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Ten Win Wrestling's Triple Crown

10 wrestlers earn Triple Crowns at USA Wrestling Kids Nationals
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
07/05/2008

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.

MIDGET FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
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

NOVICE FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
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

SCHOOLBOY FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
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