Fargo Day 7 preview (7/19): Junior Greco-Roman closes out the biggest Junior/16U Nationals ever

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m. (ET)
Donovan King of Michigan launches an opponent on Thursday. King has reached the 285-pound semifinals in Junior Greco-Roman. Photo by David Peterson, Minnesota USA Wrestling.

Put a big circle on your calendar from July 12-19, 2019.

USA Wrestling’s USMC Junior/16U Nationals has set an all-time record for entries, and all six of the tournaments in Fargo have seen substantial increases from last year. With more people is also more talent, and the level of competition in the Fargodome the last six days have been wonderful.

WHAT FINISHES: The Junior Greco-Roman Nationals heads into the semifinals at 9:00 a.m. and the last few rounds of consolations, with the finals, including all of the medal matches, set for 2:00 p.m.

NOTES: By the numbers
0 - athletes who remains eligible for the Junior Triple Crown
2 – athletes who were 2018 16U Greco-Roman Nationals champions in this year’s Junior semifinals: Sheldon Seymour of Pennsylvania (113), Haiden Drury of Washington (132)
3 – athletes who were 2018 Junior Greco-Roman Nationals runners-up in this year’s semifinals: Ryan Rowland of Florida (106), Christopher Foca of New Jersey (182), Luke Luffman of Illinois (286).
4 – athletes who won the 2018 Junior Greco-Roman Nationals who are in the semifinals this year: Chayse Lajoie of Michigan (120), Ridge Lovett of Idaho (138), Cael Carlson of Minnesota (152) and Jace Punke of Illinois (220).
8 – athletes who won the Junior Freestyle Nationals title and have reached the Junior Greco-Roman semifinals: Daniel Sheen of Illinois (100) Andre Gonzales of California (106), Anthony Molton of Illinois (120), Joshua Saunders of Missouri (138), Anthony Echemendia of Arizona (145), Jonavan Smith of California (195), Braxton Amos of West Virginia (220) and Luke Luffman of Illinois (285).
8 – athletes from Illinois in the championship finals. Daniel Sheen (100), Chad Bellis (106), Anthony Molton (120) , Brody Norman (126) , Luke Odom (145), Josh Labarbera (182), Jace Punke (220), Luke Luffman (Illinois), the most of any state
29 – different states represented in the Junior National Greco-Roman semifinals

Enjoy all of Friday’s action live on FloWrestling.

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Junior Greco-Roman: Session III SemiFinals and Consolation
2:00 p.m. - Junior Greco-Roman: Session IV Finals, Medal Matches & Awards