FARGO, N.D. -- Two of the nation's top Cadet lightweights, Gannon Volk (Minnesota) and Ronnie Bresser (Oregon), claimed Cadet National Greco-Roman titles on Monday afternoon at the FARGODOME in Fargo, N.D., to keep their Cadet Triple Crown hopes alive.
Gannon Volk (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)Both Volk and Bresser have now won Cadet National titles this year in folkstyle and Greco-Roman and will look to cap off their Cadet Triple Crowns with titles in the freestyle competition, which gets underway on Wednesday morning. There have been only nine Cadet Triple Crown winners since the award was introduced by USA Wrestling in 2003.
Volk, who is going into his sophomore year at Apple Valley High School (Minn.), registered a shutout victory, 1-0, 6-0, over 14-year-old Isaac Jimenez (Texas) to win the title at 91 pounds.
Bresser, an undefeated state champion for Henley High School (Ore.) this past season, topped local favorite Tommy Walton (North Dakota), 6-2, 3-0, to win the championship at 98 pounds. For the 16-year-old Bresser, it was his third Cadet National title overall and first Cadet National Greco-Roman title. He won Cadet National freestyle title last summer and added a Cadet National folkstyle title this past spring.
Joey McKenna (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)Joey McKenna (New Jersey) and Mitch Sliga (Indiana) repeated as Cadet National Greco-Roman champions.
McKenna, a National Prep champion for Blair Academy (N.J) this past season, won his championship at 112 pounds with a 7-0, 1-0 victory over Tristan Manderfeld (Minnesota), a 2010 InterMat JJ Classic champion.
Sliga, a Cadet Triple Crown winner in 2010, rolled to 1-0, 7-0 win in the finals over Javon Reyes (Pennsylvania). Sliga finished fourth in this year's Cadet National folkstyle competition, which took him out of contention for a second straight Cadet Triple Crown.
Pennsylvania ran away with the team title, crowning 14 All-Americans, six finalists, and four champions, while totaling 79 points, which was 24 points ahead of runner-up California. Illinois (57), Oregon (31), and New Jersey (18) rounded out the top five teams.
All four of Pennsylvania's champions -- Darian Cruz (105), Chance Marsteller (152), Eric Morris (160), and Raymond O'Donnell (171) -- registered two-period shutout victories in the finals.
Cruz, who finished this past season ranked No. 4 nationally at 103 pounds, handled Michael Cook (Idaho), 4-0, 7-0, in the finals at 105 pounds.
Marsteller, who is ranked as the nation's No. 1 sophomore by InterMat, won his second Cadet National title overall and first in Greco-Roman with a 1-0, 7-0 victory came over Nevada's lone finalist, Ryder Newman, 1-0, 7-0.
Morris, a Prep Nationals runner-up this past season for Wyoming Seminary (Pa.), defeated Ricky Robertson (Illinois), 3-0, 1-0, to win his first Cadet National title.
Elijah Davis (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)Elijah Davis (California) pulled the shocker of the finals by upsetting defending Cadet National Greco-Roman champion Hayden Tuma (Idaho) in two straight periods, 2-0, 3-0, to win the title at 130 pounds. Tuma, a 2011 FILA Cadet National Greco-Roman champion and state champion as a freshman, had not surrendered a point prior to the finals.
Davis was one of four champions hailing from the Golden State. The other Californians to win titles were Aaron Pico (119), Jon Jay Chavez (125), and Rich Martinez (135).
Pico, who is ranked as the No. 3 junior high wrestler in the country by InterMat, defeated Colton Schilling (Oregon), 5-1, 1-0, to claim in the title at 119 pounds.
Chavez, a six-time Greco-Roman state champion, needed just two points to defeat Wyatt Keck (Pennsylvania), 1-0, 1-0, at 125 pounds.
Martinez, who is going into his junior year at University High School (Calif.), defeated fellow Californian Mike Longo in a hard-fought three-period match, 3-0, 1-2, 1-0, to take the title at 135 pounds. Martinez dropped a match in his pool to eventual fifth-place finisher Phil Downing (Colorado) on Monday morning, but accumulated enough points to win the pool and advance to the finals.
In one of the most anticipated matches of the finals, J'den Cox (Missouri), an undefeated state champion this past season, defeated another undefeated state champion, Kyle Snyder (Maryland), 2-1, 0-1, 1-0. Cox is ranked as the No. 28 junior in the country by InterMat, while Snyder is the No. 2 sophomore.
Cody Jackson (Oregon), a 2011 Western Regional Cadet double champion, was a surprise champion at 84 pounds. He pinned Cadet National folkstyle champion Jabari Moody (Illinois) in the second period after dropping the opening period.
Peter Nagy (Iowa), a foreign exchange student from Hungary, captured the title at 140 pounds, shutting out Logan Marcicki (Michigan) in two periods, 1-0, 2-0.
Sam Stoll (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)Chandler Rogers (Washington), a Schoolboy National champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman last year, won his first Fargo title, beating Kimball Bastian (Utah), 2-0, 2-1. Rogers is the younger brother of Jordan Rogers, who won Cadet double titles in Fargo last summer.
Sam Stoll (Minnesota), a 2010 InterMat JJ Classic champion, claimed the title at heavyweight with a 1-0, 0-1, 4-0 victory over Michael Johnson Jr. (Illinois). After no offensive points were scored through two periods, Stoll threw Johnson to his back 40 seconds into the third period for three points. He added a late one-point takedown to take the period and the match. Stoll is ranked as the No. 15 sophomore in the country by InterMat.
84: Cody Jackson (Oregon) pinned Jabari Moody (Illinois), 3-4, 1:18
91: Gannon Volk (Minnesota) dec. Isaac Jimenez (Texas), 1-0, 6-0
98: Ronnie Bresser (Oregon) dec. Tommy Walton (North Dakota), 6-2, 3-0
105: Darian Cruz (Pennsylvania) dec. Michael Cook (Idaho), 4-0, 7-0
112: Joey McKenna (New Jersey) dec. Tristan Manderfeld (Minnesota), 7-0, 1-0
119: Aaron Pico (California) dec. Colton Schilling (Oregon), 5-1, 1-0
125: Jon Jay Chavez (California) dec. Wyatt Keck (Pennsylvania), 1-0, 1-0
130: Elijah Davis (California) dec. Hayden Tuma (Idaho), 2-0, 3-0
135: Rich Martinez (California) dec. Mike Longo (California), 3-0, 1-2, 1-0
140: Peter Nagy (Iowa) dec. Logan Marcicki (Michigan), 1-0, 2-0
145: Chandler Rogers (Washington) dec. Kimball Bastian (Utah), 2-0, 2-1
152: Chance Marsteller (Pennsylvania) dec. Ryder Newman (Nevada), 1-0, 7-0
160: Eric Morris (Pennsylvania) dec. Ricky Robertson (Illinois), 3-0, 1-0
171: Raymond O'Donnell (Pennsylvania) dec. Jadaen Bernstein (New Jersey), 1-0, 3-0
189: Mitch Sliga (Indiana) dec. Javon Reyes (Pennsylvania), 1-0, 7-0
215: J'den Cox (Missouri) dec. Kyle Snyder (Maryland), 2-1, 0-1, 1-0
285: Sam Stoll (Minnesota) dec. Michael Johnson Jr. (Illinois), 1-0, 0-1, 4-0