The Cadet Freestyle World Team Trials are in the books, and as expected there were some awesome battles through loaded weight classes, and we have a world team that looks ready to establish that they are the best in the world. Amongst the trials, as with most tournaments of this magnitude, a few individuals emerged and elevated their rankings or stock. Here are five wrestlers that had breakout performances at the Trials this weekend.
Chance Lamer - Crescent Valley, Oregon
After some close calls over the past year, Oregon’s Chance Lamer finally broke through and captured a national caliber freestyle title. A year ago Chance was in the UWW Cadet World Team Trials finals and came up short against Ohio’s Cole Skinner. Later in the summer he did capture a Cadet National Greco title in Fargo but lost to Drake Ayala of Iowa in the finals. Before this weekend it appeared that his best shot at making a world team this year would come in Greco, but he was upset in that tournament and fell to sixth place. Lamer rebounded and was able to refocus for the freestyle trials. Some may have overlooked Chance in the 45 kg bracket, because it was filled with some of the top eighth graders in the nation, along with a few fellow freshmen. Lamer defeated two of those eighth graders, New Jersey’s Alex Almeyda in the semifinals 6-6, with criteria and then he swept the best-of-three series with California’s Maxximus Martinez 3-1 and 5-1. In both championship bouts, Lamer controlled the tempo and pace of the match and was not in danger at any point of each bout.
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