2012 Junior & Cadet Nationals Day 5 Recap
Minnesota's Lance Benick works for the pin (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
FARGO, N.D. -- The freestyle half of Fargo 2012 began on Wednesday afternoon with two sessions of Cadet wrestling.
88: All-American finishers were determined in both pools of this weight class. Wrestling for seventh place will be FILA Cadet All-American Zach McCauley (Ohio) and Jet Tryon (Missouri). In Pool A, Greco-Roman champion Devin Schnupp (Pennsylvania) is one win away from being a double finalist; while the round-robin has two matches left in Pool B -- Michael Doetsch (Maryland) has both of those matches, while Dalton Roberts (Michigan) is 1-0 in the round-robin.
94: Four rounds of wrestling have occurred in this weight class. Seeking a Triple Crown, Hunter Marko (Wisconsin) is undefeated at 4-0 in Pool A, as is Tanner Cox (Utah) in a pool that has six total wrestlers remaining. Three of the five wrestlers remaining in Pool B are undefeated -- returning All-American Nick Lukanich (Illinois) and Greco-Roman runner-up Jon Gabriel (Pennsylvania) face one another with 4-0 records, while Joseph Grass (West Virginia) is 3-0 coming out of Day 1.
100: Through four matches of wrestling, eight wrestlers remain in each of the pools. Only three of the wrestlers in Pool A are undefeated -- Trayton Libolt (Oregon), returning runner-up Miguel Silva, Jr. (Illinois), and FILA Cadet double All-American Ty Lucas (Florida). Pool B features four undefeated wrestlers, including a fifth round head-on match between Nolan Hellickson (Iowa) and Jake Newhouse (Ohio). Also undefeated are Greco-Roman runner-up Kyle Bierdumpfel (New Jersey) and Evan Cheek (Ohio). Bierdumpfiel has held the opposition scoreless, while Hellickson has given up a single point.
106: Five rounds of wrestling are done in this very deep weight class. Nine wrestlers remain alive in Pool A, with only three having undefeated 5-0 records. Two of those wrestlers -- Greco-Roman runner-up Vincenzo Joseph (Pennsylvania) and returning third-place finisher Ke-Shawn Hayes (Missouri) will face each other in round six. Hayes has only allowed one point, and all his wins have come by pin or technical fall; while Joseph had the three period win over FILA Cadet champion Jordan Kutler (New Jersey) last round. Also undefeated is Kaid Brock (Oklahoma), who has yet to give up a point. In Pool B, four wrestlers are undefeated out of the eight remaining -- including a head-on collison between returning runner-up Austin Assad (Ohio) and Sean DeShazer (Kansas). The other two unblemished wrestlers are returning All-American A.C. Headlee (Pennsylvania) and Scott Parker (Pennsylvania), all of his wins by tech or pin and yet to give up a point from five matches.
113: Nine wrestlers remain in each of the pools through five rounds of wrestling. Five of the grapplers in Pool A remain undefeated, with a head-on battle between Kyle Akins (Illinois) and Ryan Friedman (Maryland), who has yet to give up a point in four matches. Also undefeated are Michael Cullen (Illinois); defending champion Stevan Micic (Maryland), who has five shutout technical falls to date; and Zahid Valencia (California), ranked No. 1 overall in the Class of 2015. The four undefeated wrestlers in Pool B are FILA Cadet All-American Charles Tucker (New Jersey), Greco-Roman champion Coy Ozias (Virginia), Jens Lantz (Wisconsin), and Kahlen Morris (South Dakota); Lantz faces Morris in round six.
120: Ten wrestlers, with four undefeated, remain in each pool after five rounds of wrestling. Undefeated from Pool A are returning All-Americans Brandon James (Indiana), who has yet to give up a point, and Jaydin Clayton (Missouri); along with Joe Smith (Oklahoma) and Jordan Shearer (North Dakota), who face each other in round six. Pool B also had a head-on battle of undefeateds in the sixth round between Rico Montoya (New Mexico) and Dayton Olson (Illinois), while Josh Terao (Hawaii) and returning All-American Matthew Kolodzik (Ohio) are also without a loss.
126: Five rounds of wrestling in Pool A have wittled down the field to seven, four of whom are undefeated. The head-on match of undefeateds in round six features defending champion Seth Gross (Minnesota) against returning All-American Nicholas Gil (Illinois), who has not allowed a single point tournament to date. Other undefeateds are Richard Screptock (Ohio), who has been extended to a third period twice, along with Logan Massa (Michigan), who has the bye in round six. Five undefeated wrestlers reside in Pool B, which has eight wrestlers left. The head-on match features Jacob Rubio (Texas) and Fredy Stroker (Iowa), who have each only allowed points against them in a single period. Also undefeated are Greco-Roman champion Cole Weaver (Michigan), who has four pins and one three-period victory; two-time Greco-Roman All-American Cole Walter (Pennsyvlania); and Rafael Herrera (California) who has four pins from four matches.
132: All six wrestlers remaining in Pool A are 5-0 for the tournament. Sixth-round matches place Michael Olsen (Kansas) against FILA Cadet All-American Mark Voss (Minnesota), Cody Lecount (Indiana) against Cadet folkstyle champion Nick Reenan (Texas), and Josh Maruca (Pennsylvania) against Austin Kraisser (Maryland). Kraisser was taken to the third period on two ocassions today. Seven wrestlers remain in Pool B, with just three undefeated including the absolutely dominant Aaron Pico (California), who has yet to give up a point. The other two undefeated wrestlers will meet in round six, as Canten Marriott (Missouri) faces Tyler Berger (Oregon), who has five pins tournament to date.
138: Five rounds of wrestling have only three undefeated wrestlers left in each pool. There are seven overall wrestlers left in Pool A, with the head-to-head collision of undefeateds in round six featuring Jon-Jay Chavez (California) against Jacob Woodard (Iowa), who has yet to give up a single point in the evet. Also undefeated is returning All-American Patrick Duggan (Pennsylvania), with all pins or technical falls and yet to give up a point. Eight overall wrestlers remain in Pool B, with the head-to-head match of undefeateds coming from Greco-Roman champion Joseph Nelson (Wisconsin) and Josh Shields (Pennsylvania); while returning freestyle All-American Anthony Valencia (California) joins them as an undefeated wrestler.
145: Three undefeated wrestlers in Pool A from five matches, with nine left. Those are Alec Wyatt (Colorado), who has five pins; Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma); and Greco-Roman champion Mason Manville (Minnesota), who has yet to give up a point in winning all matches by pin or technical fall. Likewise, three undefeated wrestlers remain in Pool B, but only eight remain overall. Super studs Niko Villarreal (California) and Fox Baldwin (Florida) have yet to allow a point in winning all matches by pin or technical fall, while Zach Kelly (Pennsylvania) joins them as an unblemished 5-0 wrestler.
152: Four undefeated wrestlers remain in each pool after five matches being wrestled. In Pool A, seven remain overall, with a head-to-head match between 4-0 wrestlers Mark Hall (Michigan) and Andrew Fogerty (Minnesota); Hall is the No. 1 wrestler overall in the Class of 2016, while Fogerty has given up just one point in the tournament. Also undefeated are Bobby Reece (Washington) and Ethan Tursini (Arizona). The lone wrestler alive with a loss in Pool B is two-time Greco-Roman All-American Xavier Montalvo (Illinois), who lost 2-0, 1-0 to Myles Martin (New Jersey). Martin, yet to give up a point from five matches, faces fellow undefeated Kieffer Taylor (Utah) in a round six battle of wrestlers yet to give up a point; fellow undefeated wrestlers J.P. Newton (Perrysburg) has a bye, while Joshua Ugalde (New Jersey) faces Montalvo.
160: Seven wrestlers remain in each pool of this weight class after four matches, with four wrestlers in each pool not having a loss. Each pool happens to be anchored by a Cadet Greco-Roman champion as well. In Pool A, Kimball Bastian (Utah) has only allowed one point from four matches, and will face fellow undefeated T.J. O'Hara (Minnesota) in the fifth round. Also udefeated are Gage Stallworth (Oklahoma) and Jacen Petersen (Montana). In Pool B, Bo Nickal (Texas) has all pins and technical falls, has yet to give up a point, and seeks a Triple Crown. He faces fellow undefeated Brandon Morgan (Oregon) in round five. Other undefeateds are Tyler Mann (Arkansas) and Drew Doak (Pennsylvania).
170: Yet again, the two best wrestlers in this weight are in the same pool, with Chandler Rogers (Washington) and Nathan Marek (Oklahoma) both in Pool A, which has eight wrestlers remaining. Each is 4-0, and they will meet in the next round. The other two undefeated wrestlers, and meeting in the next round in Pool A, are Chance Cooper (Missouri) and Robert Steveson (Indiana). Seven wrestlers remain in Pool B, with four being undefeated. The head-on collision this round places Nicholas DiNapoli (New Jersey) against Dale Hilleman (Iowa), while also undefeated are returning All-American Daniel Vitale (Minnesota) and Greco-Roman runner-up Ryan Christensen (Washington). Rogers seeks double titles this week.
182: Nine wrestlers remain alive in each pool, after three rounds have been wrestled. Four undefeateds in pool A are Michael Pixley (Missouri), James Caniglia (Ohio), Blake Andrews (Texas), and Armani Robinson (Ohio). There are five undefeateds in Pool B, with a head-on match between Greco-Roman champion Samuel Colbray (Oregon) and Ty Johnson (Illinois) slated for round four; others without a loss are Chip Ness (Georgia), Colton Wegner (Illinois), and Benjamin Honis (New York).
195: Seven wretlers remain in each pool after three rounds of wrestling. Three are undefeated in Pool A -- Robert Enmon (Florida), B.J. Hurst (South Carolina), and Lance Benick (Minnesota). Benick has not given up a point in wins by fall or technical fall, as he seeks to earn a Triple Crown for which he is prohibitively favored to win. Pool B only has two undefeated wrestlers, Dennis Breeding (Ohio) and Mario Galvan (Kansas).
220: Six wrestlers remain in each pool after three rounds of wrestling, with only two undefeateds left in each pool. Pool A features returning freestyle All-American Christian Jenco (New Jersey) and Greco-Roman champion Roy Nash (Utah) with undefeated records; while it is folkstyle and Greco-Roman runner-up Connor Tolley (Indiana) and Kyler Childers (Oklahoma) without a loss in Pool B.
285: Four undefeated wrestlers, and six in all, remain from Pool A after three rounds. Those include Greco-Roman champion Wyatt Spears (Oregon) and Luis Pinto (Minnesota), along with Tanner Farmer (Illinois) and Billy Miller (Ohio) who face each other in round four after pinning the two opponents they have faced to date Pool B has five wrestlers left, three undefeated, including folkstyle champion Gavin Jolley-Little (Indiana), Xyah Ra (Missouri), and Nicky Allegretti (Illinois).