High School Wrestling

Fargo 2019 – Junior Men’s Freestyle Preview


photo courtesy of Jim Thrall; MatFocus.com

The best of the best will flood the FargoDome this week (and next!) to compete for various national titles across both genders, styles and age divisions.

Yesterday, we covered the Cadet boys and gave you predictions for all 17 weight classes. Today, it’s the Junior division and while we lose two weight classes (88 and 94), we gain experience and a ton more accolades for wrestlers who are likely making return trips to Fargo.

We’ve got top-ranked wrestlers, deep brackets and state supremacy on the line so without further holdup, let’s dive into it!

100 lbs

2018 Champ: Joey Fischer, Pennsylvania

Unfortunately, this weight continues to get smaller and smaller each year at Fargo. Either junior-eligible wrestlers are outgrowing 100 pounds, which is the most likely cause. Or those who can make the weight have (smartly) decided not to cut and compete at their walk around weight or thereabout. 

The weight was only contested at three regionals and all three regional champs will be in Fargo. Iowa’s Brandon O’Brien won the Northern Plains and did so very comfortably. He’ll come to the FargoDome with the expectation to win it and nothing less. He’s a two-time placer as a Cadet. The other regional champs are Ohio’s Ty Daugherty who came out of a three-man round robin to win the Central Regional with a pair of tech falls, and Missouri’s Cael Keck who is Cadet eligible but won the Western Regional and is bumping up to wrestle Juniors in Fargo.

It’ll be interesting to see whether this weight continues to be contested in the future at the junior level.

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