2017 Cadet Freestyle Nationals finalist biographies

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 17, 2017, 11:36 a.m. (ET)
AJ Ferrari of Texas scores on a leg lace during a Fargo Cadet freestyle bout at 70 pounds. Ferrari is in the Cadet National freestyle finals. Photo by Ray Shoaf.

2107 CADET NATIONAL FREESTYLE BIOS

88 pounds


RED: Chance Lamer, Corvallis, Ore.
Second in UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle…. 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in both styles… 2017 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2016 Northern Plains Schoolboy champion in freestyle, and third in Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman at Crescent Valley High School… Son of former Freestyle Team USA member Chad Lamer… Born October 25, 2002… Age: 14
Note: Lamer remains eligible for Cadet Triple Crown

BLUE: Drake Ayala, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Fifth at 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Northern Plains Regional Cadet champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman…2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2107 Iowa Cadet state freestyle champion… Third at 2017 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Fifth in 2016 Preseason Nationals… Second in 2016 Schoolboy Freestyle Nationals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman at Fort Dodge High School… Born October 8, 2002… Age: 14

94 pounds

RED: Jett Strickenberger, Monument, Colo.
Third at 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals… Second in 2016 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals… 2016 West Schoolboy Regional freestyle champion… 2015 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals Schoolboy champion… 2015 Schoolboy National champion in freestyle… Will be a freshman in high school next year… Born November 6, 2002… Age 14

BLUE: Carter Young, Bixby, Okla.
2016 Pan American Schoolboy champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman. 2016 Pan American Schoolboy Outstanding Wrestler in freestyle… 2016 Schoolboy National freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… 2016 Southern Plains Schoolboy freestyle and Greco-Roman champion… Third in 2016 Northern Plains Schoolboy Regional in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman… 2015 Schoolboy Nationals freestyle champion and second in Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman at Sand Springs High School… Born November 1, 2002… Age: 14

100 pounds

RED: Andrew Chambal, Millington, Mich.

Competed in 2016 Cadet World Championships… Second in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… 2016 Cadet Pan American Greco-Roman champion… Third in Cadet Pan American Freestyle… Second at 2016 UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals… Fifth at 2016 UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals… 2016 USA Wrestling Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… Second in 2015 USA Wrestling Middle School Preseason Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Davison High School in fall… Third in Michigan D-1 state championships at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 42-6 record… Born: February 8, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE: Dylan Ragusin, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
2017 UWW Cadet Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… 2016 Cadet Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Third in 2016 UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals… Fourth in 2016 UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals… 2016 Illinois state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2015 USA Wrestling Schoolboy Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Montini Catholic High School… Second in Illinois 3A state championships at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 48-4 record… Born: July 2, 2001… Age: 16

106 pounds

RED: Zeke Escalera, Morganfield, Ky.

2016 Southeast Regional Cadet champion in freestyle… Escalara became first Kentucky wrestler to make Cadet National finals in history… Third in 2015 USA Wrestling Middle School Preseason Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Union County High School in the fall…. Kentucky state champion at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 55-0 record… Born May 23, 2002… Age: 15

BLUE: Matthew Ramos, Lockport, Ill.
2017 Central Regionals freestyle champion… 2017 Illinois Cadet freestyle champion and second in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2016 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Will be a junior at Lockport Township High School… Third in the Illinois 3A state championships at 106 pounds as a sophomore… Born April 27, 2001

113 pounds

RED: Nick Masters, Acworth, Ga.

2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team… 2017 Southeast Regionals Cadet champion in both styles… Will be a sophomore at Woodward Academy… Georgia state champion at 113 pounds as a freshman with a 65-2 record… Born January 11, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE: Noah Surtin, Glen Carbon, Ill.
2017 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… Fifth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Cadet Nationals Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… Eighth in 2016 Preseason Cadet Nationals… Third in 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a junior at Edwardsville High School… Fifth in the Illinois state championships at 113 pounds as a sophomore… Competed at 106 pounds as a freshman… Born April 22, 2001… Age 16
Note: Surtin remains eligible for the Cadet Triple Crown

120 pounds

RED: Ryan Sokol, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

2017 Northern Plains Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2017 Minnesota Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Northern Plains Schoolboy Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman at Simley High School… Third in the Minnesota state championships at 113 as an eighth grader with a 43-8 record… Fifth in Minnesota state championships at 106 pounds as a seventh grader with a 38-10 record… Born September 14, 2002

BLUE: Dominick Serrano, Windsor, Colo.
2016 Pan American Schoolboy champion in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2016 Schoolboy Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Southern Plains Schoolboy Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Windsor High School in the fall… Colorado 4A state champion at 120 pounds as a freshman with a 50-0 record… Born July 19, 2002… Age: 14

126 pounds

RED: Joshua Saunders, St. Louis, Mo.

Fourth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Sixth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2016 Central Regionals Cadet champion in Greco-Roman and freestyle… Second in 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Christian Brothers College High School in the fall… Missouri state champion at 132 pounds as freshman with a 43-5 record… Born September 28, 2001… Age: 15

BLUE: Ryan Franco, Fresno, Calif.
Second in 2017 USA Wrestling Folkstyle Cadet Nationals… 2017 Northwest Regional Cadet champion in freestyle… Second in 2015 Schoolboy Nationals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… Will be a freshman at Clovis North High School in the fall… Born September 16, 2002… Age 14

132 pounds

RED: Carson Manville, Shakopee, Minn.

2017 Pan American Cadet champion in both styles… Second in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2017 Minnesota Cadet state champion in both style… 2017 Northern Plains Regional Cadet champion in both styles… 2017 Southeast Regional Cadet champion in both styles… 2016 Schoolboy Triple Crown winner, claiming national titles in folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle…. Will be a freshman at Shakopee High School… Minnesota 3A state champion at 126 pounds as an eighth grader… Born March 4, 2002… Age: 15

BLUE: Aidan Medora, Milwaukee, Wis.
Fifth in 2017 Cadet Folkstye Nationals… Second in 2015 AWA Preseason States… Will be a sophomore at Brookfield Academy in the fall… Fifth in the Wisconsin state championships at 126 pounds with a 38-4 record… Born: May 16, 2001… Age:16

138 pounds

RED: Kevon Davenport, Pontiac, Mich.

Third in 2017 Pan American Cadet Championships in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2016 and 2017 Central Regionals Cadet champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Will be a junior at Detroit Catholic Central High School, where he is a two-time state champion… Michigan state champion at 130 pounds as a sophomore with a 46-3 record… Michigan state champion at 119 pounds as a freshman with a 47-3 record… Born May 6, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE: Fidel Mayora, Northlake, Ill.
Seventh in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in both styles… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2017 Illinois state champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2016 Preseason Cadet Nationals… Sixth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Montini Catholic High School… Third in the Illinois 3A state championships at 132 pounds as a freshman, with a 43-6 record… Born June 19, 2001… Age 16

145 pounds

RED: Alex Facundo, Essexville, Mich.

2017 Cadet Folkstyle National champion at 138 pounds… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in both styles… 2017 Central Regional Cadet champion in both styles… 2016 Schoolboy Triple Crown winner, claiming folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle national titles… Has won eight USA Wrestling age-group national titles, three in folkstyle, three in Greco-Roman and two in freestyle… Will be a freshman at Davison High School in the fall…. Born February 24, 2002… Age: 15
Note: Facundo remains eligible for the Cadet Triple Crown

BLUE: Michael Weber, Forsyth, Montana
2017 Cadet Folkstyle National champion at 145 pounds… 2017 Northern Plains Cadet Regional champion in both styles… Sixth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals… 2017 Montana Cadet state champion in both styles… Will be a junior at Forsyth High School, where he is a two-time state champion… Montana B/C state champion at 145 pounds as a sophomore with a 55-2 record… Montana B/C state champion at 126 pounds as a freshman with a 48-5 record… Born February 26, 2001… Age 16
Note: Weber remains eligible for the Cadet Triple Crown

152 pounds

RED: Aaron Gandara, Somerton, Ariz.

2017 Cadet Folkstyle National champion… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in both styles… 2017 Arizona Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… … 2016 Mexican National freestyle champion… 2015 Folkstyle National champion… Will be a sophomore at Cibola High School in the fall… Arizona D-1 state runner-up at 152 pounds as a freshman with a 44-5 record… Born: October 24, 2001… Age: 15
Note: Gandara remains eligible for the Cadet Triple Crown

BLUE: Carter Starocci, Erie, Pa.
Fifth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Northeast Regional Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 Pennyslvania Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Eighth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Erie Cathedral High School… Second in the Pennsylvania state championships at 152 pounds as a sophomore with a 49-3 record… Eighth in the Pennsylvania state championships as a freshman with a 39-7 record… Born February 8, 2001… Age 16

160 pounds

RED: David Key, Snellville, Ga.

2017 Southeast Regional Cadet freestyle and Greco-Roman champion… 2016 and 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team… Will be a junior at Brookwood High School in the fall… Georgia 7A state champion at 152 pounds as a sophomore with a 29-1 record… Second in the Georgia 7A state championships at 152 pounds as a freshman with a 55-3 record… Born: February 1, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE: Robert Kanniard, Wall, N.J.
2017 Cadet Nationals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… Will be a junior at Wall High School in the fall… Fourth in the New Jersey state championships as a sophomore at 152 pounds with a 40-3 record… Competed at 145 pounds as a freshman with a 34-6 record… Born: January 11, 2001… Age 16

170 pounds

RED: Albert AJ Ferrari, Allen, Texas

2016 Texas Cadet state champion in both styles…. 2015 Preseason Schoolboy Nationals champion… Fourth in 2014 Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals… 2016 Flo Tulsa Nationals champion… Will be a sophomore at Allen High School… Texas state high school champion at 160 pounds as a freshman with a 44-1 record… Born July 24, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE: Abe Assad, Carol Stream, Ill.
Second in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle… Third in 2017 Central Cadet Regionals in freestyle… Second in 2016 Illinois Greco-Roman State Championships… 2015 Schoolboy Greco-Roman Nationals champion… Second in 2015 Schoolboy Freestyle Nationals… Will be a junior at Glenbard North High School… Illinois state qualifier as a sophomore at 145 pounds with a 40-9 record… Illinois state qualifier as a freshman at 120 pounds with a 38-11 record… Born: February 25, 2001… Age: 16

182 pounds

RED: Devin Winston, Kansas City, Mo.

Fifth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Sixth in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle and eighth in Greco-Roman… 2016 Folkstyle Cadet Nationals champion… 2016 Southern Plains Cadet Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… Will be a junior at Park Hill High School… Missouri state champion at 170 pounds as a sophomore with a 44-1 record… Missouri state qualifier at 160 pounds as a freshman with a 36-8 record… Born April 7, 2001… Age 16

BLUE: Jacob Logan, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Fourth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle… 2017 Northeast Cadet Regionals freestyle champion… NHSCA All-American… Will be a junior at New Rochelle High School in the fall… Fourth in the New York State championships as a sophomore at 170 pounds… Born: June 4, 2001… Age 16

195 pounds

RED: Matthew Cover, Bay Village, Ohio

2017 Central Regionals Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 Ohio Cadet National Duals team member… Competed in 2016 Cadet Nationals… 2014 Ohio Schoolboy National Duals team member… Will be a junior at Bay High School in the fall… Ohio state qualifier as a sophomore at 182 pounds with a 43-7 record… Competed at 170 pounds as a freshman with a 37-11 record… Born: April 4, 2001… Age 16

BLUE: Ashton Sharp, Kansas City, Mo.
2017 UWW Cadet Greco-Roman National champion… 2017 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2016 Southern Plains Cadet freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore for Park Hill High School… Third in the Missouri state championships at 195 pounds as a freshman… Born: April 3, 2001… Age 16
Note: Sharp remains eligible for the Cadet Triple Crown

220 pounds

RED: Braxton Amos, Mineral Wells, W.V.

2016 Cadet Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Central Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 West Virginia state champion in freestyle… 2015 Schoolboy Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2015 Ohio state Schoolboy champion in both styles… Will be a junior at Parkersburg South High School… Injured as a freshman and did not compete in high school… Born: May 7, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE: Luke Luffman, Urbana, Ill.
Second in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… 2017 Illinois Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2016 Preseason Nationals champion… Will be a junior at Urbana High School… Illinois state champion at 220 pounds as a sophomore with a 59-5 record… Fifth in the Illinois state championships as a freshman at 195 pounds with a 35-7 record… Born: May 11, 2001… Age: 16

286 pounds

RED: Nash Hutmacher, Oacoma, S.D.

2017 Junior National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2017 South Dakota Cadet state champion in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Chamberlain High School in the fall… South Dakota state champion at 285 as a freshman with a 44-0 record… Fifth in the South Dakota state championships at 285 pounds as an eighth grader with a 39-10 record… Competed at 285 pounds as a seventh grader with a 24-24 record… Born: May 15, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE: Louden Haga, Mineral Wells, W.Va. (representing Ohio)
2017 Central Regionals Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… West Virginia Cadet state freestyle champion… Will be a junior at Parkersburg South High School… Second in West Virginia state championships at 285 as a sophomore with a 34-10 record… Second in West Virginia state championships as a freshman at 285 pounds with a 28-14 record… Born February 9, 2001… Age: 16