Cadet Pan American Team determined, 21 wrestlers win freestyle titles on final day of FloNationals

By JD Rader, USA Wrestling | April 20, 2019, 5:24 p.m. (ET)
The 2019 Cadet Pan American Team with USA Wrestling Director of Greco-Roman Programs Gary Mayabb and Willie Saylor FloWrestling. Photo courtesy of Matt Shuck.

Indiana, Penn. - With the conclusion of FloNationals day three, 11 wrestlers have been crowned Junior Freestyle champions, 10 wrestlers have been crowned Cadet Freestyle champions, and 10 wrestlers have been determined as the 2019 Cadet Pan American Championships Team that will represent the U.S. at the 2019 Cadet Pan American Championships in Morelia, Mexico, June 28-30.

Because Team USA will only be bringing one representative per weight to the Cadet Pan American Championships, a point system was put in place to determine the representative at each weight. Points were allocated by placement in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. The higher the placement, the more points a wrestler received. The wrestler with the most points at the conclusion of both tournaments, wins the Cadet Pan American Team spot.

In Cadet Freestyle action, Marc-Anthony McGowan (Tampa, Fla./BB Trained) reversed the result of the 48 kg Greco-Roman final when he beat Daniel Sheen (St. Charles, Ill./Izzy Style) 10-0. With McGowan and Sheen splitting titles, the two were tied on points, but McGowan led on the first deciding criteria, number of pins. McGowan had one pin on the weekend, Sheen had zero.

After trailing 9-0, Joseph Fisher (Johnstown, Penn./Young Gunns) stormed back to win 11-11 on criteria in the 48 kg final. Fisher was awarded a twelfth point after a failed challenge by Kelly Dunnigan (Waldwick, N.J/Edge Wrestling).

Down 2-2 on criteria, Joey Cruz (Clovis, Calif./Clovis North) scored a takedown as time expired to beat Arizona State commit and 2018 Cadet World silver medalist Richard Figueroa II (Sanger, Calif./Sunkist Kids WC) in a rematch of last year’s FloNationals final. Because both of those wrestlers only wrestled freestyle, Nico Provo (Stratford, Conn./Southside) had the most Pan American team trials points at 51 kg.

At 55 kg, Jacob Rundell (Oak Park, Ill./The Wrestling Academy) completed an outstanding tournament when he beat Nicolar Rivera (Stought, Wisc./Team Wisconsin) 12-0 in the finals. Rundell didn’t give up a single point in freestyle, and only two points in Greco.

After getting second in Greco, Jesse Mendez (Crown Point, Ind./Bulldog Premier WC) came back to win freestyle at 60 kg and earn himself a spot on the Cadet Pan Am team.

Joseph Zargo and (South River, N.J./Rhino Wrestling) and Matthew Singleton (Moreland,Ga./Woodward Academy) put on a show in 65 kg final, scoring a combined 19 points in just four total minutes of wrestling. Zargo won the bout 13-6.

AJ Kovacs (Danbury, Conn./Empire Wrestling Academy) had a great tournament, tech falling his way through the 71 kg bracket. Similar to 51 kg, however, Kovacs only wrestled freestyle, so John Martin Best (Vienna, W.V./Team West Virginia) will be the representative the country at Pan Ams.

Nebraska commit Silas Allred (Muncie, Ind./CIA Wrestling Academy) left no doubt on who should represent Team USA at 92 kg in Morelia, Mexico. He won both styles, using a double leg right into four leg laces to tech fall Cael Valencia (Pico Rivera, Calif./Sunkist Kids Monster Garage), in the freestyle finals.

2019 Cadet Pan American Team
45 kg – Daniel Sheen, St. Charles, Ill. (Izzy Style)
48 kg – Joseph Fisher, Johnstown, Penn. (Young Gunns)
51 kg – Nico Provo, Stratford, Conn. (Southside)
55 kg – Jacob Rundell, Oak Park, Ill. (The Wrestling Academy)
60 kg – Jesse Mendez, Crown Point, Ind. (Bulldog Premier WC)
65 kg – Robert Paul Pererz III, Long Beach, Calif. (Sunkist Kids Monster Garage)
71 kg – John Martin Best, Vienna, W.V. (Team West Virginia)
80 kg – Jack Darrah, Foristell, Mo. (Xtreme Training)
92 kg – Silas Allred, Muncie, Ind. (CIA Wrestling Academy)
110 kg – Braxton Mikesell, Spokane, Wash. (INWTC)

On the Junior side of things, Fresno State commit Jace Luchau (Selma, Calif./SOTA) was pushed in the finals by Matt Lee (Evansville, Ind./MCWC) but prevailed with two pushouts to win 2-1 in the 70 kg final.

Kyle Mosher (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Unattached) made easy work of the 74 kg bracket where he outscored his opponents 46-2.

Wyatt Hendrickson (Newton, Kan./Newton) needed just 26 seconds to tech. fall his opponent in the final round of the 97 kg round robin and secure the FloNationals title. The Kansas standout has committed to attend Air Force upon the completion of his high school career.

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Men’s Freestyle results

45 kg
1st  Marc-Anthony Mcgowan Tampa, FL (BB Trained) tech. fall Daniel Sheen St. Charles, IL (Izzy Style), 10-0 3:56
3rd  Christian Forbes Tulsa, OK (Oklahoma RTC) tech. fall Justin Wells Clovis, CA (Clovis North), 10-0 1:33
5th  Troy Hohman Irwin, PA (Young Guns) for. Jaden Pepe Exeter, PA (XCalibur)
7th  Hunter Robison Edinboro, PA (Bad Karma) dec. Cameron Morgan NJ (Seagull Wrestling Club), 4-3

48 kg
1st  Joseph Fischer Johnstown, PA (Young Guns) dec. Kelly Dunnigan Waldwick, NJ (EDGE WRESTLING), 12-11
3rd  Benjamin Aranda DeKalb, IL (Hurricane WC) tech. fall Sefton Douglass Lyman, WY (Sons Of Thunder Academy), 10-0 1:18
5th  Matthew Ellis Waynesville, OH (Legacy Christian Academy) tech. fall Alex Randell Buffalo Grove, IL (The Wrestling Academy), 12-2 3:31
7th  Kaden Chinavare Dundee, MI (Simmons Academy of Wrestling) dec. Kane Kettering Transfer, PA (Bad Karma), 21-20

51 kg
1st  Joey Cruz Clovis, CA (Clovis North) dec. Richard Figueroa ll Sanger, CA (Sunkist Kids Monster Garage), 5-2
3rd  Nico Provo Stratford, CT (Southside) tech. fall Levi Haines Arendtsville, PA (M2 Training Center), 10-0 1:10
5th  Chance Lamer Corvallis, OR (Orange Crush Wrestling Club) tech. fall Nicholas Babin Emerson, NJ (Bitetto Trained Wrestling), 11-0 1:32
7th  Nick Fea Kingston, PA (Wyoming Seminary) dec. Gary Steen Hermitage, PA (Bad Karma), 10-5

55 kg
1st  Jacob Rundell Oak Park, IL (The Wrestling Academy) tech. fall Nicolar Rivera Stoughton, WI (Team Wisconsin), 12-0 1:33
3rd  Jesse Ybarra Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside Wrestling Club) dec. Sheldon Seymour Troy, PA (XCalibur), 10-1
5th  Rocco Welsh Fredericktown, PA (Young Guns) dec. Garett Lautzenheiser Louisville, OH (Parkview Wrestling Club), 8-3
7th  Zeke Seltzer Indianapolis, IN (CIA) for. Vince Cornella Lafayette, CO (Mile High Wrestling Club)

60 kg
1st  Jesse Mendez Crown Point, IN (Bulldog Premier WC) dec. Benjamin Alanis Chandler, AZ (Valiant College Preparatory), 5-1
3rd  Mitchell Mesenbrink Hartland, WI (Askren Wrestling Academy) pin Ryan Franco Fresno, CA (Clovis North), 6-2 2:28
5th  Ramon Ramos Phoenix, AZ (Valiant College Preperatory) for. Joel Vandervere Gurnee, IL (Team Henslee)
7th  Michael Kilic Marietta, GA (Woodward Academy) tech. fall Blake Boarman Evansville, IN (mcwc), 10-0 1:49

65 kg

1st  Joseph Zargo South River, NJ (Rhino wrestling) dec. Matthew Singleton Moreland, GA (Woodward Academy), 13-6
3rd  Robert Perez 111 Long Beach, CA (Sunkist Kids Monster Garage) dec. Vincent Zerban IL (Xtreme Training), 7-6
5th  Caleb Henson Cartersville, GA (Cartersville High School) dec. Paniro Johnson Erie, PA (Bad Karma), 5-2
7th  Jackson Dean Hartly, DE (Pennsylvania RTC) dec. Chase Warden Dripping Springs, TX (3F Wrestling), 10-10 4:00

71 kg
1st  Aj Kovacs Danbury, CT (Empire Wrestling Academy) tech. fall Cael Valencia Pico Rivera, CA (Sunkist Kids Monster Garage), 12-2 2:28
3rd  John martin Best Vienna, WV (Team West Virginia) tech. fall Manuel Rojas Bay City, MI (Simmons Academy of Wrestling), 13-2 3:54
5th  Luca Augustine Waynesburg, PA (Quest) tech. fall Stoney Buell Temperance, MI (Simmons Academy of Wrestling), 10-0 3:02
7th  Erik Gibson South Fork, PA (Young Guns) tech. fall Daniel Patten Stow, OH (Stow Wrestling Club), 11-1 2:44

80 kg
1st  Clayton Ulrey Grantville, PA (Team Nauman Wrestling Club) dec. Walker Stephenson Simpsonville, SC (Hillcrest), 11-3
3rd  Darwin Hull Schertz, TX (Wyoming Seminary) tech. fall Jack Darrah Foristell, MO (Xtreme Training), 13-2 2:58
5th  Jake Evans Elyria, OH (USA-Ohio Wrestling) tech. fall Dayton Pitzer Acme, PA (All american wrestling club), 13-0 2:40
7th  Jake Richardson Mars, PA (Young Guns) dec. Macartney Parkinson Mount Vernon, IN (mcwc), 8-6

92 kg
1st  Silas Allred Muncie, IN (CIA Wrestling Academy) tech. fall Nathan Haas Norwalk, CA (Sunkist Kids Monster Garage), 10-0 0:35
3rd  Samuel Fisher Marshall, VA (Birds of Prey Wrestling Club) dec. Kolby Franklin DuBois, PA (Lab Trained Wrestling Club), 5-3
5th  Dorian Crosby Erie, PA (Bad Karma) for. John Poznanski Woodbridge Township, NJ (Yale Street)
7th  Michael Misita NJ (Seagull Wrestling Club) for. Brent Paulus Louisville, OH (Parkview Wrestling Club)

110 kg
1st  Hunter Catka Brookhaven, PA (Lab Trained Wrestling Club) dec. Kyonte Hamilton District Heights, MD (Unattached), 3-0
3rd  Braxton Mikesell Spokane, WA (Inland Northwest Wrestling Training Center) tech. fall Braydon Erb Russiaville, IN (CIA), 10-0 0:30
5th  Nathaniel Deasey Chandler, AZ (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) tech. fall Zachary Figart Vinton, VA (Unattached), 10-0 1:12


54 kg
Round 1 – Kase Mauger Wendell, ID (Delchev Trained Academy) tech. fall Jamal Chakkour Dearborn Heights, MI (Crestwood Chargers), 11-0 1:27
Round 2 – Daniel Rehfeldt Brighton, MI (Unattached) tech. fall Jamal Chakkour Dearborn Heights, MI (Crestwood Chargers), 10-0 1:51
Round 3 – Kase Mauger Wendell, ID (Delchev Trained Academy) VSU Daniel Rehfeldt Brighton, MI (Unattached), 10-0 1:04

57 kg
Round 1 – Nigel Freeman NC (J-town Flight Boys) tech. fall Dainon Kappes Berlin, NJ (Eastern), 10-0 1:57
Round 1 – Josh Kyle Saint Charles, MO (Xtreme Training) dec. William Burgess Union City, PA (Bad Karma), 6-6 2:26
Round 2 – Josh Kyle Saint Charles, MO (Xtreme Training) tech. fall Nigel Freeman NC (J-town Flight Boys), 14-4 5:41
Round 2 – Dainon Kappes Berlin, NJ (Eastern) pin William Burgess Union City, PA (Bad Karma), 3-2 2:01
Round 3 – Nigel Freeman NC (J-town Flight Boys) pin William Burgess Union City, PA (Bad Karma), 7-4 3:50
Round 3 – Dainon Kappes Berlin, NJ (Eastern) dec. Josh Kyle Saint Charles, MO (Xtreme Training), 10-5

61 kg
1st  Frankie Tal-shahar Boca Raton, FL (Sheldon Wrestling Academy Training) tech. fall Devin Murphy Selma, CA (Selma), 10-0 4:34
3rd  Eddie Homrock Fowlerville, MI (Simmons Academy of Wrestling) dec. Drew Munch PA (Wyoming Seminary), 17-10
5th  Evan Buchanan Mechanicsville, VA (HHWC) tech. fall Christopher Cook NY (Empire Wrestling Academy), 10-0 2:51
7th  Benjamin Tirpak Erie, PA (Bad Karma) tech. fall Ethan Kauffman Milroy, PA (Unattached), 10-0 1:10

65 kg
1st  Bryce Nickel Gilbert, AZ (Valiant College Preparatory) tech. fall Gabe Onorato NJ (Pennsylvania RTC), 13-2 5:18
3rd  Garrett Bowers Arlington, TN (Wave Wrestling Club (TN)) tech. fall Jacob Perez-eli Paulsboro, NJ (Rhino wrestling), 18-7 5:17
5th  Lincoln Heck Wyoming, PA (XCalibur) for. Justin Hoyle Maple Valley, WA (XCalibur)
7th  Christian Killion Monroe, MI (Simmons Academy of Wrestling) tech. fall Beau Curtis Sudley Springs, VA (Unattached), 17-7 4:07

70 kg
1st  Jace Luchau Selma, CA (Sons Of Thunder Academy) dec. Matt Lee Evansville, IN (mcwc), 2-1
3rd  Weston Milnes Chandler, AZ (Valiant College Preparatory) tech. fall Austin Boone Ada, MI (Simmons Academy of Wrestling), 12-1 1:05
5th  Liam Lusher Lewisburg, WV (Team West Virginia) for. Patrik Leder Greece, NY (Canada)
7th  Rocco Bartolo Greenville, PA (Bad Karma) tech. fall Johnrocco Kazalas Pittsburgh, PA (Gladiators), 18-7 4:48

74 kg

1st  Kyle Mosher Rockville Centre, NY (Unattached) tech. fall Eli Dickens Evansville, IN (mcwc), 12-2 2:53
3rd  Hayden Lohrey Middletown, IN (CIA) dec. Dajun Johnson Whitefish Bay, WI (Askren Wrestling Academy), 11-6
5th  Sean Mondello Oxford, OH (Unattached) tech. fall Jax Leonard Louisville, OH (Parkview Wrestling Club), 18-6 2:55
7th  Josh Epperly Ashland, VA (Hanover Hawkeye) dec. Justice Smith Youngstown, OH (Poland Mat Club), 19-13

79 kg

1st  Sage Serbenta Cedar Springs, MI (Simmons Academy of Wrestling) dec. Joseph Walker Mishawaka, IN (Mishawaka), 13-7
3rd  Luke Nichter Chambersburg, PA (Young Guns) tech. fall Bentley Schwanebeck-ostermann Loyal, WI (Team Wisconsin), 10-0 1:02
5th  Tanner Mendoza Chandler, AZ (Valiant College Preparatory) tech. fall Nathan Warden Christiansburg, VA (VA Elite), 10-0 1:26
7th  Maximus Hale Downingtown, PA (Lab Trained Wrestling Club) tech. fall Dane Csencsits Hellertown, PA (Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club), 12-0 1:30

86 kg
1st  Ryan Ringler Cedar Springs, MI (Simmons Academy of Wrestling) dec. Mike Doggett Harveys Lake, PA (Pennsylvania), 3-1
3rd  Julian Gorring Erie, PA (Bad Karma) tech. fall Carson Licastri Easton, CT (Empire Wrestling Academy), 12-0 1:51
5th  Mason Mccready Hollidaysburg, PA (Young Guns) dec. Noah Montanari East China, MI (Richmond), 10-3

92 kg
Round 1 – Samuel Mitchell Marshfield, WI (Team Wisconsin) tech. fall Seth Yarger Erie, PA (Bad Karma), 11-0 1:16
Round 2 – Samuel Mitchell Marshfield, WI (Team Wisconsin) tech. fall Seth Yarger Erie, PA (Bad Karma), 10-0 1:21

97 kg
Round 1 – Wyatt Hendrickson Newton, KS (Newton) tech. fall Dante Garcia Pueblo, CO (Steel City Elite), 10-0 1:04
Round 1 – Luke Davis Port Huron, MI (Richmond) dec. Bradley Smith Dayton, OH (Beavercreek), 6-3
Round 2 – Wyatt Hendrickson Newton, KS (Newton) pin Luke Davis Port Huron, MI (Richmond), 4-0 0:27
Round 2 – Dante Garcia Pueblo, CO (Steel City Elite) tech. fall Bradley Smith Dayton, OH (Beavercreek), 10-0 0:27
Round 3 – Dante Garcia Pueblo, CO (Steel City Elite) tech. fall Luke Davis Port Huron, MI (Richmond), 10-0 1:02
Round 3 – Wyatt Hendrickson Newton, KS (Newton) tech. fall Bradley Smith Dayton, OH (Beavercreek), 10-0 0:26

125 kg
Round 1 – Victor Jaquez jr. San Jose, CA (Palomino Academy) tech. fall William Crider West Lafayette, IN (Unattached), 10-0 0:28
Round 1 – Max Darrah Foristell, MO (Xtreme Training) tech. fall Justin Knipper Beavercreek, OH (Beavercreek), 11-0 1:54
Round 2 – Victor Jaquez jr. San Jose, CA (Palomino Academy) tech. fall Justin Knipper Beavercreek, OH (Beavercreek), 10-0 0:44
Round 2 – Max Darrah Foristell, MO (Xtreme Training) tech. fall William Crider West Lafayette, IN (Unattached), 10-0 3:34
Round 3 – William Crider West Lafayette, IN (Unattached) pin Justin Knipper Beavercreek, OH (Beavercreek), 11-6 2:40
Round 3 – Victor Jaquez jr. San Jose, CA (Palomino Academy) dec. Max Darrah Foristell, MO (Xtreme Training), 5-0