Retherford, Tomasello, Dieringer among third-place finishers at U.S. Open Championships

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | April 29, 2017, 3:35 p.m. (ET)
Photo: Zain Retherford wrestles back for third place at 65 kg at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas. Photo by Tony Rotundo,

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LAS VEGAS – The U.S. Open men’s freestyle competition ran through remaining consolations and medal matches on Saturday morning at the South Point Arena.

U.S. Open placements were awarded to the top-eight finishers in each weight class.

Among the athletes finishing in third place were past NCAA champions Nathan Tomasello at 57 kg/125.5 lbs., Zain Retherford at 65 kg/143 lbs. and Alex Dieringer at 74 kg/163 lbs.

Tomasello took out a game Frank Perrelli in the 57 kg third place match, 9-7. Perrelli led 7-5 late, but a Tomasello takedown and gutwrench as time expired sealed the win for the Ohio State product.

Retherford, a two-time NCAA champion and Hodge Trophy recipient for Penn State, gutted out a 4-3 win over defending U.S. Open champion Jimmy Kennedy.

After picking up a buzzer-beating takedown in the consolation semifinals to upend Chris Perry, 3-2, three-time NCAA champion Dieringer capped off a third-place finish at 74 kg with a first-period fall over Arizona State’s Anthony Valencia.

Josh Kindig escaped a bedlam battle with past NCAA champion Cody Brewer, winning 16-16 on criteria to claim third place at 61 kg/134 lbs.

Paris International champion Chase Pami continued his resurgence with a 12-6 decision over NCAA champion Jason Nolf in the 70 kg/154 lbs. third-place match.

At 86 kg/189 lbs. Nicholas Heflin outlasted NCAA champion Bo Nickal, 10-6, to finish in third place.

2016 U.S. Open champion Dom Bradley rebounded from a tough semifinal loss to take third place at 125 kg/275 lbs. with a 2-1 win over Bobby Telford.

The men’s freestyle finals will be held at 6 p.m. (PT) on Saturday and can be viewed live on

Complete brackets and match-by-match results from all of today’s wrestling in Las Vegas can be found on FloArena. 

April 28-29, South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Finals Matchups
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Anthony Ramos (Sunkist Kids) vs. Nahshon Garrett (Sunkist Kids)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Brandon Wright (RNO/IPWA) vs. Kendric Maple (Titan Mercury WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Frank Molinaro (Nittany Lion WC) vs. Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids)
70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Nazar Kulchytskyy (Titan Mercury WC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids) vs. Kyle Dake (Titan Mercury WC)
86 kg/189 lbs. – David Taylor (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Richard Perry (New York AC)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Micah Burak (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Kyven Gadson (Sunkist Kids)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Zachery Rey (Lehigh Valley WC) vs. Nick Gwiazdowski (Titan Mercury WC)

Placement Results
57 kg/125.5 lbs.

3rd – Nathan Tomasello (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Frank Perrelli (Titan Mercury WC), 9-7
5th – Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm) forfeit Alan Waters (Titan Mercury WC)
7th – Jesse Delgado (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Britain Longmire (Nevada), 11-0

61 kg/134 lbs.
3rd – Joshua Kindig (Sunkist Kids) dec. Cody Brewer (Titan Mercury WC), 16-16
5th – Seth Gross (Jackrabbit WC) forfeit Joe Colon (Titan Mercury WC)
7th – Christopher Dardanes (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Daniel Deshazer (Minnesota Storm), 9-0

65 kg/143 lbs.
3rd – Zain Retherford (Nittany Lion WC) dec. Jimmy Kennedy (New York AC), 4-3
5th – Evan Henderson (Titan Mercury WC) forfeit Kellen Russell (New York AC)
7th – Nicholas Dardanes (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Mario Mason (Lehigh Valley WC), 13-5

70 kg/154 lbs.
3rd – Chase Pami (Sunkist Kids) dec. Jason Nolf (Nittany Lion WC), 12-6
5th – Alec Pantaleo (Michigan RTC) dec. Jason Chamberlain (Titan Mercury WC), 5-1
7th – Thomas Gantt (Titan Mercury WC) fall Jason Welch (Titan Mercury WC), 5:17

74 kg/163 lbs.
3rd – Alex Dieringer (Titan Mercury WC) fall Anthony Valencia (Arizona State), 1:01
5th – Chris Perry (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Kevin LeValley (Buffalo Valley RTC), 3-3
7th – Chance Marsteller (Dark Knights) dec. Dan Vallimont (New York AC), 8-1

86 kg/189 lbs.
3rd – Nicholas Heflin (Princeton WC) dec. Bo Nickal (Nittany Lion WC), 10-6
5th – Patrick Downey III (Unattached) dec. Kyle Crutchmer (Titan Mercury WC), 7-3
7th – Gabe Dean (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Tim Dudley (Nebraska WTC), 8-8

97 kg/213 lbs.
3rd – Nathan Burak (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Nikko Reyes (Valley RTC), 11-2
5th – Ty Walz (Titan Mercury WC) forfeit Kallen Kleinschmidt (New York AC)
7th – Matt Williams (Road Runner) dec. Donald Mcneil (New England RTC), 10-5

125 kg/275 lbs.
3rd – Dominique Bradley (Sunkist Kids) dec. Bobby Telford (Titan Mercury WC), 2-1
5th – Anthony Nelson (Minnesota Storm) dec. Justin Grant (New York AC), 10-0
7th – Nathan Butler (Stanford-California RTC) dec. Benjamin Durbin (Titan Mercury WC), 5-1