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Meet the 2022 U17 Men's Freestyle World Team

65 kg U17 World Team member Tyler Kasak (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)


On Sunday afternoon, in Las Vegas, our U17 (Cadet) men's freestyle team was assembled. The group consists of ten wrestlers from eight states, nine of which will compete at the World Championships for the first time. The lone returner is Luke Lilledahl, who brought home a silver medal last year. The 2022 team features two wrestlers who knocked off returning medalists from the previous year's squad, so they should have an impact of their own. This group has big shoes to fill as the 2021 team finished second at World's, ahead of Russia and behind India by just four points.

We'll have the U17 Greco-Roman team for you tomorrow and the women's team is being determined this weekend. Below are the members of the 2022 freestyle team along with their past accomplishments and their wins from Las Vegas.


2022 U17 Freestyle Team


45 kg - Domenic Munaretto (Illinois)

5x Tulsa National Champion

Path to the World Team:

Revin Dickman (Indiana) 12-2

Carter Pearson (Iowa) 4-0

Slater Hicks (California) 3-0

Haakon Peterson (Wisconsin) 4-0, 3-0


48 kg - Christian Castillo (Arizona)

2021 Super 32 sixth place

2021 16U Freestyle national runner-up


Path to the World Team:

Cole Faircloth (Nevada) 10-0

Ezekiel Witt (Kansas) Fall 1:07

Dru Ayala (Iowa) 11-0

Seth Mendoza (Illinois) 4-4, 5-2



51 kg - Luke Lilledahl (Missouri)

2021 Walsh Ironman runner-up

2021 Super 32 Champion

2021 Cadet World silver medalist (freestyle)

2021 UWW Cadet WTT Champion (freestyle)

2021 UWW Cadet WTT third place (Greco-Roman)

2022 National Prep third place

2021 Missouri Class 4 state champion


Path to the World Team:

Julian Antonio Salazar-Marquez (Colorado) 10-0

Elijah Cortez (California) 7-2

Isaiah Schaefer (Indiana) 10-0

Nathan Carrillo (California) 12-2

Bo Bassett (Pennsylvania) 6-1, 10-0




55 kg - Jax Forrest (North Carolina)

2021 Super 32 third place

2021 16U freestyle national fourth-place

2021 16U Greco-Roman national sixth-place


Path to the World Team:

Sergio Vega (Arizona) 10-0

Collin McDowell (Wisconsin) 10-0

William Anderson (Alabama) 12-1

Ben Davino (Illinois) 10-6

Kale Peterson (Iowa) 10-0

Nate Jesuroga (Iowa) 2-12, 11-10, 4-4



60 kg - Kyler Larkin (Arizona)

2021 16U freestyle national champion


Path to the World Team:

Emanuel Cater (Washington) 10-0

Alex Mentzer (South Dakota) 5-5

Omar Ayoub (Ohio) 11-1

Zan Fugitt (Missouri) 10-0

Tanner Frothinger (Idaho) 17-11

Dalton Perry (Pennsylvania) 10-0, 9-2



65 kg - Tyler Kasak (Pennsylvania)

2021 Beast of the East Champion

2021 Walsh Ironman Champion

2x Super 32 Placer (5th, 7th)

2021 16U Freestyle national runner-up

3x Pennsylvania AAA state medalist (3rd, 1st, 5th)


Path to the World Team:

Royce Uhring (Colorado) Fall 1:14

Ronald Theilacker (Florida) 10-0

Collin Guffey (California) 10-0

Ivan Acosta (Washington) 11-0

Brock Herman (Ohio) Fall 3:23

Zach Hanson (Minnesota) 4-4

Joel Adams (Nebraska) 3-4, 7-0, 6-4



71 kg - Joseph Sealey (North Carolina)

2021 Beast of the East Champion

2021 Super 32 Runner-Up

2021 UWW Cadet WTT sixth place (freestyle)

2022 National Prep Champion


Path to the World Team:

Leister Bowling (Colorado) 10-0

Austin Simmons (Oregon) 10-0

Tyren Schaefer (Colorado) 10-0

Erik McCown (California) 10-0

Latrell Schafer (Georgia) 10-0

Zane Licht (Wisconsin) 14-4

KJ Evans (Oklahoma) 9-2, 15-7



80 kg - Zack Ryder (New York)

2021 Walsh Ironman third place

2021 Super 32 fifth place

2021 16U Freestyle national champion

2x New York DI state champion


Path to the World Team:

Bradlee Shaw (California) 10-0

Dalton Loyden (Arizona) Fall 2:51

Mike Avelar (Arizona) 10-0

Gabe Arnold (Georgia) 3-2

Aeoden Sinclair (Wisconsin) 5-3

Connor Mirasola (Wisconsin) 8-0, Fall 1:07


92 kg - Max McEnelly (Minnesota)

2021 16U Freestyle national champion

3x Minnesota state champion


Path to the World Team:

Kade West (New York) 10-0

Melvin Whitehead (Nevada) 10-0

Austin Johnson (Pennsylvania) 12-0

Sawyer Bartelt (Florida) 6-5

Camden McDanel (Ohio) 12-12, 5-3, 15-14



110 kg - Koy Hopke (Wisconsin)

2021 16U Freestyle national champion

2021 16U Greco-Roman national champion

2021 UWW Cadet WTT third place (freestyle)

2021 UWW Cadet WTT third place (Greco-Roman)

2x Wisconsin D2 state champion


Path to the World Team:

Brooks McFarland (Nebraska) 10-0

Dominic Burgett (South Dakota) 10-0

Connor Aney (Wisconsin) 10-0

Parker Ferrell (Virginia) Fall :50

Carter Neves (Ohio) 14-4, 20-9

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