2019 USMC Junior Freestyle Nationals finalist biographies

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 16, 2019, 10:53 a.m. (ET)
Jace Luchau of California controls Keegan O'Toole of Wisconsin in the 152 pound semifinals. Luchau won to reach the gold-medal finals. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com.

2019 USMC JUNIOR NATIONAL FREESTYLE FINALIST BIOGRAPHIES

100 pounds

RED - Daniel Sheen, St. Charles, Ill.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 17 at 106

Fourth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2019 Western 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman… 2019 FloNationals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Fourth in 2019 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Second in 2019 Illinois 16U state championships in freestyle… 2019 Fresh-Soph state champion… Second in 2018 Northern Plains 16U Regionals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Montini Catholic High School… Born December 17, 2003… Age: 15

BLUE - Brandon O'Brien, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2019 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… Third at 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals… Seventh in 2018 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Linn Mar High School… Born Dec. 25, 2002… Age: 16
Note: O’Brien remains eligible for the Junior Triple Crown

106 pounds

RED - Andre Gonzales, San Diego, Calif.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 5 at 106

2019 Western 16U Regionals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 Junior National Duals Team member… Fourth in 2018 Western 16U Regionals in freestyle… 2018 Cadet National Duals Team member… Will be a junior at Poway High School… Third at 2019 California state championships at 106… Fifth at 2018 Minnesota state championships… Born May 8, 2003… Age: 16

BLUE - Blake West, Owatonna, Minn.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 6 at 106

2019 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… Third in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Northern Plains Junior champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman…2019 Minnesota Junior state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals… 2018 Northern Plains 16U Regional champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Fourth in 2018 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a junior at Owatonna High School… Born July 18, 2002… Age: 16
Note: West remains eligible for the Junior Triple Crown

113 pounds

RED - Nico Provo, Stratford, Conn.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 9 at 113

2019 Northeast Junior Regional champion in freestyle… Second in 2019 FloNationals in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Second in 2018 Northeast 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Greener Farms Academy… Fifth in 2019 Prep School Nationals at 113 pounds… 2019 Connecticut state champion at 113 pounds… 2018 Connecticut state champion at 106 pounds… Born: August 21, 2002… Age: 16

BLUE - Drake Ayala, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 4 at 113

2019 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… Fourth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Northern Plains Junior Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2018 U16 Nationals in freestyle… Eighth in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2018 Northern Plains 16U Regionals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… 2017 16U Nationals champion in freestyle… Fifth at 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Northern Plains Regional Cadet champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman…2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2107 Iowa Cadet state freestyle champion… Third at 2017 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Fifth in 2016 Preseason Nationals… Will be a junior at Fort Dodge High School… 2019 Iowa state champion at 113 pounds… Second in 2018 Iowa state championships at 106 pounds… Born October 8, 2002… Age: 16
Note: Ayala remains eligible for the Junior Triple Crown

120 pounds

RED - Jakason Burks, Omaha, Neb.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 4 at 120

Third in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Western Junior Regionals champion in freestyle… 2018 16U National champion in freestyle… 2018 UWW Cadet Greco-Roman World Team member… 2018 Cadet Greco-Roman World Team Trials champion… Second in 2018 Cadet Northern Plains Regionals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… Fifth at 2017 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and eighth in freestyle… Second in 2017 Cadet Northern Plains Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth at 2017 Super 32… 2017 Nebraska Junior Duals Team member… Fourth at 2016 Northern Plains Regionals Greco-Roman… Third at 2016 Northern Plains Regionals in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman… Will be a senior at Burke High School…. 2019 Nebraska state champion at 120 pounds… 2018 Nebraska state champion at 106 pounds… Fourth in the Nebraska state championships at 106 pounds… Has committed to Oklahoma State… Born: July 19, 2002… Age: 16

BLUE - Anthony Molton, Lockport, Ill.
Eighth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2018 Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… Third in 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals… Second in 2017 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… Second in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2017 Central Junior Regionals Greco-Roman champion… 2017 Illinois Junior champion in both styles… Third in 2016 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… Third in 2016 Central Junior Regionals in Greco-Roman… Graduated from Lockport Township High School… Third in 2019 Illinois state championships at 126… 2018 Illinois state champion at 120 pounds… Fourth in 2017 Illinois state championships at 113 pounds as a sophomore… Will attend Old Dominion University… Born: October 11, 2000… Age: 18

126 pounds

RED - Angelo Rini, Kirtland, Ohio

Second in 2019 Central Junior Regionals in freestyle… 2018 Ohio Junior National Duals team membe…. 2018 Central Junior Regionals champion in freestyle… Second in 2018 Ohio states in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2016 16U Nationals in freestyle…Graduated from St. Edward High School… Second in 2019 Ohio state championships at 126 pounds… Fourth in 2018 Ohio state championships at 120 pounds… Fifth at 2017 Ohio state championships at 106 pounds… Will attend Columbia University… Born: November 29, 2000… Age: 18

BLUE - Ethen Miller, Parkville, Mo.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 18 at 126

2019 Southern Plains Junior Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2019 Northern Plains Regional in freestyle… Third in 2019 Western Regionals in Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2017 16U Folkstyle Nationals… 2017 Missouri 16U state champion in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Park Hill High School… Second in 2019 Missouri state championships at 126 pounds… Third in 2018 Missouri state championships at 120 pounds… Born: March 8, 2002… Age: 17

132 pounds

RED - Michael Burnett, Elyria, Ohio
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 10 at 132

Seventh in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… Sixth in 2017 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2017 16U National Duals All-Tournament Team… 2016 Schoolboy Nationals freestyle champion… 2016 Preseason 16U Nationals champion in folkstyle… Will be a senior at Elyria High School… 2019 Ohio state champion at 132 pounds… Second in the 2018 Ohio state championships at 126 pounds… Sixth in the 2017 Ohio state championships at 106 pounds… Born: April 29, 2002… Age: 17

BLUE - Dominick Serrano, Windsor, Colo.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 3 at 132

Third in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2018 U16 Nationals champion in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle…. Second in 2017 U16 Nationals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2016 Pan American Schoolboy champion in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2016 Schoolboy Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a senior at Windsor High School… Three-time state champion… 2019 Colorado state champion at 132 pounds… 2018 Colorado state champion at 126 pounds… 2017 Colorado state champion at 120 pounds… Has committed to Nebraska… Born July 19, 2002… Age: 16

138 pounds

RED - Joshua Saunders, St. Louis, Mo.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 1 at 138

Third in 2019 U23 Nationals in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2019 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle... 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals champion… Third in 2018 UWW Junior Nationals… 2017 U16 Nationals freestyle champion and second in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Sixth in 2016 U16 Nationals in freestyle… 2016 Central Regionals U16 champion in Greco-Roman and freestyle… Second in 2016 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a senior at Christian Brothers College High School… Three-time Missouri state champion… 2019 Missouri state champion… 2018 Missouri state champion… 2017 Missouri state champion at 132 pounds… Committed to Cornell University… Born September 28, 2001… Age: 17

BLUE - Ridge Lovett, Post Falls, Idaho
2018 and 2019 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2018 Junior Nationals Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… 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 16U 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 16U Freestyle Nationals… Fifth in 2015 16U Greco-Roman Nationals… Graduated from Post Falls High School… Four-time undefeated Idaho state high school champion… 2018 Idaho state champion at 126 pounds… 2017 Idaho state champion at 113 pounds… 2016 Idaho state champion at 98 pounds… Will attend the University of Nebraska… Born: August 25, 2000… Age: 18
Note: Lovett remains eligible for the Junior Triple Crown

145 pounds

RED - Anthony Echemendia, Tucson, Ariz.

Graduated from Sunnyside High School… 2019 Arizona state champion at 152 pounds… Competed in Cuba and reportedly won several national titles in age-group divisions before defecting… Born September 10, 1999… Age: 19

BLUE - Victor Voinovich, Brecksville, Ohio
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 2 at 145
Fifth in 2019 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Seventh in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2018 Central Junior Regionals in freestyle… Third in 2017 16U Nationals in freestyle… Will be a junior at Brecksville High School… Third in 2019 Ohio state championships at 152 pounds… 2018 Ohio state champion at 145 pounds… Born: September 29, 2001… Age: 17

152 pounds

RED - Jace Luchau, Selma, Calif.

2019 FloNationals champion in freestyle… Third in 2019 Junior Folkstyle Nationals… Fifth in 2018 Junior Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Fourth in 2018 Western Junior Regionals in Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 Northwest Junior Regionals in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Third in 2017 16U Nationals in freestyle and sixth in Greco-Roman… Second in 2017 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Graduated from Selma High School… Third in 2019 California state championships… Fourth in 2018 California state championships… 2017 California state qualifier… Will attend Fresno State… Born January 25, 2001… Age: 18

BLUE - John Martin Best, Vienna, W.Va.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 18 at 152

Fifth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… Third in 2019 FloNationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 Cadet Pan American Trials in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2018 Central Regional 16U champion in both style… Fourth in 2017 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman…Will be a senior at Parkersburg High School… Two-time West Virginia state champion… 2019 West Virginia state champion at 152 pounds… Second in the 2018 West Virginia state championships at 138 pounds… 2017 West Virginia state champion at 120 … Born: April 29, 2002… Age: 17

160 pounds

RED - Cade Devos, Altoona, Iowa

2018 and 2019 Northern Plains Junior champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2018 Junior Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2017 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… Fouorth in 2017 16U Folkstyle Nationals… 2015 Schoolboy National Folkstyle champion… Graduate from Southeast Polk High School… Two-time Iowa state champion… 2019 Iowa state champion at 160 pounds… 2018 Iowa state champion at 145 pounds… Second in 2017 Iowa state championships at 132 pounds… Will attend South Dakota State… Born April 24, 2001… Age: 18

BLUE - Padraic Gallagher, Chesterland, Ohio
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 2 at 160

Fourth in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2018 Central Junior Regionals freestyle champion… Sixth in 2017 U16 Nationals in freestyle… Eighth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Will be a senior at St. Edward High School… 2019 Ohio state champion at 160 pounds… Third in 2018 Ohio state championships at 152 pounds…Born October 1, 2001… Age: 17

170 pounds

RED - Gerrit Nijenhuis, Eighty Four, Pa.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 3 at 170

Fourth in 2019 UWW Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2018 Pan American Cadet World Team Trials champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2017 16U Nationals in freestyle… Will be a senior at Canon McMillian High School… 2019 Pennsylvania state champion at 170 pounds… Third in the 2018 Pennsylvania state championships at 160 pounds… Third in 2017 Pennsylvania state championships at 152 pounds… Has committed to Purdue University… Born: July 6, 2001… Age: 18

BLUE - Patrick Kennedy, West Concord, Minn.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 1 at 170

Eighth in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2017 16U Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Will be a senior at Kasson-Mantorville High School… 2019 Minnesota state champion at 182 pounds… 2018 Minnesota state high school champion at 182 pounds… 2017 Minnesota state high school champion at 170 pounds… Third in 2016 Minnesota state high school championships at 145 pounds… Has committed to the University of Iowa… Born: May 4, 2001… Age: 18

182 pounds

RED - Abe Assad, Carol Stream, Ill.

Third in 2019 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2018 UWW Cadet World Championships… 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals champion… Third in 2017 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals… 2017 16U Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Second in 2016 16U 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… Graduated from Glenbard North High School… 2019 Illinois state champion at 182 pounds… 2018 Illinois state champion at 170 pounds… 2017 Illinois state qualifier as a sophomore at 145 pounds… 2016 Illinois state qualifier as a freshman at 120 pounds… Will attend the University of Iowa… Born: February 25, 2001… Age: 18

BLUE - Dustin Plott, Tuttle, Okla.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 1 at 182

Third in 2019 UWW Junior World Team Trials in freestyle… Third in 2019 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2018 Junior Nationals in freestyle… 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 senior at Tuttle High School… Two-time Oklahoma state champion… 2019 Oklahoma state champion at 170 pounds… 2018 Oklahoma state champion at 160 pounds… Second in 2017 Oklahoma state championships at 152 pounds… Born: November 26, 2000… Age: 17

195 pounds

RED - Cole Urbas, Port Matilda, Pa.

2019 Northeast Junior Regional freestyle champion… Third in 2018 Northeast Junior Regionals in freestyle… Graduated from State College High School… Fourth in 2019 Pennsylvania state championships at 195 pounds… Second in 2018 Pennsylvania state championships at 195 pounds… Third in 2017 Pennsylvania state championships at 182 pounds… Will attend the University of Pennsylvania… Born: October 1, 2000… Age: 18

BLUE - Jonovan Smith, Encino, Calif.
Second in 2019 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals… Seventh in 2017 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… Four-time California Greco-Roman state champion… Graduated from Birmingham Community Charter High School… Second in 2019 California state championships at 182 pounds… Born: February 19, 2001… Age: 18

220 pounds

RED - Braxton Amos, Mineral Wells, W.Va.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 1 at 195

2019 Pan American Junior Championships silver medalist in Greco-Roman… Third in 2019 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2018 UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals… 2018 Pan American Trials champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 16U Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman…
2016 16U Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2016 Central Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2015 Schoolboy Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2015 Ohio state Schoolboy champion in both styles… Will be a senior at Parkersburg South High School… Two-time West Virginia state champion… 2019 West Virginia state champion… 2018 West Virginia state champion… Injured as a freshman and did not compete in high school… Born: May 7, 2001… Age: 18

BLUE - Dorian Crosby, Erie, Pa.
Current FloWrestling national rankings: No. 10 at 220

2019 Northeast Junior Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2019 FloNationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… Third in 2018 U16 Nationals in Greco-Roman and freestyle… 2018 Northeast 16U Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a senior at Cathedral Prep… Fourth in 2019 Pennsylvania state championships at 220 pounds… Fifth in 2018 Pennsylvania states at 195 pounds… Will attend Bucknell University… Born: February 10, 2002… Age: 17

285 pounds

RED - Luke Luffman, Urbana, Ill.

2018 Junior Nationals freestyle champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Second in 2017 U16 Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2016 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2017 Cadet National Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2016 Preseason Nationals champion… Graduated from Urbana High School… 2019 Illinois state champion at 285…. 2018 Illinois state champion at 220 pounds… 2017 Illinois state champion at 220 pounds… Fifth in the 2016 Illinois state championships at 195 pounds… Will attend the University of Illinois… Born: May 11, 2001… Age: 18

BLUE - Aydin Guttridge, Rockford, Ill.
2019 Northern Plains Junior Regionals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman…2019 Illinois state Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… Sixth at 2018 Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman… Graduated from Rockford East High School… 2019 Illinois state champion at 285 pounds… Will attend the University of Wisconsin… Born: November 28, 2000… Age: 18