Cadet freestyle champions (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)
FARGO, N.D. -- Three wrestlers repeated as Cadet National freestyle champions and four wrestlers became Triple Crown winners as the Cadet competition came to a close on Friday in Fargo, N.D.
California's Zahid Valencia (126), Colorado's Mark Hall (160), and Minnesota's Lance Benick (220) became repeat winners in the Cadet National freestyle competition. Oklahoma's Daton Fix (113), Texas' Nick Reenan (152), Iowa's Jacob Marnin (285), and Hall capped off their Cadet Triple Crowns. Benick was a champion in all three styles, but his folkstyle national title this spring came at the Junior level.
Valencia was dominant in the finals at 126 pounds, winning by technical fall, 12-1, over Pennsylvania's Hayden Hidlay in a rematch of the Cadet National Greco-Roman finals match, also won by Valencia. The two-time California state champion registered five takedowns and a turn en route to earning the technical fall.
Hall, a sophomore-to-be who is training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, rolled to a 10-0 technical fall victory in the finals at 160 pounds over Kamal Bey of Illinois. Hall started the match with three takedowns to go up 6-0, and then ended the match with two turns.
Lance Benick (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)Benick, the nation's top-ranked wrestler in the Class of 2015, was untested throughout the week in Fargo at 220 pounds, winning every match in both styles by technical fall or pin without surrendering a single point. His finals victory in freestyle came over Maryland's Michael Smith, 12-0.
Fix, who won a Cadet National Greco-Roman title earlier in the week at 106 pounds, moved up a weight class to 113 pounds for the freestyle competition and took out fellow Cadet National Greco-Roman champion Mitchell McKee of Minnesota in the finals, 12-9, in a back-and-forth battle. McKee led 9-8 in the second period, but Fix came back to win in the final 45 seconds, picking up the go-ahead takedown, and then adding a two-point crotch lift with 10 seconds left to win by three.
Reenan capped off his Cadet Triple Crown with a 4-0 victory in the finals over Trace Carello of Illinois, scoring his points off a first-period crotch lift and second-period hip tip. Reenan was an undefeated Texas state champion this past season as a freshman. He is now attending Wyoming Seminary (Pa.).
Marnin earned a first-period fall in the finals at 285 pounds to claim his Cadet Triple Crown.
New Jersey's Mason Manville (145) and Wisconsin's Beau Breske (170) became Cadet double champions this week in Fargo.
Manville crushed Maryland's Austin Kraisser 10-0 in the finals at 145 pounds. He built a 4-0 lead off two takedowns, and then used a trapped-arm gut wrench to roll to the technical fall victory. Manville, the nation's No. 3 overall wrestler in the Class of 2016, has wrestled in four Fargo competitions over the past two years, and reached the finals in all four competitions, winning three titles.
Breske earned a technical fall shutout victory, 10-0, over Arizona's Bridger Barker in the finals at 170 pounds and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Cadet freestyle competition. The 14-year-old Breske surrounded only one point in 17 matches this week in Fargo.
Illinois won the team title in Cadet National freestyle competition, outdistancing runner-up Pennsylvania by nearly 40 points. The Land of Lincoln had two individual champions: Isaiah White (138) and Tyler Johnson (195).
White notched an 8-5 victory over Idaho's Chase Lemons in the finals at 138 pounds. White scored the first four points of his finals match all off pushouts and eventually built an 8-2 lead. Lemons scored a late three-point move, but it was too little too late. White became the fourth Fargo titlist this week for Oak Park-River Forest High School.
Johnson, who attends Lockport Township High School, pinned Cadet National Greco-Roman champion Samuel Colbray of Oregon in just over a minute in their finals match at 195 pounds.
Texas' Jack Mueller rolled to a title at 106 pounds, earning a 10-0 technical fall in the finals over Oklahoma's Andrew Nieman. Mueller, who is ranked 30th overall in the Class of 2016, did not surrender a single point throughout the competition.
Pennsylvania's Gavin Teasdale, who trains at the nationally renowned Young Guns Wrestling Club, showcased his offense in the finals at 88 pounds, picking up six takedowns as he rolled to a 14-4 technical fall victory over Connecticut's Zac Murillo.
Oklahoma's Kaden Gfeller blanked Cadet Natioanl Greco-Roman champion Austin Gomez of Illinois, 10-0, in the finals at 94 pounds, avenging a loss from the FILA Cadet Nationals.
Arizona's Danny Vega captured the title at 100 pounds by pinning Missouri's Matthew Schmitt in the first period. Schmitt jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after a takedown and trapped-arm gut wrench. But Vega quickly turned the tables and registered the pin.
Utah's Taylor LaMont used five pushouts, two takedowns, and turn to win 11-7 over Illinois' Gabe Townsell in the finals at 120 pounds.
Iowa's Carter Happel cruised to a 10-0 technical fall victory over Pennsylvania's Jonathan Ross in the finals at 132 pounds.
At 182 pounds, Georgia's Justan Rivera was on the verge of getting tech falled in the finals against Ohio's Jack Harris when he fell behind 8-0. But Rivera stormed back to take the lead and eventually pin Harris.
88: Gavin Teasdale (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Zac Murillo (Connecticut), 14-4
94: Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma) tech. fall Austin Gomez (Illinois), 10-0
100: Danny Vega (Arizona) pinned Matthew Schmitt (Missouri), 1:38
106: Jack Mueller (Texas) tech. fall Andrew Nieman (Oklahoma), 10-0
113: Daton Fix (Oklahoma) dec. Mitchell McKee (Minnesota), 12-9
120: Taylor LaMont (Utah) dec. Gabe Townsell (Illinois), 11-7
126: Zahid Valencia (California) tech. fall Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania), 12-1
132: Carter Happel (Iowa) tech. fall Jonathan Ross (Pennsylvania), 10-0
138: Isaiah White (Illinois) dec. Chase Lemons (Idaho), 8-5
145: Mason Manville (New Jersey) tech. fall Austin Kraisser (Maryland), 10-0
152: Nick Reenan (Texas) dec. Trace Carello (Illinois), 4-0
160: Mark Hall (Colorado) tech. fall Kamal Bey (Illinois), 10-0
170: Beau Breske (Wisconsin) tech. fall Bridger Barker (Arizona), 10-0
182: Justan Rivera (Georgia) pinned Jack Harris (Ohio), 2:39
195: Tyler Johnson (Illinois) pinned Samuel Colbray (Oregon), 1:08
220: Lance Benick (Minnesota) tech. fall Michael Smith (Maryland), 12-0
285: Jacob Marnin (Iowa) pinned Tate Ondorff (Washington), 3:23