Illinois wins double titles at Junior Duals

Josh Lowe

6/30/2013
Josh Lowe, InterMat High School Analyst
josh@intermatwrestle.com

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Team Illinois dominating a USA Wrestling national event, call me shocked. Not exactly. With the Land of Lincoln collecting double titles this weekend at the Junior National Duals in Oklahoma City, Illinois squads won five of the six dual team championships this month. They swept titles at the Junior and Cadet levels, while they won the freestyle title at the Schoolboy level after taking second in Greco-Roman.

This weekend's double titles at the Junior Duals marked the third consecutive year in which the Land of Lincoln squad earned double titles, and fifth in the last seven. Going back to 2006, Illinois has won the freestyle tournament in every year but 2009; while they have been in the Greco final during every year, winning in all but 2006 and 2010.

The championship final in both styles placed Team Illinois against Team Michigan Blue. Saturday night's freestyle final saw Illinois win 38-24 (9-6 in matches), which came after Thursday evening's Greco-Roman final had Illinois winning 37-28 (also 9-6 in matches).

Wrestlers going undefeated in both styles (6 or more contested matches per style):
106: Joey Cisneros (California)
120: Taylor LaMont (Utah), Kaid Brock (Oklahoma)*
132: Jacob Rubio (Texas), Zac Hall (Michigan)*
160/152: Anthony Valencia (California)*
170: Chandler Rogers (Washington)**
182: Preston Lehmann (North Dakota)
195: Ricky Robertson (Illinois)***
220: Roy Nash (Utah)
285: Nathan Butler (Kansas)

*only five contested matches in freestyle
**only five contested matches in Greco-Roman
***only five contested matches in each style

Those going undefeated in Greco-Roman:
100: Cameron Hunsaker (Utah)
113: Doyle Trout (Nebraska)
126: Dylan Lucas (Florida), Cub Yeager (Oklahoma)
145: Isaac Dulgarian (Kansas), Brooks Robinson (Utah), Matthew Moody (Georgia), Steven Bleise (Michigan)
152: Nick Georgean (Illinois)
160: Tyler McLean (Washington), Burke Paddock (New York)
182 - Ryan Christensen (Washington)
195: Will Balow (Minnesota), Roland Ziberman (New York), Mickey Pelfrey (Iowa)
220: Nathan Rotert (South Dakota)
285: Zac Dawe (Utah), Adam Coon (Michigan)

Those going undefeated in freestyle:
106: Gage Branson (Ohio), Michael Murphy (Tennessee), Jack Mueller (Texas)
113: Elijah Oliver (Tennessee)
120: Maleek Russell (Florida), Sean Russell (Georgia), Ke-Shawn Hayes (Missouri)
126: Anthony Tutolo (Ohio), Deondre Wilson (Indiana), Cody Karstetter (Oklahoma), Jered Cortez (Illinois)
138: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (New York), Joey McKenna (New Jersey), Justin Fletcher (Oklahoma)
145: Sean Glasgow (New Jersey), Phil Downing (Colorado), Bryce Brill (Illinois)
152: Weston Dobler (North Dakota), Brian Murphy (Illinois)
160: Mark Hall (Colorado), Nick Reenan (Texas)
170: Bo Nickal (Texas), Christian Stackhouse (New Jersey), Zach Beard (Oklahoma)
182: Jesse Stephanos (Florida)
195: Chance McClure (Georgia), Ralph Normandia (New Jersey)
220: J'Den Cox (Missouri)

For full brackets, results, etc.:
Greco-Roman
Freestyle

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