2016 Cadet champions Amos, Schriever, Ragusin reach quarterfinals at USMC Cadet Freestyle Nationals in Fargo

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 15, 2017, 7:27 p.m. (ET)
Returning Cadet Nationals double champion Braxton Amos of West Virginia takes down Jason Edwards of Alaska in a 220 pound freestyle bout in Fargo. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com

FARGO, N.D. – Three returning Cadet National champions remain unbeaten and have advanced to Sunday’s quarterfinals after the first day of freestyle at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet National at the FargoDome on Saturday. Cadets are 15-16 years old. Sunday’s quarterfinal round has been set in all of the weight classes.

Returning Cadet National double champion Braxton Amos of West Virginia (195) had three straight technical falls on Saturday, putting away Colby Beer of Kansas, Jason Edwards of Alaska and Julian Stone of Oregon. His quarterfinals matchup is Erich Osteen of California. Amos competed for Team Ohio last year.

Returning Cadet National freestyle champion Cullen Schriever of Iowa, competing at 106 this year, won four times, with technical falls over Frankie Chapman of North Dakota, CJ Composto of New Jersey and Preston Decker of Texas, plus a third-round win over Caleb Henson of Georgia, 10-4. He draws Jakason Burks of Nebraska in the quarterfinals.

2016 Cadet Greco-Roman champion Dylan Ragusin of Illinois won his first three matches by technical fall, stopping Cody Minor of Wisconsin, Daniel Tolin of Indiana and Riley Bettich of Michigan. His quarterfinal opponent is Dustin Norris of Ohio.

There were 1,153 Cadet freestyle wrestlers representing 45 states in the competition, an increase of 29 athletes from last year’s event, a nice start to this year’s event.

Team Illinois, which has won the last four Cadet National freestyle team titles and is also the 2017 Cadet Nationals Duals freestyle champion, is in a strong position to defend its title, pushing 18 athletes into the quarterfinal round, eight more than the next team, Ohio, with 10. Next is Pennsylvania with nine, Minnesota with eight and Iowa with seven.

There are three 2016 Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman runners-up still unbeaten and advancing to the quarterfinals, Reece Witcraft of Oklahoma (120), Carter Tuttle of Pennsylvania (132) and Abe Assad of Illinois (170)

One of the 2016 Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman runners-up, Brenden Chaowanapibool of Washington, was beaten in the second round at 100 pounds by Kaleb Thompson of Illinois, in a 14-13 shootout. He was eliminated in the consolation round by Korbin Shepard of Missouri and will not earn a medal this year.

Considered the deepest weight class in the field with three past Cadet National finalists, with Chaowanapibool out of the tournament, the 100 pound class still features Greco-Roman champion Ragusin plus 2016 Cadet National Greco-Roman runner-up Andrew Chambral of Michigan. Also still in the draw is Paxton Creese of Minnesota, who was third in the Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman last year, plus was a freestyle All-American.

The quarterfinals are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, in a session alongside the Junior Nationals freestyle tournament which kicks off in the morning. All of the action is being broadcast LIVE by Flowrestling. Results can be seen as they happen on FloArena.

U.S. MARINE CORPS CADET NATIONALS
At Fargo, N.D.

Freestyle Quarterfinals pairings


88 pounds
Chance Lamer (Oregon) vs. Richard Treanor (North Carolina)
Mark Marum (Washington) vs. Brandon O`Brien (Iowa)
Tommy Curran (Illinois) vs. Caleb Coyle (Nebraska)
Cody Thompson (Colorado) vs. Drake Ayala (Iowa)

94 pounds
Jett Strickenberger (Colorado) vs. Sheldon Seymour (Pennsylvania)
Cooper Flynn (Tennessee) vs. Blake Noonan (Michigan)
Kase Mauger (Idaho) vs. Carter Young (Oklahoma)
Jordan Titus (New York) vs. Alexzander Cottey (Indiana)

100 pounds
Andrew Chambal (Michigan) vs. Dominic Chavez Jr. (Texas)
Paxton Creese (Minnesota) vs. Brayden Lowery (Indiana)
Yusief Lillie (Washington) vs. Richard Figueroa II (California)
Dustin Norris (Ohio) vs. Dylan Ragusin (Illinois)

106 pounds
Cullan Schriever (Iowa) vs. Jakason Burks (Nebraska)
Vincent Zerban IL (Illinois) vs. Zeke Escalera (Kentucky)
Aizayah Yacapin (Washington) vs. Ryan Miller (Pennsylvania)
Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) vs. Matthew Ramos ((Illinois)

113 pounds
Joshua Ogunsanya (Illinois) vs. Trey Crawford (Missouri)
Anthony Clark (New Jersey) vs. Nick Masters (Georgia)
Noah Surtin (Illinois) vs. Haiden Drury (Washington)
Maxx Mayfield (Nebraska) vs. Dylan Shawver (Ohio)

120 pounds
Trevor Mastrogiovanni (New Jersey) vs. Grayston Diblasi (Missouri)
Reece Witcraft (Oklahoma) vs. Ryan Sokol (Minnesota)
Jacob Lindsey (Illinois) vs. Michael Burnett (Ohio)
Dominick Serrano (Colorado) vs. Terrell Barraclough (Utah)

126 pounds
Joshua Saunders (Missouri) vs. Fabian Lopez (Illinois)
Gabriel Hixenbaugh (Alabama) vs. Travis Mastrogiovanni (New Jersey)
Ryan Ripplinger (North Dakota) vs. Gus Sutton (Ohio)
Ryan Franco (California) vs. Keegan O`Toole (Wisconsin)

132 pounds
Carson Manville (Minnesota) vs. Joshua Edmond (Michigan)
Eddie Bolivar (Illinois) vs. Alexander Mosconi (Indiana)
Aidan Medora (Wisconsin) vs. Ryan Wheeler (Washington)
Frankie Tal-shahar (Florida) vs. Carter Tuttle (Pennsylvania)

138 pounds
Kevon Davenport (Michigan) vs. Christopher Roybal (Maryland)
Lance Runyon (Iowa) vs. Padraic Gallagher (Ohio)
Cade Devos (Iowa) vs. Michael Kistler (Pennsylvania)
Alex Rubio (Washington) vs. Fidel Mayora (Illinois)

145 pounds
Alex Facundo (Michigan) vs. Justus Scott (Nevada)
Christian Hudson (Idaho) vs. Jace Luchau (California)
Michael Weber (Montana) vs. Cole Rees (Pennsylvania)
Drew Eller (Georgia) vs. Bubba Wilson (Kansas)

152 pounds
Nevan Snodgrass (Ohio) vs. Cade Lindsey (Kansas)
Mckay Foy (Utah) vs. Aaron Gandara (Arizona)
Joshua Otto (Wisconsin) vs. Colton Hawks (Missouri)
Jax Leonard (Ohio) vs. Carter Starocci (Pennsylvania)

160 pounds
David Ferrante (Illinois) vs. Riley Habisch (Minnesota)
David Key (Georgia) vs. Cole Hivnor (Ohio)
Robert Kanniard (New Jersey) vs. Zach Glazier (Minnesota)
James Cagnina (Illinois) vs. Clayton Fielden (Indiana)

170 pounds
Patrick Kennedy (Minnesota) vs. Albert Ferrari (Texas)
Gabriel Lee (Georgia) vs. Gerrit Nijenhuis (Pennsylvania)
Kyle Haas (Kansas) vs. Talon Borror (Oklahoma)
Ryan Neu (Wisconsin) vs. Abe Assad (Illinois)

182 pounds
Devin Winston (Missouri) vs. Anthony Jaden Glauser (Illinois)
Grant Parrish (Minnesota) vs. Donovan Corn (Arizona)
Jonathon Fagen (Idaho) vs. Rowan Morgan (Minnesota)
Jeremiah Hollen (Arizona) vs. Jacob Logan (New York)

195 pounds
Santos Cantu (Oregon) vs. Terren Swartz (Wyoming)
Matthew Cover (Ohio) vs. Wyatt Hendrickson (Kansas)
Peter Christensen (Illinois) vs. Avery Jaramillo (Oregon)
Konner Doucet (Oklahoma) vs. Ashton Sharp (Missouri)

220 pounds
Braxton Amos (West Virginia) vs. Erich Osteen (California)
Jacob Kaminski (Illinois) vs. Jacob Bullock (Illinois)
Victor Jaquez Jr. (California) vs. Kade Carlson (Utah)
Hunter Catka (Pennsylvania) vs. Luke Luffman (Illinois)

286 pounds
Eli Pokorney (Indiana) vs. Colby Whitehill (Pennsylvania)
Logan Zschernitz (Wisconsin) vs. Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota)
Chase Dockter (North Dakota) vs. Carlos Sanchez (Texas)
Louden Haga (Ohio) vs. Andrew Snyder (Iowa)