Illinois, Utah, Minnesota and Oklahoma win pools on day one of Greco-Roman Junior Duals

By Richard Immel USA Wrestling | June 25, 2014, 4:55 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The 2014 Junior National Duals are underway on the campus of Oklahoma City University, as the nation’s elite 17 and 18 year-old wrestlers compete for a National Championship and the claim to best wrestling state in the land.

Wednesday marked the first day of the competition, beginning with the two-day Greco-Roman tournament.

Illinois entered the tournament as the favorite to win it all, and after one day of competition they have lived up to expectations. Illinois dispatched Michigan Blue 57-9 in the pool A finals to advance to the Gold/Silver pool tomorrow.

Illinois has won the previous three Junior Duals National Championships in Greco-Roman with their last loss coming in 2010 to a Wisconsin team led by 2013 Greco-Roman World Team member Jesse Thielke and 2014 NCAA Champion Alex Dieringer.

Utah won pool B in convincing fashion, taking out Iowa 50-14 in the finals dual. The Utah squad is anchored by USA Wrestling All-Americans Taylor LaMont, Kimball Bastian and Roy Nash.

Minnesota Blue cruised to a 48-17 victory over Florida in the Pool C finals in Oklahoma City. Victor Gliva and Mitchell McKee picked up key falls for Minnesota Blue in the finals dual.

Stillwater high School products Kaid Brock, Joe Smith and Chandler Rogers guided Oklahoma to a convincing 51-14 victory over a solid Maryland squad in the pool D finals.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the Gold/Silver pool tomorrow with national title hopes still intact.

Action will resume tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. CDT with the Gold/Silver, Bronze/Copper, Red/Blue and Green/Yellow pools followed by the placement matches in each pool.

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2014 Greco-Roman Junior National Duals Day One Results
June 25 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Pool A

1st Place - Illinois
2nd Place - Michigan Blue
3rd Place - California
4th Place - Tennessee
5th Place - North Dakota Red
6th Place - Minnesota Red
7th Place - South Carolina
8th Place - Indiana

Pool B
1st Place - Utah
2nd Place - Iowa
3rd Place - Missouri
4th Place - Kansas Blue
5th Place - South Dakota
6th Place - North Carolina
7th Place - Texas Red
8th Place - Georgia Red

Pool C
1st Place - Minnesota Blue
2nd Place - Florida
3rd Place - Washington
4th Place - Michigan Red
5th Place - Nebraska
6th Place - New Mexico
7th Place - North Dakota Blue
8th Place - Louisiana

Pool D
1st Place - Oklahoma
2nd Place - Maryland
3rd Place - Texas Blue
4th Place - Georgia Blue
5th Place - Kansas Red
6th Place - New York
7th Place - Virginia
8th Place - Connecticut