2017 Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals Finalist biographies

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 21, 2017, 12:19 p.m. (ET)
Carson Manville of Minnesota earns a spot in the Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman finals at 132 pounds. He was also a Cadet Freestyle champion this year. Photo by Jim Thrall.

2017 CADET NATIONAL GRECO-ROMAN FINALIS BIOS

88 pounds

RED - Chance Lamer, Corvallis, Ore.

Second in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Second in UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle…. 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

BLUE - Nathan Rubino, Omaha, Neb.
Fifth in 2017 Brale Memorial (Serbia)… Fourth in 2017 Croatia Open (Croatia)… Second in 2017 Northern Plains Cadet Regional in Greco-Roman and freestyle… Eighth in 2016 Preseason Schoolboy Nationals… 2016 Schoolboy National champion in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… Second in 2016 Northern Plains Schoolboy Regionals and fifth in freestyle…Will be a freshman at Skutt Catholic High School in the fall… Born July 11, 2002… Age: 15

94 pounds

RED - Carter Young, Bixby, Okla.

Second in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 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

BLUE - Danny Curran, Naperville, Ill.
Third in 2017 Central Cadet Regionals in Greco-Roman… Third in 2017 Illinois Cadet state championships in freestyle… Second in IKWF Folkstyle State Championships… Second in 2015 Illinois Schoolboy State Greco-Roman Championships… Born: December 31, 2002… Age: 14

100 pounds

RED - Andrew Chambal, Millington, Mich.

Second in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 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 - Yusief Lillie, Puyallup, Wash.

Fourth in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… All-Tournament Team at 2017 Cadet National Duals in freestyle… Fifth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals… Second in 2017 Northwest Cadet Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman in high school in the fall… Born: November 4, 2002… Age: 14

106 pounds

RED - Dylan Ragusin, Elk Grove Village, Ill.

2017 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion at 100 pounds… 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

BLUE - Matthew Ramos, Lockport, Ill.
Second in 2107 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 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 - Conor Knopick Omaha, Neb.

Fifth in 2017 Croatia Open (Croatia)… Fifth in 2017 Brale Memorial International (Serbia)… Third in 2017 Northern Plains Cadet Freestyle Regionals… Four-time Nebraska state champion in freestyle… Four-time Nebraska state champion in Greco-Roman.. Four-time Nebraska state champion in folkstyle…. Will be a freshman at Millard South High School in the fall… Born: August 14, 2002… Age 14

BLUE - Hunter Lewis, Stoughton, Wis,
Second in 2017 Pan American Cadet Championships in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… 2017 Wisconsin Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2016 Malar Cup (Sweden)… 2016 Tallinn Open champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman (Estonia)… Eighth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Stoughton High School… Second in Wisconsin state championships at 106 pounds as a sophomore with a 50-4 record… Competed at 106 pounds as a freshman… Born March 9, 2001… Age 16

120 pounds

RED - Fabian Lopez, DeKalb, Ill.

2017 Central Cadet Regional champion in both styles… 2017 Illinois Cadet state champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2015 Preseason Schoolboy Nationals champion… Will be a sophomore at DeKalb High School in the fall… Second in Illinois state championships at 120 pounds as a freshman with a 43-6 record… Born: March 22, 2002… Age 15

BLUE - Phillip Moomey Kearney, Neb.
Third in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Fourth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals… Fifth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2015 Northern Plains Cadet Regional in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Kearney High School in the fall… Nebraska state champion at 120 pounds as a freshman with a 45-2 record… Fifth in Nebraska state championships at 113 pounds as a freshman with a 42-11 record… Born January 19, 2001… Age 16

126 pounds

RED - Reece Witcraft, Coweta, Okla.

Second in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2017 Southern Plains Cadet Regional champion in both styles… 2016 Southern Plains Freestyle Regional champion… Third in 2016 Southern Plains Greco-Roman Regional… 2016 and 2017 Oklahoma state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2016 Oklahoma High School State Championships… Will be a junior at Coweta High School in the fall… Born: February 3, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE - Ryan Ripplinger, Bismarck, N.D.
Seventh in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Fourth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2015 Schoolboy Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Bismarck High School in the fall, where he is a two-time state champion… North Dakota state champion at 120 pounds as a sophomore with a 43-2 record… North Dakota state champion at 113 pounds as a freshman with a 44-2 record… Second in North Dakota state championships at 106 pounds as an eighth grader with a 26-4 record… Born: April 23, 2001… Age: 16

132 pounds

RED - Carson Manville, Shakopee, Minn.

2017 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion and Outstanding Wrestler… 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 - Joshua Saunders, St. Louis, Mo.
2017 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion at 126 pounds… 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

138 pounds

RED - Kevon Davenport, Pontiac, Mich.

Second in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 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

RED - Colby Njos, Anoka, Minn.
2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2017 Southern Plains Cadet Regional Greco-Roman champion… 2017 Minnesota Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2017 Northern Plains Cadet Regionals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… Fifth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Anoka High School in the fall… Third in Minnesota state championships at 120 pounds as a sophomore with a 46-4 record… Sixth in Minnesota state championships as a freshman at 106 pounds with a 40-10 record… Born: May 11, 2001… Age 16

145 pounds

RED - Michael Weber, Forsyth, Montana

Second in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 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

BLUE - Franky Almaguer, Granger, Wash.
Third in 2017 Open Cadet Championships in freestyle and folkstyle… Attends Granger High School… Two-time Washington state champion… Born: June 7. 2001… Age 16

152 pounds

RED - Aaron Gandara, Somerton, Ariz.

Second in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 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 - McKay Foy, Altamont, Utah
2017 Western Regional Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 Utah Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2017 Open Cadet Championships in freestyle and folkstyle… Will be a junior at Altamont High School in the fall, where he is a two-time state champion… Utah state champion as a sophomore at 145 pounds with a 45-7 record… Utah state champion as a freshman at 138 pounds with a 40-5 record… Born February 17, 2001… Age: 16

160 pounds

RED - Carter Starocci, Erie, Pa.

2017 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion at 152 pounds… 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

BLUE - Dalton Andrist, Kasson, Minn.
2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2017 Minnesota Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Kasson-Mantorville High School in the fall… Competed at 160 pounds as a sophomore with a 19-1 record… Born: February 9, 2001… Age 16

170 pounds

RED - 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

BLUE - Tyler Hannah, Genoa, Wis.

Third in 2017 Northern Plains Cadet Regionals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… 2016 Wisconsin Triple Crown winner… 2016 Pan American Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Schoolboy National champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2015 Schoolboy Nationals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… 2016 Schoolboy Folkstyle National champion… Will be a sophomore at Viroqua High School in the fall… Third in the Wisconsin state championships at 170 pounds as a freshman with a 44-8 record… Born: January 2, 2002… Age 15

182 pounds

RED - Jonathon Fagen Fruitland, Idaho

Fourth in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Western Cadet Regional champion in freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle… Fourth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Third in 2016 Western Cadet Regionals in freestyle… Two-time Idaho Triple Crown winner… Will be a junior at Fruitland High School, where he is a two-time state champion… Idaho state champion as a sophomore at 182 pounds with a 47-3 record… Idaho state champion as a freshman at 170 pounds with a 54-9 record… Born April 12, 2001… Age 16

BLUE - Grant Parrish, Forest Lake, Minn.
Sixth in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2017 Northern Plains Cadet champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2017 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… 2016 Preseason Nationals champion… 2017 Minnesota Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Forest Lake High School in the fall… Competed at 170 pounds as a sophomore, with a 27-7 record… Born January 15, 2001… Age 16

195 pounds

RED - Ashton Sharp, Kansas City, Mo.

2017 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion… 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

BLUE - Peter Christensen, Norridge, Ill.
Fifth in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 Illinois Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Preseason Nationals champion… 2016 Illinois Cadet state Greco-Roman champion… Competes for Montini Catholic High School… Illinois State Qualifier at 182 pounds in 2016…
Born February 3, 2001… Age 16

220 pounds

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

2017 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion… 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

285 pounds

RED - Eli Pokorney Chesterton, Ind.

Third in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2017 Central Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 Indiana Cadet state high school champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman.. 2017 Indiana state Junior freestyle champion… Fourth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Will be a junior at Chesterton High School… Fourth in the 2017 Indiana state high school championships at 220 pounds with a 37-5 record… Competed at 170 pounds as a freshman with a 32-10 record… Born January 21, 2001… Age 16

BLUE - Logan Zschernitz, Spencer, Wis.
Fifth in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Wisconsin Cadet state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Spencer High School in the fall… Third in Wisconsin state tournament at 285 pounds as a sophomore with a 40-4 record… Competed at 285 pounds as a freshman with a 39-7 record… Born May 3, 2001… Age 16