Photo: Ashton Sharp of Missouri in the 195-pound finals. Photo by Austin Bernard, OWrestle.com.
FARGO, N.D. – Braxton Amos of West Virginia became only the 15th wrestler to win four Cadet national titles at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet National Championships, when he wrapped up the weekend with the 2017 Greco-Roman Cadet title at 220 lbs. on Friday afternoon.
To join an elite group of accomplished wrestlers, Amos, who won the Cadet freestyle national title earlier this week, escaped Jacob Kaminski of Illinois in the semifinals, 9-8, to earn a spot in the finals against Luke Luffman, also from Illinois. On the big stage, Amos picked up an early takedown followed by a series of gut wrenches for a 10-0 win in 47 seconds.
For his performance, Amos was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
“I work hard,” Amos said. “This last year I couldn’t wrestle in high school because of my ACL and I told myself I was going to win Fargo. Once I got cleared, it was just practice after practice. Keeping my focus has been my hardest issue here.”
Only one Cadet wrestler, Ashton Sharp, won the coveted USA Wrestling Triple Crown, which is given to wrestlers who win a folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman national title in the same season.
“This was a life goal that I never thought was in reach until this year when I started having more and more success. With my performance last year, I never thought it would be accomplished,” Sharp said.
Sharp, wrestling for Missouri, sailed to the 195-pound finals after a 20-8 technical fall against Wyatt Hendrickson of Kansas. He followed it up with a controlled 4-1 decision in the finals against Peter Christensen of Illinois.
“I just had to shut down everything he has,” Sharp said. “If he doesn’t have anything, he can’t score on me. I had to make sure I was dominating the position, no matter what position we were in. It means the world to me.”
Three other wrestlers doubled up on Fargo titles this weekend, including Dylan Ragusin of Illinois at 106 pounds, Carson Manville of Minnesota at 132 pounds and Carter Starocci of Pennsylvania.
Ragusin moved up to 106 pounds for Greco after claiming to 100-pound freestyle title. In the finals, he faced Matthew Ramos of Illinois, who was the freestyle runner-up at 106 pounds earlier this week. The score was tight throughout the bout with Ragusin holding on for a 4-3 win.
The win marked Ragusin’s second Cadet Greco national title and third Fargo championship overall.
In his first year at the Cadet level, Carson Manville, the freestyle tournament’s OW, picked up his second title on the weekend by way of a 5-1 decision over Joshua Saunders of Missouri, who was the freestyle champion at 126 pounds.
His two titles here in Fargo came just days after winning a pair of gold medals at the Cadet Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Competing for Pennsylvania, Carter Starocci was the final wrestler to win two Cadet championships this week.
“It’s a big confidence booster,” Starocci said. “My main focus is on freestyle, but my goal was to come out here and focus on one match at a time to win it. Even if I wouldn’t have won, I would have known that there is always room to improve.”
Like Ragusin, Starocci also moved up a weight class after the freestyle tournament to 160 pounds. He started his day with a 12-1 tech fall over California’s Marcos Jimenez in the semifinals before capping off a week of competition with a 6-1 finals win against Dalton Andrist from Minnesota.
There were three Cadet freestyle runners-up that ended the week as Fargo champions, including Chance Lamer of Oregon, Carter Young of Oklahoma, Kevon Davenport of Michigan.
After falling in a tight finals bout during freestyle, Lamer redeemed himself with a dominant first-period pin over Nathan Rubino of Nebraska to claim the 88-pound Greco championship.
Young put on an exciting show at 94 pounds that lasted 50 seconds, as he rolled his way to a 10-0 tech against Danny Curran of Illinois to claim his stop sign.
In the 138-pound semis, Davenport posted a win over Fidel Mayora of Illinois, who beat out Davenport for the freestyle title. From there, he faced Colby Njos of Minnesota, who he defeated in a 6-3 match.
To in their first Cadet Greco titles, Wisconsin teammates Hunter Lewis and McKay Foy of Wisconsin each earned pins in their finals bouts.
Lewis stuck Nebraska’s Conor Knopick in 2:05 at 113 pounds, while Foy earned the W against Arizona’s Aaron Gandara in 1:49.
Yusief Lille of Washington earned a 4-1 win over 2016 Cadet World Team member and 2016 Cadet Greco national runner-up Andrew Chambal in the finals to win 100-pound gold.
Only three states had multiple Greco champions crowned, including Illinois, which had Ragusin and Abe Assad (170), Oklahoma, which had Young and Reece Witcraft (126) and Wisconsin, which had Lewis and McKoy.
Other champions included Michael Weber of Montana at 145 pounds, Jonathon Fagen of Idaho and Eli Pokorney of Indiana.
In the team race, Illinois picked up its third team title of the week with 89 points, outscoring No. 2 Minnesota (48) by 41 points. Pennsylvania came in third with 44 points.
U.S. MARINE CORPS JUNIOR AND CADET NATIONALS
At Fargo, N.D.
88 lbs. – Chance Lamer (Oregon) fall Nathan Rubino (Nebraska), 2:05
94 lbs. – Carter Young (Oklahoma) tech. fall Danny Curran (Illinois), 10-0
100 lbs. – Yusief Lillie (Washington) dec. Andrew Chambal (Michigan), 4-1
106 lbs. – Dylan Ragusin (Illinois) dec. Matthew Ramos (Illinois), 4-3
113 lbs. – Hunter Lewis (Wisconsin) fall Conor Knopick (Nebraska), 2:05
120 lbs. – Phillip Moomey (Nebraska) dec. Fabian Lopez (Illinois), 13-9
126 lbs. – Reece Witcraft (Oklahoma) tech. fall Ryan Ripplinger (North Dakota), 14-4
132 lbs. – Carson Manville (Minnesota) dec. Joshua Saunders (Missouri), 5-1
138 lbs. – Kevon Davenport (Michigan) dec. Colby Njos (Minnesota), 6-3
145 lbs. – Michael Weber (Montana) dec. Franky Almaguer (Washington), 4-2
152 lbs. – McKay Foy (Wisconsin) fall Aaron Gandara (Arizona), 1:49
160 lbs. – Carter Starocci (Pennsylvania) dec. Dalton Andrist (Minnesota), 6-1
170 lbs. – Abe Assad (Illinois) dec. Tyler Hannah (Wisconsin), 2-1
182 lbs. – Jonathon Fagen (Idaho) dec. Grant Parrish (Minnesota), 14-8
195 lbs. – Ashton Sharp (Missouri) dec. Peter Christensen (Illinois), 4-0
220 lbs. – Braxton Amos (West Virginia) tech. fall Luke Luffman (Illinois), 10-0
285 lbs. – Eli Pokorney (Indiana) dec. Logan Zschernitz (Wisconsin), 14-7
1st Chance Lamer (Oregon) fall Nathan Rubino (Nebraska), 2:05
3rd Joseph Couch (Maryland) dec. Payton Jacobson (Wisconsin), 11-2
5th Tommy Curran (Illinois) won by forfeit Cody Thompson (Colorado)
7th Richard Treanor (North Carolina) dec. Ronan Schuelke (Illinois), 8-4
1st Carter Young (Oklahoma) tech. fall Danny Curran (Illinois), 10-0
3rd Sheldon Seymour (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Kase Mauger (Idaho), 13-3
5th Cooper Cox (Utah) tech. fall Blaine Brenner (Wisconsin), 14-4
7th Guillermo Juarez (Illinois) tech. fall Chase Murphy (Minnesota), 15-4
1st Yusief Lillie (Washington) dec. Andrew Chambal (Michigan), 4-1
3rd Paxton Creese (Minnesota) dec. Brody Norman (Illinois), 5-3
5th Landen Parent (Minnesota) tech. fall Jett Strickenberger (Colorado), 12-2
7th Cael Swensen (Minnesota) dec. Kanin Hable (Minnesota), 4-1
1st Dylan Ragusin (Illinois) dec. Matthew Ramos (Illinois), 4-3
3rd Caden Mccrary (Georgia) dec. Aizayah Yacapin (Washington), 6-2
5th Jakason Burks (Nebraska) tech. fall Brenden Chaowanapibool (Washington), 13-2 4:24
7th Chris Kim (Pennsylvania) fall Noah Gochberg (Texas), 1:48
1st Hunter Lewis (Wisconsin) fall Conor Knopick (Nebraska), 2:05
3rd Haiden Drury (Washington) tech. fall Tariq Hornbuckle (Arizona), 13-1
5th Adam Arenas (California) dec. Joshua Ogunsanya (Illinois), 14-13
7th Isaac Salas (California) dec. Enzo Silva (Illinois), 2-1
1st Phillip Moomey (Nebraska) dec. Fabian Lopez (Illinois), 13-9
3rd Cameron Picklo (Oklahoma) dec. Brayden Roberts Mineral (West Virginia), 17-8
5th Aidan Nutter (Wisconsin) dec. Austin Almaguer (Washington), 3-1
7th Reese Durlacher (Illinois) won by forfeit Luke Odom (Illinois)
1st Reece Witcraft (Oklahoma) tech. fall Ryan Ripplinger (North Dakota), 15-4
3rd Dominick Serrano (Colorado) tech. fall Ryan Franco (California), 10-0
5th Joshua Jones (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Edward Scott DuBois, PA (Pennsylvania), 17-7
7th Chase Warden (Texas) dec. Paul Watkins (Georgia), 8-6
1st Carson Manville (Minnesota) dec. Joshua Saunders (Missouri), 5-1
3rd Dawson Sihavong (California) tech. fall John Martin (West Virginia), 14-2
5th Teddy Okada (California) fall Torry Early (Illinois), 1:22
7th Frankie Tal-shahar (Florida) tech. fall Stockton O`brien (Utah), 10-0
1st Kevon Davenport (Michigan) dec. Colby Njos (Minnesota), 6-3
3rd Cade Devos (Iowa) dec. Alex Rubio (Washington), 5-0
5th Michael Kistler (Pennsylvania) won by forfeit Fidel Mayora (Illinois)
7th Logan Sumulong (California) won by forfeit Carter Tuttle (Pennsylvania)
1st Michael Weber (Montana) dec. Franky Almaguer (Washington), 4-2
3rd Keller Rock (Arizona) dec. Alex Facundo (Michigan), 6-3
5th Jakob Murillo (Idaho) dec. Jace Luchau (California), 12-9
7th Jacob Mcknight (Michigan) tech. fall Lance Runyon (Iowa), 11-0
1st Mckay Foy (Utah) fall Aaron Gandara (Arizona), 1:49
3rd Sione Halo (Washington) dec. Donnell Washington (Illinois), 7-5
5th Cade Lindsey (Kansas) won by forfeit Kyle Knowles (Oklahoma)
7th Brett Mcintosh (Ohio) tech. fall Gage Coppock (Wisconsin), 14-4
1st Carter Starocci (Pennsylvania) dec. Dalton Andrist (Minnesota), 6-1
3rd Angel Garcia (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Marcos Jimenez (California), 10-0
5th Jacob Nolan (New York) dec. Dominic Solis (Maryland), 13-11
7th Jonovan Smith (California) dec. Ankhaa Enkhmandakh (California), 7-4
1st Abe Assad (Illinois) dec. Tyler Hannah (Wisconsin), 2-1
3rd Ryan Ringler (Michigan) win by forfeit Julien Broderson (Iowa)
5th Isaiah Alford (Nebraska) dec. Brian Boyd (Missouri), 8-3
7th Garrett Kappes (Maryland) fall Jacob Atkins (Indiana), 0:34
1st Jonathon Fagen (Idaho) dec. Grant Parrish (Minnesota), 14-8
3rd Darrien Roberts (Pennsylvania) dec. Silas Allred (Indiana), 11-3
5th Devin Winston (Missouri) tech. fall Connor Bourne (Nevada), 11-0
7th Trevor Swier (Illinois) tech. fall Gavin Carter (Kansas), 18-7
1st Ashton Sharp (Missouri) dec. Peter Christensen (Illinois), 4-0
3rd Wyatt Hendrickson (Kansas) dec. Matthew Cover (Ohio), 9-8
5th Aidan Conner (Texas) dec. Santos Cantu (Oregon), 3-1
7th Avery Jaramillo (Oregon) dec. Cody Fisher (Iowa), 10-8
1st Braxton Amos (West Virginia) tech. fall Luke Luffman (Illinois), 10-0
3rd Jacob Kaminski (Illinois) tech. fall Thomas Mukai (Virginia), 10-0
5th Tarik Sutkovic (Arizona) tech. fall Lewis Fernandes (New Jersey), 13-1
7th Hunter Catka (Pennsylvania) fall Nathaniel Deasey (Arizona), 1:24
1st Eli Pokorney (Indiana) dec. Logan Zschernitz (Wisconsin), 14-7
3rd Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota) tech. fall Nicholas Pierce (Minnesota), 16-5
5th Louden Haga (Ohio) tech. fall Justin Ramos (California), 10-0
7th Colby Whitehill (Pennsylvania) fall Carlos Sanchez (Texas), 14-2