Adam Coon defeated Sam Stoll in the finals (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)The recently graduated senior from Fowlerville, Mich., was dominated in the FILA Junior World Team Trials Greco-Roman finals last month in Stillwater, Okla., by Minnesota's Sam Stoll.
The two highly ranked heavyweights met on Tuesday at the FARGODOME, and this time it was all Coon. The University of Michigan signee dominated from the outset, scoring with a pushout, takedown, and two gut wrenches to earn a first-period technical fall, 7-0.
"I wanted to prove it to myself," Coon said in his post-match interview. "I didn't' feel like I wrestled well in Stillwater, and he capitalized on it. I'm not going to lie ... He destroyed me."
With the Greco-Roman title, Coon has won the first two legs of the Junior Triple Crown, an honor he won in 2012. If he comes out victorious in the Junior freestyle competition, Coon will become the first wrestler ever to win back-to-back Junior Triple Crowns.
"I can't think about it now," said Coon of the possibility of winning a second straight Junior Triple Crown. "I've got to make sure that I take it step-by-step. 24-hour rule ... You celebrate for 24 hours and then it's back to work. That's the way it's going to be for me. I'm going to celebrate for 24 hours and then I'm going to be right back to work, taking it by steps."
The only other wrestler still in contention for a Junior Triple Crown is Illinois' Davonte Mahomes, who won Cadet National Greco-Roman title over fellow Illinois wrestler Xavier Montalvo, 4-0.
Hayden Tuma, pictured with Steve Fraser, won Outstanding Wrestler honors (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)Aside from Coon, Idaho's Hayden Tuma was the only other repeat champion in the Junior National Greco-Roman competition. Tuma scored with two three-point moves and a two-point turn to earn a first-period technical victory, 8-0, in the finals over Missouri's Rodney Clevenger.
Tuma's Centennial (Idaho) teammate Jon Jay Chavez took the title at 152 pounds over Kansas' Andrew Millsap, an InterMat JJ Classic finalist. Like Tuma, Chavez was dominant in the finals, scoring with three-point throw and two turns to earn a 7-0 first-period technical fall.
Both Tuma and Chavez train under former USOEC Greco-Roman coach Ivan Ivanov in Boise, Idaho.
New Jersey's Joey McKenna captured his third Fargo stop sign in Greco-Roman, but first at the Junior level. The Blair Academy wrestler edged Washington's Jake Velarde in the finals at 138 pounds. McKenna scored the first takedown off a Russian tie and added a pushout to go up 3-0. Velarde then used a three-point move to make the score 3-3. But McKenna quickly opened up the lead, scoring with a reversal and takedown to go up 6-3. Velarde added a late takedown, but it was too little too late.
Two North Dakota wrestlers, both from West Fargo High School, claimed titles: Jordan Shearer (126) and Preston Lehman (182).
Shearer, an InterMat JJ Classic finalist in 2011, registered a technical fall shutout victory, 8-0, over Oklahoma's Cub Yeager in the finals at 126 pounds. He scored with a takedown and three gut wrenches.
Lehman, a North Dakota State signee, also scored with a takedown and three gut wrenches to win by an identical score of 8-0 in the finals at 182 pounds. His victory came over Maryland's Dan Hawkins.
Washington's Chandler Rogers, who recently committed to Oklahoma State, won his first Fargo stop sign at the Junior level, after winning a Greco-Roman title at the Cadet level last summer. Rogers blanked Kansas' Jared Johnson, 7-0, in the finals at 170 pounds.
Oregon's Ronnie Bresser edged Minnesota's Skyler Petry to win the championship at 113 pounds. Bresser had a late reversal, which made the score 5-5, but gave him the victory on criteria.
Josh Terao of Hawaii claimed the title at 120 pounds with a 5-3 victory over Minnesota's Blane Tschida. Terao raced out to a 4-0 lead, scoring with a takedown and turn, and held on for the victory.
Dalton Roberts joined Adam Coon as a champion from the state of Michigan. Roberts won a wild, high-scoring affair, 22-16, over Kirk Johnson of Illinois in the finals at 100 pounds.
At 220, Utah's Roy Nash, a Cadet National double champion last summer, gave up the first takedown in his finals match against Wisconsin's Tyler Schmidt before reeling off nine consecutive points to earn a 9-2 technical fall victory.
Florida's Brandon Staley used a headlock in the final ten seconds to edge California's Joe Cisneros on criteria in the finals at 106 pounds.
California's lone champion was Blayne Briceno at 145 pounds. Briceno won by technical fall, 8-0, in the finals against Georgia's Matthew Moody.
Georgia turned the tables on California in the finals at 195 pounds, where Georgia's Joseph McClure edged California's Jeremy Sweany, 2-0.
Illinois ran away with the team title, finishing 25 point ahead of runner-up Minnesota. Wisconsin was third.
100: Dalton Roberts (Michigan) dec. Kirk Johansen (Illinois), 22-16
106: Brandon Staley (Florida) dec. Joe Cisneros (California), 10-10 criteria
113: Ronnie Bresser III (Oregon) dec. Skyler Petry (Minnesota), 5-5 criteria
120: Joshua Terao (Hawaii) dec. Blane Tschida (Minnesota), 5-3
126: Jordan Shearer (North Dakota) dec. Cub Yeager (Oklahoma), 8-0
132: Hayden Tuma (Idaho) dec. Rodney Clevenger (Missouri), 8-0
138: Joey McKenna (New Jersey) dec. Jake Velarde (Washington), 6-5
145: Blayne Briceno (California) dec. Matthew Moody (Georgia), 8-0
152: Jon Jay Chavez (Idaho) dec. Andrew Millsap (Kansas), 7-0
160: Davonte Mahomes (Illinois) dec. Xavier Montalvo (Illinois), 4-0
170: Chandler Rogers (Washington) dec. Jared Johnson (Kansas), 7-0
182: Preston Lehmann (North Dakota) dec. Dan Hawkins (Maryland), 8-0
195: Joseph McClure (Georgia) dec. Jeremy Sweany (California), 2-0
220: Roy Nash (Utah) dec. Tyler Schmidt (Wisconsin), 9-2
285: Adam Coon (Michigan) dec. Sam Stoll (Minnesota), 7-0
1. Illinois 70
2. Minnesota 45
3. Wisconsin 37
4. California 35
5. Maryland 30
6. Utah 30
7. Idaho 27
8. Oregon 24
9. Kansas 23
10. Georgia 20
Junior women's champs crowned, Leathers OW
Junior women's freestyle champions (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)
Twelve champions were crowned in the Junior women's freestyle competition on Tuesday. Oklahoma's Becka Leathers (139) earned Outstanding Wrestler honors.
97: Marina Doi (California) and Regina Doi (California), co-champions
105: Cody Pfau (Colorado) dec. Amy Hou (Georgia), 11-0
112: Vicmarie Requena (Puerto Rico) dec. Emily Pinson (Georgia), 4-1
117: Steffanie Hampton (Michigan) dec. Danielle Coughlin (Massachusetts), 12-9
121:Rachel Hale (New York) dec. Cassidy Jasperson (Texas), 14-2
125: Teshya Alo (Hawaii) pinned Gabrielle Weyhrich (Nebraska), 1:50
130: Maya Nelson (Colorado) dec. Jessika Rottier (Wisconsin), 11-3
139: Becka Leathers (Oklahoma) dec. Kayla Miracle (Indiana), 10-2
148: Alexis Porter (New York) dec. Jasmine Mendoza (California), 11-2
159: Autumn Rux (Michigan) dec. Taylor Rosario (Texas), 6-0
172: Kiaya Van Scoyoc (Washington) dec. Stephanie Pantoja (Florida), 11-0
198: Ryan Gibbons (Washington) pinned Nadine Fiege (Florida), 0:43