It’s a new week for the rest of us, but it’s already day three at the 2014 USA Wrestling Cadet & Junior Nationals. The Cadet Greco competiton finished up on Monday as 17 champs can hoist the stop sign high.
It’s Day 3 from Fargo …. On the Short Time Wrestling Podcast.
88: Trey Keeley (Illinois) DEC Patrick McKee (Minnesota) 12-8
94: Nicolas Aguilar (California) DEC Brandon Meikel (Utah) 7-2
100: Roman Bravo-Young (Arizona) FALL Dominic Lajoie (Michigan) 4:56
106: Ian Timmins (Nevada) FALL Drew West (Iowa) 3:35
113: Austin Gomez (Illinois) TF Bryce West (Iowa) 18-8
120: Coltan Williams (Texas) DEC Wilson Smith (North Carolina) 8-5
126: Jaden Enriquez (California) DEC Quentin Hovis (Arizona) 6-2
132: Jake Allar (Minnesota) FALL Jaron Chavez (Idaho) 5:04.
138: Ethan Karsten (Missouri) DEC Devin Bahr (Wisconsin) 8-3
145: Matthew Park (Idaho) FALL Logan Gruszka (Illinois) :57
152: Riley Jaramillo (Oregon) TF Anthony Sherry (Iowa) 11-0
160: Owen Webster (Minnesota) TF James Handwerk (Ohio) 10-0
170: Beau Breske (Wisconsin) TF Kamal Bey (Illinois) 10-0
182: Keegan Moore (Minnesota) DEC Wyatt Koelling (Utah) 6-5
195: Matt Stencel (Ohio) FALL Wyatt Harden (Michigan) :58
220: Brandon Metz (North Dakota) FALL Allen Stallings (Illinois) 5:25
285: Kevin Vough (Ohio) vs. Osawaru Odighizuwa (Oregon)
Trey Keeley of Illinois won the night's first Greco-Roman title of the night topping Minnesota's Patrick McKee 12-8 at 88 pounds. Keeley built a 7-0 lead early in the match after scoring a pushout, a takedown and consecutive two-point gutwrenches. McKee started to close the gap and got within 8-7 before Keeley hit a beautiful front headlock throw for four points to essentially put the match out of reach.
California's Nicolas Aguilar captured the championship at 94 pounds beating Brandon Meikel of Utah 7-2. Aguilar built a comfortable 4-0 lead in the early part of the first period with a takedown and a gutwrench. Meikel converted a bodylock for a takedown to cut the lead in half. Meikel again went on the offensive, trying to hit an armspin in the second period, but Aguilar stuffed the attempt and came out on top for the takedown to extend his lead to 6-2. A late pushout would put the final score at 7-2.
Arizona crowned its 11th Cadet Greco-Roman champion as Roman Bravo-Young finished off a headlock at 4:56 to pin Michigan's Dominic Lajoie at 100 pounds. Bravo-Young had four technical falls and two falls during his championship performance.
Ian Timmons became the second champion in Cadet Greco-Roman from Nevada. Timmons pinned Drew West of Iowa at 3:35 to win gold at 106 pounds. West got up 5-0 on a four-point throw from the headpinch position. He would add an appreciation point on a lift attempt moments later. Timmons answered by countering a West throw attempt for two exposure points. Then Timmons would launch West for five points to take the lead. The lead would extend to 11-5 after a takedown and a two-point gutwrench. In the second period, West got caught on his back with a front headlock roll and Timmons held and got the fall.
Illinois' Austin Gomez won his second straight Cadet Greco-Roman championship by defeating Bryce West of Iowa 18-8 at 113. Gomez was nearly pinned in the first period and fell behind early, but after rallying to tie the score at 8-8, Gomez put up 10 straight points and countered every one of West's short offense attempts.
Texan Coltan Williams won his state's 10th Cadet Greco-Roman championship. Williams defeated North Carolina's Wilson Smith 8-5 at 120 pounds. Smith started things off with a big four-point throw before Williams hit what is sure to be one of the five-pointers of the year to take the lead 5-4. Williams extended his lead to 8-4 after a pushout and a takedown. Smith tried to work his offense from double unders and Williams was penalized one point for fleeing the hold late in the bout. In the waning seconds, Smith couldn't get a lock to try to get a late throw.
California's Jaden Enriquez won his state's second title of the night with a controlled 6-2 victory over Quentin Hovis of Arizona at 126 pounds.
The fans in Fargo got a show at 132 pounds as Jake Allar rallied to pin Jaron Chavez of Idaho at 5:04. Allar trailed 12-7 with just over a minute to go when he set up a perfect headlock, sending Chavez to the mat. It only took about five seconds for Allar to adjust, get the confirmation of the fall and win Minnesota's first championship of the night. Allar pinned his opponents in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.
Ethan Karsten won Missouri's only championship of the night with an 8-3 victory over Wisconsin's Devin Bahr at 138. Karsten jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a headlock on the edge and extended his lead to 8-0 with a takedown and a two-point exposure on a tight trapped-arm gut.
Two weights after his teammate was pinned in a headlock, 145-pounder Matt Park of Idaho hit a tight headlock to pin Illinois' Logan Gruszka in 57 seconds to win Idaho's sixth Cadet Greco-Roman championship in history. Other winners from Idaho in the past have been Hayden Tuma, Tanner Hall, Boe Rushton and Jared Lawrence, who won two.
At 152 pounds, Oregon's Riley Jaramillo finished a tremendous tournament with a quick technical fall over Anthony Sherry of Iowa. Jaramillo went through his six matches without yielding a point. He had one fall and five technical falls. He becomes Oregon's 19th Cadet Greco-Roman champion.
Minnesota's Owen Webster won the state's 45th Cadet Greco-Roman championship and he did it in dominating fashion, teching James Handwerk of Ohio 10-0 in 90 seconds at 160 pounds. Webster only gave up three points in his six matches and that was during his 6-3 quarterfinal win over Myles Terry of Oregon.
The night's most anticipated final came at 170 pounds, but the anticipation didn't match the outcome as Wisconsin's Beau Breske won his second straight Cadet Greco-Roman title, beating Kamal Bey of Illinois 10-0. Breske went unscored upon for the second straight year in Greco and over the last two years, he's only given up one point. Breske struck first with a big four point toss in the first period and then cruised from there. With a 6-0 lead, Breske countered Bey's charge, countering with a lateral drop, then scoring the match-ending two points on a high gut.
Keegan Moore gave Minnesota its second title of the night after a tight 6-5 win over Utah's Wyatt Koelling at 182 pounds. Moore took a 3-0 lead into the break, but then found himself quickly behind after Koelling hit Moore with a near-five for four points. Moore tied the bout when Koelling went for another big throw on an over-under tie and Moore countered, catching Koelling on his back for two. A pushout by Moore with 1:09 left to break the tie and take the title.
Ohio's Matt Stencel won the championship at 195 pounds and completed a clean sweep of the weight by pinning Wyatt Harden of Michigan in 58 seconds. Stencel hit a headlock 10 seconds into the match and kept Harden on his back before settling back and getting the fall 48 seconds later. Stencel pinned his way through the tournament with five falls.
Brandon Metz wasn't even born the last time North Dakota had won a Cadet Greco-Roman title. Metz, a West Fargo native, trailed 4-3 in his 220-pound final against Illinois' Allen Stallings but hit a big double-over throw to get the fall at 5:35. Metz becomes the third wrestler from West Fargo High School to win titles as Jordan Shearer and Preston Lehmann both won Junior titles last year. The last time North Dakota had won Cadet Greco title was back in 1993 when Scott Owen won at 242 pounds.
Ohio's lone champion came at 285 pounds where Kevin Vough topped Osawaru Odighizuwa of Oregon 8-1. Vough only gave up three points during the entire course of the tournament.