Mark Hall won by fall in the finals at 160 pounds (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
FARGO, N.D. -- Four wrestlers repeated as champions in the Cadet National Greco-Roman competition, which concluded on Monday in Fargo, N.D. Repeat champions included Minnesota's Mitchell McKee (113), New Jersey's Mason Manville (145), Oregon's Samuel Colbray (195), and Minnesota's Lance Benick (220).
McKee, an InterMat JJ Classic runner-up, earned his title at 113 pounds with first-period technical fall victory, 8-0, over Georgia's Adam Flatt.
Mason Manville (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)Manville, a FILA Cadet National runner-up in Greco-Roman, won a hard-fought battle over Joey Gunther of Illinois, 2-1, in the finals at 145 pounds. He was named Outstanding Wrestler of the competition. Manville is the nation's No. 3 overall wrestler in the Class of 2016. It marks the second straight year that Gunther finished runner-up in the Cadet National Greco-Roman competition.
Colbray, who is ranked 16th overall in the Class of 2016, claimed the championship with a first-period fall over Indiana's Randy Scott in the finals at 195 pounds.
Benick, the nation's top-ranked wrestler in the Class of 2015, was dominant in the finals, earning a first-period technical fall, 7-0, over Pennsylvania's Jordan Wood. Benick is a two-time InterMat JJ Classic finalist, winning a title in 2011. He won a Junior National folkstyle title this spring.
Daton Fix (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)Five wrestlers remain in contention for a Cadet Triple Crown with only the freestyle competition remaining. The Cadet Triple Crown hopefuls include Oklahoma's Daton Fix (106), Illinois' Larry Early (138), Texas' Nick Reenan (152), Colorado's Mark Hall (160), and Iowa's Jacob Marnin (285).
Fix, ranked sixth overall in the Class of 2017, trailed 3-0 after the opening period in his finals match against Dylan Duncan of Illinois, after giving up a pushout and takedown. But the Oklahoma wrestler battled back, using a headlock in the second period to pin Duncan and keep his Triple Crown hopes alive.
Early, a FILA Cadet National runner-up in Greco-Roman, won his title with a 6-2 victory over Florida's Patricio Lugo in the finals at 138 pounds. Lugo scored the first points of the match with a first-period gut wrench before Early scored six unanswered points off two gut wrenches and a takedown.
Reenan, an undefeated Texas state champion as a freshman, won a back-and-forth battle over New York's Jesse Porter, 9-6. Reenan will attend Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) as a sophomore and is currently ranked 10th overall in the Class of 2016.
Hall, who is currently training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, dazzled in the finals at 160 pounds, scoring two takedowns in the first period, including one off a super duck, before throwing and pinning Arizona's Vicente Guerrero in the second period. Hall is a two-time InterMat JJ Classic champion. He is currently ranked second overall in the Class of 2016, behind only Aaron Pico of California.
Marmin, who attends Southeast Polk High School in Iowa, earned a 7-0 shutout victory over Antonio James of Illinois in the finals at 285 pounds.
Austin Gomez (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)Illinois had the most champions with four and finished on top in the team standings with 86 points, outdistancing runner-up Minnesota by 36 points. Champions from the Land of Lincoln were Louie Hayes (88), Austin Gomez (94), and Gabriel Townsell (120).
Hayes, who was fifth in the Cadet National Greco-Roman competition last summer, cruised in the finals at 88 pounds, winning by technical fall, 7-0, over Minnesota's Alexander Crowe.
Gomez, who is ranked 15th overall in the Class of 2017, won by fall in the first period over California's Randon Miranda in the championship match at 94 pounds. Gomez was a fourth-place finisher at the 2012 InterMat JJ Classic.
Townsell used a five-point throw en route to a 7-0 technical victory over Tennessee's Chris Debien in the finals at 120 pounds.
Wisconsin claimed two champions in Josh Bird (132) and Beau Breske (170) and finished third in the team standings.
Other champions included Virginia's Joey Prata (100), California's Zahid Valencia (126), and Maryland's Hunter Ritter (182).
88: Louie Hayes (Illinois) dec. Alexander Crowe (Minnesota), 7-0
94: Austin Gomez (Illinois) pinned Randon Miranda (California), 2:24
100: Joey Prata (Virginia) dec. Danny Vega (Arizona), 7-0
106: Daton Fix (Oklahoma) pinned Dylan Duncan (Illinois), 4:31
113: Mitchell McKee (Minnesota) dec. Adam Flatt (Georgia), 8-0
120: Gabriel Townsell (Illinois) dec. Chris Debien (Tennessee), 7-0
126: Zahid Valencia (California) dec. Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania), 12-4
132: Josh Bird (Wisconsin) dec. Logan Kass (Minnesota), 15-7
138: Larry Early (Illinois) dec. Patricio Lugo (Florida), 6-2
145: Mason Manville (New Jersey) dec. Joey Gunther (Illinois), 2-1
152: Nick Reenan (Texas) dec. Jesse Porter (New York), 9-6
160: Mark Hall (Colorado) pinned Vicente Guerrero (Arizona), 3:32
170: Beau Breske (Wisconsin) dec. Keegan Moore (Minnesota), 8-0
182: Hunter Ritter (Maryland) dec. Roberto Rivera (Georgia), 4-4 criteria
195: Samuel Colbray (Oregon) pinned Randy Scott (Indiana), 1:30
220: Lance Benick (Minnesota) dec. Jordan Wood (Pennsylvania), 7-0
285: Jacob Marnin (Iowa) dec. Antonio James (Illinois), 7-0
Team Standings (Top Ten):
1. Illinois 86
2. Minnesota 50
3. Wisconsin 41
4. California 39
5. Pennsylvania 37
6. Arizona 33
7. Georgia 27
8. Idaho 23
9. Indiana 23
10. Oregon 22
Junior Greco: Defending champs Tuma, Coon undefeated
The Junior National Greco-Roman tournament kicked off on Monday morning, and the initial day whittled down the competition to the last few wrestlers. Defending champions Hayden Tuma (Idaho) and Adam Coon (Michigan) remain undefeated in their quest to repeat as Junior National Greco-Roman champions. Those remaining in the tournament will compete again on Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. CT. Medal matches for first through eighth place will then kick off at 2:15 p.m. CT.
Pool A: Dalton Roberts (Michigan) 4-0 vs. Jaxon Cole (Utah) 3-1, Riley Lull (Wisconsin) 3-1 vs. Brandon Cunningham (Alabama) 2-1, Hunter Wright (Virginia) 3-1 with a bye. Wright has clinched All-American honors while riding the bye, as has Roberts. If Roberts wins, then the round-robin will commence starting with the next round.
Pool B: Ty Lee (Wisconsin) 3-1 vs. Bryar Edwards (California) 3-0, Brady Wilsie (Illinois) 3-1 vs. Kirk Johansen (Illinois) 3-0. All four wrestlers remaining in this pool have earned All-American status.
Pool A: Alpha Diallo (New York) 3-1 vs. Paul Bianchi (Wisconsin) 2-1, Joe Cisneros (California) 4-0 vs. Erik Zorilla (Florida) 2-1, Shaun Ramey (Illinois) 3-1 with the bye. Ramey will ride the bye to All-American honors, while Cisneros has also clinched an All-American finish. If Cisneros wins, then the round-robin will commence immediately.
Pool B: Brandon Staley (Florida) 4-0 vs. Chris Cuccolo (New York) 3-0, Tyler Almaguer (Washington) 3-1 vs. Brock George (Utah) 2-1. All four remaining wrestlers are All-Americans, and if Staley wins in this next round, he has clinched the pool title.
Pool A: Doyle Trout (Nebraska) 4-1 vs. Skyler Petry (Minnesota) 5-0, Devan Richter (Missouri) 4-1 vs. Isaac Jimenez (Texas) 4-0, J.J. McClelland (Wisconsin) 4-1 with the bye, Tyler Schilling (Oregon) 3-1 vs. Ryan Friedman (Maryland) 3-1. Seven remain right now, after the next round, four to six wrestlers will remain in the tournament. If five wrestlers remain in the tournament after this round, Petry would be next to have the bye.
Pool B: Golan Cohen (New York) 4-1 vs. Ronnie Bresser (Oregon) 4-0, Adam Whitesell (Maryland) 4-1 vs. Kegan Calkins (Illinois) 4-1, Perez Perez (California) 4-1 vs. Anthony Cefolo (New Jersey) 5-0. If both Bresser and Cefolo win, the round-robin would then ensue with the fourth All-American spot determined on head-to-head or points (Whitesell 18 currently, Cohen 17, Perez and Calkins 16). Should neither win, Cefolo gets the bye next, so he has clinched All-American honors.
Pool A: James Flint (Florida) 6-0 vs. Ibrahim Bunduka (Virginia) 4-1, Casey Cobb (Idaho) 5-1 vs. Taylor LaMont (Utah) 5-0, Blaine Tschida (Minnesota) 6-0 with the bye. Should Flint and LaMont both win, the round-robin would immediately ensue (and Cobb would be the All-American). If neither wins, Cobb has the bye next (so Cobb is an All-American with a win regardless). Clinching All-American honors already is Tschida.
Pool B: Jared Oftedahl (Minnesota) 5-1 vs. Domenic Forys (Pennsylvania) 4-1, Josh Terao (Hawaii) 5-1 vs. Daniel Ruiz (California) 4-1, Tommy Pawleski (Illinois) 5-1 vs. Kyndall Rutz (Colorado) 4-1. No wrestler remaining is undefeated, so the round-robin will be in the next round with each of the winners involved. Oftedahl and Terao are in best position to absorb a loss and still earn All-American honors.
Pool A: Jordan Shearer (North Dakota) 5-1 vs. Cody Karstetter (Oklahoma) 5-1, William Koll (New York) 5-1 vs. Colton Schilling (Oregon) 5-0, Jon Marmolejo (Illinois) 5-1 with the bye. Clinching All-American honors are Schilling and based on "riding the bye" Marmolejo. Koll must win in order to earn All-America honors, as if he loses, the Shearer/Karstetter loser out-points him. The round-robin would begin immediately with a Schilling win.
Pool B: Dante Rodriguez (Nebraska) 6-0 vs. Austin Lister (Oregon) 6-0, Cub Yeager (Oklahoma) 5-0 vs. Thomas Walton (North Dakota) 4-1. All four wrestlers remaining in Pool B have earned All-American status.
Pool A: Jack Mutchnik (Maryland) 5-1 vs. Riley Connolly (Idaho) 4-1, Blake Clevenger (Missouri) 6-0 vs. Victor Trujillo (California) 6-0, Joel Shump (Illinois) 5-1 with the bye. The All-Americans will likely be the following combination: Mutchnik/Connolly winner, Clevenger, Trujillo, and Shump.
Pool B: Matt Findlay (Utah) 5-1 vs. Luke Wolfenberger (Oklahoma) 4-1, Hayden Tuma (Idaho) 6-0 vs. Anthony Giraldo (New Jersey) 6-0. All-Americans have been determined, and the round-robin will commence in the next round: Findlay lost to an already eliminated wrestler, while Wolfenberger lost to Giraldo.
Pool A: Brett Stolarzyk (Minnesota) 5-1 vs. Andrew Crone (Wisconsin) 6-0, Chase Call (Idaho) 6-0 vs. Jake Velarde (Washington) 5-1, Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (New York) 5-1 with the bye. With Rodriguez-Spencer having defaulted in the last round, the dynamic could change if he doesn't check in for the second day. However, if he does check in, he clinches All-America status if either Crone or Call win.
Pool B: Zac Youngchild (Wisconsin) 5-1 vs. Blaine Invernon (Idaho) 6-0, Johnathan Gahagan (Illinois) 5-1 vs. Joseph McKenna (New Jersey) 5-0, Justin Oliver (Michigan) 5-1 with the bye. If either Invernon or McKenna win, Oliver rides the bye to clinch All-American status; and if both win, the round-robin immediately commences. Should neither undefeated win, Invernon has the bye, which means he has functionally clinched All-American status at present.
Pool A: Blayne Briceno (California) 6-0 vs. Chase Straw (Iowa) 4-1, Mitch Bengtson (Minnesota) 5-1 vs. Brandon Ashworth (Utah) 5-1, Grant Leeth (Missouri) 5-1 vs. Sir Romeo Howard (Illinois) 6-0. Either three, four, or five wrestlers will remain after this next round. If both undefeated wrestlers win, the round-robin commences immediately; should neither undefeated win, Howard would have the bye next, so he's functionally clinched All-American honors.
Pool B: Jose Luis Felipe (Florida) 5-1 vs. Jacob Trujillo (Colorado) 5-1, Matthew Moody (Georgia) 6-0 vs. Josh Reyes (Oregon) 5-1, Brooks Robinson (Utah) 4-1 vs. Phil Downing (Colorado) 4-1. If Moody wins, then the round-robin begins immediately and the fourth All-American is determined on points. If Moody is beaten, the tournament will be down to the four All-Americans.
Pool A: Jake Deutschlander (Minnesota) 5-1 vs. Logan Breitenbach (Maryland) 6-0, Zach Pickering (Illinois) 5-1 vs. Jake Henson (Georgia) 4-1, Andrew Millsap (Kansas) 6-0 with the bye. Millsap has clinched All-American honors, as has Breitenbach, so does the Pickering/Henson winner. Should Breitenbach win, the round-robin would commence immediately.
Pool B: Jon-Jay Chavez (Idaho) 6-0 vs. Anthony Valencia (California) 6-0, Nick Georgean (Illinois) 6-0 vs. Jonathan Viruet (Massachusetts) 5-1. All four remaining wrestlers have clinched All-American honors.
Pool A: Burke Paddock (New York) 5-0 vs. Xavier Montalvo (Illinois) 5-0, Calvin Ochs (Kansas) 4-1 vs. Mason Reinhardt (Wisconsin) 4-1, Kimball Bastian (Utah) 4-0 vs. Ryan Preisch (Utah) 4-0. The next round will have five wrestlers remaining in the tournament, with the Ochs/Reinhardt winner drawing the bye, matchups likely having Bastian/Paddock and Preisch/Montalvo.
Pool B: Jacob Armstrong (Utah) 4-1 vs. Tony Clinesmith (Missouri) 3-1, Davonte Mahomes (Illinois) 5-0 vs. Bobby Reece (Washington) 5-0, Travis Hettinga (Wisconsin) 4-1 vs. Dalton Harmon (Utah) 4-1, Tyrel White (Pennsylvania) 5-0 with the bye. This round will eliminate two wrestlers and reduce the field to five with Harmon (if win) or Reece next on the bye.
Pool A: Chandler Rogers (Washington) 5-0 vs. Max Hane (Oregon) 4-1, Jacob Denman (Ohio) 4-1 vs. Jordan Rothers (Minnesota) 4-0, Patrick Coover (Pennsylvania) 5-0 with the bye, Gable Frandsen (Wisconsin) 4-0 vs. Dylan Wiesner (Kansas) 3-1. If all three undefeated wrestlers win, then the field will be down to the four All-Americans. If two of the undefeated win, next on the bye would be Hane, Denman, and Rogers in that order. I would venture a guess that Coover is almost assured All-America status.
Pool B: Kyle Bateman (Oregon) 5-0 vs. Jacob Morrissey (Wisconsin) 4-0, Tommy Longendyke (Minnesota) 5-0 vs. Jared Johnson (Kansas) 5-0, Daniel Marquette (Minnesota) 4-1 with the bye. All five wrestlers will remain alive into the next round with Johnson likely to see the bye, Marquette vs. Morrissey, and Bateman vs. Longendyke.
Pool A: Dylan Wisman (Virginia) 5-0 vs. Nick Fiegener (California) 3-1, Aaron Rothwell (Wisconsin) 4-1 vs. Deandre Sims (Georgia) 4-1, Riley Lefever (Indiana) 4-1 vs. Terrell Fields (Pennsylvania) 4-1, Daniel Hawkins (Maryland) 4-1 vs. Jake Turk (Illinois) 3-1. If Wisman beats Fiegener, then the four All-Americans will be determined. If Fiegener wins, then the field will be down to five with the bye going in order to Fields, Sims, Hawkins, and Lefever.
Pool B: Nick Corba (Ohio) 5-0 vs. Dylan Blackford (Iowa) 4-1, Troy Murtha (Maryland) 4-1 vs. Preston Lehmann (North Dakota) 5-0, Billy Duffert (Wisconsin) 4-1 vs. Spencer Wilson (Kansas) 4-1. If Corba and Lehmann both win, then the round-robin will ensue. If either wins, the four All-Americans will have been determined. If neither wins, the bye would go in order to Wilson then Lehmann.
Pool A: Jeramy Sweany (California) 5-0 vs. Tyler Denova (Georgia) 4-0, Roland Zilberman (New York) 4-1 vs. Matthew Seabold (Iowa) 5-0. All four wrestlers have clinched All-American status.
Pool B: Matthew Stopka (Illinois) 4-1 vs. Alex Benoit (Illinois) 3-1, Eugene Martin (South Dakota) 5-0 vs. Chance McClure (Georgia) 5-0. These four wrestlers have clinched All-American status. Both Stopka and Benoit lost to already eliminated wrestlers, so their slates are clean if they win in the next round and commence the round-robin.
Pool A: Edgar Ruano (Illinois) 5-0 vs. Roy Nash (Utah) 5-0, Cory Daniel (Maryland) 4-0 vs. Kacee Hutchinson (North Carolina) 3-1. All four wrestlers have clinched All-American status.
Pool B: Matt Voss (Washington) 4-1 vs. Thomas Ott (Delaware) 4-1, Tyler Schmidt (Wisconsin) 5-0 vs. Rafael Rokoz (New York) 4-0, Mikel Baker (Oklahoma) 4-1 with the bye. Baker will "ride the bye" into All-American status, and the other All-American finishers will be Schmidt, Rokoz, and the Voss/Ott winner.
Pool A: Nathan Butler (Kansas) 5-0 vs. Adarios Jones (Illinois) 4-1, Sam Stoll (Minnesota) 5-0 with the bye, Bailey Sutko (Missouri) 4-0 vs. Jesse Webb (Alabama) 3-1. If Butler and Sutko both win, the round-robin commences immediately with Jones earning fourth place. Should one undefeated win, the fourth All-American will be the wrestler who upended the undefeated opponent. If neither undefeated wins, Stoll (off this round's bye is still undefeated) and Jones (next with bye) clinch All-American status.
Pool B: Michael Hobbs (Illinois) 4-1 vs. Wyatt Spears (Oregon) 4-1, Adam Coon (Michigan) 5-0 vs. Newton Smerchek (Wisconsin) 5-0. All four have clinched All-American status. Coon already has wins over both Hobbs and Spears, so he clinches the pool title with a win over Smerchek.