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Hall wins fifth InterMat JJ Classic title, earns OW

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Three days before announcing his college commitment, the nation's No. 1 recruit Mark Hall dominated his competition at the InterMat JJ Classic in the final preseason high school wrestling event of his career.

Mark Hall picked up three pins in four matches on Sunday at the JJ Classic (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
Hall, a senior at Apple Valley (Minn.), won his fifth straight JJ Classic title, which included three pins and a 22-7 technical fall. In the finals he earned a second-period pin over Nick Casperson (Beresford, S.D.). He was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the event.

Hall, a five-time state champion and Cadet World champion, posted a 17-0 record in five JJ Classic appearances dating back to eighth grade, which included eight pins, three technical falls, two major decisions and three decisions.

He will announce his college commitment on Wednesday at Apple Valley High School.

Two other Minnesota natives earned their victories in higher profile championship matches of the JJ Classic. Alex Lloyd (Shakopee), a Cadet National Greco-Roman champion, scored a 3-2 victory over top 100 senior Kanen Storr (Leslie, Mich.) in the final at 138 pounds. It marked Lloyd's second straight JJ Classic title.

With the match tied 1-1, Lloyd used a duck under with just over a minute remaining to secure the go-ahead takedown against the ISU commit, which proved to be the difference in the match.

Lucas Jeske defeated Brandon Moen to claim the title at 182 pounds (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
Top 100 senior Lucas Jeske (St. Michael-Albertville), who last week committed to the University of Minnesota, earned an 11-7 victory over Preseason Nationals champion and two-time state third-place finisher Brandon Moen (Owatonna, Minn.) in the 182-pound final.

Jeske led 5-0 after the opening period, but Moen battled back in the second with a throw, which resulted in a four-point move and tightened the score. Jeske led by two points late in the match before Moen tried a desperation move in the closing seconds, which gave the STMA wrestler two more points and a four-point victory.

Other champions from the host state were Israel Navarro (Wilmar) at 106 pounds, Devin Fitzpatrick (Mahtomendi) at 160, and Tyler Buesgens (Scott West) at 195.

Navarro and Fitzpatrick both placed second in the JJ Classic in 2014.

Navarro needed overtime to top five-time AAU state champion Drew Bennett (Fort Dodge, Iowa) 3-1. The two wrestlers traded escapes in the second and third periods to send the match to overtime. In overtime Navarro used a single leg to score a takedown and earn the victory.

Fitzpatrick cruised to his title with an 11-6 victory over Jacob Carlson, who also finished runner-up at Conflict at Carver.

Buesgens topped Zach Haggstrom (Glenwood, Iowa) 13-8 for his title.

Three wrestlers from Illinois and Iowa also won championships on Sunday.

Anthony Cassioppi earned a reversal in the closing seconds to beat Andrew Piehl (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
Those from Illinois were unseeded Markus Hartman (Barrington) at 126 pounds, along with a pair of Hononegah teammates at 220 and 285 in Blake Zalapi and Anthony Cassioppi.

Hartman, who entered the event unseeded, had an impressive run to the title, which included a semifinal victory over top-seeded Tyler Eischens (Anoka, Minn.). In the finals Hartmann crushed two-time state champion Brandon Carroll (Roosevelt, S.D) 15-0 to earn a technical fall victory.

Zalapi, a Cadet All-American in all three styles, picked up a second-period pin in the finals against state fourth-place finisher Alex Paulson (Forest City, Iowa). Paulson led 3-1 before trying a throw that was countered by Zalapi and resulted in a pin for the Hononegah wrestler.

The victory in the finals for Cassioppi, a Cadet double All-American in Fargo, was impressive as he beat Junior National freestyle All-American Andrew Piehl (Rogers, Minn.) by a 3-2 decision. Piehl led 2-1 in the third after picking up a reversal and appeared to be on his way to a title. However, in the final five seconds of the match Cassioppi used a reversal of his own to earn a one-point victory and his first JJ Classic title.

Iowa natives to win titles were state champion Justin Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield) at 113 pounds, Cayd Lara (Fort Dodge) at 145, and Colton Clingenpeel (Council Bluffs Jefferson) at 152.

For Portillo, it was his third straight JJ Classic title, with his previous titles coming at 100 pounds and 106 pounds. He earned bonus-point victories in all four of his matches on Sunday, including his finals match against Hser Eh Pwae (Worthington, Minn.), which he won by an 11-3 major decision.

Lara, who entered the event seeded third, earned his title with a narrow 7-6 victory in the finals over fourth-seeded Joshua Adams (Fond du Lac, Wis.).

Clingenpeel, also a Junior National All-American in Greco-Roman, scored a 4-2 overtime victory over top 50 ranked junior Devin Bahr (West Salem, Wis.). It was Clingenpeel's second straight JJ Classic title. Last year he won the title at 138 pounds.

Rounding out Sunday's champions were Cory Gamet (Michigan) at 100 pounds, two-time state champion Paul Bianchi (Two Rivers, Wis.) at 120 and state runner-up Jaden Van Maanen (LaCross Central, Wis.) at 132.

Gamet won his title with three pins from four matches, including one in the final over nationally ranked junior high wrestler Carson Manville (Virginia).

Bianchi won a hard-fought championship match over Michael Suda (Pipestone, Minn.) 8-5 .

Van Maanen earned his title by blanking Triston Lara (Fort Dodge, Iowa).

100:
1st: Corey Gamet (Western) pinned Carson Manville (South County), 4:37
3rd: Keegan OToole (Merton) pinned Ryan Rowland (Bishop Moore), 3:51
5th: Cody Holmes (Two Rivers) dec. Cody Anderson (Waukee), 9-4

106:
1st: Israel Navarro (Willmar) dec. Drew Bennett (Fort Dodge), 3-1 SV
3rd: Charlie Pickell (Mankato West) dec. Reuben Cephas (Rosemount), 12-8
5th: Joseph Peterson (Albert Lea) dec. Colby Njos (Anoka), 3-1

113:
1st: Justin Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield) maj. dec. Hser Eh Pwae (Worthington), 11-3
3rd: Garrett Vos (Waconia) dec. Zac Spohn (Sauk Rapids), 5-2
5th: Tyler Shackle (Scott West) dec. Caleb Ziebell (Slinger), 6-2

120:
1st: Paul Bianchi (Two Rivers) dec. Michael Suda (Pipestone), 8-5
3rd: Brenden Baker (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) pinned James Whitaker (Eaton Rapids), 1:31
5th: Brady Gross (Apple Valley) by injury default over Joshua Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield)

126:
1st: Markus Hartman (Barrington) tech. fall Brandon Carroll (Roosevelt), 15-0
3rd: Tyler Eischens (Anoka) by injury default over Ryan Killeen (Spectrum)
5th: Brant O`Shea (Keokuk) maj. dec. Noah Bauer (Pine Island), 13-0

132:
1st: Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central) dec. Triston Lara (Fort Dodge), 5-0
3rd: Patrick Ryan (New Trier) dec. Bailey Mennis (Madison), 14-13
5th: AJ Bethea (Hibbing) dec. Anthony Meister (Elk River), 5-2

138:
1st: Alex Lloyd (Shakopee) dec. Kanen Storr (Leslie), 3-2
3rd: Will Lucie (Warsaw) maj. dec. Lee Schmalz (Mound-Westonka), 8-0
5th: Sage Loredo-Hollon (Saint Peter) by injury default over Adam Hedin (Rosemount)

145:
1st: Cayd Lara (Fort Dodge) dec. Joshua Adams (Fond du Lac), 7-6
3rd: Gunner Charbonneau (Prior Lake) dec. Ryan Reid (Mound-Westonka), 5-4
5th: Jackson Sweeney (Watertown Mayer) dec. Dylan Schuck (Sibley-Ocheyedan), 7-3

152:
1st: Colton Clingenpeel (Thomas Jefferson) dec. Devin Bahr (LAW), 4-2 SV
3rd: Matt Malcom (Glenwood) dec. Kenny O`Neil (Prior Lake), 7-2
5th: Cruze Hurlburt (Spring Valley) dec. Hayden Krein (LAW), 9-6

160:
1st: Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi) dec. Jacob Carlson (Sebolt Wrestling), 11-5
3rd: Justin Burg (Tartan) by injury default over Parker Hale (Grand Meadow)
5th: Bryson Alsteen (Luxemburg-Casco) by injury default over Emmett Wagner (Shakopee)

170:
1st: Mark Hall (Apple Valley) pinned Nick Casperson (Beresford), 3:08
3rd: Nick Knutson (New Prague) pinned Connor Williams (La Crosse Central), 2:23
5th: Billy Holtan (Carrington) dec. Brady Goblirsch (Redwood Area), 5-0

182:
1st: Lucas Jeske (STMA) dec. Brandon Moen (Owatonna), 11-7
3rd: Drake Frikken (Cambridge-Isanti) dec. Noah Keith (Bloomington Kennedy), 5-1
5th: Campbell Wozniak (Cretin Derham Hall) pinned Brandonn Gore (So St Paul), 1:44

195:
1st: Tyler Buesgens (Scott West) dec. Zach Haggstrom (Glenwood), 13-8
3rd: Jacob Olson (Cambridge-Isanti) pinned Griffin Thorn (Owatonna), 1:58
5th: Jonathon Litersky (Ashland-Greenwood) pinned Neil Hanson (Milaca), 3:16

220:
1st: Blake Zalapi (Hononegah) pinned Alex Paulson (Forest City), 2:44
3rd: Trenton Rogich (Le Seuer Henderson) dec. Justin Mohlin (Centennial), 7-6 SV
5th: Jesse Heck (Watertown Mayer) pinned Joshua Bohnen (Mora), 3:46

285:
1st: Anthony Cassioppi (Hononegah) dec. Andrew Piehl (Rogers), 3-2
3rd: Jameer Anderson (Benilde St Margarets) dec. Manny Alvarez (Columbia Heights), 9-2
5th: Alex Aarsvold (Pine Island) by injury default over Adam Lucast (Lakeville South)

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