High School Wrestling

Five Things From Fargo – Day Six

Josh Saunders, Gracie Figueroa

Photos by Chris Mora, Tech-Fall.com

The last day of Fargo without finals matches saw all three of the remaining individual tournaments take the mat with Cadet Greco and Junior women’s freestyle setting the semi-finals while Junior Greco title hopefuls earned their way to the quarters.  All three tournaments reconvene at 8:30 am local time tomorrow morning.

Possible clash of champions at 132

At 132 pounds on the Cadet men’s side, the potential for two freestyle champions to clash in the Greco final remains alive.  The 132-pound champion Carson Manville (Minnesota) continued to tear through the bracket, rolling up Lucas Desilva (Georgia), 10-0. The 126-pound champion Josh Saunders (Missouri), who moved up for Greco, went the distance against Stockton O’Brien (Utah), earning a 10-3 win to advance.  If both win in the semi-finals tomorrow, they’ll meet on the stage tomorrow afternoon.  We caught up with Saunders after his match.

Figueroa takes it one (short) match at a time

The four-time Fargo champion who will wrestle at both the Cadet and Junior World Championships over the next two months doesn’t have an obvious challenger at 122 pounds.  She can only wrestle who is in front of her and there is no sign of a letdown.  Figueroa rolled into the semifinals having outscored her opposition 32-0 in three first period tech-falls, only one of which has made it out of the first minute.  We caught up with Figueroa after her quarter-final win.

Double Champion Watch – Cadet Men

11 Cadets began the day with a chance to leave Fargo with a fresh pair of stop signs. With the championship side of the bracket wrestling just one match on Thursday, there wasn’t a lot to do.  Still, any match at this stage of the tournament presents a danger.

Jett Strickenberger (Colorado, 100) remained unscored upon for the tournament, pushing past Sam Freeman (Michigan), 10-0.

Dylan Ragusin (Illinois, 106) survived a tough, 3-1 scrap against Joseph Thompson (Minnesota) during which Ragusin trailed on criteria with less than one minute remaining.

As mentioned above, both Manville and Saunders advanced at 132.

Fidel Mayora (Illinois, 145) still hasn’t been scored upon in Greco, posting another 10-0 tech to setup a salivating match-up with Kevon Davenport (Michigan) in the semi-finals.

Alex Facundo (Michigan, 152) continued his dominant run, taking down George Marre (Illinois), 11-1.

Carter Starocci (Pennsylvania) had to work for his spot in the semis, but after a 6-1 decision over Jacob Nolan (New York), he made it through.

Devin Winston (Missouri, 182) remains a force as he scored a 14-4 tech in 1:45.

Ashton Sharp (Missouri, 195) was pushed once again, this time by Avery Jaramillo (Oregon), before emerging victorious, 4-2.

Braxton Amos (West Virginia, 220) needed just 45 seconds to score yet another 10-0 tech.

Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota, 285) worked his way to a third 10-0 tech, this one in 2:53.

Double Champ Watch – Women’s Freestyle

Nine women started the day searching for Junior titles after besting the Cadet field.  They faced a pair of matches today, beginning with the round of 16 and following that up with afternoon quarter-finals.

Emily Shilson (Minnesota, 100) remained flawless, earning her third and fourth 10-0 tech-falls of this tournament.

Brelane Huber (Idaho, 106) had plenty of offense in a 13-0 tech to start her day, but it all dried up against Leah Olsen (Washington) in the quarters. Huber moved on thanks to her shot clock point being scored last. The 1-1 decision is, thankfully, rare at this level, but Huber got her hand raised in this one.  She faces Junior World team member McKayla Campbell (Ohio) tomorrow.

Stefana Jelacic (Arizona, 112) continues to end matches in the first period, scoring a fall and a tech in the opening frame on Thursday.  She’ll face Cadet World team member Alisha Howk (Missouri) next.

Macey Kilty (Wisconsin, 127) emerged from a back and forth battle victorious over Kaden Campbell (Colorado), 14-8, after dispatching her first opponent, 10-0.  Kilty is part of a loaded 127-pound semifinal round where she’ll square off with Brenda Reyna (Washington).

Emily Se’s (California, 138) quest for another stop sign ended when she was pinned in a tight match with Sariah Stewart (New York).  Se rebounded with a pair of wins in the consolations.

Kelani Corbett (Hawaii, 152) finally got her Junior tournament underway with a fall but fell to Alexis Gomez (Illinois) in a wild, 12-11, battle that saw Corbett’s rally back from a 12-3 deficit come up just short.

Bailey Dennis (Oregon, 164) lost her opening match when she was pinned by Andrena Carter (Texas) before winning twice on the back side.

Natalie Kemp (Wisconsin, 180) rolled through her round of 16 bout, 10-0, before posting an impressive 7-5 win over Nia Crosdale (New York) to reach the semis.

Jasmine Clarke (California, 225) opened her Junior account with a 19-4 tech-fall.  She faces ShaMia Wells tomorrow.

Double Champion Watch – Junior Men

Will Guida (New Jersey, 100), Ty Smith (Nevada, 113), Drew Mattin (Ohio, 126), Atilano Escobar (Arizona, 132), Ben Freeman (Michigan, 138), Will Lewan (Illinois, 152), David Carr (Ohio, 160), Aaron Brooks (Maryland, 170), Max Lyon (Iowa, 182), and Zach Elam (Missouri, 220) all opted not to compete in Greco, leaving just five Juniors with a chance to double up in 2017.

Sam Latona (Alabama, 106) began his quest for another stop sign with a 10-0 tech-fall in his only match of the day.

Patrick McKee (Minnesota, 120) gave up double digit points three times on his way to the freestyle title.  He was at it again after a smooth 10-0 tech in his opener.  McKee trailed 8-0 at the break to King Sandoval (Maryland) before scoring 12 consecutive points in the first minute and a half of the second period, eventually winning 14-10.

Anthony Artalona (Florida, 145) moved up to 152 where he received a forfeit, cruised to a 10-0 tech, and then handled Mason Wallace (Kansas), 9-0. to reach the quarters.

Jacob Warner (Illinois, 195) is border line unfair in Greco.  His matches got progressively shorter, earning shutout techs in 59 seconds, 36 seconds, and finishing his round of 16 opponent in 20 seconds with a takedown and four guts.

Anthony Cassioppi (Illinois, 285) ended his first two matches in under 30 seconds each.  In his round of 16 bout with Lee Herrington (Nebraska), it took a little longer, but it was worth the wait.  After building a 9-0 lead, Cassioppi got behind Herrington and took him for a long ride with a sudden stop! The five point throw made the final score 14-0 in 1:36.




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