Mark Hall, pictured at Cadet Nationals last summer, made the FILA Cadet World Team on Sunday. John Sachs photo.
AKRON, Ohio – Cade Olivas flew back home with some hardware from the 2013 FILA Cadet World Championships.
But it wasn’t the color of medal he wanted.
The young star from California will have an opportunity to earn a gold medal this year after he won a FILA Cadet Nationals freestyle title on Sunday morning.
Olivas started strong in a convincing 10-0 win over Louie Hayes of Illinois in the finals at 46 kg/101.25 at the University of Akron Field House.
Olivas won a bronze medal at the 2013 Cadet Worlds in Greco-Roman. This time, he will represent Team USA in freestyle.
Champions in all the weight classes, except 125 kg, qualify for the FILA Cadet World Championships on July 15-20 in Snina, Slovakia.
Champions in the FILA Cadet freestyle classes of 46 kg and 54 kg will be considered for the Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 25-27 in Nanjing, China.
New Jersey standout Mason Manville became a double champion in Akron after winning the freestyle title at 69 kg/152 lbs. Manville beat Trace Carello of Illinois 7-0 in the finals on Sunday.
2013 Cadet Triple Crown winner Mark Hall of Minnesota earned a 4-1 win over Wisconsin’s Beau Breske in the finals at 76 kg/167.5 lbs. Hall won the title after falling to Texas standout Bo Nickal the previous two years here.
Hall was named Outstanding Wrestler of the event.
2013 Cadet Triple Crown winner Daton Fix of Oklahoma downed Nick Suriano of New Jersey 1-1 in the finals at 54 kg/119 lbs. Fix won on criteria.
2013 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion Carter Happel of Iowa capped a strong tournament by defeating Indiana’s Nick Lee 12-7 at 58 kg/127.75 lbs.
2013 Cadet Triple Crown winner Jake Marnin of Iowa topped Ohio’s Kevin Vough 9-4 at heavyweight.
Maryland’s Hunter Ritter won a tough weight class at 85 kg/187.25 lbs.
Pennsylvania crowned four champions in Gavin Teasdale, Spencer Lee, Jared Verkleeren and Jordan Wood.
FILA CADET NATIONALS
May 25, Akron, Ohio
42 kg/92.5 lbs. – Gavin Teasdale (Pennsylvania) dec. Peter Ogunsanya (Illinois), 10-1
46 kg/101.25 lbs. – Cade Olivas (California) dec. Louie Hayes (Illinois), 10-0
50 kg/110.25 lbs. – Spencer Lee (Pennsylvania) tech. fall over Joey Prata (Virginia), 11-1
54 kg/119 lbs. – Daton Fix (Oklahoma) dec. Nick Suriano (New Jersey), 1-1
58 kg/127.75 lbs. – Carter Happel (Iowa) dec. Nick Lee (Indiana), 12-7
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Jared Verkleeren (Pennsylvania) dec. Austin Kraisser (Maryland), 5-1
69 kg/152 lbs. – Mason Manville (New Jersey) dec. Trace Carello (Illinois), 7-0
76 kg/167.5 lbs. – Mark Hall (Minnesota) dec. Beau Breske (Wisconsin), 4-1
85 kg/187.25 lbs. – Hunter Ritter (Maryland) dec. Samuel Colbray (Oregon), 10-7
100 kg/220 lbs. – Jordan Wood (Pennsylvania) dec. Lucas Warren (Illinois), 9-4
125 kg/275.5 lbs. – Jake Marnin (Iowa) dec. Kevin Vough (Ohio), 9-4