Quarterfinals complete, semifinals set at UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals

By JD Rader, USA Wrestling | June 01, 2019, 7:59 p.m. (ET)
2018 Cadet World bronze medalist Alex Facundo made the semifinals. Photo by Sam Janicki.

AKRON, Ohio - Day one in Akron, Ohio is complete, and the semifinals are set for UWW Cadet freestyle.

To start the day off at 45 kg, Brandon Cannon took out Fargo champion Mason Gehloff in the very first round.

Corey Land is making a name for himself and his home state of Alabama at 48 kg. The Moody, Al., native has outscored his opponents 29-1 so far.

In one of the marquee quarterfinal matchups, Fargo champion Drake Ayala defeated FloNationals champion Joey Cruz 9-6. Cruz went up 6-0 off the bat, but Ayala stormed back to win. 

At 55 kg, Jesse Ybarra tech falled 2018 World Team member Chanace Lamer, setting up a semifinal showdown with Fargo champion Jakason Burks. The winner of that semifinal will either get Fargo champion Nicolar Rivera or two-time World Team member and Youth Olympic Games champion Robert Howard.

You won’t want to miss the 60 kg semifinals. Last year’s UWW Cadet Nationals runner-up Anthony Ferrari will be taking on Fargo champion Josh Edmond, and Fargo champion Dominick Serrano will be taking on FloNationals champion Jesse Mendez.

2018 Cadet World bronze medalist Alex Facundo escaped a scare in the 71 kg quarterfinals. The Davison, Mich. native was trailing 1-1 on criteria before earning a step-out point to win 2-1.

Last year’s 182 lbs. Fargo 8th place finisher took out last year’s 160 lbs. Fargo champion at 80 kg when Colton Hawks defeated Quayin Short 5-0. Short hadn’t given up a point in his first two matches.

In another deep weight class, Fargo All-American Kyle Haas took out Fargo champion Rocky Elam and Fargo champion Noah Pettigrew defeated Silas Allred at 92 kg.

110 kg semifinals will be a battle as all eight semifinalists have yet to give up a point. 

Semifinals will begin at 9:30 a.m. EST and can be streamed live on FloWrestling.

2019 UWW CADET & U23 NATIONALS
At Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House (Akron, Ohio), May 31 – June 2

Cadet freestyle semifinal pairings
41-45 kg
Benjamin Aranda vs Marc-anthony Mcgowan
Mac Church Waynesburg vs Jore Volk

48 kg
Stevo Poulin vs Carter Mccallister 
Cory Land vs Eli Griffin 

51 kg
Jordan Williams vs Drake Ayala
Jett Strickenberger vs Richard Figueroa ll 

55 kg
Jakason Burks vs Jesse Ybarra
Nicolar Rivera vs Robert Howard

60 kg
Anthony Ferrari vs Joshua Edmond 
Dominick Serrano vs Jesse Mendez 

65 kg
Vincent Zerban vs Derek Fields 
Dean Hamiti Jr vs Ryan Sokol 

71 kg
Alex Facundo vs AJ Kovacs 
Travis Mastrogiovanni vs Donald Cates

80 kg
Colton Hawks vs Clayton Ulrey 
Greyden Penner vs Rylan Rogers 

92 kg
Kyle Haas Maize vs Noah Pettigrew 
Seth Shumate vs John Poznanski 

110 kg
Hunter Catka vs Ethan Hatcher 
Braxton Mikesell vs Daniel Striggow

Cadet freestyle quarterfinal results
41-45 kg
Benjamin Aranda DeKalb, IL (Hurricane WC) dec. Brandon Cannon Centennial, CO (Unattached), 5-3
Marc-anthony Mcgowan Tampa, FL (Blair Academy) dec. Dylan Gilcher West Bloomfield Township, MI (Shamrock Select), 2-1
Mac Church Waynesburg, PA (Young Guns) dec. Kannon Webster Washington, IL (IRTC), 8-5
Jore Volk Lakeville, MN (PINnacle) dec. Caden Horwath Davison, MI (Team Donahoe), 7-6

48 kg
Stevo Poulin Ballston Lake, NY (Journeyman Wrestling Club) TF Joey Fischer (Young Guns), 12-1 1:30
Carter Mccallister Columbia, MO (Greater Heights Wrestling) dec. Richard Treanor Cornelius, NC (Darkhorse), 6-3
Cory Land Moody, AL (Ironclad) TF Sefton Douglass Lyman, WY (JET Wrestling), 10-0 1:03
Eli Griffin Tulsa, OK (Threestyle) TF Charlie Farmer Coal Valley, IL (Young Guns), 10-0 1:22

51 kg
Jordan Williams Tulsa, OK (Threestyle) dec. Sheldon Seymour Troy, PA (XCalibur), 6-6
Drake Ayala Fort Dodge, IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy) dec. Joey Cruz Clovis, CA (Clovis North), 9-6
Jett Strickenberger Monument, CO (Team Colorado) dec. Whisenhunt Gabe Corvallis, OR (Orange Crush Wrestling Club), 10-8
Richard Figueroa ll Sanger, CA (Sunkist Kids Monster Garage) TF Braden Graff SD (LOG), 12-1 1:16

55 kg
Jakason Burks Omaha, NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) TF Zeke Seltzer Indianapolis, IN (Central Indiana Academy of Wrestling), 13-2 3:12
Jesse Ybarra Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside Wrestling Club) TF Chance Lamer Corvallis, OR (Orange Crush Wrestling Club), 12-0 3:09
Nicolar Rivera Stoughton, WI (Team Wisconsin) dec. Mikey Kaminski Homer Glen, IL (Colt Wrestling), 12-4
Robert Howard Cranford, NJ (TMWC/Bitetto Trained) TF Jacob Mann St. Louis, MO (Xtreme Training), 10-0 1:16

60 kg
Anthony Ferrari Allen, TX (Best Trained) dec. Carter Young Stillwater, OK (Team BIG), 4-2
Joshua Edmond Detroit, MI (Shamrock Select) dec. Wyatt Henson Waynesburg, PA (BullTrained), 13-12
Dominick Serrano Greeley, CO (Bear Cave Wrestling Club) TF Ryan Franco Fresno, CA (Clovis North), 10-0 2:28
Jesse Mendez Crown Point, IN (Region Wrestling Academy) TF Caleb Rathjen Ankeny, IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy), 13-1 3:23

65 kg
Vincent Zerban Bethalto, IL (Xtreme Training) dec. Luke Geog Columbus, OH (Team Miron), 10-4
Derek Fields Brunswick, OH (Arsenal Wrestling) TF John Wiley Mustang, OK (Matrix Grappling), 14-4 3:03
Dean Hamiti jr Joliet, IL (Callan) pin Joseph Zargo South River, NJ (Rhino wrestling), 6-2 2:40
Ryan Sokol Inver Grove Heights, MN (Simley) TF Chase Warden Dripping Springs, TX (3FWrestling), 10-0 1:17

71 kg
Alex Facundo Davison, MI (Team Donahoe) dec. Jaxon Smith Acworth, GA (Terry Style), 2-1
Aj Kovacs Danbury, CT (Empire Wrestling Academy) TF Elise Brown ton Allen, TX (Best Trained), 14-4 3:15
Travis Mastrogiovanni Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) dec. Cael Valencia Pico Rivera, CA (Sunkist Kids Monster Garage), 9-2
Donald Cates Durham, NC (Unattached) TF John martin Best Vienna, WV (Felix Wrestling Academy), 10-0 1:17

80kg
Colton Hawks Wentzville, MO (Holt High School) dec. Quayin Short Inver Grove Heights, MN (Simley), 5-0
Clayton Ulrey Grantville, PA (Team Nauman Wrestling Club) dec. Jack Darrah Foristell, MO (Xtreme Training), 11-6
Greyden Penner Kansas City, MO (Victory) dec. Adrien Cramer Grayslake, IL (Izzy Style), 8-1
Rylan Rogers Clarkston, WA (Blair Academy) dec. Connor Oneil Green Brook Township, NJ (SKWC/NJRTC), 11-4

92 kg
Kyle Haas Maize, KS (Maize) dec. Rocky Elam Kansas City, MO (Team Central Wrestling Club), 8-4
Noah Pettigrew Hahira, GA (Blair Academy) dec. Silas Allred Muncie, IN (Central Indiana Academy of Wrestling), 10-7
Seth Shumate Dublin, OH (Unattached) TF Kolby Franklin DuBois, PA (LAB Trained), 11-0 2:54
John Poznanski Woodbridge Township, NJ (NJRTC) pin Nathan Haas Norwalk, CA (Sunkist Kids Monster Garage), 9-4 3:15

110 kg
Hunter Catka Brookhaven, PA (LAB Trained) TF Caspian Grabowski Pacifica, CA (Unattached), 11-0 1:13
Ethan Hatcher Brecksville, OH (Seasons) TF Riley Ucker Westerville, OH (Beast Mode Wrestling), 10-0 0:41
Braxton Mikesell Spokane, WA (INWTC) dec. Apollo Gothard Lemont, IL (Izzy Style), 8-0
Daniel Striggow Long Lake, MN (PINnacle) TF Chris Island Vacaville, CA (Vacaville High School), 10-0 1:39