Eight Junior men's freestyle champions advance to Greco-Roman semifinals

By Mike Willis, USA Wrestling | July 18, 2019, 8:49 p.m. (ET)

Braxton Amos hasn't surrendered a point in either style. Photo by John Sachs.

Eight of the Junior men’s freestyle champions competing in Greco-Roman are all still alive in the semifinals, and all eight have looked extremely dominant.

Leading the way is Braxton Amos of West Virginia at 220 pounds. Amos has earned four technical falls without allowing a single point scored. Amos also did not allow a point scored against him in route to his freestyle title.

Illinois’ Daniel Sheen hasn’t been challenged at 100 pounds teching his way into the semifinals. Likewise at 113 pounds, Andre Gonzalez of California has won all of his matches by technical fall.

Another Illinois’ freestyle champion, Andrew Molton at 120 pounds won his opening match by disqualification and then teched his next four opponents.

At 138 pounds, Missouri’s Josh Saunders earned technical falls against his first three opponents and pinned his quarterfinals challenger.

Arizona’s Andrew Echemendia has earned four technical falls and a pin on his way to the semifinals. He has yet to surrender a point.

Jace Luchau of California was the lone freestyle champion to fall this round. He bumped up from 152, where he competed in freestyle, to 160. Florida’s Ryan Cody defeated him in the quarterfinals, 5-2.

Surprise freestyle champion, Jonovan Smith of California won a tight opening bout at 195 pounds, 11-9. He then earned an 11-0 technical fall and an 11-4 quarterfinal victory.

At 285 pounds, Luke Luffman of Illinois has earned three technical falls and a 12-5 quarterfinal decision over Joey Slackman of New York.

All four of the 2018 Junior freestyle champions are also still alive in the tournament. Chase LaJoie of Michigan won his opening match by decision, before rattling off four technical falls. He’ll have Junior freestyle runner-up Jakason Burks in the semifinals.

When Idaho’s Ridge Lovett punched his ticket to the semifinals at 138 pounds, it marked his tenth All-American honors earned in Fargo. He took his quarterfinal bout over Spencer Schickram of Oklahoma, 11-3.

Cael Carlson of Minnesota has breezed through his 152 pound bracket with five technical falls. Keeping a similarly blistering pace has been Illinois’ Jace Punke at 220 pounds. Punke has earned four, 10-0, technical falls.

Tomorrow’s Semifinals will take place at 9 a.m. CST and can be streamed on Flowrestling.

Semifinal pairings

100

Daniel Sheen (Illinois) vs. Christian Forbes (Oklahoma)

Brandon O’Brien (Iowa) vs. Kaleb Casey (Wisconsin)

106

Ryan Rowland (Florida) vs. Chad Bellis (Illinois)

Andre Gonzalez (California) vs. Quade Smith (Utah)

113

Nathan Rubino (Nebraska) vs. Sheldon Seymour (Pennsylvania)

Christian Decatur-Luker (North Carolina) vs. Billy Sullivan (Nevada)

120

Chayse LaJoie (Michigan) vs. Jakason Burks (Nebraska)

Anthony Molton (Illinois) vs. Cooper Flynn (Tennessee)

126

Tj Long (Oklahoma) vs. Cael Swensen (Minnesota)

Brody Norman (Illinois) vs. Camden Russell (Nebraska)

132

Haiden Drury (Washington) vs. Kellyn March (South Dakota)

Tarrell Wallace Jr. (Florida) vs. Mosha Schwartz (Colorado)

138

Ridge Lovett (Idaho) vs. Antonio Segura (Colorado)

Josh Saunders (Missouri) vs. Cade Lucio (California)

145

Luke Odom (Illinois) vs. Anthony Echemendia (Arizona)

Edward Scott (Pennsylvania) vs. Chance McLane (Montana)

152

Cael Carlson (Minnesota) vs. Kaden Reetz (Wisconsin)

Aaron Gandara (Arizona) vs. James Burks (Nebraska)

160

Weston Milnes (Colorado) vs. Cade Devos (Iowa)

Ryan Cody (Florida) vs. Adrian St. Germain (Washington)

170

Dajun Johnson (Wisconsin) vs. Lance Runyon (Iowa)

Angel Garcia (Pennsylvania) vs. Nevan Snodgrass (Ohio)

182

Christopher Foca (New Jersey) vs. Josh Labarbera (Illinois)

Jacob Anderson (Alaska) vs. Jackson White (Missouri)

195

Matthew Kaylor (North Dakota) vs. Artem Loginov (California)

Jonovan Smith (California) vs. Vincent Baker (Georgia)

220

Jace Punke (Illinois) vs. Cody Fisher (Iowa)

Cade Lautt (Kansas) vs. Braxton Amos (West Virginia)

285

Spencer Trenary (Iowa) vs. Donovan King (Michigan)

Luke Luffman (Illinois) vs. Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota)

 

Quarterfinal results

100 - Daniel Sheen (Illinois) TF Michael Longo (Connecticut), 11-1 2:13

100 - Christan Forbes (Oklahoma) DEC Cael Keck (Missouri), 9-5

100 - Brandon O'Brien (Iowa) dec Carson Nishida (Illinois), 6-5

100 - Kaleb Casey (Wisconsin) TF Robert Gardner (Pennsylvania), 11-0 1:38

106 - Ryan Rowland (Florida) TF Kenny Sailas (Colorado), 11-0 1:49

106 - Chad Bellis (Illinois) DEC Jeremy Bockert (Alaska), 8-7

106 - Quade Smith (Utah) DEC Caleb- Coyle (Nebraska), 5-4

106 - Andre Gonzales (California) TF Andrew Dalrymple (Alaska), 12-1 2:48

113 - Nathan Rubino (Nebraska) FALL Ronan Schuelke (Illinois), 4-0 0:22

113 - Sheldon Seymour (Pennsylvania) DEC Austin Kegley (Iowa), 17-13

113 - Christian Decatur-Luker (North Carolina) VSU Gary Steen (Pennsylvania), 10-0 1:54

113 - Billy Sullivan (Nevada) TF Joseph Couch (Maryland), 10-0 2:59

120 - Chayse LaJoie (Michigan) TF Aizayah Yacapin (Washington), 10-0 1:18

120 - Jakason Burks (Nebraska) DEC Zach Keal (Kansas), 3-0

120 - Cooper Flynn (Tennessee) DEC Jett Strickenberger (Colorado), 1-1

120 - Anthony Molton (Illinois) TF Christian Cabuag (California), 11-0 1:54

126 - Tj Long (Oklahoma) DEC Reese Durlacher (Illinois), 6-1

126 - Cael Swensen (Minnesota) DEC David Evans (Pennsylvania), 6-5

126 - Brody Norman (Illinois) DEC Chase Randall (Washington), 5-4

126 - Camden Russell (Nebraska) TF Nick Masters (Georgia), 10-0 1:00

132 - Haiden Drury (Washington) TF Khyler Brewer (Missouri), 13-1 4:53

132 - Kellyn March (South Dakota) FALL Brody Kemper (Michigan), 5-2 1:31

132 - Tarrell Wallace jr (Florida) TF Ezekiel Hulet (Illinois), 10-0 2:51

132 - Mosha Schwartz (Colorado) FALL Marvin Lobo (New York), 4-2 1:37

138 - Ridge Lovett (Idaho) DEC Spencer Schickram (Oklahoma), 11-3

138 - Antonio Segura (Colorado) DEC Michael Gunther (Illinois), 2-1

138 - Joshua Saunders (Missouri) FALL Logan James (Iowa), 7-6 2:02

138 - Cade Lucio (California) FALL Gabriel Scales (Illinois), 9-0 2:01

145 - Luke Odom (Illinois) TF Aaden Valdez (Colorado), 10-0 0:51

145 - Anthony Echemendia (Arizona) FALL Payne Carr (Kentucky), 7-0 2:31

145 - Edward Scott (Pennsylvania) FALL Noah Wachsmuth (Colorado), 6-0 1:00

145 - Chance Mclane (Montana) TF Joshua Ogunsanya (Illinois), 15-5 5:52

152 - Cael Carlson (Minnesota) TF Alec Mcdoulett (Oklahoma), 12-1 4:07

152 - Kaden Reetz (Wisconsin) DEC John Martin Best (West Virginia), 10-10

152 - Aaron Gandara (Arizona) TF Steven Villalobos (Florida), 13-2 1:53

152 - James Burks (Nebraska) TF Kevin Contos ii (Ohio), 12-2 1:00

160 - Weston Milnes (Colorado) TF Niko Katsuyoshi (Pennsylvania), 10-0 0:29

160 - Cade Devos (Iowa) TF Caleb Waddell (Georgia), 10-0 4:34

160 - Ryan Cody (Florida) DEC Jace Luchau (California), 5-2

160 - Adrian St. Germain (Washington) TF Wyatt Pfau (Colorado), 10-0 0:55

170 - Dajun Johnson (Wisconsin) DEC Greyden Penner (Missouri), 7-5

170 - Lance Runyon (Iowa) FALL Caden Rogers (Pennsylvania), 8-4 2:31

170 - Angel Garcia (Pennsylvania) FALL Nico Zavala (California), 10-0 1:53

170 - Nevan Snodgrass (Ohio) TF Jaden Bullock (Virginia), 10-0 0:33

182 - Christopher Foca (New Jersey) DEC Colton Hawks (Missouri), 7-0

182 - Josh Labarbera (Illinois) DEC Isaac Gust (Washington), 7-6

182 - Jacob Anderson (Alaska) FALL Cameron Nesbitt (Illinois), 10-0 1:49

182 - Jackson White (Missouri) FALL Trevor Swier (Illinois), 8-3 2:40

195 - Matthew Kaylor (North Dakota) DEC Clint Herrick (Missouri), 3-1

195 - Artem Loginov (California) TF Kasten Grape (Nebraska), 10-0 1:54

195 - Jonovan Smith (California) DEC Matthew Cover (Ohio), 11-4

195 - Vincent Baker (Georgia) FALL Denzel Mabry (California), 10-0 1:31

220 - Jace Punke (Illinois) TF Daniel Striggow (Minnesota), 10-0 1:13

220 - Cody Fisher (Iowa) TF Falemalama Weggen (Washington), 12-2 2:39

220 - Cade Lautt (Kansas) FALL Gabe Christenson (Iowa), 4-3 2:41

220 - Braxton Amos (West Virginia) TF Jacob Christensen (California), 11-0 1:22

285 - Spencer Trenary (Iowa) FALL Tony Caldwell (Kansas), 4-0 0:55

285 - Donovan King (Michigan) FALL Alex Coleman (Ohio), 10-3 1:33

285 - Luke Luffman (Illinois) DEC Joey Slackman (New York), 12-5

285 - Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota) DEC Aydin Guttridge (Illinois), 4-4