Kamal Bey throws Jake Fisher for four late in the match (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- After falling short of a spot on the 2019 World Team, Kamal Brey looks primed for an Olympic run in 2020.
The 21-year-old Bey, a gold medalist at the 2017 Junior World Championships, came through to capture a Senior Nationals title in Greco-Roman at 77 kilograms on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. He topped past World Team member Jake Fisher, the No. 10 seed, in the finals, 5-1.
Bey trailed on criteria, 1-1, with a minute remaining before he hit a big four-point throw on the edge of the mat, which proved to be the difference in the match.
Three Army WCAP wrestlers claimed Senior Nationals titles in Greco-Roman: Leslie Fuenffinger (60 kilograms), Alejandro Sancho (67 kilograms) and Jon Anderson (87 kilograms).
Fuenffinger, a finalist at Final X and the U.S. Open in 2019, claimed his title at 60 kilograms with a 5-1 victory over third-seeded Sam Jones. Jones scored first off a passivity and took a 1-0 lead into the break. But it was all Fuenffinger in the second period. He scored a takedown and step out to go up 3-1. Then all but sealed the victory with another takedown in the final 30 seconds.
Sancho, a Bill Farrell Memorial champion, put a halt to Calvin Germinaro's run at 67 kilograms. Sancho topped Germinaro, 7-5, in the finals. Germinaro, seeded No. 6, had a strong run to the finals, which included wins over world champion Joe Warren, Junior world bronze medalist Peyton Omania and Michael Hooker. Germinaro, the nephew of Olympic silver medalist Brandon Paulson, led Sancho 2-0 with two minutes remaining. But Sancho battled back, scoring first off a passivity and then with a two-point turn followed by a four-point turn. Germinaro would score three points in the final 15 seconds, but it was too little, too late.
Anderson won by injury default over Patrick Martinez in the finals at 87 kilograms.
At 97 kilograms, Daniel Miller came from behind to defeat top-seeded Lucas Sheridan on criteria, 3-3. Sheridan led 3-0 at the break, but Miller came back in the second period, scoring first off a passivity and then a turn with just under two minutes remaining to take the criteria lead. He would then hold off Sheridan for the victory.
Cohlton Schultz, a Final X runner-up last year, won the title at 130 kilograms with a 2-0 victory over Jacob Mitchell. Schultz, a redshirt at Arizona State, scored both of his points off passivity calls.
60 kilograms: Leslie Fuenffinger dec. Sam Jones, 5-1
67 kilograms: Alejandro Sancho dec. Calvin Germinaro, 7-5
77 kilograms: Kamal Bey dec. Jake Fisher, 5-1
87 kilograms: Jon Anderson by injury default over No. 1 Patrick Martinez
97 kilograms: Daniel Miller dec. Lucas Sheridan, 3-3
130 kilograms: Cohlton Schultz dec. Jacob Mitchell, 2-0