) dec. Stephen Polakowski (Libertyville, Ill.), 6-3
126: Colton Adams (Scottsbluff, Neb.) dec. Fredy Stroker (Bettendorf, Iowa), 5-1
132: George Fisher (Marmion Academy, Ill.) dec. Logan Ryan (Bettendorf, Iowa), 2-1 TB
138: Tanner Trembley (Lake Crystal, Minn.) dec. Alex Mossing (Toledo Central Catholic, Ohio), 3-2
145: Brandon Sorensen (Denver Tripoli, Iowa) dec. Garrett Sutton (Richmond Burton, Ill.), 3-2
152: Dayton Racer (Apple Valley, Minn.) dec. Chad Pyke (Woodward Academy, Ga.), 3-0
160: Bo Nickal (Allen, Tex.) dec. Ryan Blees (Bismarck, N.D.), 3-2
170: Zach Beard (Tuttle, Okla.) dec. Tyler Askey (Northgate, Ga.), 3-2 TB
182: Aaron Rothwell (Sheboygan North, Wis.) dec. Miles Hammerlund (Delano, Minn.), 5-1
195: Jordan Ellingwood (Plainfield Central, Ill.) pinned Marcus Harrington (Waterloo West, Iowa), 1:52
220: Nathan Rose (Sibley East, Minn.) dec. Nick Baranello (River Dell, N.J.), 4-0
285: Tanner Farmer (Highland, Ill.) dec. Adarios Jones (Moline, Ill.), 4-0