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Meet Your Fargo 2021 16U Men’s Freestyle Finalists

Sam Herring of Pennsylvania, finalist at 106 pounds in the 16U Nationals in men’s freestyle. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

Official release courtesy of Gary Abbott/USA Wrestling. 

16U MEN’S FREESTYLE NATIONALS FINALIST BIOGRAPHIES

88 pounds

RED – Javaan Yarbrough, Copley, Ohio

2021 Central Regional 16U freestyle champion… Six in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… 2019 14U Nationals freestyle champion…. 2019 Northeast 14U Greco-Roman Regional champion and third in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at Copley High School…Fifth in the 2021 Ohio D2 state championships… 2021 OAC Freshman state champion… Born: December 1, 2005… Age: 15

BLUE – Haakon Peterson, Hollandale, Wis.
2021 U15 Nationals champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 14U Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Fifth in 2019 U15 Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… 2018 USA Wrestling Novice Nationals champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman in the fall. Has not determined what high school he will attend… Born: October 30, 2006… Age: 14

94 pounds

RED – Mack Mauger, Blackfoot, Idaho
Current FloWrestling National High School Ranking: No 14 at 106

Second in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2021 Western Regional 16U champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2021 Idaho state 16U champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2021 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Third in 2020 Preseason Nationals High School (grades 9-10)…. 2019 14U Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Blackfoot High School… 2021 Idaho 4A state champion at 98 pounds….Born: May 28, 2005… Age: 16
Note: Mauger remains eligible for the Triple Crown

BLUE – Cadell Lee, Stafford, Va.

Second in 2021 Northeast 16U in Greco-Roman and freestyle… 2021 Virginia 16U National Duals team member…. 1st in 2021 Virginia 16U states in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2019 Virginia 14U Folkstyle States… Will be an eighth grader in the fall. Will be attending Brookpoint High School in high school… Born: November 10, 2006… Age: 14

100 pounds

RED – Seth Mendoza, Mokena, Ill.
2021 Northern Plains Regional 16U champion in freestyle…. Second in 2021 U15 Nationals in freestyle… 2018 Preseason Nationals Grade 5-6 Nationals champion… 2017 IKWF Novice state champion… Will be a freshman at Mt. Carmel High School… Born: May 7, 2006… Age: 15

BLUE – Christian Castillo, Glendale, Ariz.

Third in 2021 U15 Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… 2021 Western Regionals 16U champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… Second in USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals (Middle School Boys)… 2020 Salt Lake Slam Middle School champion… 2020 Arizona National Qualifier 14U champion…2019 Western Regionals 14U champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman at Valiant College Prep… Age: January 11, 2006… Age: 15

106 pounds

RED – Anthony Knox, Freehold, N.J.
Second in 2021 U15 Nationals in freestyle…. 2019 14U Nationals champion in freestyle… Third in 2019 14U Northeast Regionals in freestyle… 2019 New Jersey 14U National Duals team member… Sixth in 2018 Novice Nationals in freestyle… Will be an eighth grader in the fall… Born: May 28, 2006… Age: 15

BLUE – Sam Herring, St. Michael, Pa.
Fifth in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Third in 2021 Northeast 16U Regionals in freestyle… 2021 Pennsylvania 16U National Duals team member… Third in 2019 14U Nationals in Greco-Roman and eighth in freestyle…. Fifth in 2018 Novice Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… Will be an eighth grader in the fall… Will attend Bishop McCort…. Born: August 8, 2006… Age: 14

113 pounds

RED – Leo Deluca, Morristown, N.J.
Third in 2019 Northeast 14U Regionals in freestyle… 2019 New Jersey 14U National Duals team member… Will be a freshman at Blair Academy in the fall… Born: November 2, 2006… Age: 14

BLUE – Brock Mantanona, Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
Fourth in 2021 U15 Nationals in freestyle… Member of 2021 California 16U Nationals Duals team… 2020 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals champion (High School grades 9-10)…. 2018 Western Regionals Novice champion in all three styles… Will be a junior at Palm Desert High School… Competed at 120 pounds in high school in 2021… Born: February 28, 2006… Age: 15

120 pounds

RED – Adrian Meza, Laveen, Ariz.
2021 Western Regional 16U freestyle champion… 2021 Arizona National Qualifier 16U champion… 2020 Salt Lake Slam Middle School champion… 2019 14U Nationals champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… 2019 Western Regional 14U champion in freestyle and folkstyle and third in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Valiant College Prep…
Born: May 16, 2005… Age: 16

BLUE – Aden Valencia, Morgan Hill, Calif.
Current FloWrestling National High School Ranking: No. 2 at 106
2021 UWW Cadet Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… 2019 U15 World champion… 2019 U15 Nationals champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Middle School champion….2021 National High School Showcase champion… 2021 National Showcase Utah Qualifier champion… 2020 BigWill be a sophomore at Ann Sobrato High School…Born: August 18, 2005… Age: 15

126 pounds

RED – Kyler Larkin, Gilbert, Ariz.
Third in 2021 16U Western Regionals in freestyle…. 2021 Arizona National Qualifier freestyle champion.. 2020 Salt Lake Slam Middle School champion… Third in 2019 14U Nationals in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… 2019 Western Regionals 14U freestyle champion, second in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Valiant College Prep… Born: July 10, 2005… Age: 16

BLUE – Landon Robideau, St, Michael, Minn.
2021 U15 Nationals freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… Member of 2021 Minnesota 16U National Duals team… Fourth in 2019 14U Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2019 14U USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a freshman at St. Michael High School… Two-time Minnesota state runner-up, placing second in 2020 at 106 pounds and second in 2021 at 120 pounds… Born: January 4, 2006… Age: 15

132 pounds

RED – Christopher Coates, Liberty, Mo.
Sicth in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Southern Plains 14U Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 Northern Plains 14U Regional Greco-Roman champion and third in freestyle…. 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Will be a sophomore at Liberty High School… 2021 Missouri state champion….
Born: February 27, 2005… Age: 15

BLUE – Zach Hanson, Lakeville, Minn
2021 Northern Plains 16U Regionals champion in Greco-Roman and freestyle… 2019 14U Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman…. 2019 Northern Plains 14U Regional freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman…. 2019 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Will be a junior at Lakeville North High School… Second in the Minnesota AAA state meet in 2021 at 132 pounds… Second in the Minnesota AAA state meet in 2020 at 113 pounds… State qualifier in the Minnesota state meet in 2019 at 113 pounds… Born: January 11, 2005… Age: 16

138 pounds

RED – Tyler Kasak, Doylestown, Pa.
2021 Northeast 16U Regional champion in freestyle… 2019 Pennsylvania 14U freestyle and Greco-Roman state champion…. Will be a junior at Beca High School… Has been a Pennsylvania state champion and placed fifth in the state meet…Born: February, 22, 2005… Age: 16

BLUE – Joel Adams, Omaha, Neb.
Second in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman… Second in 2019 14U Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… 2019 Northern Plains 14U champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle…. 2019 U15 Nationals champion in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Millard South High School… 2021 Nebraska state champion at 138 pounds… Fourth in the 2020 Nebraska state meet at 120 pounds…
Born: February 16, 2005… Age: 16

145 pounds

RED – William Henckel, Southbury, Conn.
Second in 2021 16U Southeast Regionals in freestyle… Second in 2019 Northeast 14U Regionals in freestyle… Will be a freshman at Blair Academy… Born: October 25, 2005… Age: 15

BLUE – Pierson Manville, State College, Pa.

Third in 2021 U15 Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… 2021 Pennsylvania Junior National Duals team member… 2021 Pennsylvania Junior state champion in Greco-Roman…. 2021 Northeast 16 U Regionals champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… 2021 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Second in 2021 National High School Showcase… 2021 National Showcase Pennsylvania Qualifier champion… 2019 14U Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Won 2019 Regional titles in four different Regions (Southeast, Northern Plains, Northeast and Western)… Third in 2019 U15 Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2019 14U Folkstyle Nationals…. Will be a sophomore at State College High School… Third in the state at 126 pounds… State champion at 106 pounds… Born: May 26, 2005… Age: 16
Note: Manville remains eligible for the Triple Crown

152 pounds

RED – Zack Ryder, Westtown, N.Y.
Current FloWrestling National High School Ranking: No. 11 at 152
Will be a sophomore at Minisink Valley High School… Second in the 2019 New York state meet at 106 pounds… Born: April 17, 2006… Age: 15

BLUE – KJ Evans, Edmond, Okla.
Second in 2021 Southern Plains 16 Regionals in freestyle… 2019 Southern Plains 14U Regional champion in freestyle… Will be a junior at Heritage Hall High School… 2021 Oklahoma 4A state champion at 152 pounds… Second in the 2020 Oklahoma 4A state meet at 138 pounds….Born: May 18, 2005… Age: 16

160 pounds

RED – Daschle Lamer, Corvallis, Ore.
Second in 2021 16U Western Regionals in freestyle… Second in 2021 USA Wrestling National High School Showcase…. Fourth in 2020 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals (High School grades 9-10)… 2019 Western States 14u champion in all three styles… Will be a junior at Crescent Valley High School… Two-time Oregon state 5A champion… 2021 Oregon state champion at 152 pounds… 2020 Oregon state champion at 120 pounds….
Born: March 5, 2005… Age: 16

BLUE – Louie Cerchio, Scotch Plains, N.J.
2021 Northeast Regional 16U champion in freestyle… Third in 2019 14U Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Northeast 14U Regional champion in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at Delbarton High School… Sixth in the 2021 New Jersey state championships… Born: March 17, 2005… Age: 16

170 pounds

RED – Cody Merrill, Ontario, Calif.

Third in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle…. 2020 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals champion (High school grades 9-10)…. 2019 Western Regionals 14U champion in freestyle and folkstyle and second in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Gilroy High School… won the 2021 State Invitational at 182 pounds…Born: May 20, 2005… Age: 16

BLUE – Gabriel Arnold, Kennesaw, Ga.
Current FloWrestling National High School Ranking: No. 5 at 170
Fifth in UWW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… 2019 14U Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2019 Southeast 14U Regionals in both styles… Will be a junior at Wyoming Seminary… Two-time Prep School National champion, at 2021 at 170 pounds and in 2020 at 160 pounds… Born: January 20, 2005… Age: 16

182 pounds

RED – Camden McDanel, Circleville, Ohio
2021 Central Regional 16U champion in freestyle… Will be a junior at Teays Valley High School… Second in the 2021 Ohio D1 state championships… Born: March 28, 2005… Age: 16

BLUE – Luke Vanadia, Brecksville, Ohio
2021 Central Regional 16U champion in freestyle… 2019 Central Regional 14U champion in freestyle…. Will be a junior at Brecksville High School…. Seventh in the 2021 Ohio state championships at 170 pounds….Born: April 7. 2005… Age: 16

195 pounds

RED – Max McEnelly, Waconia, Minn.

2021 Northern Plains 16U Regional champion in freestyle… 2021 Minnesota 16U state freestyle champion… Will be a junior at Waconia High School… Two-time Minnesota AAA state champion… 2021 state champion at 182… 2020 state champion at 170… Born: March 29, 2005… Age: 16

BLUE – Sonny Sasso, Nazareth, Pa.
2021 Northeast 16U Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Member of 2021 Pennsylvania 16U Nationals Duals team… 2021 Pennsylvania Junior freestyle state champion… 2021 Pennsylvania 16U state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 Northeast 14U Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Nazareth High School… Seventh in the 2021 Pennsylvania AAA state championships…Born: January 15, 2005… Age: 16

220 pounds

RED – Koy Hopke, Amery, Wis.
2021 Northern Plains 16U Regional freestyle champion… Third in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2021 USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals champion…. 2021 Wisconsin 16U state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 14U National champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 Northern Plains 14U Regional champion in both styles… Will be a sophomore at Amery High School… 2021 Wisconsin state D2 champion at 220 pounds… Born: June 19, 2005… Age: 16
Note: Hopke remains eligible for the Triple Crown

BLUE – Jacob Walker, Waverly, Iowa
Sixth in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle…2019 14U USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals champion… Will be a junior at Waverly-Shell Rock High School… Second in the 2021 Iowa state championships at 195 pounds… Fifth in the 2020 Iowa state championships at 195 pounds…. Born: January 1, 2005… Age: 16

285 pounds

RED – Will Sather, Eden Prairie, Minn.
2021 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion…Member of 2021 Minnesota 16U Nationals Duals team… 2021 Minnesota 16U State champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman…. 2019 Northern Plains 14U Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2019 USA Wrestling 14U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Eden Prairie High School…Born: July 11, 2005… Age: 16
Note: Sather remains eligible for the Triple Crown

BLUE – Navarro Schunke, Brandon, S.D.
2021 Northern Plains 16U champion in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Naationals Middle School champion…. Will be a sophomore at Brandon Valley High School… Two-time South Dakota A state champion… 2021 state champion at 285 pounds… 2020 state champion at 220… Born: April 3, 2005… Age: 16

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