Fix, Gross, Hall, Valencia earn spots on Junior World Team

IRVING, Texas -- The final four members of the 2016 U.S. Junior World Freestyle Team were determined, as the UWW Junior World Team Trials concluded on Sunday at the Irving Conventional Center.

A best-of-three Championships Series was held in each weight class, with the 2016 UWW Junior Nationals champion advancing directly to the finals, where he faced the winner of Sunday morning's Challenge Tournament. Three of the UWW Junior National champions won their series on Sunday.

Two members of the 2015 U.S. Junior World Team earned repeat trips to the Junior World Championships, Mark Hall of the Minnesota Storm at 74 kilos/163 pounds and Zahid Valencia of the Sunkist Kids at 84 kilos/185 pounds.

Hall, also a 2014 Cadet World champion defeated Penn State All-American Jason Nolf of the Nittany Lion WC in the finals series at 74 kilos/163 pounds in two straight matches.

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At Irving, Texas, May 22, 2016

Best-of-three Championship Series

55 kilos: Daton Fix (Team BIG) defeated Austin Gomez (Gomez Wrestling Academy), 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Fix tech. fall Gomez, 10-0
Match 2: Fix tech. fall Gomez, 10-0

60 kilos: Seth Gross (Jackrabbit WC) defeated Mitchell McKee (Minnesota Storm), 2 matches to 1
Match 1: Gross dec. McKee, 8-5
Match 2: McKee dec. Gross, 10-6
Match 3: Gross dec. McKee, 16-12

74 kilos: Mark Hall (Minnesota Storm) defeated Jason Nolf (Nittany Lion WC), 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Hall tech. fall Nolf, 10-0
Match 2: Hall dec. Nolf, 10-6

84 kilos: Zahid Valencia (Sunkist Kids) defeated Bo Nickal (Nittany Lion WC), 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Valencia dec. Nickal, 8-2
Match 2: Valencia dec. Nickal, 2-1

Challenge Tournament results

55 kilos:
1st Place Match: Austin Gomez (gomez wrestling academy) tech. fall Austin Assad (Michigan: RTC), 10-0
3rd Place Match: Nick Piccininni (st.james) tech. fall Gavin Teasdale (Young Guns/OTC), 12-2

60 kilos:
1st Place Match: Seth Gross (Jackrabbit Wrestling Club) tech. fall Nick Lee (MCWC/Miron), 12-2
3rd Place Match: Taylor Lamont (Champions Wrestling Club) dec. Joshua Terao (DCAC), 8-7

74 kilos:
1st Place Match: Jason Nolf (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) dec. Vincenzo Joseph (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club), 5-2
3rd Place Match: Logan Massa (Michigan: RTC) dec. Jordan Kutler (Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club), 7-0

84 kilos:
1st Place Match: Bo Nickal (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) tech. fall Bobby Steveson (Minnesota Storm), 12-2
3rd Place Match: Emery Parker (Illinois Regional Training Cen) tech. fall Hunter Ritter (Badger Wrestling Club), 10-0

True Third for National Team

55 kilos: Nick Piccininni (St.James) dec. Austin Assad (Michigan: RTC), 11-7
74 kilos: Logan Massa (Michigan: RTC) pinned Vincenzo Joseph (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club), 5:50
84 kilos: Emery Parker (Illinois Regional Training Cen) tech. fall Bobby Steveson (Minnesota Storm), 14-3


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