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July 26, 2008

Dylan Ness, Taylor Massa move within one victory of winning Cadet Triple Crown

Dylan Ness, Taylor Massa move within one victory of winning Cadet Triple Crown
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling

FARGO, N.D. – USA Wrestling Triple Crown winners in the Cadet division have been a rare occurrence at the Junior and Cadet Nationals.

Just three wrestlers – Hayden Zillmer of Minnesota in 2007, Zach Sanders of Minnesota in 2004 and Taylor Moore of Missouri in 2003 – have won Triple Crowns in the Cadet high school wrestling class.

Two new members could join that elite group on Friday afternoon.

Dylan Ness of Minnesota (130 pounds) and Taylor Massa of Michigan (140) each stand one win away from winning Triple Crowns after each reached the Cadet Nationals freestyle finals on Friday morning at the Fargo Dome.

Ness and Massa won Cadet Nationals titles in Folkstyle and Greco-Roman this year.

The Cadet Nationals finals are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Fargo.

There are three 2007 Cadet National freestyle champions who stand one win from defending their titles: Zillmer (91), Hunter Stieber of Ohio (112) and Chris Phillips of Ohio (171).

Zillmer won a Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman title earlier this week.

The other 2008 Greco-Roman champions who are in the freestyle finals are Nick Roberts of Pennsylvania (84), Mark Grey of New Jersey (98), Cody Brewer of Missouri (105), Jahwon Akui of Illinois (160), Andrew Campolattano of New Jersey (189) and Evan Craig of Pennsylvania (285).

The Junior Nationals in freestyle continue with a session later today. The finals in that class are set for 9 a.m. Saturday.

One of the biggest matches of the session came in the Juniors when Oklahoma's Chris Perry downed Iowa's Grant Gambrall 1-0, 0-4, 3-1 at 189. Gambrall is a University of Iowa recruit. Perry, a senior-to-be in high school, is the No. 3 ranked overall recruit in the country by InterMat. Perry's brother, Mark, was a two-time NCAA champion for Iowa.


84 pounds – Nick Roberts of Pennsylvania vs. Dylon Thompson of Colorado

91 – Freddie Rodriguez of Michigan vs. Hayden Zillmer of Minnesota

98 – Mark Grey of New Jersey vs. Joe Orecchio of New Jersey

105 – Cody Brewer of Missouri vs. Robert Deutsch of New Jersey

112 – Hunter Stieber of Ohio vs. Zachary Horan of Pennsylvania

119 – Brandon Wright of Indiana vs. Alex Dieringer of Wisconsin

125 – Louis Trujillo of New Mexico vs. Ryne Cokeley of Kansas

130 – Dylan Ness of Minnesota vs. Stanley Taylor of Nebraska

135 – Destin McCauley of Minnesota vs. Justin DeAngelis of Oklahoma

140 – Colby Kloetzer of Idaho vs. Taylor Massa of Michigan

145 – Blake Roulo of Virginia vs. Anthony Baldasarro of New Jersey

152 – Bryce Hammond of California vs. Joey Chandler of Oregon

160 – Ronnie Balfour of Oklahoma vs. Jahwon Akui of Illinois

171 – Ethan Blackstock of Georgia vs. Chris Phillips of Ohio

189 – Morgan McIntosh of California vs. Andrew Campolattano of New Jersey

215 – Connor Medbery of Colorado vs. Joshua Davis of New Jersey

285 – Evan Craig of Pennnsylvania vs. Tyler Demott of Pennsylvania

July 20, 2008

Keep up to speed on Fargo with HSWrestling

I'm just not able to maintain enough high school wrestling info on Fargo to even try to compete with the likes of HSWrestling. They have been all over the updates and we suggest watching there!

Live updates have been flowing in all day.

July 18, 2008

High School Wrestling's Main Event, Fargo Cadet & Junior Nationals

Every year, the nation’s best high school wrestlers come together for the world’s largest wrestling competition, the ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Accelerade Cadet Nationals at the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D.

This competition produces great stories of champions, many who go on to glory in college wrestling, and ultimately at the World and Olympic levels.

The tournament is scheduled for July 19-26 and is expected to feature outstanding wrestlers in every weight class.

The ASICS/Vaughan Junior Nationals features high school wrestlers in grades 9-12. This year, the Junior division could be one of the strongest in many years, featuring numerous talented athletes who are proven winners.

There were two double champions in 2007, winning both the freestyle and Greco-Roman titles, and both are eligible to return this year, Max Nowry of Illinois (98) and David Taylor of Ohio.

2007 Junior National freestyle champions who are eligible to return are Nowry and Taylor, plus Jon Morrison of Illinois (112), Jordan Oliver of Pennsylvania (119), Nate Moore of Iowa (125), Colin Johnston of Pennsylvania (135), Jason Chamberlain of Utah (135), Michael Mangrum of Washington (145), Mario Mason of New Jersey (145) and Scott Winston of New Jersey (160).

Returning Junior National Greco-Roman champions who are eligible to compete in Fargo are Nowry and Taylor, plus Andrew Long of Iowa (112), Kendrick Sanders of Florida (140), Jake Deitchler of Minnesota (145), Ty Vinson of Montana (171), Ryland Geiger of Oregon (189) and Marcel Dubose of Michigan (215).

Deitchler shocked the nation by qualifying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in Greco-Roman and is not expected to attend the Junior Nationals, as he will be training to compete at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Each year, ASICS recognizes the nation’s top high school athletes with its All-American Team. Members of the ASICS First Team who were Junior Nationals champions last year include Taylor, Moore, Chamberlain, Mangrum, Geiger and Dubose.

For the first time ever, USA Wrestling may crown a Junior Triple Crown winner. Last year was the first year that USA Wrestling hosted a Junior folkstyle national tournament, creating the opportunity for an athlete to win USA Wrestling national titles in all three styles. No athlete was able to win a gold medal in all three styles in 2007. This year, a new set of Junior folkstyle champions were crowned in Cedar Falls, Iowa in April. Will 2008 be the first year that there is a Junior Triple Crown winner?

Many of last year’s Cadet National champions are expected to move up into the Junior ranks this year and challenge for titles.

USA Wrestling has official state team standings in all the divisions held in Fargo. Last year, the Wells Fargo Insurance Services Cup champion in Junior freestyle was Illinois, followed by Iowa, New Jersey, Minnesota and Missouri. In Junior Greco-Roman, capturing the Wells Fargo Insurance Services Cup was Minnesota, with New York, Illinois, California and Oregon rounding out the top five.

Another strong indication of the strength of the state teams are the results from the 2008 Junior National Duals, held in June in Oklahoma City, Okla. For the second straight year, Illinois won the team title in both styles at the Junior National Duals. In freestyle, Iowa was second, New Jersey third, Minnesota was fourth and Oklahoma finished fifth. In Greco-Roman, California was second in the Greco-Roman division, with Minnesota in third, Iowa in fourth and Kansas in fifth.

The women’s freestyle division will be held early in the week with the championships set for Monday, July 21. This tournament, in its eighth year, has grown in size and quality every season, and promises to be very competitive again this year.

Returning Junior National women’s champions include Hanna Martin of Oklahoma (95), Helen Maroulis of Maryland (109), Micheala Hutchison of Alaska (119), Randi Beltz of Missouri (124), Tatiana Padilla of California (132), Veronica Carlson of Illinois (139), Adeline Gray of Colorado (146) and Brittany Delgado of South Carolina (190) and Lakia Henderson of Florida (220)

July 7, 2008

Ten Win Wrestling's Triple Crown

10 wrestlers earn Triple Crowns at USA Wrestling Kids Nationals
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling

OREM, Utah – His name is Ty, but all he does is win.

Wisconsin’s Ty Pelot continued his magical 2008 season by capturing a coveted USA Wrestling Triple Crown on Saturday at Utah Valley University’s McKay Events Center.

Pelot won the Triple Crown in the Novice 60-pound division as the three-day USA Wrestling Kids National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championships concluded on Saturday morning.

Pelot recorded a first-period pin over Montana’s Cody Jackson in the freestyle finals. Pelot won USA Wrestling’s Ultimate Dominator Award earlier this year.

“This tournament was a lot of fun,? Pelot said. “It’s exciting to win this.?

Pelot was one of 10 wrestlers to win a Triple Crown this weekend.

Also winning Triple Crowns on Saturday were Midget wrestlers Anthony Artalona of Florida and A.J. Jaffe of Illinois.

Pelot was joined as a Triple Crown winner in the Novice division by Dante Rodriguez of Nebraska, Matthew Kolodzik of Ohio and Joey Nelson of Wisconsin.

Sam Brancale of Minnesota won a Triple Crown in the Schoolboy class on Saturday. Ryan Cone of Wisconsin, Joe Scanlan of Iowa and Eric Mason of Kansas won Triple Crowns on Friday in the Schoolboy division.

This is the final event in the quest for the 2008 USA Wrestling Kids Triple Crown. Each year, USA Wrestling honors athletes who are able to win national titles at their age-level in all three styles: folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle.

The nation’s best 9-14 year old wrestlers battled for national titles and All-American honors in three age-divisions: Midget (9-10), Novice (11-12) and Schoolboy/girl (13-14).

Pelot didn’t mess around in his finals match. He shot in on a pair of textbook single-leg takedowns before eventually turning Jackson to his back with a power half-nelson maneuver. Jackson fought valiantly to avoid being pinned before Pelot finally was able to secure the fall late in the opening period.

Pelot said his wrestling heroes include his father along with Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable and Olympic silver medalist Dennis Hall.

“I want to wrestle in the Olympics,? Pelot said.

50 – Jaxon Cole of Utah
55 – Dylan Duncan of Illinois
60 – Anthony Artalona of Florida
65 – Austin Gomez of Illinois
70 – A.J. Jaffe of Illinois
75 – Max Odell of Connecticut
80 – Christian Bahl of Minnesota
87 – Wyatt Koelling of Utah
95 – Dylan Meeks of Florida
103 – Alexx Herrera of Idaho
112 – Garrett Whitehead of Idaho
120 – Sam Anderson of Minnesota
120 plus – Porter Thomas of Idaho

60 – Ty Pelot of Wisconsin
65 – Caleb Williams of Utah
70 – Dante Rodriguez of Nebraska
75 – Matthew Kolodzik of Ohio
80 – Tyler Berger of Oregon
85 – Luke Lovett of Wyoming
90 – Jon-Jay Chavez of California
95 – Joey Nelson of Wisconsin
100 – Angus Arthur of Michigan
105 – Nicholas Villarreal of California
112 – Connor Doak of Illinois
120 – Robert Akil of Oregon
130 – Colby Meeks of Florida
140 – Jared Langley of Kansas
140 plus – Javin Harrison of California

70 – Adam Burchett of Washington
77 – Sam Brancale of Minnesota
84 – Micah Perez of California
91 – Corey Keener of Pennsylvania
98 – Blayne Briceno of California
105 – Andrew Schulte of California
112 – Tomaz Gonzalez of Idaho
120 – Dakota Trom of Minnesota
128 – Eric Hoffman of Maryland
136 – Brandon McBride of Idaho
144 – Jordan Rogers of Washington
152 – Ryan Cone of Wisconsin
160 – Connor King of Colorado
175 – Joe Scanlan of Iowa
190 – Brooks Black of Pennsylvania
210 – Eric Mason of Kansas

July 3, 2008

Illinois steamrolls to Greco-Roman title at Junior Duals

by: Roger Moore
OKLAHOMA CITY – There was a lot of down-to-the-wire drama at the 2008 Junior Greco-Roman Wrestling Duals inside Abe Lemons Arena on the campus of Oklahoma City University.

Illinois, however, was not part of it.

The 2007 champions turned in a performance for the ages in rolling to the 2008 title. Top-seeded Minnesota was no match, falling 40-22, in a Wednesday morning semifinal. A short break and Illinois ran away from upstart California, 45-18, in the championship match.

“I was almost thinking that my guys might have been over-confident (after beating second-seeded Missouri on Tuesday),? said Illinois coach Mike Powell. “I made it clear that we were coming here as the four seeds. Minnesota had almost double the seed points, so my guys kind of had that chip on their shoulder coming in.

“This is the best group of kids. When you’ve got guys taking two trains and a bus to come to practice you know you have a good group. I was wondering if they were having too much fun or are they just that good??

Illinois advanced to the finals with a decisive 40-22 victory over Minnesota. The Storm won just four bouts and took a forfeit at 285 pounds.

Jake Bellis geared up Illinois with a victory at 98 over Cadet champion Hayden Zilmer, and like the rest of the week, it was off to the races.

“I think we warmed up 100 times better than (Minnesota),? said Bellis. “We came in knowing we were going to win. After Missouri we knew we had the best team and we felt like we could beat everybody by 20 or 30 points.?

Jimmy Chase had a pin at 125 and Kent Williams, Ellis Coleman and Josh Castellano had technical falls as Illinois built a 32-5 lead through 145 pounds. Coleman dominated Dylan Ness at 135 pounds in a battle of Cadet champions.

“I knew I had a tough weight and I expected to wrestle all of them,? Coleman said. “Greco is my thing and I feel like I’m in better shape than anybody right now.

“I think we had the best team here. As the tournament was going along I noticed that we had the best guys in the lower weights and that we would be starting off all the matches up like 30-5 or something.?

The finals against the seventh-seeded Californians was more of the same as Illinois built a 29-3 lead after 140 pounds.

Williams used a front headlock for three straight turns in the third period to beat Cody Pack at 112; Lillashawn Coleman made quick work of Zach Zimmer at 119; Chase had a 23-second pin at 125 and Ellis Coleman had a technical fall against Cody Rodebaugh at 135.

By the time Dan Martin used a late third period turn to beat Tyler Sheridan at 152, the trophy was headed back to Illinois.

Ellis Coleman, who has his sights set on Northern Michigan and a future in Greco, wrestled five matches in a tough 135-pound weight class this week and recorded five technical falls.

“He’s the real deal,? said Powell, his high school coach. “He is the ultimate combination of talent and hard work. I’m not surprised by his results because I can’t find people to come and work out with him.

“He reminds me of T.C. Dantzler. He’s got that type of talent.?

A day after escaping Wisconsin, California decided to live dangerously once again in the semifinals against third-seeded Iowa.

Tied at 29 after 189 pounds, California’s Dominic Pica saved the day with a decisive third-period, 3-point throw for a 3-5, 3-1, 6-3, decision of Byron Tate. Kasey Cowan, whose dramatic win against Wisconsin closed out that dual, beat Blayne Beal to pull out a 35-31 victory.

Iowa picked up pins from Joe Colon and Andrew Long, a technical fall from George Ivanov, and a decision by Matt McDonough to take a 19-13 lead after 135 pounds.

Iowa led 23-22 after 152 when Trent Weatherman beat Sheridan in three periods. Officials debated a third-period point for Sheridan for some 20 minutes before Weatherman had his hand raised.

Dustin Reid responded with a first-period pin at 160 to put California up 27-23 before back-to-back victories by Iowa’s Tyler Kettman and Josh Ihnen sent the dual to 215.

“I was trying to stay calm (against Iowa),? said Pico, who had one of just three wins for California. “I was trying to keep my composure and find a way to win the match.

“(On Tuesday against Wisconsin) Coach came and talked to us from 160 through heavy and said we could do this. I don’t think people really took us seriously coming into the tournament and we showed what came happen when they don’t.

“It was a good tournament for us, but we didn’t really show up with our wrestling shoes on (against Illinois).?

After losing to California, Iowa, cashed it in against Minnesota, falling 52-13, in the third-place match. After Travis Rutt’s 17-second pin at 171, Iowa forfeited the final three weights. Among Minnesota’s victories was Justin Lavalle’s 3-0, 6-3, decision of Long at 130 pounds and Erick Yngsdal’s three-period win over Dylan Carew at 145.

The fifth-place match, with six forfeits, saw Kansas beat Michigan, 34-31. Missouri won the final three bouts, including a pin in the finale by Elijah Madison, in beating Wisconsin, 39-27, for seventh.

New York beat Texas in the consolation finals. Ken Altrac pinned Andy Harmony in the final bout to give NY a 33-30 victory.

For some, it’s time for a long trip home to start preparation for Fargo. For others, perhaps the crazy ones, weigh-in for freestyle is at 4 p.m. (CST).

Illinois pulled off the double in 2007, adding a freestyle title to the Greco trophy.

Freestyle hits the mats tonight with two rounds of competition. The finals are Friday.