Owen Webster (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)From a state standpoint, Illinois has been dominant in this tournament, as the Land of Lincoln produced a tournament-high 20 All-Americans, including representation in 14 of 17 weight classes. The state also has a tournament-high of 5 in the finals. Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Minnesota are next in line with 13, 10, and 9 All-Americans respectively. In terms of the number of finalists, Indiana has four, while multiple other states have a pair each.
Below is an overview of the championship matches in each weight, along with the consolation medal matches.
Championship: Malik Heinselman (Colorado) vs. Jason Holmes (Arizona)
Heinselman is 4-0 on the tournament, winning his opening two matches by technical fall, and then earned a victory by disqualification over Greco-Roman champion McKee in the semifinal. Holmes was the Cadet folkstyle champion, third in Greco-Roman, and won FILA Cadet Greco-Roman at 92 pounds in late May. In this tournament, Holmes has three wins by technical fall and a decision victory over Cadet folkstyle champion Phippen.
Third: Billy Simpson (Oklahoma) vs. Jarod Kosman (Connecticut)
Fifth: Patrick McKee (Minnesota) vs. Brandon Kaylor (Washington)
Seventh: Joey Melendez (Illinois) vs. Jaret Lane (Pennsylvania)
Championship: Dylan D'Emilio (Ohio) vs. Nicolas Aguilar (California)
Greco-Roman champion Aguilar is 4-0 so far in the tournament, with three of those wins coming by technical fall. The lone decision victory came in a 10-2 win over Ogunsanya during the quarterfinal. D'Emilio counters with a fall, technical fall, and two decision victories in the tournament.
Third: Rhett Golowenski (Oklahoma) vs. Peter Ogunsanya (Illinois)
Fifth: Elijah Varona (Florida) vs. Ryan Chauvin (Colorado)
Seventh: Izzak Olenik (California) vs. Brandon Meikel (Utah)
Championship: Max Murin (Pennsylvania) vs. Roman Bravo-Young (Arizona)
In five matches during this tournament, state placer Murin has five victories by technical fall. The last four of those victories were by 10-0 scores. Bravo-Young, the champion in Greco-Roman and a FILA Cadet runner-up at 101 in late May, counters with a trio of 10-0 technical falls and a 13-4 decision over Parker in his four bouts.
Third: Marcus Povlick (Illinois) vs. Matthew Parker (Pennsylvania)
Fifth: Clayton Singh (Missouri) vs. Joseph Thomas (Maryland)
Seventh: Jonathan Gomez (New York) vs. Noah Fye (Iowa)
Championship: Ian Timmins (Nevada) vs. Paul Konrath (Indiana)
In five matches so far this tournament, Greco-Roman champion Timmins has two victories by technical fall and a pair of victories by fall. This includes a fall in 5:23 in the quarterfinal round against returning Cadet freestyle champion Gfeller. Cadet folkstyle champion Konrath is likewise 5-0 with the two opening victories coming by shutout technical fall, followed by a pair of decisions sandwiched by a disqualification.
Third: Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma) vs. Drew Mattin (Ohio)
Fifth: Zach Sherman (New Jersey) vs. Anthony Madrigal (Illinois)
Seventh: Sidney Oliver (Missouri) vs. Jordan Martinez (Colorado)
Championship: Austin Gomez (Illinois) vs. Ben Freeman (Michigan)
This matchup features a pair of elite Class of 2017 wrestlers, Freeman ranked No. 19 and Gomez No. 26. The wrestlers have met twice this summer, with Gomez winning both meetings, a 10-0 technical fall in freestyle at the Cadet Duals and by 4-2 decision on Monday in the Greco-Roman semifinal. Gomez is in his fourth Fargo final, winning Greco-Roman titles at 94 last year and 113 on Monday, while finishing as runner-up at 94 in freestyle last year. Freeman was champion Cadet folkstyle this year, is now a two-time Cadet freestyle All-American, and has twice earned All-American honors in FILA Cadet freestyle.
Third: Bryce West (Iowa) vs. Ty Agaisse (New Jersey)
Fifth: Josh Copeland (Oklahoma) vs. Dalton Young (Washington)
Seventh: Ian Parker (Michigan) vs. Brent Jones (Minnesota)
Championship: Yianni Diakomihalis (New York) vs. Dylan Duncan (Illinois)
Diakomihalis is ranked No. 5 nationally in the Class of 2017, and has sizzled during a 6-0 tournament run with three shutout technical falls and a semifinal pin on the resume. Despite this being his first national-level freestyle event, he has meaningful national success in folkstyle, winning the Super 32 Challenge and Flo Nationals at 106 pounds during the 2013-14 season. Duncan is in his second Fargo final, having finished second last year in Cadet Greco, and is also 6-0 on the tournament. His first match was a pin, followed by three shutout technical falls, and then decisions in the quarterfinal and semifinal.
Third: Kanen Storr (Michigan) vs. Vitali Arujau (New York)
Fifth: Coltan Williams (Texas) over Garrett Lambert (Ohio) by injury default
Seventh: Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) vs. Jake Bergeland (Minnesota)
Championship: Chad Red (Indiana) vs. Jaden Enriquez (California)
Ranked No. 22 in the Class of 2016, Red is now a two-time Cadet All-American, having placed fourth in Greco-Roman last year. Red was dominant in his first five matches with two pins and three shutout technical falls on the ledger, before a 4-3 upset victory over returning Cadet freestyle champion LaMont in the semifinal. Enriquez, ranked No. 13 in the Class of 2017, seeks a Cadet Triple Crown in this match having won folkstyle up a weight in April and Greco-Roman in this weight on Monday. It is his fourth All-American finish in as many Fargo tournaments, as he doubled last year in this weight class. He has done well this tournament with three technical falls, including one by shutout in the semifinal, and a pair of decisions.
Third: Taylor LaMont (Utah) vs. Corey Shie (Ohio)
Fifth: Alex Lloyd (Minnesota) vs. A.J. Jaffe (Illinois)
Seventh: Zachary Krause (Illinois) vs. Chris Sandoval (Colorado)
Championship: Nick Lee (Indiana) vs. Jamie Hernandez (Illinois)
A two-time FILA Cadet freestyle runner-up at 127 pounds, Lee is ranked No. 4 overall in the Class of 2017. He also placed third last year in the Cadet freestyle competition. For this tournament, he has five technical falls in as many matches, including a 10-0 shutout of four-time Cadet All-American Hong in the semifinal. His opponent Hernandez opened the tournament with four technical falls before a 6-2 decision in the semifinal round.
Third: Ben Anderson (Utah) vs. Eric Hong (Pennsylvania)
Fifth: Hunter Shelton (Missouri) vs. Austin O'Connor (Illinois)
Seventh: Ryan Epps (Minnesota) vs. Evan Epps (Indiana)
Championship: Ethan Karsten (Missouri) vs. Shayne Oster (Illinois)
Cadet Greco-Roman champion Karsten is in the hunt for double titles this week. For the tournament he has two first minute pins, a shutout technical fall, and a pair of narrow decisions over top 30 Class of 2017 prospects. Oster, third in his high school state tournament, advances to the final with a pin, three technical falls, and then a win by injury default over FILA Cadet freestyle All-American Demas in the semifinal.
Third: Devin Bahr (Wisconsin) vs. Colin Clingenpeel (Iowa)
Fifth: Domenick Demas (Ohio) vs. Adrian Ojeda (Nevada)
Seventh: Collin Kraus (Wisconsin) vs. Hunter Willits (Colorado)
Championship: Matthew Park (Idaho) vs. Jared Verkleeren (Pennsylvania)
Class of 2016 wrestler Park has arguably been the revelation of the Fargo week. In ten matches wrestled this week (five Greco-Roman on the way to a championship, five freestyle), he has eight pins in a combined 6:59 (freestyle featuring five pins in 4:27). The two matches that weren't pins came in Greco-Roman, an injury default in 1:06 and a 14-3 technical fall. His opponent Verkleeren was the FILA Cadet freestyle champion at 138 pounds, and is ranked No. 15 overall in the Class of 2017. Outside of a single quarterfinal bout that was won 8-8 by criteria, his other five match victories came by technical fall.
Third: Anthony Mantanona (California) vs. Brady Berge (Minnesota)
Fifth: Jonathan Ross (Pennsylvania) vs. Austin Hiles (Ohio)
Seventh: Mitchell Willett (Oregon) vs. Brandon Kui (New Jersey)
Championship: Trey Meyer (Washington) vs. Johnny Blankenship (Missouri)
Both wrestlers in this final failed to place in Greco-Roman in this weight class. Meyer, who placed third at state in each high school season so far, has given up a single point in five matches; three wins by technical fall and two wins by pin. Blankenship counters with a high school state title this year and three technical falls in five matches, but his last two match victories have come by narrow decisions.
Third: Jeremiah Moody (Wisconsin) vs. Luke Troy (California)
Fifth: Nathaniel Morris (Illinois) vs. Anthony Sherry (Iowa)
Seventh: Jake Woodley (Pennsylvania) vs. Avery DiNardi (New Jersey)
Championship: Brandon Dallavia (New Jersey) vs. Owen Webster (Minnesota)
This is a second straight Cadet freestyle All-American for Dallavia, who is ranked No. 16 in the Class of 2016. He has dominated in this tournament, with five technical falls from five matches. The only match he gave up points came in a 16-5 semifinal victory over Darmstadt. Cadet Greco-Roman champion Webster, also a Class of 2016 wrestler, countered with technical falls in his first four matches. Then the semifinal match was a 9-8 decision victory over Cadet folkstyle champion Warner.
Third: Ben Darmstadt (Ohio) vs. Joe Grello (New Jersey)
Fifth: Andrew Berreyesa (Nevada) vs. Jacob Warner (Illinois)
Seventh: Jacob Raschka (Wisconsin) vs. Gary Jantzer (Oregon)
Championship: Beau Breske (Wisconsin) vs. Kamal Bey (Illinois)
This is a rematch of the Cadet Greco-Roman final won by Breske in a 10-0 technical fall. Both wrestlers are nationally ranked in the Class of 2016, Breske No. 6 and Bey No. 37. Breske is after a second consecutive Cadet double in Fargo at 170 pounds, and a Triple Crown for this year. Bey is now a four-time Fargo All-American, and in his third final, having also finished second to Mark Hall – ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2016 – in freestyle last year at 160.
Third: Jared Siegrist (Pennsylvania) vs. Jack Jessen (Illinois)
Fifth: James Handwerk (Ohio) vs. Matthew Wroblewski (Illinois)
Seventh: Luke Drugac (New Jersey) vs. Brady Daniel (Maryland)
Championship: Wyatt Koelling (Utah) vs. Keegan Moore (Minnesota)
This is also a rematch of the Cadet Greco-Roman final, a match that Moore won by 6-5 decision. Ranked No. 10 in the Class of 2016, Moore is after a Triple Crown, as he won the Cadet freestyle title in April. For this tournament, he has four shutout technical falls in as many matches. Koelling counters with two pins and a shutout technical fall in his contested matches, as he advanced to the final by injury default.
Third: John Jakobsen (Pennsylvania) vs. Haydn Maley (Oregon)
Fifth: Tyler Self (Oregon) vs. Isaac Luellen (Kansas)
Seventh: Antonio Agee (Virginia) vs. Christian Brunner (Illinois)
Championship: Kobe Woods (Indiana) vs. Matt Stencel (Ohio)
Cadet folkstyle champion Woods placed seventh in Cadet Greco-Roman, and is 4-0 for the tournament with two technical falls and two decisions. Cadet Greco-Roman champion Stencel opened his tournament with two shutout technical falls and a 14 second pin before upending nationally ranked Class of 2016 wrestler Correnti by 16-10 decision in the semifinal. The wrestlers met at the Cadet Duals in freestyle, a match won by Stencel.
Third: Matthew Correnti (New Jersey) vs. Jeffrey Allen (Virginia)
Fifth: Zane Black (Pennsylvania) over Wyatt Harden (Michigan) by injury default
Seventh: Francis Duggan (Pennsylvania) vs. Troy Allen (Virginia)
Championship: Luke Ready (Michigan) vs. Gannon Gremmel (Iowa)
Ready, who was a state placer this year in high school, finished fifth in Cadet Greco-Roman. He advanced to the final on the strength of four technical falls in as many matches. Gremmel, ranked No. 47 in the Class of 2016 and champion in Cadet folkstyle, opened his tournament with a pin before advancing to the final with three consecutive technical falls. This includes a shutout over Greco-Roman champion Metz in the semifinal.
Third: Cole Nye (Pennsylvania) vs. Brandon Metz (North Dakota)
Fifth: Anthony Piscopo (Pennsylvania) vs. Cristian Ayala (California)
Seventh: Brandon Musselman (Missouri) vs. Brett Winters (Alabama)
Championship: Hunter Mullins (Washington) vs. Osawaru Odighizuwa (Oregon)
Mullins, who took fifth in Greco-Roman, opened this freestyle tournament with a narrow 3-2 victory, but has followed it with two 10-0 technical falls before a pin in 1:50 in the semifinal round. Odighizuwa was runner-up in Cadet Greco-Roman, and avenged that finals loss to Vough with a 10-0 technical fall victory in the semifinal. His prior three matches were a 9-6 decision in the quarterfinal and technical falls in the opening two rounds.
Third: Kevin Vough (Ohio) vs. Bryan Ditchman (Illinois)
Fifth: Christian Rebottaro (California) vs. Blayne Burnett (Oregon)
Seventh: Andrew Piehl (Minnesota) vs. Dominic Tudor (Illinois)
Junior freestyle wrestles to round of 16
Day 1 of arguably the pinnacle event of the high school aged wrestling calendar year came to an end in Fargo, N.D. The Junior freestyle competition is down to the round of 16 on the front side, with 16 more remaining alive on the backside. Those that win in the next championship round need one more win to earn All-American honors, a round of 16 loss means three consecutive wins required for an All-American finish, while those presently in consolation need four more wins for All-American distinction.
Wrestling resumes with the round of 16 and quarterfinals in the 9:00 a.m. CT session, and then will continue with the semifinals in the 6:00 p.m. session.
Round of 16 matchups are as follows.
Naifeh (Oklahoma) vs. Aguirre (Iowa), Rohan (Oregon) vs. Mascarenas (New Mexico); Stedwell (Illinois) vs. Zachmeier (North Dakota), Crespo (California) vs. Murillo (Connecticut). Ciciarelli (New York) vs. Miranda (California), Hayes (Illinois) vs. Adams (Oklahoma); Cox (Oklahoma) vs. Furseth (Wisconsin), Tryon (Missouri) vs. Hutchinson (Iowa)
Alcantav (Arizona) vs. H. Smith (Texas), Johansen (Illinois) vs. Hildenbrandt (Indiana); Tropea (New Jersey) vs. McKenna (New York), Brimhall (Utah) vs. Shankles (Alabama). Valdivez (Missouri) vs. Vega (Arizona), Mullen (Illinois) vs. Grubbs (Oregon); Evans (Utah) vs. Ward (Oklahoma), Aquino (California) vs. Roberts (Michigan)
Wagner (Iowa) vs. Cisneros (California), Dor. Sapien (Idaho) vs. Bergeland (Minnesota); Wilsie (Illinois) vs. Nieman (Oklahoma), Pepple (Indiana) vs. Mueller (Texas). Navarro (Tennessee) vs. Torres (Washington), Schmitt (Missouri) vs. Tovar (New Jersey); Spaulding (North Dakota) vs. T. Rohweder (Iowa), Bridges (Oklahoma) vs. Belichak (California)
Cefolo (New Jersey) vs. Bertucci (Michigan), Assad (Ohio) vs. Rowe (Oklahoma); Petry (Minnesota) vs. Akins (Illinois), Hellickson (Iowa) vs. Marko (Wisconsin). Duffield (Oklahoma) vs. Oliver (Illinois), Rathbun (Iowa) vs. Trout (Nebraska); Moody (Oklahoma) vs. Deakin (Colorado), Russell (Georgia) vs. Thornton (Wisconsin)
Rohlfing (California) vs. Brock (Oklahoma), Forys (Pennsylvania) vs. Cheek (Ohio); Roberts (Missouri) vs. Polakowski (Illinois), Montoya (New Mexico) vs. McKee (Minnesota). DeShazer (Kansas) vs. LaMont (Utah), Gabriel (Pennsylvania) vs. Noble (New Jersey); Olson (Michigan) vs. Gardner (Pennsylvania), Fontanez (Oklahoma) vs. Tucker (New Jersey)
Headlee (Pennsylvania) vs. Kane (Connecticut), Thorn (Minnesota) vs. Margolis (Maryland); K. Moore (Oklahoma) vs. Koll (New York), Svestka (Illinois) vs. Shearer (North Dakota). C. Kelly (Ohio) vs. Hayes (Missouri), Parrett (Ohio) vs. Harding (Oklahoma); Demicco (Ohio) vs. Ascolese (New Jersey), Cook (Idaho) vs. Casella (New York)
Z. Storr (Michigan) vs. Zacherl (Pennsylvania), Roark (Missouri) vs. James (Indiana); Brancale (Minnesota) vs. Hagan (Ohio), I. Brown (Pennsylvania) vs. Z. Hall (Michigan). Kissane (Kansas) vs. Gross (Minnesota), Ryan (Iowa) vs. Weaver (Michigan); Stone (Virginia) vs. Sheets (Oklahoma), Findlay (Utah) vs. Berres (Minnesota)
Stroker (Iowa) vs. Carson (Ohio), Duggan (Pennsylvania) vs. Schuman (South Dakota); Blaylock (Oklahoma) vs. Rothwell (Colorado), Joseph (Pennsylvania) vs. Parson (Idaho). Laprade (Virginia) vs. White (Illinois), Wall (Idaho) vs. Kemerer (Pennsylvania); Voss (Minnesota) vs. Thomsen (Iowa), Maruca (Pennsylvania) vs. Kutler (New Jersey)
Rodriguez (Minnesota) vs. McFadden (New Jersey), Rahmani (Ohio) vs. Porter (New York); Rodriguez-Spencer (New York) vs. Robinson (Utah), DiBlasi (Missouri) vs. Joe Smith (Oklahoma). Manville (New Jersey) vs. Dutton (New York), Quintanilla (Washington) vs. Straw (Iowa); My. Amine (Michigan) vs. Scharenbock (Wisconsin), Shields (Pennsylvania) vs. Taylor (Oklahoma)
Baldwin (Florida) vs. Carello (Illinois), Zimmerman (Pennsylvania) vs. Steiert (Iowa); Massa (Michigan) vs. J. Viruet (Massachusetts), Padilla (California) vs. R. Bye (South Dakota). Weiler (Pennsylvania) vs. Loving (Oklahoma), Breitenbach (Maryland) vs. Greene (Florida); McBride (Illinois) vs. R. Viruet (Massachusetts), R. Blees (North Dakota) vs. Jac. Smith (Oklahoma)
Rogers (Oklahoma) vs. Banks (Pennsylvania), Paddock (New York) vs. Miller (Texas); Holschlag (Iowa) vs. B. Bye (South Dakota), Gray (Missouri) vs. Zienkiewicz (Michigan). Whisler (Ohio) vs. Baker (Minnesota), Duhe (Louisiana) vs. Norland (Minnesota); Derifield (Iowa) vs. McNutt (Missouri), Johnson (New Jersey) vs. Bushey (New York)
Traxler (Illinois) vs. Armstrong (Utah), Bears (Missouri) vs. Rivera (Georgia); McLeod (Idaho) vs. Martin (New Jersey), Young (Illinois) vs. Bowman (Iowa). Carr (Illinois) vs. Kowal (Ohio), Wilcke (Iowa) vs. Wildmo (Michigan); Wisman (Virginia) vs. Dieringer (Oklahoma), Weldon (Alabama) vs. Benkovich (Illinois)
Seely (Colorado) vs. Aven (Indiana), Buell (New York) vs. Colbray (Oregon); Chadd (Wisconsin) vs. Steveson (Minnesota), Fenton (Ohio) vs. J. Dixon (Oklahoma). Honis (New York) vs. Showunmi (Pennsylvania), Cooper (Missouri) vs. Mulligan (New Jersey); Wenger (Illinois) vs. Crow (Missouri), R. Scott (Indiana) vs. Benick (Missouri)
Bispham (Oregon) vs. Miller (Indiana), Dulaney (Minnesota) vs. Harrington (Iowa); Grant (California) vs. Hemida (New York), Nash (Utah) vs. Colucci (New Jersey). A. Dixon (Oklahoma) vs. Davis (Missouri), Evans (Iowa) vs. Streifel (Minnesota); Knapp (Ohio) vs. Broze (Minnesota), Myers (Kentucky) vs. Grayson (Virginia)
Brown (Kentucky) vs. Webb (Vermont), Carson II (Illinois) vs. Jennings (Ohio); Staack (Iowa) vs. Andrews (Texas), Hobbs (Illinois) vs. Monk (Pennsylvania). Serrano (New York) vs. Braun (Missouri), Jones (Illinois) vs. Mittenberg (California); Orndorff (Washington) vs. Tomaskovic (Illinois), Marnin (Iowa) vs. Adkins (Alabama)