2018 Junior Mens Freestyle finalist biographies

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 17, 2018, 11:01 a.m. (ET)
Gabriel Tagg of Ohio has reached the Junior Nationals freestyle finals at 138 pounds. Photo by Nic Cortez, Matfocus.com

2018 JUNIOR MEN’S FREESTYLE FINALIST BIOGRAPHIES.

100 pounds

RED - Joseph Fischer, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Fourth in the 2018 Northeast Cadet Regionals… 2018 Junior National Duals All-Tournament Team in both styles… 2017 Northeast Cadet Regionals Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at South Park High School in the fall… Competed at 106 as a freshman, with a 38-6 record… Born May 10, 2002… Age: 16

BLUE - Ronan Schuelke, Carol Stream, Ill.
Fourth in 2018 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals… 2018 Southeast Junior Regional champion in both styles… Member of Illinois Junior National Duals Team…. Eighth in 2017 Cadet Nationals… Second in 2017 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Second in 2017 Central Cadet Regionals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… Third in 2016 Schoolboy Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman…Will be a junior at Glenbard North High School… State qualifier as a freshman at 106 pounds with a 31-15 record… Born May 6, 2002… Age: 16

106 pounds

RED - Wil Guida, Rockaway, N.J.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 7
2017 Junior Nationals freestyle champion… 2018 New Jersey Junior National Duals Team member… Runner-up at the Beast of the East and Powerade Tournaments… 2017 Northeast Junior Regional freestyle champion… Second in 2016 Northeast Junior Regionals in freestyle… 2015 Northeast Cadet Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at St. Paul’s High School in Maryland in the fall… Third in the 2017 Prep School Nationals at 106 pounds with a 39-3 record…. Second in the Prep School Nationals at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 39-7 record… Born: June 13, 2000… Age: 18

BLUE - Anthony King, East St. Louis, Ill.
2017 Junior Nationals Greco-Roman champion… 2018 Illinois Junior National Duals Team member… 2018 Central Regional Junior Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… Fifth in 2016 Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman and eighth in freestyle… 2017 Illinois Junior state Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… Third in 2017 Junior Folkstyle Nationals… 2017 Southeast Junior Regional Greco-Roman champion and third in freestyle… 2016 Southeast Junior Regional champion in both styles… He is a graduated senior from East St. Louis High School… Third in the Illinois state high school championships at 106 pounds as a senior with a 38-2 record… Illinois state qualifier at 106 pounds as a junior with a 32-7 record… Competed at 106 as a freshman with a 24-16 record… Will attend Williams Baptist University and compete in its Greco-Roman program… Born: June 18, 1999… Age: 19

113 pounds


RED - Cullan Schriever, Mason City, Iowa
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 11
Sixth in 2018 UWW Cadet World Team Trials… 2018 Northern Plains Junior freestyle champion… Sixth in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Fourth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Northern Plains Cadet Regionals freestyle champion… Sixth in 2017 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… 2016 Preseason Cadet Nationals champion… 2016 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion… 2016 Iowa State champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… Two-time USA Wrestling Triple Crown winner in Schoolboy… Will be a junior at Mason City High School… 2018 Iowa state high school champion as a sophomore at 106 pounds… 2017 Iowa state high school champion as a freshman at 106 pounds… Born: December 21, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE - Jonathan Prata, Downey, Calif.
2017 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2018 Western Junior Regionals freestyle champion… 2018 California state freestyle champion… Graduated senior from Downey High School… Third in the 2018 California state championships at 106 pounds as a senior with a 31-3 record… 2017 California state champion at 106 pounds as a junior with a 39-3 record… Competed at 106 pounds as a freshman and sophomore… Born: February 25, 2000… Age: 18

120 pounds


RED - Aden Reeves, Albia, Iowa
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 11
Fifth in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Iowa Junior National Duals Team member… Second in 2016 Preseason Nationals in folkstyle… Eighth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2016 Northern Plains Cadet Regionals in freestyle… Fourth in 2015 Cadet Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman…Will be a senior at Albia High School in the fall… Two-time Iowa state champion…2018 Iowa state champion at 120 pounds as a junior with a 50-0 record… 2017 Iowa state champion at 113 pounds as a sophomore with a 32-1 record… Third in the 2016 Iowa state championships at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 40-2 record… Has committed to Iowa State… Born: August 6, 2000… Age: 17

BLUE - Eric Barnett, Greenville, Wis.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 15
Second in 2018 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals…. 2018 Northern Plains Junior Regional champion in both styles… Fourth in 2017 Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman…Second in 2017 Northern Plains Regionals in both styles… Fourth in 2017 Junior Folkstyle Nationals… Second in 2016 Preseason Cadet Nationals… Sixth in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2016 UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle… 2016 Northern Plains Cadet Regional champion in both styles… Fifth in 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… 2015 UWW Cadet Greco-Roman World Team member…. 2015 UWW Cadet World Team Trials champion in Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2015 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Will be a senior at Greenville High School… Two-time Wisconsin state champion…2017 Wisconsin state champion at 113 pounds as a junior with a 46-0 record… 2016 Wisconsin state champion at 106 pounds as a sophomore with a 45-0 record… Third in 2015 Wisconsin state championships at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 47-3 record… Has committed to Wisconsin… Born: November 17, 2000… Age: 17

126 pounds


RED - Reece Witcraft, Broken Arrow, Okla.
2017 Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman champion… Fourth in 2018 UWW Cadet Trials in Greco-Roman… 2017 Southern Plains Cadet Regional champion in both styles… 2017 Oklahoma Cadet National Duals Team member… Second in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2016 Southern Plains Regional champion in both styles… 2016 and 2017 Oklahoma state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a senior at Broken Arrow High School in the fall… 2018 Oklahoma state champion at 126 pounds as a junior… Second in 2017 Oklahoma state championships at 126 pounds as a sophomore… Fourth in 2016 Oklahoma High School State Championships at 126 pounds as a freshman… Born: February 3, 2001… Age: 17

BLUE - Michael Colaiocco, Sparta, N.J.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 11
Fourth in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2018 Northeast Junior Regionals in freestyle… Sixth in 2016 Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2016 Northeast Junior Regionals freestyle champion… Fifth in 2015 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Three-time Beast of the East champion and 2017 Ironman champion… Will be a senior at Blair Academy in the fall… 2018 Prep School national champion at 120 pounds as a junior with a 33-2 record… Competed at 113 pounds as a sophomore with a 13-1 record, and missed postseason with injury… 2016 Prep School national champion at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 36-2 record… Has committed to the Univ. of Pennsylvania… Born: November 29, 1999… Age: 18

132 pounds


RED - Jordan Decatur, Akron, Ohio
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 2
Second in 2018 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2017 UWW Cadet World Team member in freestyle… 2017 UWW Cadet World Team Trials champion… Two-time Cadet Nationals champion in freestyle (2015 and 2016)…
Second in 2016 UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals… Fourth in 2014 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle…Will be a senior at Cuyuhoga Valley Christian Academy… 2017 Ohio state champion at 126 pounds… 2016 Ohio state champion at 126 pounds… Has committed to Ohio State… Born: October 3, 2000… Age: 17

BLUE - Ridge Lovett, Post Falls, Idaho
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 8
2018 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… Seventh in 2017 UWW Cadet World Championships in Greco-Roman… Third in 2017 Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… 2017 West Junior Regionals freestyle champion and second in Greco-Roman… 2017 UWW Cadet World Team Trials champion… 2016 Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals champion and second in freestyle… Fifth at 2016 UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals… Sixth at 2016 USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals… Second in 2015 Cadet Freestyle Nationals… Fifth in 2015 Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals… Will be a senior at Post Falls High School… Three-time Idaho state high school champion… 2018 Idaho state champion at 126 pounds as a junior with a 48-0 record… 2017 Idaho state high school champion at 113 pounds as a sophomore with an 37-0 record… 2016 Idaho state champion at 98 pounds as a freshman with a 44-0 record… Born: August 25, 2000… Age: 17

Note: Lovett remains eligible for the Junior Triple Crown.

138 pounds


RED - Keegan O'Toole, Hartland, Wis.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 9
Fifth in 2018 UWW Cadet World Team Trials… Fourth in 2017 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Sixth in 2017 Northern Plains Regionals in freestyle… Seventh in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2016 Central Regional Cadet freestyle champion… Third in 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a junior at Arrowhead High School…Two-time Wisconsin state champion… 2018 Wisconsin state champion at 132 pounds as a sophomore with a 44-1 record… 2017 Wisconsin state champion at 120 pounds as a freshman with a 40-4 record… Has committed to Missouri… Born: August 9, 2001… Age: 16

BLUE - Gabriel Tagg, Brecksville, Ohio
Sixth in 2018 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Fifth in 2017 UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle… Third in 2017 Central Junior Regionals… Seventh in 2016 Preseason Cadet Nationals… 2016 Central Regional Cadet freestyle champion… Third in 2015 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Will be a senior at Brecksville High School… 2018 Ohio state champion at 132 pounds as a junior… Third in the 2017 Ohio state championships at 113 pounds as a sophomore… Second in 2016 Ohio state championships at 106 pounds as a freshman… Has committed to the Univ. of North Carolina… Born: May 10, 2000… Age: 18

145 pounds


RED - Logan Meek, Central Point, Ore.
2018 Western Regional Junior freestyle champion… Eighth in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Northwest Regionals Junior freestyle champion… 2016 West Regionals Junior freestyle champion… 2016 Northwest Junior Regionals champion in both styles… Eighth in 2015 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Graduated from Crater High School… Three-time Oregon state champion… 2018 Oregon state champion as a senior at 160 pounds… 2017 Oregon state champion as a junior at 145 pounds…2016 Oregon state champion as a sophomore at 145 pounds…Fifth at 2015 Oregon states as a freshman at 138 pounds… Will attend Oregon State… Born: July 9, 1999… Age: 19

BLUE - Bryce Andonian, Kirtland, Ohio
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 5
Fourth in 2018 UWW Cadet World Team Trials… Will be a senior at St. Edward High School in the fall… 2018 Ohio state champion as a sophomore… Fifth in 2017 Ohio state championships as a sophomore… Ohio state champion as a freshman… Has committed to Virginia Tech… Born August 27, 2001… Age: 16

152 pounds


RED - Brayton Lee, Brownsburg, Ind.
Fifth in 2018 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2015 Cadet Nationals in freestyle... Third in 2015 UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle… Graduated from Brownsburg High School… Three-time Indiana state champion… 2018 Indiana state champion at 152 pounds as a senior with a 40-0 record… 2017 Indiana state champion at 145 pounds as a junior with a 45-0 record… 2016 Indiana state champion at 138 pounds as a sophomore with a 44-0 record… State qualifier at 132 pounds as a freshman with a 44-1 record… Will attend the Univ. of Minnesota… Born: May 25, 1999… Age: 19

BLUE - Alexander Lloyd, Shakopee, Minn.
Fourth in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Northern Plains Junior freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… 2016 and 2017 Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… Sixth in 2016 Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… 2015 Cadet National Greco-Roman champion and sixth in freestyle… Graduated from Shakopee High School… Three-time Minnesota state champion… 2018 Minnesota state champion at 152 pounds as a senior with a 48-1 record…. 2017 Minnesota state champion at 145 pounds as a junior with a 43-1 record… 2016 Minnesota state champion at 145 pounds as a sophomore with a 41-1 record… Competed at 132 pounds as a freshman with a 26-4 record… Born: March 25, 1999… Age: 19

160 pounds

RED - Jared Franek, Harwood, N.D.
Second in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2016 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion… 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… Seventh in 2015 Cadet Freestyle Nationals… Fourth in 2015 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals…Graduated from West Fargo High School… Four-time state champion… 2018 North Dakota state champion at 160 pounds as a senior with a 54-1 record… 2017 North Dakota state champion at 152 pounds as a junior with a 51-1 record… 2016 North Dakota state champion as a sophomore at 138 pounds with a 49-3 record… 2015 North Dakota state champion as a freshman at 120 pounds with a 51-0 record… Will attend North Dakota State… Born: May 10, 2000… Age: 18

BLUE - Danny Braunagel, O’Fallon, Ill.
Third in 2018 UWW Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2018 Northern Plains Junior freestyle champion and second in Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2015 Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Graduated from Althoff Catholic High School… Two-time Illinois state champion… 2018 Illinois state champion at 160 pounds as a senior with a 58-0 record… 2017 Illinois state champion at 152 pounds as a junior with a 48-0 record… Second in 2016 Illinois state championships at 145 pounds as a sophomore with a 43-3 record… State qualifier at 138 pounds as a freshman with a 41-9 record… Will attend the Univ. of Illinois… Born: July 15, 2000… Age: 18

170 pounds


RED - Carson Kharchla, Powell, Ohio
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 5
Fourth in the 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… Sixth in 2017 UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle… Three-time Ohio state freestyle champion (2015, 2017, 2018)… Fourth in 2015 Cadet Nationals… Will be a senior at Oletangy Liberty High School… 2018 Ohio state champion at 170 pounds as a junior with a 42-2 record… Competed at 138 pounds as a sophomore with a 20-2 record… Competed at 138 pounds as a freshman with a 12-2 record… Born: April 29, 2000… Age: 18

BLUE - Dustin Plott, Tuttle, Okla.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 1
Second in 2018 UWW Junior Nationals… 2018 Oklahoma Junior National Duals team member… Third in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle…Second in 2016 USA Wrestling Preseason Cadet Nationals in folkstyle.. Fourth in 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Fourth in 2015 USA Wrestling Preseason Cadet Nationals… Will be a junior at Tuttle High School… 2018 Oklahoma state champion at 160 pounds with a 52-0 record as a sophomore… Second in 2017 Oklahoma state championships at 152 pounds… Born: November 26, 2000… Age: 17

182 pounds

RED - Jack Jessen, Villa Park, Ill.
2018 USA Wrestling Junior Nationals Folkstyle champion… 2017 Junior Nationals Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… 2017 Northern Plains Junior Regional champion in both styles… 2017 Illinois state Junior champion in both styles… Second in 2017 Junior Folkstyle Nationals… Fourth in 2016 Junior Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2015 Cadet Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in the 2014 Cadet Nationals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2015 USA Wrestling Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… He is an eight-time Fargo All-American and six-time Fargo finalist… Graduated from Willowbrook High School … 2018 Illinois state champion at 182 pounds as a senior with a 51-0 record… Second in the 2017 Illinois state championships at 182 pounds as a junior with a 53-1 record… Third in the 2016 Illinois state championships at 170 pounds as a sophomore with a 51-3 record… Second in the 2015 Illinois state high school championships as a freshman at 170 pounds with a 49-3 record… Will attend Northwestern… Born: April 14, 1999… Age: 19

BLUE - Joel Shapiro, West Des Moines, Iowa
Seventh in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2018 Southern Plains Junior freestyle champion… Third in 2017 UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle… 2017 Northern Plains Junior freestyle champion… Third in 2016 Preseason Junior Nationals… Seventh at 2016 Cadet Naationals in freestyle… 2016 Northern Plains Cadet freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… Graduated from Valley High School… Two-time Iowa state champion… 2018 Iowa state champion at 182 pounds as a senior with a 43-0 record… 2017 Iowa state champion at 160 pounds as a junior with a 46-0 record… Third in the 2016 Iowa state championships at 145 pounds with a 41-6 record… Fifth in the 2015 Iowa state championships at 126 pounds as a freshman with a 41-9 record… Will attend Iowa State… Born: January 2, 2000… Age: 18

Note: Jessen remains eligible for the Junior Triple Crown.

195 pounds

RED - Lucas Davison, Chesterton, Ind.
Seventh in 2018 UWW Junior World Team Trials… Third in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… 2017 Central Regional freestyle champion and second in Greco-Roman… Second in 2016 Cadet Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… 2016 Central Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Indiana freestyle state champion… 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2015 Indiana state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2015 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Graduated from Chesterton High School… 2018 Indiana state high school champion at 195 pounds as a senior… Second in 2017 Indiana state high school championships as a junior… Competed at 195 pounds as a sophomore, and at 160 pounds as a freshman… Career high school record of 149-12… Will attend Northwestern… Born July 5, 2000… Age: 18

BLUE - Peter Christensen, Norridge, Ill.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 7
Second in 2017 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… Fifth in 2018 UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle… Second in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2017 Preseason Junior Nationals… 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… Four-time Illinois state freestyle champion and four-time Illinois state Greco-Roman champion… Will be a senior at Montini Catholic High School… 2018 Illinois state champion at 195 pounds as a junior with a 50-5 record…Illinois State Qualifier at 170 pounds in 2017 with a 33-11 record… Competed at 160 pounds as a freshman with a 24-13 record… Born February 3, 2001… Age 17

220 pounds

RED - Jace Punke, Washington, Ill.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 9
Sixth in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Pan American Cadet champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Second in 2017 UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… Second in 2016 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle… Will be a senior at Washington Community High School… 2018 Illinois state champion at 285 pounds as a junior with a 44-4 record… Third in 2017 Illinois state championships as a sophomore at 220 pounds with a 38-6 record… Sixth in 2016 Illinois state championships as a freshman at 195 pounds with a 26-23 record… Born: December 18, 2000… Age: 17

BLUE - Luke Luffman, Urbana, Ill.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 3
Seventh in the 2018 UWW Cadet World Championships in Greco-Roman… 2018 UWW Cadet World Team Trials champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Second in 2017 Junior Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 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 senior at Urbana High School… 2018 Illinois state champion at 220 pounds as a junior with a 19-0 record… 2017 Illinois state champion at 220 pounds as a sophomore with a 59-5 record… Fifth in the 2016 Illinois state championships as a freshman at 195 pounds with a 35-7 record… Born: May 11, 2001… Age: 17

285 pounds

RED - Anthony Cassioppi, Roscoe, Ill.
2018 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2017 Junior Triple Crown winner, claiming USA Wrestling national titles in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman during the same year… Second in 2017 and 2018 UWW Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2017 Pan American Junior champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 Junior National Duals All-Tournament Team in both styles… Second in 2016 Junior Nationals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2016 UWW Cadet Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Northern Plains champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2015 Cadet Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Graduated from Hononegah High School… Two-time Illinois state champion… 2018 Illinois state champion at 285 pounds as a senior with a 50-0 record… 2017 Illinois state champion as a junior at 285 pounds with a 50-0 record… Third in 2016 Illinois state championships at 285 pounds as a sophomore for with a 47-3 record… Will attend the University of Iowa… Born: December 1, 1999… Age: 18

BLUE - Nash Hutmacher, Oacoma, S.D.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 2
2017 Cadet Nationals freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals… 2017 Junior National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2017 South Dakota Cadet state champion in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Chamberlain High School in the fall… 2018 South Dakota state champion at 285 pounds as a sophomore with a 46-0 record…2017 South Dakota state champion at 285 pounds as a freshman with a 44-0 record… Fifth in the 2016 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: 17

Note1: Cassioppi remains eligible for the Junior Triple Crown. He won the Junior Triple Crown in 2017. He is aiming to join Adam Coon of Michigan as the only two-time Junior Triple Crown winners.
Note2: Cassioppi defeated Hutmacher, 3-1, in the finals of the 2018 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals.