2013 Junior National Freestyle Finals Preview

Josh Lowe

7/19/2013
Josh Lowe, InterMat High School Analyst
josh@intermatwrestle.com

Two days of rigorous wrestling in the FARGODOME have yielded eight All-Americans in each of the fifteen weight classes at the Junior National Freestyle Championships. Medal matches will be wrestled Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.

Finals Matchups

100: Kirk Johansen (Illinois) vs. Francis Edelen (Illinois)
Junior Greco-Roman runner-up Johansen is 5-0 on the tournament, with all wins coming by pin or technical fall. Likewise, fellow Land of Lincoln native Edelen is 5-0 with all wins coming by pin or technical fall.

106: Joey Cisneros (California) vs. Hunter Marko (Wisconsin)
Junior Greco-Roman runner-up Cisneros is 5-0 on the tournament. Marko was a Cadet Triple Crown winner last year at 94 pounds, and is 6-0 for the tournament, yet to give up a point with all wins coming by pin or technical fall.

113: Brian Rossi (Illinois) vs. Elijah Oliver (Tennessee)
Rossi has finished third at state during the last two regular seasons, and was a Cadet freestyle 7th place finisher last year at 106 pounds. During this tournament, he has an 8-1 record. Oliver comes into the final with an 8-0 record, six of the wins coming by pin or shutout technical fall.

120: Kaid Brock (Oklahoma) vs. Nathan Tomasello (Ohio)
Twice a top three finisher in Cadet freestyle, Brock has made his Junior freestyle debut in spectacular fashion. He has a 9-0 record, with seven wins coming by technical fall (and one by forfeit). Tomasello seeks a third consecutive Junior freestyle title, and has torched the opposition to date: a 9-0 record, with all victories coming by shutout technical fall. Brock is ranked No. 25 in the Class of 2015, while Tomasello was No. 15 in the Class of 2013.

126: Jered Cortez (Illinois) vs. P.T. Garcia (Colorado)
Cortez, a 2011 Junior freestyle All-American, enters the final with a 9-0 record; eight of those wins coming by shutout technical fall. He is also ranked No. 7 overall in the Class of 2014. Garcia enters the final with an 8-1 record, including two wins by pin and four by technical fall.

132: Seth Gross (Minnesota) vs. Kyle Gliva (Minnesota)
Both wrestlers in this championship match with a loss, and that loss came to a wrestler who failed to earn All-American honors; Gross lost 11-9 to Cole Weaver (Michigan), while Gliva lost 10-3 to Hayden Tuma (Idaho). Ranked No. 55 in the Class of 2014, Gross has won Cadet freestyle titles the last two years, and has a 7-1 record in the tournament; including six wins by pin or technical fall. Gliva was a Cadet freestyle All-American in 2011, and has an 8-1 record for the tournament with five wins by technical fall.

138: Joey McKenna (New Jersey) vs. Aaron Pico (California)
McKenna seeks a sweep of the titles this week in Fargo, and has a 10-0 record during the freestyle tournament, seven of those wins coming by technical fall. He beat the other three All-Americans from his pool during the tournament, and is ranked No. 10 overall in the Class of 2014. Pico, ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2016, won double titles at the Cadet level the previous two years. This spring he won a double title at FILA Juniors a freestyle title at FILA Cadets. During this tournament, he is 9-0 with all victories coming by technical fall.

145: Anthony Collica (Ohio) vs. Blayne Briceno (California)
Both wrestlers in this match have graduated high school, with Collica finishing his career as the No. 20 ranked recruit in the Class of 2013. Collica has secured his third consecutive All-American finish in Junior freestyle, and seeks a repeat title. During this tournament, he is 9-0 with all victories coming by pin or technical fall. Briceno is 9-0 in this tournament, with six wins coming by pin or technical fall, and he seeks a sweep of the Fargo titles in this weight class.

152: Ryan Blees (North Dakota) vs. Jake Short (Minnesota)
This is the second straight year in which Blees has made a final at the Junior level, last year he was runner-up in Greco-Roman at 145 pounds. During this tournament, he has a 9-0 record, with six of the wins coming by technical fall. He has wins over the three other All-Americans from the pool and an additional victory over a higher ranked Class of 2014 prospect. Short has secured a third straight top three finish in Junior freestyle, and a second finals appearance, with his 9-0 performance the last two days. Short finished as the No. 30 ranked wrestler in the Class of 2013, while Blees is No. 45 in the Class of 2014.

160: Markus Scheidel (Ohio) vs. Davonte Mahomes (Illinois)
Scheidel, a 2011 Cadet freestyle All-American, has gone 8-1 in the tournament so far: with six of those wins coming by shutout technical fall. Mahomes is after a Junior Triple Crown having won the folkstyle title in April and Greco-Roman title on Tuesday, and has an 8-0 record. That mark includes victories over the other three All-American finishers, and seven victories by technical fall. Scheidel ended his career ranked No. 60 in the Class of 2013, while Mahomes is No. 51 in the Class of 2014.

170: Tyler Askey (Georgia) vs. Bo Nickal (Texas)
Askey, a two-time Cadet double All-American, has won all eight matches wrestled so far in the tournament; he finished his career ranked No. 56 in the Class of 2013. Nickal, ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2014, has a 9-0 record on the tournament so far with all but one win by pin or shutout technical fall. He was a Cadet Triple Crown winner last year, and FILA Cadet freestyle champion two months ago.

182: Michael Pixley (Missouri) vs. Riley Lefever (Indiana)
Pixley, last year a Cadet freestyle champion, has been on fire in this tournament with seven wins by technical fall. That includes victories over the other three All-Americans in his pool for the No. 38 ranked wrestler in the Class of 2014. This is the first time that graduated senior Lefever has ever earned a Fargo All-American honor. He did so by going 6-0 with all wins by pin or technical fall, including those over the other three All-Americans.

195: Joel Dixon (Oklahoma) vs. Mitch Sliga (Indiana)
Dixon is 7-0 on the tournament, only three of the wins by pin or shutout technical fall. Sliga was a two-time Cadet double champion, and has been an absolutely dominant 7-0 with all wins coming by pin or shutout technical fall. Earlier in the tournament, Sliga beat Dixon's high school teammate and fellow top 100 Class of 2014 wrestler Derek White by 12-1 technical fall. Joel Dixon is ranked No. 82 in the Class of 2014, while Sliga was ranked No. 31 in the Class of 2013.

220: Angus Cowell (Connecticut) vs. Roy Nash (Utah)
Cowell is 7-0 on the tournament, five of those wins coming by pin or shutout technical fall. Nash seeks a sweep of the Fargo titles this week after doubling as a Cadet in Fargo last year, and has an 8-0 record with all wins coming by pin or technical fall. Nash is currently ranked No. 79 in the Class of 2014

285: Adam Coon (Michigan) vs. Nathan Butler (Kansas)
Coon seeks a second consecutive Junior Triple Crown, and the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the Class of 2013 has been absolutely dominant here with six wins from six matches coming by pin or technical fall. Butler is an undefeated 5-0, was fifth in the Greco-Roman earlier this week, and finished his career ranked No. 64 in the Class of 2013.

Other Medal Matchups

100:
3rd: Dalton Roberts (Michigan) vs. Cameron Hunsaker (Utah)
5th: Alric Furseth (Wisconsin) vs. Zac McCauley (Ohio)
7th: Clayton Stillwagon (Montana) vs. Sodan Ka (Minnesota)

106:
3rd: Sean Nickell (California) vs. Luke Karam (Pennsylvania)
5th: Kade Evans (Utah) vs. Tanner Rohweder (Iowa)
7th: Carlos Fuentez, Jr. (Illinois) vs. Nick Lukanich (Illinois)

113:
3rd: Matt Gamble (California) vs. Michael Cullen (Illinois)
5th: Brent Fleetwood (Delaware) vs. Isaac Jimenez (Texas)
7th: Armando Torres (Ohio) vs. Camden Bertucci (Michigan)

120:
3rd: Tommy Pawleski (Illinois) vs. Kyle Akins (Illinois)
5th: Ronnie Bresser (Oregon) vs. Eli Hale (Oklahoma)
7th: Josh Terao (Hawaii) vs. Steve Polakowski (Illinois)

126:
3rd: Leighton Gaul (Iowa) vs. Bryce Meredith (Wyoming)
5th: Jordan Shearer (North Dakota) vs. Chaz Tucker (New Jersey)
7th: Brandon James (Indiana) vs. Sean Fausz (Kentucky)

132:
3rd: Fredy Stroker (Iowa) vs. Gary Wayne Harding (Oklahoma)
5th: Jacob Rubio (Texas) vs. Zac Hall (Michigan)
7th: George Fisher (Illinois) vs. Michael Kemerer (Pennsylvania)

138:
3rd: Ronnie Gentile (New Jersey) vs. Joseph Smith (Oklahoma)
5th: Jonce Blaylock (Oklahoma) vs. Ali Naser (California)
7th: Vincente Joseph (Pennsylvania) vs. Tyler Smith (Pennsylvania)

145:
3rd: Daniel Lewis (Missouri) vs. Nosomy Pozo (Florida)
5th: Grant Leeth (Missouri) vs. Kenny Martin (Nebraska)
7th: Mitch Bengtson (Minnesota) vs. Parker Bohannan (Oklahoma)

152:
3rd: Anthony Valencia (California) vs. Zach Kelly (Pennsylvania)
5th: Brandon Sorenson (Iowa) vs. Vinny Corsaro (Indiana)
7th: Brian Murphy (Illinois) vs. Darick Lapaglia (Missouri)

160:
3rd: Logan Marcicki (Michigan) vs. Christian Stackhouse (New Jersey)
5th: Kimball Bastian (Utah) vs. Chris Weiler (Pennsylvania)
7th: Seth Leigel (Wisconsin) vs. Seth Monty (Arizona)

170:
3rd: Jacob Morrissey (Wisconsin) vs. Kyle Bateman (Oregon)
5th: Lance Dixon (Oklahoma) vs. Zach Beard (Oklahoma)
7th: Bryce Martin (California) vs. Andrew Garcia (Michigan)

182:
3rd: Preston Lehmann (North Dakota) vs. Dylan Wisman (Virginia)
5th: Jesse Stephanos (Florida) vs. Dylan Blackford (Iowa)
7th: Domenic Abounader (Ohio) vs. John Filipek (Missouri)

195:
3rd: Payne Hayden (Michigan) vs. Derek White (Oklahoma)
5th: Jared Haught (West Virginia) vs. Marcus Harrington (Iowa)
7th: Josh Murphy (Ohio) vs. Chance McClure (Georgia)

220:
3rd: Kacee Hutchinson (North Carolina) vs. Fletcher Miller (Indiana)
5th: Derek Maisonet (Illinois) vs. Edgar Ruano (Illinois)
7th: Lance Evans (Iowa) vs. Parker Knapp (Ohio)

285:
3rd: Wesley Bernard (Indiana) vs. Newton Smerchek (Wisconsin)
5th: Jake Scanlan (Iowa) vs. Jesse Webb (Alabama)
7th: Michael Hobbs (Illinois) vs. Jacob Semple (Missouri)

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