USA Wrestling names Fix, Olivas, Manville to Youth Olympic Team for Games in Nanjing, China, August 25-27USA Wrestling has named three talented young wrestlers and a coach to participate in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. All team nominations are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee, which will announce the full roster in early July.
The Youth Olympic Games will be hosted August 16-28. The wrestling competition will be held August 25-27. Wrestlers participating in the competition are in the FILA Cadet age group (ages 15-17 years old).
Nominated to compete in men’s freestyle are Cade Olivas of Fontana, Calif. at 46 kg/103.5 lbs. and Daton Fix of Sand Springs, Okla at 54 kg/119 lbs. Nominated to compete in Greco-Roman is Mason Manville of Blairstown, N.J. at 69 kg/152 lbs. Coaching the U.S. Youth Olympic Wrestling Team is Sara Bahoura of Norfolk, Va.
Olivas was a 2013 FILA Cadet World bronze medalist in Greco-Roman. He won both styles at the 2014 Pan American Cadet Championships. He was first in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman at the 2014 FILA Cadet National Championships. He will attend St. John Bosco High School in California next year.
Fix won both styles at the 2014 Pan American Cadet Championships. He was also champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2014 FILA Cadet Nationals, as well as the 2013 Cadet Nationals. Fix added a 2014 USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Cadet title this spring. He is an Oklahoma 6A state champion for Sand Springs High School.
Manville won both styles at the 2014 Pan American Cadet Championships and at the 2014 FILA Cadet Nationals. He was the 2014 FILA Junior Nationals Greco-Roman champion (ages 17-20). Manville won the 2013 Cadet Nationals in both styles. He was a 2014 Prep National Champion for Blair Academy in New Jersey.
Not all of the FILA Cadet weight classes will be contested at the Youth Olympic Games. YOG weight classes in men’s freestyle are 46 kg, 54 kg, 63 kg, 76 kg and 100 kg. YOG weight classes in Greco-Roman are 42kg, 50kg, 58kg, 69kg and 85kg. YOG weight classes in women’s freestyle are 46 kg, 52 kg, 60 kg and 70 kg.
The three U.S. wrestlers were determined through an approved set of procedures, which included competition on the international and national levels and other performance standards.
To qualify at each weight class, the United States needed to win at the YOG weight classes at the 2014 Pan American FILA Cadet Championships in Recife, Brazil, which served as the international qualifier for this Youth Olympic Games.
The United States qualified for the Youth Olympic Games through the Pan American Cadet Championships at 46 kg and 54 kg in men’s freestyle and at 69 kg and 85 kg in Greco-Roman. The United States did not qualify to compete in the Youth Olympic Games in women’s freestyle.
The U.S. nominees at these weight classes were determined at the 2014 FILA Cadet National Championships in Akron, Ohio, with the winners at the YOG qualified weight classes eligible to compete. In freestyle, Olivas and Fix won FILA Cadet titles at the YOG qualified weight classes. In Greco-Roman, Manville and Timothy Young of Aurora, Ill. at 85 kg were FILA Cadet champions at the YOG qualified weight classes.
USA Wrestling was awarded three wrestling spots on the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team, meaning one of the athletes who qualified in Akron would not make the team. Olivas, Fix and Manville were selected by the USA Wrestling Junior Olympic Committee, based upon specific criteria in the approved qualification process.
Complete Youth Olympic Games information can be found at nanjing2014.com.
This is the second Youth Olympic Games for summer sports. The inaugural Youth Olympic Games were held in Singapore in 2010. Jordan Rogers of Washington won a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the event. Other U.S. placewinners at the 2010 YOG were Luke Sheridan of California (fourth in Greco-Roman), Quinton Murphy of New York (fourth in freestyle) and Jenna Burkert of New York (fifth in women’s freestyle). Burkert added a bronze medal in the YOG beach wrestling competition.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
At Nanjing, China
U.S. Youth Olympic Wrestling Team
46 kg/103.5 lbs. - Cade Olivas, Fontana, Calif.
54 kg/119 lbs. - Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla.
69 kg/152 lbs. - Mason Manville, Blairstown, N.J.
Coach – Sara Bahoura, Norfolk, Va.
U.S. Youth Olympic Wrestling Team Biographies
46 kg freestyle - Cade Olivas, Fontana, Calif.
Third in 2013 FILA Cadet World Championships in Greco-Roman… 2014 FILA Cadet Nationals freestyle champion… Second in 2014 FILA Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2014 Cadet Pan American champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2013 and 2014 USA Wrestling Folkstyle Cadet Nationals champion… Sixth in 2013 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2013 FILA Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman champion… Will attend St. John Bosco High School (Calif.) next year… Born: December 29, 1998
54 kg freestyle - Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla.
2014 FILA Cadet Nationals freestyle champion… 2014 Pan American Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2014 Southern Plains Regional Cadet champion in both styles… 2014 USA Wrestling Folkstyle Cadet Nationals champion… 2013 Cadet Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2012 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals folkstyle champion… 2011 and 2012 USA Wrestling Schoolboy Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2011 USA Wrestling Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals… Attends Sand Springs High School… 2014 Oklahoma 6A state champion at 113 pounds… Born: May 11, 1998
69 kg Greco-Roman - Mason Manville, Blairstown, N.J.
2014 FILA Cadet Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2014 Pan American Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2014 FILA Junior Nationals champion in Greco-Roman… 2013 Cadet Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2013 Western Regionals Cadet champion in both styles… 2013 Northeast Regionals Cadet champion in both styles… Third in 2013 FILA Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Attends Blair Academy (N.J.)… 2014 Prep National Championships champion at 152 pounds… Second in 2013 Prep National Championships at 145 pounds… Born: May 6, 1997