The team race is tight, as the point standings have New Jersey (51), Minnesota (49), Oklahoma and Pennsylvania (48) in that order. New Jersey and Minnesota had 11 All-Americans each, while Oklahoma and Pennsylvania had 12 each. Illinois had 9, Iowa 8, with all other states sitting on six or less. Leading the way in terms of finalists was New Jersey with five, followed by Minnesota and Oklahoma with four.
Championship: Randon Miranda (California) vs. Zack Murillo (Connecticut)
This is a rematch of the Greco-Roman final, which was won by Miranda with a 14-4 technical fall. Now after the Triple Crown, Miranda has four falls in as many matches. Murillo was a Cadet freestyle runner-up last year in Fargo down at 88 pounds and started this tournament with a pair of 10-0 technical falls sandwiched around a pin in 1:04 before his 11-8 semifinal victory over Naifeh.
Third: Louie Hayes (Illinois) vs. Arik Furseth (Wisconsin)
Fifth: Mason Naifeh (Oklahoma) vs. Cole Rohan (Oregon)
Seventh: Ryan Zachmeier (North Dakota) vs. Jet Tryon (Missouri)
Championship: Danny Vega (Arizona) vs. Drew Hildebrandt (Indiana)
Last year's Cadet freestyle champion at 100 pounds, Vega is also after a Triple Crown this year having won the folkstyle title in April and the Greco-Roman title on Tuesday afternoon. In five matches during this tournament, Vega has four technical falls coming after an opening round pin. Hildebrandt had a bye, followed by a technical fall, and then three narrow decision victories over would-be All-Americans.
Third: Kade Evans (Utah) vs. Jonathan Tropea (New Jersey)
Fifth: Howard Smith (Texas) vs. Kelan McKenna (New York)
Seventh: Kirk Johansen (Illinois) vs. Bryce Brimhall (Utah)
Championship: Jack Mueller (Texas) vs. Matthew Schmitt (Missouri)
Ranked No. 29 in the Class of 2016, Mueller was the Cadet freestyle champion last year at 106 pounds. Seeking a second straight Fargo freestyle title, it's been a downright assault with three technical falls sandwiched around first period pins in the opening round and the semifinal. His last three wins came over would-be All-Americans. Schmitt has countered with a similar level of dominance from five matches, an opening match pin followed by four technical falls. The previous two years as a Cadet, eh placed third and second.
Third: Montorie Bridges (Oklahoma) vs. Joe Cisneros (California)
Fifth: Andrew Nieman (Oklahoma) vs. Benny Gomez (Michigan)
Seventh: Dorian Sapien (Idaho) vs. Garrett Pepple (Indiana)
Championship: Sean Russell (Georgia) vs. Austin Assad (Ohio)
Russell, an Edinboro enrollee, ended as the No. 54 overall ranked wrestler in the Class of 2014. The four-time state champion is in his first Fargo freestyle tournament, and has taken it by storm. He's given up two points in five matches to date, winning the first four by technical fall before a 9-0 semifinal victory. Assad is ranked No. 51 in the Class of 2015, and is now a three-time Fargo freestyle All-American (2nd in 2011, 6th in 2012 as a Cadet), though he has yet to win a state title in Ohio. He opened this tournament with three 10-0 technical fall victories, followed it up with two decisive decisions, and then scored a technical fall over defending Junior freestyle champion Marko in the semifinal.
Third: Anthony Cefolo (New Jersey) vs. Skylar Petry (Minnesota)
Fifth: Hunter Marko (Wisconsin) vs. Doyle Trout (Nebraska)
Seventh: Kyle Akins (Illinois) vs. Ryan Deakin (Colorado)
Championship: Chaz Tucker (New Jersey) vs. Mitch McKee (Minnesota)
Tucker finished fifth in this Junior freestyle weight class, and the No. 54 prospect in the Class of 2015 has been dominant this tournament. In five matches to date, he has five technical falls, and has outscored the opposition 52-0. McKee is in a second straight Fargo freestyle final, placing second at the Cadet level last year, and is ranked No. 44 in the Class of 2016. He opened with a technical fall over a two-time Ohio state champion, scored a pin, then beat a top 100 Class of 2015 prospect in Montoya (New Mexico) 14-8, scored a shutout tech over returning Junior freestyle All-American (Polakowski) in the quarterfinal, and upset two-time Fargo freestyle runner-up Brock 14-10 in the semifinal.
Third: Sean DeShazer (Kansas) vs. Domenic Forys (Pennsylvania)
Fifth: Kaid Brock (Oklahoma) vs. Jonathan Gabriel (Pennsylvania)
Seventh: Peter Lipari (New Jersey) vs. Lincoln Olson (Michigan)
Championship: Ke-Shawn Hayes (Missouri) vs. Tommy Thorn (Minnesota)
This matchup features the pre-tournament favorites in this weight class. Hayes is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2015, having finished third at the Cadet level in 2011 and 2012. He opened this tournament with three technical falls, including one over top 100 Class of 2015 Kelly (Ohio), and then scored decision victories over the wrestlers that are competing for fifth in the quarterfinal and semifinal. 2012 Junior freestyle champion Thorn, who finished as the No. 21 ranked wrestler in the Class of 2014, has not had it easy in this tournament to say the least. He scored a pin in the opening match, struggled to an 11-9 second round victory, and has followed with successive decision victories over three would-be All-Americans (including both competing for third place).
Third: Keegan Moore (Oklahoma) vs. A.C. Headlee (Pennsylvania)
Fifth: Michael Cook (Idaho) vs. Gary Wayne Harding (Oklahoma)
Seventh: Jayden Pentz (Utah) vs. Mike Magaldo (New Jersey)
Championship: Matt Findlay (Utah) vs. Brock Zacherl (Pennsylvania)
Findlay, a Boise State enrollee, opened the tournament with five consecutive technical falls before scoring a 14-12 upset victory in the semifinal over three-time Fargo freestyle champion Gross. It's been a similary dominant run for Clairon enrollee Zacherl, who was ranked No. 52 in the Class of 2014, though it came against more robust competition. He opened the tournament with four technical falls, including two over would-be All-Americans in Roark and Storr (both top 100 in their respective grade level), and another over top 50 Class of 2016 wrestler Flores (California). Then in the semifinal, it was a 7-2 victory over now five-time Fargo freestyle All-American Hall, who finished high school ranked No. 15 in the Class of 2014.
Third: Zac Hall (Michigan) vs. Will Roark (Missouri)
Fifth: Zehlin Storr (Michigan) vs. Seth Gross (Minnesota)
Seventh: Logan Ryan (Iowa) vs. Ben Brancale (Minnesota)
Championship: Vincenzo Joseph (Pennsylvania) vs. Isaiah White (Illinois)
Now a two-time Junior freestyle All-American, Joseph is ranked No. 11 in the Class of 2015. His tournament started with four technical falls, including one over fellow top 100 rising senior in Parson (Idaho). It was then a pair of clear decisions to advance to the final, those coming over 2013 Junior freestyle All-American Blaylock (Oklahoma) and No. 10 in the Class of 2015 Stroker. Returning Cadet freestyle champion White, ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2016 has been even more ridiculously good. He has four technical falls, including one over Voss in the semifinals, and a pair of clear decisions – those coming over returning Junior freestyle All-Americans Leeth (Missouri) and Kemerer, who are both top 100 in their respective grades.
Third: Josh Maruca (Pennsylvania) vs. Fredy Stroker (Iowa)
Fifth: Michael Kemerer (Pennsylvania) vs. Mark Voss (Minnesota)
Seventh: Patrick Duggan (Pennsylvania) vs. Jordan Kutler (New Jersey)
Championship: Mason Manville (New Jersey) vs. David McFadden (New Jersey)
One week after winning a FILA Cadet World title in this weight class, the nation's No. 2 ranked Class of 2016 wrestler Manville has a chance to repeat as a Fargo freestyle champion, after winning at the Cadet level last year. He had a bye followed by four shutout technical fall victories prior to a 5-4 semifinal victory over top 100 rising senior Shields. McFadden, ranked No. 27 in the Class of 2015, countered with three shutout technical fall victories prior to a pair of decisions in the semifinal and final. The semifinal victory was an upset over No. 8 in the Class of 2015 Smith by an 8-4 score.
Third: Joe Smith (Oklahoma) vs. Josh Shields (Pennsylvania)
Fifth: Tyler Mann (Arkansas) vs. Luke Fortuna (Illinois)
Seventh: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (New York) vs. Myles Amine (Michigan)
Championship: Logan Massa (Michigan) vs. Ryan Blees (North Dakota)
This is a rematch of the FILA Junior freestyle final contested at 154 pounds in April that was won in decisive fashion by Massa, who is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2015. Massa opened this tournament with five technical falls before a hotly contested 10-8 semifinal victory over Baldwin, who is ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2015. Blees, the returning Junior freestyle champion at 152 pounds, will enroll at Oklahoma State after ending his high school career ranked No. 18 in the Class of 2014. During this tournament, Blees has five technical falls in as many matches.
Third: Bryce Steiert (Iowa) vs. Fox Baldwin (Florida)
Fifth: Chris Weiler (Pennsylvania) vs. Logan Breitenbach (Maryland)
Seventh: Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma) vs. Hayden Hansen (Oklahoma)
Championship: Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma) vs. Josef Johnson (New Jersey)
Rogers, ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2014, is an Oklahoma State enrollee like Blees. He was runner-up in Greco-Roman on Tuesday after winning a folkstyle national title in April. Rogers opened this tournament with two shutout technical falls and a first minute pin before wins of 15-8 and 11-0 in the quarterfinal and semifinal over the wrestlers competing for third place. Johnson, a 2012 Cadet freestyle All-American who will enroll at Harvard, opened the tournament with three technical falls before a pair of solid decisions over those competing for fifth place in the medal round during his quarterfinal and semifinal.
Third: Burke Paddock (New York) vs. Brett Bye (South Dakota)
Fifth: Luke Norland (Minnesota) vs. Spencer Derifield (Iowa)
Seventh: Jordan Bushey (New York) vs. David-Brian Whisler (Ohio)
Championship: Myles Martin (New Jersey) vs. A.J. Kowal (Ohio)
Martin, ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2015, has dominated his way through this tournament with three shutout technical falls and a 12-4 semifinal victory in four contested matches. He was a FILA Junior freestyle All-American this spring, a FILA Cadet All-American in 2012 and 2013, and a Cadet freestyle runner-up in 2012. Despite a state runner-up finish during his high school senior season, Kowal has come from obscurity to make the finals in both competitions this week, including to not allow a single point in freestyle. This includes shutout technical falls over returning Junior All-American Stackhouse (New Jersey) and top 100 Class of 2015 Wisman, an additional 2-0 decision came over fellow top 100 Class of 2015 Wilcke.
Third: Dylan Wisman (Virginia) vs. Jacob Armstrong (Utah)
Fifth: Mitch Bowman (Iowa) vs. Cash Wilcke (Iowa)
Seventh: Nathan Traxler (Illinois) over Justan Rivera (Georga) by injury default
Championship: Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) vs. Lance Benick (Minnesota)
The all-Gopher State final features a pair of top 20 prospects in the Class of 2015. Steveson sits at No. 16, while Benick is No. 5. In this tournament it was three technical falls before a 9-0 victory over returning Junior freestyle runner-up Dixon in the quarterfinal, and then a 5-5 criteria win over Greco-Roman champion Colbray in the semifinal. Benick counters with absurd dominance, as he has yet to go the distance in his five matches, four technical falls and a second round pin.
Third: Samuel Colbray (Oregon) vs. Joel Dixon (Oklahoma)
Fifth: David Showunmi (Pennsylvania) vs. Kevin Mulligan (New Jersey)
Seventh: Nathaniel Rose (New York) vs. Jacob Seely (Colorado)
Championship: Marcus Harrington (Iowa) vs. Andrew Dixon (Oklahoma)
This is a battle between past Junior freestyle All-Americans and enrolled Big 12 Conference wrestlers. The Iowa State bound Harrington finished as the No. 93 ranked wrestler in the Class of 2014, and advanced to the final with six technical falls in as many matches. The Oklahoma bound Dixon countered with three technical falls, an 11-2 decision, and then a late come from behind 4-3 decision over top 25 Class of 2015 prospect Myers in the semifinal.
Third: Austin Myers (Kentucky) vs. Clay Broze (Minnesota)
Fifth: Fletcher Miller (Indiana) vs. Youssif Hemida (New York)
Seventh: Patrick Grayson (Virginia) vs. Rylee Streifel (Minnesota)
Championship: Jesse Webb (Vermont) vs. Adarios Jones (Illinios)
This is an all-MAC showdown, as Webb will be at Ohio University in the fall, while Jones will enroll at the University of Northern Iowa. It is a second consecutive Junior double All-American finish for Webb, whose four wins in this tournament are all by decision. Junior folkstyle champion and Greco-Roman runner-up Jones counters with a slightly more dominant tournament, winning his first two matches by technical fall, before a 9-2 and 8-0 decision were sandwiched around an injury default.
Third: Tate Orndorff (Washington) vs. Jake Marnin (Iowa)
Fifth: Michael Hobbs (Illinois) vs. Dan Stribal (South Dakota)
Seventh: Robert Carson II (Illinois) vs. Michael Rogers (Pennsylvania)
Cadets Breske, Moore win Triple Crowns
Wisconsin's Beau Breske (170) and Minnesota's Keegan Moore (182) capped off Cadet National Triple Crowns on Friday in Fargo, and were among the 17 champions crowned in the Cadet Naitonal freestyle competition.
Breske faced Illinois' Kamal Bey in the freestyle finals at 170 pounds. The 15-year-old Breske raced out to a 6-0 lead, but Bey battled back, using a four-point throw to put himself back in the match. Breske held a slim 7-6 lead after the opening period. The sore remained the same for much of the second period before Breske scored a late takedown to win 9-6.
"I really haven't had a battle like that in a long time," said Breske.
It was Breske's second win over Bey in a finals match in Fargo this week. The two wrestlers met in the Cadet Greco-Roman finals on Monday, with Breske winning that match 10-0.
"I have a great deal of respect for him," Breske said of Bey. "I know he's smaller, but he's such an explosive wrestler, such a fast wrestler. He does things I wish I could do. Really, when it comes down to it, I just had to stick to my game."
Keegan Moore (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)Moore earned a 7-0 shutout victory over Utah's Wyatt Koelling at 182 pounds to cap off his Cadet National Triple Crown. Moore outscored his opponents 52-0 in the Cadet freestyle competition.
"I tried to get the job done last year," Moore said of winning the Triple Crown. "I didn't get it done. So it feels good to get it done this year."
Moore attributed his success in Fargo to his training.
"I've just been in the room more working on stuff, getting better with my brother Paden and Luke Norland. I wouldn't be here without them."
In addition to Breske and Moore, five other wrestlers claimed Cadet double titles in Fargo. Those wrestlers include California's Nicolas Aguilar (94), Arizona's Roman Bravo-Young (100), Illinois Austin Gomez (113), Missouri's Ethan Karsten (138), and Ohio's Matt Stencel (195).
Indiana's Nick Lee (132) was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Cadet freestyle competition. He earned an 11-0 technical fall shutout in his finals match against Illinois' Jaime Hernandez.
California's Jaden Enriquez fell short in his bid for a Cadet Triple Crown, losing in the Cadet freestyle finals to Indiana's Chad Red, 4-3.
Illinois captured the Cadet Nationals freestyle team title with 88 points. Pennsylvania finished runner-up with 58 points followed by Ohio with 51 points.
88: Malik Heinselman (Colorado) tech. fall Jason Holmes (Arizona), 16-6
94: Nicolas Aguilar (California) tech. fall Dylan D'Emilio (Ohio), 11-0
100: Roman Bravo-Young (Arizona) dec. Max Murin (Pennsylvania), 9-0
106: Paul Konrath (Indiana) dec. Ian Timmins (Nevada), 8-2
113: Austin Gomez (Illinois) tech. fall Ben Freeman (Michigan), 11-0
120: Dylan Duncan (Illinois) dec. Yianni Diakomihalis (New York), 12-4
126: Chad Red (Indiana) dec. Jaden Enriquez (California), 4-3
132: Nick Lee (Indiana) tech. fall Jamie Hernandez (Illinois), 11-0.
138: Ethan Karsten (Missouri) tech. fall Shayne Oster (Illinois), 10-0
145: Jared Verkleeren (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Matthew Park (Idaho), 11-0
152: Trey Meyer (Washington) dec. Johnny Blankenship (Missouri), 9-7
160: Brandon Dallavia (New Jersey) dec. Owen Webster (Minnesota), 11-7
170: Beau Breske (Wisconsin) dec. Kamal Bey (Illinois), 9-6
182: Keegan Moore (Minnesota) dec. Wyatt Koelling (Utah), 7-0
195: Matt Stencel (Ohio) dec. Kobe Woods (Indiana), 13-4
220: Gannon Gremmel (Iowa) dec. Luke Ready (Michigan), 8-7
285: Osawaru Odighizuwa (Oregon) dec. Hunter Mullins (Washington), 3-2