Fix, Hall, Valencia, Steveson among champs at UWW Junior Nationals

Mark Hall (Photo/John Sachs,

LAS VEGAS -- The UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals concluded on Saturday afternoon at the South Point Arena with a thrilling set of championship bouts headlined by victories from past World champions Mark Hall and Gable Steveson.

Hall reminded wrestling fans why he is the reigning Junior World champion at 74 kilograms by quickly dismantling Iowa's Alex Marinelli 10-0 in the finals. All six of Hall's matches this weekend resulted in 10-0 technical fall victories, with only one of his matches going to the second period.

"There was one match I didn't get a turn, so other than that I thought I wrestled great. You know, getting to my attacks and turning guys was the main thing," Hall said.

For his efforts in Las Vegas, Hall was named outstanding wrestler of the UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals. In addition to topping the Junior World Championships last year, Hall was a Cadet World champion in 2014 and a NCAA champion as a true freshman for Penn State this year.

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50 kilograms:
1st: Malik Heinselman (Olympian WC) dec. Dack Punke (Unattached), 4-0
3rd: Jason Holmes (Thorobred) tech. fall Brendon Garcia (Steel City Elite)
5th: Brandon Kaylor (Team Aggression) forfeit Riley Weir (Team BIG)
7th: Hunter Lucas (Terrapin WC) forfeit Nick Onea (Crimson Wave WC)

55 kilograms:
1st: Daton Fix (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Paul Bianchi (Bison WC), 10-0
3rd: Drew Mattin (Burnett Training) tech. fall Alex Thomsen (SWIFT), 12-2
5th: Dylan D'Emilio (Burnett Training) forfeit Brandon Courtney (Sunkist Kids)
7th: Andrew Alirez (TNWC) tech. fall McGwire Midkiff (SWIFT), 10-0

60 kilograms:
1st: Mitchell Mckee (Minnesota Storm) dec. Vitali Arujau (Finger Lakes), 13-10
3rd: Montorie Bridges (Wyoming RTC) dec. Tariq Wilson (Wolfpack WC), 13-6
5th: Nick Farro (Lehigh) dec. Jacob Silzer (IRTC) 10-10
7th: Paul Glynn (Iowa) dec. Jackson Henson (Sunkist Kids), 8-5

63 kilograms:
1st: Luke Pletcher (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Sam Turner (Wyoming RTC), 8-6
3rd: Kaden Gfeller (Team BIG) dec. Ben Freeman (Michigan RTC), 9-4
5th: Nick Lee (Nittany Lion WC) dec. Dylan Thurston (IRTC), 12-9
7th: Alex Hrisopoulos (Michigan State) tech. fall Brandon Kier (Stanford-California RTC), 12-0

66 kilograms:
1st: Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) dec. Kanen Storr (C-RTC), 8-6
3rd: Yianni Diakomihalis (Finger Lakes) dec. Dominick Demas (Columbus WC), 10-0
5th: Patricio Lugo (Edinboro RTC) tech. fall Ben Hornickle (Wyoming RTC), 12-2
7th: Cole Martin (Wisconsin) tech. fall Keegan Shaw (Iowa), 10-0

70 kilograms:
1st: Griffin Parriott (Boilermaker RTC) dec. Joe Lee (Maurer Coughlin WC), 9-0
3rd: Austin Kraisser (Campbell) dec. Mike Dangelo (Princeton WC), 12-9
5th: Philip Conigliaro (Unattached) forfeit David Carr (Titan Mercury WC)
7th: Ryder Punke (IRTC) dec. Luke Weber (Nebraska WTC), 6-6

74 kilograms:
1st: Mark Hall (Nittany Lion WC) tech. fall Alex Marinelli (Iowa), 10-0
3rd: Evan Wick (Wisconsin) dec. Hayden Hidlay (Wolfpack WC), 6-5
5th: David McFadden (SERTC-VT) tech. fall Jake Allar (Minnesota Storm), 12-2
7th: Taleb Rahmani (Pittsburgh WC) dec. Carver James (IRTC), 5-3

79 kilograms:
1st: Jacob Covaciu (Wisconsin) dec. Kaleb Young (Iowa), 6-5
3rd: AJ Pedro (Pedro's WC) dec. Joseph Grello (Scarlet Knights WC), 6-0
5th: Joshua Ugalde (Terrapin WC) forfeit Ahmed Alford (Navy-Marine Corps RTC)
7th: Riley Demoss (Princeton WC) forfeit Spencer Carey (Navy-Marine Corps RTC)

84 kilograms:
1st: Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) tech. fall Nick Reenan (Wolfpack WC), 10-0
3rd: Max Dean (New York AC) dec. Jaron Smith (Terrapin WC), 14-10
5th: Taylor Venz (Nebraska WTC) dec. Keegan Moore (Titan Mercury WC), 8-1
7th: Jelani Embree (Beat the Streets Detroit) dec. Andrew Price (Lehigh), 8-5

96 kilograms:
1st: Andrew Marsden (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Nathan Traxler (Stanford-California RTC), 11-10
3rd: Samuel Colbray (C-RTC) dec. Kevin Snyder (Titan Mercury WC), 10-1
5th: Chase Singletary (Blairstown WC) forfeit Joshua Roetman (Navy-Marine Corps RTC)
7th: Ben Darmstadt (New York AC) dec. Brady Wetter (Wisconsin), 5-4

120 kilograms:
1st: Gable Steveson (Minnesota Storm) dec. Jordan Wood (Lehigh), 9-2
3rd: Shawn Streck (Boilermaker RTC) tech. fall Brandon Metz (Unattached), 11-1
5th: Rylee Streifel (Minnesota Storm) forfeit Anthony Cassioppi (Hononegah WC)
7th: Brian Barnes (McMinnville) forfeit Christian Rebo


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