Cadet National freestyle semifinals set, as three champs advance and Illinois pushes 11 into semis

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 16, 2017, 1:03 p.m. (ET)
2016 Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman champion Dylan Ragusin of Illinois advanced to the Cadet freestyle semifinals on Sunday night with a win over Dustin Norris of Ohio. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com

FARGO, N.D. – The semifinals have been set at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Nationals at the FargoDome on Sunday. Cadets are age 15-16.

All of the winners of Sunday morning’s quarterfinals have clinched All-American status for this year and will battle in the semifinals at 3:00 p.m. CT today.

Team Illinois has won the last four Cadet freestyle national titles, and continued its quest to repeat by placing 11 athletes into the semifinals. The next closest state is Ohio with seven. Three states have four semifinalists, Iowa, California and Minnesota.

Two returning Cadet Nationals freestyle champions Cullen Schriever of Iowa (106) and Braxton Amos of West Virginia (195) have reached the semifinals again.

Shriever defeated Jakason Burks of Nebraska, 8-5 in his quarterfinal, and will draw Zeke Escalera of Kentucky in the semifinals. Shriever was the 88-pound champion last year. Escalera, after his 18-13 win over Vincent Zerban of Illinois in the quarters, becomes only the fourth Kentucky Cadet All-American ever.

Amos advanced easily with a quarterfinal technical fall over Erich Osteen of California, 12-2 He draws Jacob Kaminski of Illinois in the semifinals. Amos won Cadet National freestyle and Greco-Roman titles a year ago representing Ohio.

A returning Cadet National Greco-Roman champion, Dylan Ragusin of Illinois at 101 pounds, is also a semifinalist.
Ragusin beat Dustin Norris of Ohio in a 14-4 technical fall this morning, and will battle Richard Figueroa II of California in the semifinals.

There are three 2016 Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman runners-up who entered the quarterfinals, and only one advanced to the semifinals, Abe Assad of Illinois, who beat Ryan Neu of Wisconsin, 14-7 in the quarters at 170. Assad will battle Talon Borror of Oklahoma in the semifiinals.

2016 Greco-Roman runner-up Carter Tuttle of Pennsylvania (132) was knocked out in the quarters by Frankie Tal-shahar of Florida, 7-3. Reece Witcraft of Oklahoma, also a Cadet Greco-Roman runner-up last year, lost his quarterfinal bout at 120 by forfeit.

At 94 pounds, there was a high-scoring wild quarterfinal bout, ultimately won by Jordan Titus of New York over Alexzander Cottey of Indiana, 26-21. The bout was tied 20-20 before Titus scored late in the match to put it away.

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

Semifinal pairings

88 pounds
Chance Lamer (Oregon) vs. Brandon O`Brien (Iowa)
Tommy Curran (Illinois) vs. Drake Ayala (Iowa)

94 pounds
Jett Strickenberger (Colorado) vs. Cooper Flynn (Tennessee)
Carter Young (Oklahoma) vs. Jordan Titus (New York)

100 pounds
Andrew Chambal (Michigan) vs. Paxton Creese (Minnesota)
Richard Figueroa II (California) vs. Dylan Ragusin (Illinois)

106 pounds
Cullan Schriever (Iowa) vs. Zeke Escalera (Kentucky)
Aizayah Yacapin (Washington) vs. Matthew Ramos (Illinois)

113 pounds
Joshua Ogunsanya (Illinois) vs. Nick Masters (Georgia)
Noah Surtin (Illinois) vs. Dylan Shawver (Ohio)

120 pounds
Trevor Mastrogiovanni (New Jersey) vs. Ryan Sokol (Minnesota)
Michael Burnett (Ohio) vs. Dominick Serrano (Colorado)

126 pounds
Joshua Saunders (Missouri) vs. Gabriel Hixenbaugh (Alabama)
Gus Sutton (Ohio) vs. Ryan Franco (California)

132 pounds
Carson Manville (Minnesota) vs. Alexander Mosconi (Indiana)
Aidan Medora (Wisconsin) vs. Frankie Tal-Shahar (Florida)

138 pounds
Kevon Davenport (Michigan) vs. Padraic Gallagher (Ohio)
Cade Devos (Iowa) vs. Fidel Mayora (IL)

145 pounds
Alex Facundo (Michigan) vs. Jace Luchau (California)
Michael Weber (Montana) vs. Drew Eller (Georgia)

152 pounds
Nevan Snodgrass (Ohio) vs. Aaron Gandara (Arizona)
Joshua Otto (Wisconsin) vs. Carter Starocci (Pennsylvania)

160 pounds
David Ferrante (Illinois) vs. David Key (Georgia)
Robert Kanniard (New Jersey) vs. Clayton Fielden (Indiana)

170 pounds
Albert Ferrari (Texas) vs. Gerrit Nijenhuis (Pennsylvania)
Talon Borror (Oklahoma) vs. Abe Assad (Illinois)

182 pounds
Devin Winston (Missouri) vs. Grant Parrish (Minnesota)
Jonathon Fagen (Idaho) vs. Jacob Logan (New York)

195 pounds
Santos Cantu (Oregon) vs. Matthew Cover (Ohio)
Peter Christensen (Illinois) vs. Ashton Sharp (Missouri)

220 pounds
Braxton Amos (West Virginia) vs. Jacob Kaminski (Illinois)
Victor Jaquez Jr. (California) vs. Luke Luffman (Illinois)

286 pounds
Eli Pokorney (Indiana) vs. Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota)
Chase Dockter (North Dakota) vs. Louden Haga (Ohio)

Quarterfinals results

88 pounds
Chance Lamer (Oregon) tech. fall Richard Treanor (North Carolina), 14-4
Brandon O`Brien (Iowa) dec. Mark Marum (Washington), 10-2
Tommy Curran (Illinois) tech. fall Caleb Coyle (Nebraska), 10-0
Drake Ayala (Iowa) tech. fall Cody Thompson (Colorado), 10-0

94 pounds
Jett Strickenberger (Colorado) tech. fall Sheldon Seymour (Pennsylvania), 15-4
Cooper Flynn (Tennessee) inj. dft. Blake Noonan (Michigan), 1:17
Carter Young (Oklahoma) tech. fall Kase Mauger (Idaho), 10-0
Jordan Titus (New York) dec. Alexzander Cottey (Indiana), 26-21

100 pounds
Andrew Chambal (Michigan) dec. Dominic Chavez Jr. (Texas), 6-5
Paxton Creese (Minnesota) tech. fall Brayden Lowery (Indiana), 15-4
Richard Figueroa II (California) tech. fall Yusief Lillie (Washington), 10-0
Dylan Ragusin (Illinois) tech. fall Dustin Norris (Ohio), 14-4

106 pounds
Cullan Schriever (Iowa) dec. Jakason Burks (Nebraska), 8-5
Zeke Escalera (Kentucky) dec. Vincent Zerban (Illinois), 18-13
Aizayah Yacapin (Washington) pin Ryan Miller (Pennsylvania), 1:14
Matthew Ramos (Illinois) dec. Caleb Rathjen (Iowa), 10-7

113 pounds
Joshua Ogunsanya (Illinois) dec. Trey Crawford (Missouri), 4-1
Nick Masters (Georgia) dec. Anthony Clark (New Jersey), 11-4
Noah Surtin (Illinois) tech. fall Haiden Drury (Washington), 14-2
Dylan Shawver (Ohio) dec. Maxx Mayfield (Nebraska), 8-3

120 pounds
Trevor Mastrogiovanni (New Jersey) tech. fall Grayston Diblasi (Missouri), 11-1
Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) by forfeit over Reece Witcraft (Oklahoma)
Michael Burnett (Ohio) dec. Jacob Lindsey (Illinois). 7-4
Dominick Serrano (Colorado) tech. fall Terrell Barraclough (Utah), 11-0

126 pounds
Joshua Saunders (Missouri) tech. fall Fabian Lopez (Illinois), 12-1
Gabriel Hixenbaugh (Alabama) tech. fall Travis Mastrogiovanni (New Jersey), 16-4
Gus Sutton (Ohio) dec. Ryan Ripplinger (North Dakota), 14-8
Ryan Franco (California) dec. Keegan O`Toole (Wisconsin), 6-0

132 pounds
Carson Manville (Minnesota) tech. fall Joshua Edmond (Michigan), 10-0
Alexander Mosconi (Indiana) tech. fall Eddie Bolivar (Illinois), 13-0
Aidan Medora (Wisconsin) tech. fall Ryan Wheeler (Washington), 10-0
Frankie Tal-shahar (Florida) dec. Carter Tuttle (Pennsylvania), 7-3

138 pounds
Kevon Davenport (Michigan) tech. fall Christopher Roybal (Maryland), 13-2
Padraic Gallagher (Ohio) dec. Lance Runyon (Iowa), 6-6
Cade Devos (Iowa) dec. Michael Kistler (Pennsylvania), 4-2
Fidel Mayora (Illinois) tech. fall Alex Rubio (Washington), 17-6

145 pounds
Alex Facundo (Michigan) tech. fall Justus Scott (Nevada), 12-0
Jace Luchau (California) tech. fall Christian Hudson (Idaho), 12-1
Michael Weber (Montana) tech. fall Cole Rees (Pennsylvania), 10-0
Drew Eller (Georgia) tech. fall Bubba Wilson (Kansas), 10-0

152 pounds
Nevan Snodgrass (Ohio) tech. fall Cade Lindsey (Kansas), 10-0
Aaron Gandara (Arizona) pin Mckay Foy (Utah), 0:29
Joshua Otto (Wisconsin) tech. fall Colton Hawks (Missouri), 14-1
Carter Starocci (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Jax Leonard (Ohio), 10-0

160 pounds
David Ferrante (Illinois) tech. fall Riley Habisch (Minnesota), 10-0
David Key (Georgia) tech. fall Cole Hivnor (Ohio), 12-1
Robert Kanniard (New Jersey) dec. Zach Glazier (Minnesota), 9-4
Clayton Fielden (Indiana) dec. James Cagnina (Illinois), 10-6

170 pounds
Albert Ferrari (Texas) dec. Patrick Kennedy (Minnesota), 5-4
Gerrit Nijenhuis (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Gabriel Lee (Georgia), 10-0
Talon Borror (Oklahoma) pin Kyle Haas (Kansas), 1:19
Abe Assad (Illinois) dec. Ryan Neu (Wisconsin), 14-7

182 pounds
Devin Winston (Missouri) tech. fall Anthony Jaden Glauser (Illinois), 12-1
Grant Parrish (Minnesota) tech. fall Donovan Corn (Arizona), 13-1
Jonathon Fagen (Idaho) tech. fall Rowan Morgan (Minnesota), 14-4
Jacob Logan (New York) pin Jeremiah Hollen (Arizona), 2:37

195 pounds
Santos Cantu (Oregon) by forfeit over Terren Swartz (Wyoming)
Matthew Cover (Ohio) dec. Wyatt Hendrickson (Kansas), 12-11
Peter Christensen (Illinois) tech. fall Avery Jaramillo (Oregon), 12-2
Ashton Sharp (Missouri) dec. Konner Doucet (Oklahoma), 2-2

220 pounds
Braxton Amos (West Virginia) tech. fall Erich Osteen (California), 12-2
Jacob Kaminski (Illinois) pin Jacob Bullock (Illinois), 3:40
Victor Jaquez Jr. (California) tech. fall Kade Carlson (Utah), 10-0
Luke Luffman (Illinois) dec. Hunter Catka (Pennsylvania), 10-0

286 pounds
Eli Pokorney (Indiana) tech. fall Colby Whitehill (Pennsylvania), 10-0
Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota) tech. fall Logan Zschernitz (Wisconsin), 12-0
Chase Dockter (North Dakota) tech. fall Carlos Sanchez (Texas), 10-0
Louden Haga (Ohio) tech. fall Andrew Snyder (Iowa), 13-2