USMC 16U Nationals Greco-Roman day one recap

By JD Rader, USA Wrestling | July 17, 2019, 9:39 p.m. (ET)
John Wiley of Oklahoma locks up a lift on his opponent. Wiley is trying to double up as both freestyle and Greco-Roman champion at USMC 16U Nationals. Photo by John Sachs,

FARGO, N.D. - We’re getting down to the final days in Fargo and only Greco-Roman competition remains. Today 16U made it through the quarterfinals.

To the surprise of few, Illinois is in the lead after day one with eight in the semifinals. 

Seven freestyle champions are into the semifinals and still eligible to be double champions. Cael Hughes at 94 lbs., Jore Volk at 100 lbs., John Wiley at 138 lbs., Leonard Pinto at 170 lbs., Seth Shamute at 195 lbs., Kolby Franklin at 220 lbs., and Hayden Copass at 285 lbs.

Of those wrestlers, only Hayden Copass is also a Folkstyle Nationals champion and still eligible for the USA Wrestling Triple Crown Award.

170 lbs. is probably the most interesting weight. In a rematch of a freestyle semifinal, Leonard Pinto of Pennsylvania will take on Tate Picklo of Oklahoma at 170 lbs. Pinto won the freestyle match 10-0, but Picklo will be this year’s Cadet World Team member. On the bottom side of 170, freestyle champion Thomas Stewart of Maryland bumped up from 160 lbs., but was pinned by U15 Nationals champion Gavin Nelson of Minnesota.

2019 Cadet World Team member Robert Paul Perez III of California is making his way through the 145 lbs. bracket. Perez is 4-0 and has outscored his opponents 41-0.

At 120 lbs., AJ Smith of Minnesota took out 2018 World Team member Cale Anderson of Wisconsin 15-9 in the Rd. of 32. In the quarters, Smith then fell to Nicolar Rivera of Wisconsin. This sets up a fun semifinal with returning finalist Joey Cape of Illinois. On the bottom side, Hunter Garvin of Iowa took out 2019 U15 World gold medalist Brennan Van Hoecke of Florida 11-0 

2019 U15 World gold medalist Brock Bobzien of California beat returning champ Kenndyl Mobley of Illinois 5-3 at 113 lbs., setting up a semifinal with freestyle runner-up and 2018 UWW Cadet National Greco-Roman runner-up Gabe Whisenhunt of Oregon.

At 100 lbs., Trason Oehme of South Dakota pulled off an upset of his own returning finalist Kai Owen of Florida

Hayden Copass of Illionis had his closest match both the freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions in the quarterfinals today against Ethan Kremer of Kansas. The Illinois heavyweight won 7-2. It was his first match he did not win by technical fall or pin.

Wrestling gets back underway tomorrow at 9 a.m. CST. All matches, results, and live streaming can be found on

At Fargo, N.D., July 12-19

16U Greco-Roman semifinal pairings

Caleb Thoennes (Minnesota) vs Cael Alderman (Kansas)
Alan Koehler (Minnesota) vs Hunter Taylor (Kansas)

Ray Ray Harris (California) vs DJ Gillett (Oregon)
Coleman Nogle (Maryland) vs Cael Hughes (Oklahoma)

Benjamin Aranda (Illinois) vs Beau Mantanona (California)
Kannon Webster (Illinois) vs Jore Volk (Minnesota)

Kyle Rice (Idaho) vs Joseph Fernau (Illinois) 
Horacio Godinez (Washington) vs Christian Tanefeu (North Dakota)

Brock Bobzien (California) vs Gabe Whisenhunt (Oregon) 
Trae Mcdaniel (Tennessee) vs Isaiah kainoa Medina (California)

Nicolar Rivera (Wisconsin) vs Joey Cape (Illinois)
Kayd Craig (Idaho) vs Hunter Garvin (Iowa)

Gavin Drexler (Wisconsin) vs Kaleb Larkin (Arizona)
Ramon Ramos (Arizona) vs Colin Roberts (Ohio)

Ivan Morris (Colorado) vs Michael Kilic (Georgia)
Kyle Dutton (Missouri) vs Jack Milos (Illinois)

Cody Chittum (Tennessee) vs Dendy (Georgia)
Nick Hamilton (Iowa) vs John Wiley (Oklahoma)

Robert Perez iii (California) vs Paniro Johnson (Pennsylvania)
Matthew Rodriguez (California) vs Matthew Singleton (Georgia) 

Jared Simma (Kansas) vs Kamdyn Munro (Georgia)
Ryder Rogotzke (Minnesota) vs Robert Weston (Georgia)

Robert Weston (Georgia) vs Bradley Gillum (Illinois)
Kaleb Smith (Idaho) vs Adam Ahrendsen (Iowa)

Gavin Nelson (Minnesota) vs Evan Canoyer (Nebraska)
Tate Picklo (Oklahoma) vs Leonard Pinto (Pennsylvania)

Nicholas Feldman (Pennsylvania) vs Branson Britten (Texas)
Jack Darrah (Missouri) vs Michael Tal-Shahar (Florida)

Seth Shumate (Ohio) vs Andrew Blackburn-forst (Illinois)
Jordan Hilford (California) vs Isaiah Anderson (Washington)

Kolby Franklin (Pennsylvania) vs Chase Horne (Georgia)
Dustin Swanson (Pennsylvania) vs Gage Cook (Washington)

Gavin Layton (Minnesota) vs Jacob Barnes (Oregon)
Hayden Copass (Illinois) vs Michael Fanz (Missouri)

16U Greco-Roman quarterfinal Results

Caleb Thoennes (Minnesota) DEC Kolby Warren (Missouri), 8-0
Cael Alderman (Kansas) TF Cosmo Damiani (New York), 11-1 2:31
Alan Koehler (Minnesota) DEC Kyison Garcia (Utah), 10-6
Hunter Taylor (Kansas) DEC Grigor Cholakyan (California), 8-7

Ray ray Harris (California) DEC Christopher Martino (Idaho), 12-5
DJ Gillett (Oregon) FALL Sam Ewing (Missouri), 4-0 0:31
Coleman Nogle (Maryland) TF Paul Kelly (Arizona), 11-1 2:44
Cael Hughes (Oklahoma) TF Joey Showalter (Wisconsin), 15-3 3:30

Benjamin Aranda (Illinois) DEC Trason Oehme (South Dakota), 7-2
Beau Mantanona (California) DEC Sefton Douglass (Wyoming), 3-3
Kannon Webster (Illinois) DEC Tristan Bremer (Idaho), 11-0 3:42
Jore Volk (Minnesota) DEC Brayden Sonnentag (Wisconsin), 6-1

Kyle Rice (Idaho) FALL Jacob Van dee (Pennsylvania), 4-0 0:44
Joseph Fernau (Illinois) DEC Art Martinez (Georgia), 6-0
Horacio Godinez (Washington) TF Kolton Malone (Oregon), 12-0 1:05
Christian Tanefeu (North Dakota) DEC Zachary Silvis (Minnesota), 6-2

Brock Bobzien (California) DEC Kenndyl Mobley (Washington), 5-3
Gabe Whisenhunt (Oregon) DEC Abraham Hinrichsen (Illinois), 8-2
Trae Mcdaniel (Tennessee) DEC Nathan Mooney (Texas), 10-5
Isaiah kainoa Medina (California) TF Stevie Barnes (Iowa), 10-0 1:06

Nicolar Rivera (Wisconsin) TF Aj Smith (Minnesota), 11-1 0:48
Joey Cape (Illinois) DEC Richard Fedalen (Maryland), 6-4
Kayd Craig (Idaho) TF Q'veli Quintanilla (Washington), 11-0 2:20
Hunter Garvin (Iowa) TF Brennan Van hoecke (Florida), 11-0 1:24

Gavin Drexler (Wisconsin) TF Carter Stephenson (Colorado), 11-1 3:40
Kaleb Larkin (Arizona) FALL Conor Goucher (Washington), 4-2 4:00
Ramon Ramos (Arizona) TF Jordan Blew (Illinois), 12-1 1:45
Colin Roberts (Ohio) DEC Maximilian Leete (Massachusetts), 4-3

Ivan Morris (Colorado) DEC Jaden New (Alabama), 10-0 1:57
Michael Kilic (Georgia) DEC Mateo De la pena (Washington), 6-1
Kyle Dutton (Missouri) TF Kyle Boeke (Minnesota), 11-0 1:38
Jack Milos (Illinois) DEC Robert Avila (Iowa), 5-2

Cody Chittum (Tennessee) DEC Thor Michaelson (Washington), 10-1
Dendy (Georgia) TF James Johnston (Michigan), 14-2 1:06
Nick Hamilton (Iowa) DEC Daniel Cardenas (Colorado), 3-1
John Wiley (Oklahoma) DEC Matthew Bianchi (Wisconsin), 4-3

Robert Perez iii (California) TF Cj Hamblin (Washington), 11-0 3:46
Paniro Johnson (Pennsylvania) DEC Jude Link (Minnesota), 6-2
Matthew Rodriguez (California) DEC Jared Stricker (Wisconsin), 2-1
Matthew Singleton (Georgia) TF Reynaldo Garcia (Pennsylvania), 12-1 2:28

Jared Simma (Kansas) DEC Tyler Lillard (Ohio), 10-9
Kamdyn Munro (Georgia) DEC Tyler Collins (Colorado), 10-2
Ryder Rogotzke (Minnesota) TF Domenic D'agostino (Pennsylvania), 11-0 2:00
Robert Weston (Georgia) FALL David Brooks (Missouri), 7-0 3:38

Robert Weston (Georgia) FALL David Brooks (Missouri), 7-0 3:38
Bradley Gillum (Illinois) FALL Harrison Trahan (Pennsylvania), 7-6 1:44
Kaleb Smith (Idaho) DEC Raul Soto (Florida), 11-7
Adam Ahrendsen (Iowa) TF Bowen Rothbauer (Wisconsin), 10-0 0:22

Gavin Nelson (Minnesota) FALL Thomas Stewart (Maryland), 4-2 1:30
Evan Canoyer (Nebraska) TF Damion Schunke (South Dakota), 11-0 1:32
Tate Picklo (Oklahoma) TF Blayze Standley (Nebraska), 13-0 2:38
Leonard Pinto (Pennsylvania) TF Michael Altomer (New York), 11-0 0:33

Nicholas Feldman (Pennsylvania) DEC Brannigan Reyes (Oklahoma), 10-1
Branson Britten (Texas) DEC Isaiah Huus (North Dakota), 8-3
Jack Darrah (Missouri) DEC Maxwell Gourley (Pennsylvania), 4-2
Michael Tal-shahar (Florida) DEC Wyatt Voelker (Iowa), 13-6

Seth Shumate (Ohio) VSU Leighton Jones (Indiana), 10-0 0:36
Andrew Blackburn-forst (Illinois) FALL Ashton Davis (Tennessee), 6-0 0:26
Jordan Hilford (California) DEC Evan Bates (Indiana), 9-9
Isaiah Anderson (Washington) TF Jamikael Lytle (Connecticut), 11-0 1:28

Kolby Franklin (Pennsylvania) TF Nathan Taylor (Pennsylvania), 11-1 3:21
Chase Horne (Georgia) DEC Jaren Rohde (Wisconsin), 12-4
Dustin Swanson (Pennsylvania) TF Riley Ucker (Ohio), 13-3 3:08
Gage Cook (Washington) FALL Chase Thompson (Florida), 4-0 1:05

Gavin Layton (Minnesota) TF Ryan Elrod (Ohio), 10-0 2:46
Jacob Barnes (Oregon) DEC Griffin Liddle (Iowa), 7-0
Hayden Copass (Illinois) DEC Ethan Kremer (Kansas), 5-2
Michael Fanz (Missouri) DEC Jacob Moore (Arizona), 12-7