| 2016 Junior World champion Mark Hall.
Photo: Justin Hoch, JHoch.com.
The 19-year-old Hall won men’s freestyle gold for the U.S. at the 2016 Junior World Championships with a remarkable performance at 74 kg/163 lbs. in Macon, France last week.
Hall won five matches at Le Spot Arena over the top Junior wrestlers in the World to win his first Junior crown. Two of Hall’s five wins came by technical fall with one other coming by pin.
A pivotal moment in Hall’s tournament came in the semifinals against Junior European champion Murad Suleymanov. Trailing by three late in the match, Hall remained poised and mounted a clutch comeback to win on criteria, 5-5.
In the championship bout against 2016 Junior Asian champion Ahmad Bazrighaleh of Iran, Hall immediately shot in on a low level single, secured the takedown, and struck with four leg laces to end the match, 10-0.
Hall adds Junior World champion to a resume that already included 2014 Cadet World champion, three-time age-group World Team member, three-time USAW Cadet Nationals champion and six-time high school state champion. He finished in eighth place at the Junior Worlds last year.
Upon returning from France, Hall is attending college wrestling powerhouse Penn State where he will compete as a freshman this fall.
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