USMC 16U Men's Freestyle Nationals finalist biographies

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 15, 2019, 11:11 a.m. (ET)
16U Nationals finalist John Wiley of Oklahoma tosses an opponent in Fargo. Photo by Austin Bernard.

16U MEN’S FREESTYLE FINALIST BIOGRAPHIES

88 pounds

RED - Alan Koehler, Prior Lake, Minn.

Third in 2019 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Second in 2019 Northern Plains 16U Regionals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2019 Minnesota state 16U freestyle champion… Fifth in 2017 and 2018 Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals… Ten-time Minnesota USA Wrestling state champion… Will be a freshman at Prior Lake High School… Born: August 22, 2004… Age 14

BLUE - Braeden Davis, Belleville, Mich.
2019 Central Regional 16U freestyle champion… Will be a freshman at Dundee High School… Born October 15, 2004… Age: 14

94 pounds

RED - Dillon Campbell, Springboro, Ohio

Third in 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals… 2019 Ohio 16U state freestyle champion… Fourth in 2017 Central Schoolboy Regionals in freestyle… Will be an eighth grader at Legacy Christian Academy… 2019 Ohio Middle School state champion… Born: November 22, 2004… Age: 14

BLUE - Cael Hughes, Glencoe, Okla.
Third in 2019 U15 Nationals in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman… Second in 2016 Novice Freestyle Nationals and fourth in Greco-Roman… Won Oklahoma USA Wrestling state titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019… Will be a freshman at Stillwater High School… Born: October 22, 2004… Age: 14

100 pounds

RED - Jore Volk, Lakeville, Minn.

Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 19 at 106
Second in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… 2019 Northern Plains 16U Regional champion in both styles… Seventh in 2019 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Second in 2018 U16 Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 USA Wrestling Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… 2018 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team… Third in 2018 Northern Plains Cadet Regionals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2016 Preseason Schoolboy Nationals… Fifth in 2017 Northern Plains Schoolboy Regionals in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Lakeville North High School… 2019 Minnesota state championships runner-up at 106 pounds… Born: May 21, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - Caden Horwath, Davison, Mich.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 20 at 106

2019 Central Regional 16U champion in both styles… Second in 2019 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Third in 2018 Schoolboy Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… 2017 Schoolboy National freestyle champion… 2016 Novice National freestyle champion… Will be a freshman at Davison High School… Born: May 24, 2004… Age: 15

106 pounds

RED - Mitchell Neiner, Port Orchard, Wash.

Fifth in 2019 U15 Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… 2019 Northwest 16U Regional freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… 2018 Schoolboy Nationals freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… 2016 Novice freestyle national champion and third in Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman at South Kitsap High School… Born: September 26, 2004… Age: 14

BLUE - Evan Tallmadge, Brick, N.J.
Third in 2018 Northeast 16U Regionals in freestyle… 2018 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle and Greco-Roman…Will be a sophomore at Brick Township High School… 2019 New Jersey state qualifier at 106 pounds, after winning district and placing second in region… Born: January 14, 2003… Age: 16

113 pounds

RED - Wilfred Tanefeu, Bismarck, N.D.

2019 North Dakota Junior state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 North Dakota Junior National Duals team member in both styles… 2018 North Dakota 16U champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Bismarck High School… 2019 North Dakota state champion at 113 pounds… Born January 27, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - Gabe Whisenhunt, Corvallis, Ore.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 10 at 113

2017 and 2018 Oregon 16U state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2018 U16 Folkstyle Nationals… Eighth in 2016 Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Crescent Valley High School… 2019 Oregon state champion… Born August 3, 2003… Age: 15

120 pounds

RED - Zeke Seltzer, Indianapolis, Ind.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 14 at 120

Sixth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Central Regional 16U champion in freestyle… Seventh in 2019 Flo Nationals in freestyle… Sixth in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2017 Schoolboy Freestyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Indianapolis Central High School… 2019 Indiana state runner-up at 113 pounds… Born: September 18, 2003… Age: 15

BLUE - Jordan Williams, Tulsa, Okla.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 2 at 113

Second in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals….2019 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle National champion… 2019 Oklahoma 16U freestyle state champion… 2018 U16 National freestyle champion… 2018 U16 Folkstyle Nationals champion… Fifth in 2018 UWW Cadet World Team Trials… 2017 Preseason Cadet Nationals champion… 2017 Schoolboy Triple Crown winner…. 2017 Schoolboy Nationals Greco-Roman and freestyle champion… 2017 Schoolboy Nationals folkstyle champion… 2017 Southern Plains Schoolboy champion in both styles… 2016 Schoolboy Nationals Greco-Roman and freestyle champion… Second in 2016 Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Collingsville High School… 2019 Oklahoma state high school champion… Born October 8, 2003… Age: 15
Note: Williams remains eligible for the 16U Triple Crown

126 pounds

RED - Nic Bouzakis, Orlando, Fla.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 5 at 120

2019 Northeast 16U Regional champion in both styles… 2018 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2017 Schoolboy Nationals folkstyle champion… Second in 2016 Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Lake Highland Prep… Three-time Florida state high school champion… 2019 State champion at 126 pounds as a freshman… 2018 State champion at 113 pounds as an eighth grader… 2017 State champion at 106 pounds as a seventh grader… Born: May 21, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - Ramon Ramos, Gilbert, Ariz.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 17 at 126

2019 Western 16U Regional champion in both styles… Third in 2019 FloNationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle…. 2019 Arizona 16U state champion in both styles… Second in 2018 Western 16U Regionals in freestyle and third in Greco-Rokman… Will be a junior at Valiant College Prep… 2018 Arizona state high school champion at 120 pounds…. Born: January 3, 2003… Age: 16

132 pounds

RED - Daniel Cardenas, Westminster, Colo.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 14 at 132

Eighth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Western 16U Regional champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Second in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2018 Western 16U Regionals folkstyle champion… Third in 2018 Western 16U Regionals in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman… 2017 Southern Plains Regional Schoolboy champion in both styles… Member of 2016 and 2017 Colorado Schoolboy National Duals team… Will be a sophomore at Pomona High School… 2019 Colorado state champion at 120 pounds as a freshman… Born: December 3, 2003… Age: 15

BLUE - Antrell Taylor, Omaha, Neb.
2019 U15 World silver medalist in freestyle… 2019 U15 Nationals freestyle champion… 2018 Schoolboy Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in the 2017 Schoolboy Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at Millard South High School… 2019 Nebraska state runner-up at 132 pounds as a freshman…Born: March 5, 2004… Age: 15

138 pounds

RED - Nicholas Vafiadis, Quinton, Va.

Eighth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Second in 2019 Northeast 16U Regionals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2018 and 2019 Virginia 16U state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2018 Cadet Pan American Trials in both styles… 2018 Northeast Schoolboy Regional champion in both styles… Will be a sophomore at New Kent High School… 2019 Virginia state high school champion at 132 pounds… Born: February 8, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - John Wiley, Mustang, Okla.
Second in 2018 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2018 Southern Plains 16U champion in both styles… 2018 Oklahoma 16U Nationals Duals team member… 2016 and 2017 Oklahoma Schoolboy Duals team member… Will be a sophomore at Mustang High School… 2019 Oklahoma state high school champion at 126 pounds as a freshman… Born: October 22, 2003… Age: 15

145 pounds

RED - Dean Hamiti, Jr., Joliet, Ill.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 19 at 138

Fourth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Fourth in 2019 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Seventh in 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals… Second in 2017 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals… Will be a junior at Joliet Catholic Academy… 2019 Illinois state champion at 126 pounds… 2018 Illinois state champion at 106 pounds… Born: June 19, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - Matthew Singleton, College Park, Ga.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 18 at 145

Second in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2019 FloNationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2018 and 2019 Southeast 16U Regional champion in both styles… Fourth in 2018 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2017 Schoolboy Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Woodward Academy… 2018 Georgia state champion at 138 pounds… Born: November 21, 2003… Age: 15

152 pounds

RED - Manuel Rojas, Bay City, Mich.

Fourth in 2019 FloNationals in freestyle… 2019 Central Regional 16U champion in freestyle… Second in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2018 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… 2018 Central Regional Cadet champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Second in Post-Season Nationals in folkstyle… 2017 Central Regional Schoolboy Regional champion in both styles… Fourth in 2017 USA Wrestling Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals in both styles… Will be a sophomore at Detroit Catholic Central High School in the fall… Michigan state qualifier at 160 pounds as a freshman… Born: February 27, 2003… Age: 15

BLUE - Stoney Buell, Temperance, Mich.
Second at 2019 Central Regionals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2019 FloNationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… Sixth at 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 USA Wrestling Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals champion… Will be a junior at Dundee High School… 2019 Michigan state champion at 152 pounds… 2018 Michigan state champion at 138 pounds… Born: April 4, 2003… Age: 16

160 pounds

RED - Mac Stout, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Second in the 2019 Pennsylvania 16U freestyle state championships… Will be a sophomore at Mt. Lebanon High School… Born: July 16, 2003… Age: 15

BLUE - Thomas Stewart, Rockville, Md.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 9 at 160

2019 Northeast 16U Regionals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in Journeyman World Classic… 2019 Maryland 16U state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2018 Northeast 16U Regional champion in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at Blair Academy… Third in the 2019 Prep School National Championships at 160 pounds… Born: May 2, 2003… Age: 16

170 pounds

RED - Leonard Pinto, Stroudsburg, Pa.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 11 at 170

2019 Northeast 16U Regional champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… 2018 Northeast 16U Regional champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Second in 2017 Schoolboy Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Stroudsburg High School… Third in the 2019 Pennsylvania state championships at 170 pounds… Born: April 2, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - Rylan Rogers, Clarkston, Wash.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 4 at 170

2019 UWW Cadet World Team Trials runner-up in freestyle… Third in 2019 Northeast 16U Regionals in freestyle… Sixth in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… Fourth in 2018 Western 16U Regionals in freestyle…Will be a sophomore at Blair Academy… Third in 2019 Prep School National Championships at 195 pounds… Born: September 11, 2003… Age: 15

182 pounds

RED - Michael Tal-Shahar, Delray Beach, Fla.

2019 FloNationals champion in Greco-Roman… 2019 Florida 16U freestyle and Greco-Roman champion… Second in 2017 Schoolboy Nationals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2016 Schoolboy Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at American Heritage High School…. Two-time Florida state high school place winner… Born: September 22, 2003… Age: 15

BLUE - Bennett Berge, Mantorville, Minn.
2019 Northern Plains 16U freestyle champion… Second in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2018 Western 16U Regionals in freestyle…Will be a sophomore at Kasson-Manteville High School… 2019 Minnesota state champion at 160 pounds… 2018 Minnesota state champion at 138 pounds… Born: April 24, 2003… Age: 16

195 pounds

RED - Evan Bates, Porter, Ind.

Third in 2019 Central 16U Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2018 and 2019 Indiana 16U state champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 Indiana Junior state champion in freestyle… Will be a junior at Chesterton High School… Third in the 2019 Indiana state championships at 182 pounds… Born: May 21, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - Seth Shumate, Galion, Ohio
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 4 at 195

Second in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… 2019 Central 16U Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2018 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… 2017 Schoolboy Nationals Greco-Roman champion and seventh in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at Dublin Coffman High School… 2019 Ohio state champion at 195 pounds… Born: April 10, 2003… Age: 16

220 pounds

RED - Kolby Franklin, Du Bois, Pa.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 9 at 195

Fourth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… 2019 Northeast 16U Regionals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2019 FloNationals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… 2018 16U Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Third in 2018 Cadet Pan American Trials… 2017 Pennsylvania Schoolboy Nationals Duals Team… Will be a sophomore at Wyoming Seminary… Second in 2019 Pennsylvania state championships at 195 pounds for St. Joseph’s Academy … Born: June 3, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - Dustin Swanson, New Holland, Pa.
Second in 2019 Northeast 16U Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 Pennsylvania 16U state champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Second in 2017 Schoolboy Nationals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Garden Spot High School… Born: July 6, 2003… Age: 16

285 pounds

RED - Hayden Copass, Georgetown, Ill.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 4 at 285

2019 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2018 16U Nationals champion in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2018 UWW Cadet World Team Trials… 2018 Illinois Cadet Greco-Roman champion… 2018 Illinois Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team… 2017 Illinois Schoolboy National Duals team… Will be a junior at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School… Second in the 2019 Illinois state championships at 285 pounds…. State qualifier as a freshman at 285 pounds with a 45-6 record… Born: August, 19, 2003… Age 15
Note: Copass remains eligible for the 16U Triple Crown

BLUE - Griffin Liddle, Davenport, Iowa
2019 Iowa state 16U champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2018 Iowa 16U National Duals Team member…Will be a junior at Bettendorf High School… Second in the 2019 Iowa state championships at 285 pounds… Fifth in the 2018 Iowa state championships at 285 pounds…. Born: April 1, 2003… Age: 16