Decatur, Verkleeren among winners at Who's Number One

Jordan Decatur defeated Gavin Teasdale at Who's Number One (Photo/Juan Garcia)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The 2016-17 scholastic wrestling season began in earnest this past weekend with three notable events, the most notable of them being the FloWrestling sponsored Who's Number One all-star matches that happened at Lehigh University on Sunday afternoon.

Two notable upset outcomes kicked off the event. The first came at 120 pounds in what was a battle of wrestlers that are ranked No. 3 overall in their respective grade level. Sophomore Jordan Decatur (CVCA, Ohio) upended junior Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan, Pa.), 8-7. Teasdale represented the United States twice at the UWW Cadet World Championships in freestyle, at 42 kilograms in 2014 and 50 kilograms in 2015. He also ended the 2015-16 season ranked No. 1 in the nation at 113 pounds. Decatur is a two-time Cadet National freestyle champion, who has twice placed at the UWW Cadet National championships, including fourth at 50 kilograms in 2015 and second at 54 kilograms in 2016.

Jarod Verkleeren topped Kaden Gfeller at 145 pounds (Photo/Juan Garcia)

The second of those involved a battle of elite seniors that have already committed to Big XII schools. Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield Area, Pa.), ranked No. 24 overall in the Class of 2017, beat Kaden Gfeller (Heritage Hall, Okla.) by a 10-3 score. The Oklahoma State commit Gfeller is ranked No. 11 in the Class of 2017, while Verkleeren is committed to Iowa State.

120: Jordan Decatur (CVCA, Ohio) dec. Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan, Pa.), 8-7
145: Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield Area, Pa.) dec. Kaden Gfeller (Heritage Hall, Okla.), 10-3
138: Nick Lee (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind./Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) dec. Sammy Sasso (Nazareth, Pa.), 8-3
126: Roman Bravo-Young (Sunnyside, Ariz.) dec. Nick Raimo (Hanover Park, N.J.), 3-2
182: Michael Beard (Malvern Prep, Pa.) dec. Jelani Embree (Warren Lincoln, Mich.), 12-6
160: Brady Berge (Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.) dec. Shane Griffith (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), 7-5 SV
152: David Carr (Massillon Perry, Ohio) dec. Cameron Coy (Penn Trafford, Pa.), 4-2
132: Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla.) dec. Austin Gomez (Glenbard North, Ill.), 8-2
170: Michael Labriola (Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.) dec. Travis Wittlake (Marshfield, Ore.), 3-1


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