Defending champion Illinois, plus Minnesota Blue, Pennsylvania, Georgia win pools at 16U National Greco Duals

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | June 12, 2019, 8:53 p.m. (ET)
Joey Cape of Illinois tosses an opponent at 120 pounds on day one of the 16U Greco-Roman National Duals in Spokane. Photo by Andy Hamilton, Trackwrestling.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The first day of Greco-Roman at the 16U National Duals featured the pool competitions, where teams were split into four different pools and competed in a bracket format.

Defending 16U National Dual Greco-Roman champion Illinois was one of the four teams to win their pool, and advance to the Gold-Silver Pool on Thursday, which will determine the top eight teams in the tournament.

Illinois claimed a 66-10 victory in the Pool B semifinals, then controlled California 49-24 in the Pool B finals.

The other teams which won their pool were Minnesota Blue in Pool A, Pennsylvania in Pool C and Georgia in Pool D.

Minnesota Blue hammered Iowa, 61-11 in the Pool A finals. Pennsylvania edged Washington Red, 39-34 in the Pool C finals, while Georgia controlled Missouri 55-17.

The top two teams in each pool also advance to the eight-team Gold-Silver pool. The runners-up in the pool competition included Iowa (Pool A), California (Pool B), Washington Red (Pool C) and Missouri (Pool D).

There was a true second-place match in Pool B, where California held off third-place Oklahoma, 47-28. These teams had not met in their bracket prior to this wrestle-off. California jumped to an early lead by winning the first three matches, and did not let Oklahoma back into the match. California won 11 of the 17 matches contested.

The tournament starts again on Thursday, with sessiona at 8:00 a.m. PT and 1:00 p.m. PT. The placement pools will be completed, setting up medal matches in each of the pools. The results from the Gold-Silver pool will determine the champion and top eight teams. There will also be a Bronze-Copper Pool, a Yellow Pool, Green Pool and Red Pool.

The event is being broadcast live by TrackWrestling. All three of USA Wrestling’s major National Dual meet events (16U, 14U, Junior) will be live on TrackWrestling.

At Spokane, Wash., June 12, 2019

Greco-Roman results

A Pool Results
1st Place - Minnesota Blue
2nd Place - Iowa
3rd Place - Oregon Red
4th Place - Indiana
5th Place - Colorado
6th Place - Montana
7th Place - Washington Blue
1st Place Match - Minnesota Blue defeated Iowa 61-11.
3rd Place Match - Oregon Red defeated Indiana 39-38.
5th Place Match - Colorado defeated Montana 36-31
7th Place - Washington Blue
Semifinals – Minnesota Blue dec. Colorado, 64-12; Iowa dec. Oregon Red, 44-35
Quarterfinals – Colorado dec. Montana, 47-22; Oregon Red dec. Washington Blue, 44-35; Iowa dec. Indiana, 42-30

B Pool Results
1st Place - Illinois
2nd Place - California
3rd Place - Oklahoma
4th Place - Kansas
6th Place - Utah
6th Place - Texas
7th Place - Idaho Red
1st Place Match - Illinois defeated California 49-24.
2nd Place Wrestleback – California defeated Oklahoma, 47-28
3rd Place Match - Oklahoma defeated Kansas 42-36.
5th Place Match - Texas defeated Utah 42-32.
7th Place- Idaho Red
Semifinals – Illinois dec. Oklahoma, 66-10; California dec. Kansas, 44-32
Quarterfinals – Oklahoma dec. Texas, 55-19; California dec. Idaho Red, 71-8; Kansas dec. Utah, 50-26

C Pool Results
1st Place - Pennsylvania
3rd Place - Washington Red
4th Place - Wisconsin
4th Place - Minnesota Red
5th Place - Florida
6th Place - Oregon Blue
1st Place Match - Pennsylvania defeated Washington Red 39-34.
3rd Place Match - Minnesota Red defeated Wisconsin 46-27.
5th Place Match - Florida defeated Oregon Blue 47-32.
Semifinals – Washington Red dec. Minnesota Red, 50-26; Pennsylvania dec. Florida, 57-20
Quarterfinals – Minnesota Red dec. Wisconsin, 40-35; Florida dec. Oregon Blue, 54-27

D Pool Results
1st Place - Georgia
2nd Place - Missouri
3rd Place - Idaho Blue
4th Place - Michigan
5th Place - New Jersey
6th Place - North Carolina
1st Place Match - Georgia defeated Missouri 55-17.
3rd Place Match - Idaho Blue defeated Michigan 40-31.
5th Place Match - New Jersey defeated North Carolina 62-16.
Semifinals – Missouri dec. Idaho Blue, 46-30; Georgia dec. Michigan, 49-14
Quarterfinals – Idaho Blue dec. North Carolina, 55-17; Michigan dec. New Jersey, 53-22