Fargo Day 8: Junior freestyle champs crowned

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FARGO, N.D. -- The eight-day marathon that is the Cadet and Junior National Championships came to a conclusion early Saturday afternoon in Fargo, N.D. Team New Jersey ended up as champions in the point standings, as their 11 All-Americans combined for 58 points. Anchoring the Garden State effort was the championships won by Mason Manville and Myles Martin at 152 and 182 respectively.

Manville added to his FILA Cadet world title won a week ago this afternoon with a Junior freestyle title. He beat fellow New Jersey wrestler David McFadden 7-2 to augment the Cadet freestyle title won last year in Fargo. Martin ended his dominant tournament run with a 10-0 victory over A.J. Kowal (Ohio), who was also runner-up in the Greco-Roman competition.

There was a three-way tie for second in the team standings on 53 points between Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. The Gopher State had three weight class titles among their eleven All-Americans. St. Michael-Albertville teammates Mitch McKee and Tommy Thorn won back-to-back titles at 126 and 132; McKee over Chaz Tucker (New Jersey) 10-8, and Thorn -- now a two-time Junior freestyle champion -- surged late against Ke-Shawn Hayes (Missouri) to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 victory. The other title came in an all-Minnesota title, as Bobby Steveson scored a late takedown to beat Lance Benick 3-1 in a match between top 20 Class of 2015 wrestlers.

The lone title for the Oklahoma and Pennsylvania squads was earned by Oklahoma State enrollee Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma), who scored a 10-0 technical fall over Josef Johnson (New Jersey) in the 170 pound final. It was a first Fargo freestyle title for Rogers, who was runner-up in Greco-Roman on Tuesday and had won the Junior folkstyle title in early April.

Fellow Oklahoma State enrollee Ryan Blees (North Dakota) repeated as a Junior freestyle champion, scoring late to earn a 5-2 victory over Logan Massa (Michigan) in the 160 pound final. This was a reversal of the FILA Junior freestyle final at 154 pounds in April, a match that Massa won.

Also winning Fargo freestyle titles for a second consecutive year were Danny Vega (Arizona), Jack Mueller (Texas), and Isaiah White (Illinois). Vega earned a 12-1 technical fall over Drew Hildebrandt (Indiana) at 106 pounds to cap off a Junior Triple Crown in this weight class, and add to the Cadet freestyle 100 pound title he won last year. Mueller added to last year's Cadet 106 freestyle title with a 12-1 technical fall in the 113 pound final over Matthew Schmitt (Missouri). White was the Cadet 138 freestyle champion last year, and cemented an absurdly impressive tournament with a 9-3 victory over Vincenzo Joseph (Pennsylvania) in the 145 pound final.

Joining Vega as a Junior Triple Crown winner was Randon Miranda (California) at 100 pounds. He added to the folkstyle title from April and Greco-Roman title from Tuesday with a 14-3 technical fall victory over Zack Murillo (Connecticut), whom he also beat for the Greco-Roman title. It was a second straight Fargo freestyle runner-up finish for Murillo.

Rounding out the Junior freestyle champions were Austin Assad (Ohio), Matt Findlay (Utah), Marcus Harrington (Iowa), and Adarios Jones (Illinois).

Assad rallied back from a 7-2 deficit after one period to upend Edinboro enrollee Sean Russell (Georgia) 11-8 at 120 pounds. Boise State enrollee Findlay rallied back from an 8-2 second period deficit with 16 unanswered points to score an 18-8 technical fall over Clarion enrollee Brock Zacherl (Pennsylvania) at 183 pounds.

It was a battle of Big 12 Conference enrollees at 220 pounds, as Iowa State's Harrington defeated soon-to-be Sooner Andrew Dixon (Oklahoma) 6-2. Finally, at 285 pounds, it was a MAC enrollee battle, as Northern Iowa bound Adarios Jones (Illinois) upended Ohio Bobcat Jesse Webb (Vermont) 3-0.

Medal Match Results

1st: Randon Miranda (California) tech. fall Zack Murillo (Connecticut), 14-3
3rd: Louie Hayes (Illinois) dec. Arik Furseth (Wisconsin), 10-4
5th: Mason Naifeh (Oklahoma) dec. Cole Rohan (Oregon), 10-2
7th: Jet Tryon (Missouri) dec. Ryan Zachmeier (North Dakota), 8-1

1st: Danny Vega (Arizona) tech. fall Drew Hildebrandt (Indiana), 12-1
3rd: Jonathan Tropea (New Jersey) tech. fall Kade Evans (Utah), 10-0
5th: Howard Smith (Texas) dec. Kelan McKenna (New York), 15-12
7th: Kirk Johansen (Illinois) tech. fall Bryce Brimhall (Utah), 10-0

1st: Jack Mueller (Texas) tech. fall Matthew Schmitt (Missouri), 12-1
3rd: Joe Cisneros (California) dec. Montorie Bridges (Oklahoma), 6-4
5th: Benny Gomez (Michigan) dec. Andrew Nieman (Oklahoma), 2-1
7th: Dorian Sapien (Idaho) tech. fall Garrett Pepple (Indiana), 11-1

1st: Austin Assad (Ohio) dec. Sean Russell (Georgia), 11-8
3rd: Anthony Cefolo (New Jersey) dec. Skylar Petry (Minnesota), 9-5
5th: Doyle Trout (Nebraska) pin Hunter Marko (Wisconsin), 3:32
7th: Ryan Deakin (Colorado) tech. fall Kyle Akins (Illinois), 16-5

1st: Mitch McKee (Minnesota) dec. Chaz Tucker (New Jersey), 10-8
3rd: Domenic Forys (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Sean DeShazer (Kansas), 10-0
5th: Kaid Brock (Oklahoma) tech. fall Jonathan Gabriel (Pennsylvania), 12-2
7th: Lincoln Olson (Michigan) tech. fall Peter Lipari (New Jersey), 19-8

1st: Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) dec. Ke-Shawn Hayes (Missouri), 5-1
3rd: A.C. Headlee (Pennsylvania) by injury default over Keegan Moore (Oklahoma)
5th: Gary Wayne Harding (Oklahoma) tech. fall Michael Cook (Idaho), 10-0
7th: Mike Magaldo (New Jersey) tech. fall Jayden Pentz (Utah), 11-0

1st: Matt Findlay (Utah) tech. fall Brock Zacherl (Pennsylvania), 18-8
3rd: Zac Hall (Michigan) dec. Will Roark (Missouri), 10-2
5th: Zehlin Storr (Michigan) by injury default over Seth Gross (Minnesota) o
7th: Logan Ryan (Iowa) dec. Ben Brancale (Minnesota), 10-4

1st: Isaiah White (Illinois) dec. Vincenzo Joseph (Pennsylvania), 9-3
3rd: Josh Maruca (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Fredy Stroker (Iowa), 11-0
5th: Michael Kemerer (Pennsylvania) by injury default over Mark Voss (Minnesota)
7th: Jordan Kutler (New Jersey) dec. Patrick Duggan (Pennsylvania), 13-4

1st: Mason Manville (New Jersey) dec. David McFadden (New Jersey), 7-2
3rd: Josh Shields (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Joe Smith (Oklahoma), 14-4
5th: Tyler Mann (Arkansas) dec. Luke Fortuna (Illinois), 7-1
7th: Myles Amine (Michigan) pin Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (New York), 4:25

1st: Ryan Blees (North Dakota) dec. Logan Massa (Michigan), 5-2
3rd: Fox Baldwin (Florida) dec. Bryce Steiert (Iowa), 11-11 on criteria
5th: Logan Breitenbach (Maryland) dec. Chris Weiler (Pennsylvania), 12-8
7th: Hayden Hansen (Oklahoma) by injury default over Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma)

1st: Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma) tech. fall Josef Johnson (New Jersey), 10-0
3rd: Burke Paddock (New York) tech. fall Brett Bye (South Dakota), 10-0
5th: Spencer Derifield (Iowa) tech. fall Luke Norland (Minnesota), 10-0
7th: David-Brian Whisler (Ohio) tech. fall Jordan Bushey (New York), 11-1

1st: Myles Martin (New Jersey) tech. fall A.J. Kowal (Ohio), 10-0
3rd: Dylan Wisman (Virginia) dec. Jacob Armstrong (Utah), 14-13
5th: Mitch Bowman (Iowa) tech. fall Cash Wilcke (Iowa), 13-2
7th: Nathan Traxler (Illinois) by injury default over Justan Rivera (Georga)

1st: Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) dec. Lance Benick (Minnesota), 3-1
3rd: Samuel Colbray (Oregon) tech. fall Joel Dixon (Oklahoma), 10-0
5th: Kevin Mulligan (New Jersey) pin David Showunmi (Pennsylvania), 5:25
7th: Jacob Seely (Colorado) tech. fall Nathaniel Rose (New York), 11-1

1st: Marcus Harrington (Iowa) dec. Andrew Dixon (Oklahoma), 6-2
3rd: Austin Myers (Kentucky) dec. Clay Broze (Minnesota), 8-2
5th: Youssif Hemida (New York) tech. fall Fletcher Miller (Indiana), 22-12
7th: Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) dec. Patrick Grayson (Virginia), 16-9

1st: Adarios Jones (Illinios) dec. Jesse Webb (Vermont), 3-0
3rd: Tate Orndorff (Washington) tech. fall Jake Marnin (Iowa), 13-3
5th: Dan Stribal (South Dakota) by injury default over Michael Hobbs (Illinois)
7th: Robert Carson II (Illinois) dec. Michael Rogers (Pennsylvania), 8-1


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mckbln (1) about 4 and a half years ago
That OPRF line-up next year is going to be pretty rough with Madrigal, Renteria, Townsell, Hernandez, White, Early, Rundell, Bey, and Stallings to name a few.