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Meet Your Fargo 2021 Junior Men’s Freestyle Finalists

Pictured: Team Iowa’s Drake Ayala, 126-pound finalist and future Iowa Hawkeye. Photo: Cam Kramer Photo. 

Release courtesy of Gary Abbott/USA Wrestling. 

2021 JUNIOR NATIONALS MEN’S FREESTYLE FINALIST BIOGRAPHIES

100 pounds

RED: Nate Smith, Indianapolis, Ind.
FloWrestling current national ranking: unranked

Fourth in 2021 National High School Showcase… Will be a senior at Southport High School… Seventh at 2021 Indiana state championships at 106… Born: February 17, 2004… Age: 17

BLUE: Zane Donley, Afton, Okla.
FloWrestling current national ranking: unranked

2021 Southern Plains Junior Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Member of 2021 Oklahoma 2021 16U National Duals team… Second in 2021 Oklahoma Junior state championships in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Vinita High School… Fourth at the 2021 Oklahoma 3A state championships… Born: February 23, 2006… Age; 15

106 pounds

RED: Brandon Morvari, Richfield, Minn.
FloWrestling current national ranking: unranked

Third in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Member of 2021 Minnesota Junior National Duals Team… Third in 2021 Northern Plains Junior Regionals in freestyle… Will be a junior at Simley High School… Third in 2021 Minnesota state championships…Born: December 4, 2004… Age: 17

BLUE: Hunter Taylor, Liberty, Mo.
FloWrestling current national ranking: unranked

2021 Southern Plains Junior Regionals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2020 Salt Lake Slam in Middle School division… Second in 2010 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle… 2019 Northern Plains 16U Regional champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… 2019 Kansas 16U state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman…. Will be a sophomore at Liberty High School… Third in 2021 Missouri Class 4 state championships at 106 pounds… Born: November 25, 2004… Age: 16

113 pounds

RED: Braeden Davis, Belleville, Mich.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 4 at 113

2021 Central Regional Junior freestyle champion… 2019 16U Nationals freestyle champion… 2019 Central Regional 16U champion in freestyle… Will be a junior at Dundee High School… Two-time D3 Michigan state champion… 2021 state champion at 112 pounds… 2020 state champion at 103 pounds…Born: October 15, 2004… Age: 16

BLUE: Benjamin Aranda, Dekalb, Ill.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 11 at 113

2021 Northern Plains Junior champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2020 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals (high school grades 11-12)… Second in 2019 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals…Member of 2019 Illinois 16U National Duals team… Third in 2019 FloNationals… 5th in 2018 U16 Nationals in freestyle… Graduated from Dekalb High School… Second in 2021 Illinois state championships at 113 pounds… Fourth in 2020 Illinois 3A state championships at 106 pounds… Will attend Cleveland State…Born: July 9, 2003… Age: 18

120 pounds

RED: Kannon Webster, Washington, Ill.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 12 at 120

Fifth in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2021 Northern Plains Junior Regionals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2019 16U Nationals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Third in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 Illinois 16U state champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Washington High School… 2020 Illinois 2A state champion at 106 pounds…. Committed to Illinois… Born: December 21, 2004… Age: 17

BLUE: Yusief Lillie, Maple Valley, Wash.
FloWrestling current national ranking: unranked

2021 Washington Junior state champion in Greco-Roman and freestyle… Fourth in 2019 Junior Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2018 Northwest 16U Regional champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2017 16U Greco-Roman champion and fourth in freestyle… Fifth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle…Graduate from Orting High School… Three-time Washington 4A state champion… 2020 state champion at 120 pounds… 2019 state champion at 113 pounds… 2018 state champion at 105 pounds… Will attend Utah Valley University…Born: November 4, 2002… Age: 18

126 pounds

RED: Drake Ayala, Fort Dodge, Iowa
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 2 at 126, No. 9 P-4-P

Fifth in 2021 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Junior Nationals champion in freestyle.., Fourth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Northern Plains Junior Regional champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle National champion… Fourth in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2018 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… 2017 U16 Nationals champion freestyle… Fifth in 2017 UWW Cadet Nationals… Third in 2017 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Graduated from Fort Dodge High School… Three-time 3A Iowa state champion… 2021 state champion at 132 pounds… 2020 state champion at 120 pounds… 2019 state champion at 113 pounds… Second in 2018 Iowa state championships at 106… Will attend Iowa…. Born: October 28, 2002… Age: 18

BLUE: Sergio Lemley, Valparaiso, Ind.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 12 at 126

2021 Northern Plains Junior freestyle champion… 2021 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… Seventh in 2019 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a junior at Mount Carmel High School in Illinois… 2021 Indiana state champion at 120 pounds… 2020 Illinois 3A state champion at 113 pounds…Born: November 20, 2004… Age: 16
Note: Lemley remains eligible for the Triple Crown

132 pounds

RED: Emilio Ysaguirre, Jr, Eloy, Ariz.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 13 at 132

Third in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Will be a senior at Valient College Prep… Two-time Arizona state champion… 2019 state champion at 120 pounds… Born: March 11, 2004… Age: 17

BLUE: Nasir Bailey, Calumet City, Ill.
FloWrestling current national ranking: unranked

Third in 2021 Central Junior Regionals in freestyle… 2021 Illinois Junior National Duals Team member… Second in 2019 Central 16U Regionals in freestyle… Third in 2019 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals (High School division)… Will be a junior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School… Two-time state champion… 2021 Texas 6A state champion at 132 pounds for Arlington Martin High School… 2020 Illinois 2A state champion at 120 pounds for Calumet City High School… Born: August 23, 2004… Age: 17

138 pounds

RED: Tagen Jamison, Plano, Texas
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 15 at 138

Fifth in 2021 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… 2021 National High School Showcase champion… 2021 National Showcase Kansas Qualifier champion… Second in 2019 Southern Plains Junior Regionals in freestyle… 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals champion (high school grades 9-10)… Graduated from Plano West High School… Two-time Texas 6A state champion… 2021 state champion at 138 pounds… Second in 2020 state championships at 132 pounds…2019 state champion at 132 pounds… Second in 2018 Oklahoma 5A state championships for Durant High School at 126 pounds… Will attend Minnesota… Born: September 18, 2002… Age: 18

BLUE: Casey Swiderski, Dundee, Mich.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 7 at 138

2021 Central Junior Regional champion in freestyle… Sixth in 2019 Flo Nationals… 2018 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals champion (High School grades 9-10)… Eighth in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2018 Central 16U Regionals in freestyle… Sixth in 2017 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals (High School grades 9-10)… Will be a senior at Dundee High School. Three-time Michigan D3 state champion… 2021 state champion at 145 pounds… 2020 state champion at 135 pounds… 2019 state champion at 103 pounds… Committed to Iowa State… Born: October 11, 2003… Age: 17

145 pounds

RED: Caleb Rathjen, Ankeny, Iowa
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 4 at 145

Fourth in 2021 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Fourth in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2019 Northern Plains Regionals in freestyle… Third in 2019 Junior Folkstyle Nationals…. Second in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2018 Northern Plains 16U Regional champion…. Fifth in 2018 16U Folkstyle Nationals…. Seventh in 2017 16U Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2017 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Graduated from Ankeny High School… Two-time Iowa 3A state champion… Second in 2021 state championships… 2020 state champion at 138 pounds… 2019 state champion at 126 pounds… Second in 2018 state championships at 113 pounds… Will attend Iowa… Born: August 26, 2002… Age: 18

BLUE: Jordan Williams, Tulsa, Okla.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 3 at 145

Second in 2021 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals… 2019 16U Nationals champion in freestyle… Second in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle…. 2019 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals…. 2018 16U Nationals champion in freestyle… Fifth in 2018 UWW Cadet Nationals…2018 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion…. Will be a senior at Collinsville High School… Three-time Oklahoma state champion… 2021 state champion… 2020 state champion… 2019 state champion…Born: October 8, 2003… Age: 17

152 pounds

RED: Caleb Henson, Cartersville, Ga.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 3 at 152

Fifth in 2021 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Sixth in 2019 Junior Nationals in freestyle… Fourth inn 2019 FloNationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… Fifth in 2018 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2018 Southeast Regional 16U champion in freestyle… Will be a senior at Woodland High School… Two-time Georgia state champion… Has committed to Virginia Tech… Born: December 7, 2002… Age: 18

BLUE: Daniel Wask, Wantage, N.J.
FloWrestling current national ranking: unranked

2019 Northeast 16U Regionals champion in freestyle… Sixth in 2018 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman and eighth in freestyle… Third in 2018 Northeast 16U in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2019 Cadet Pan American Trials… Will be a senior at Blair Academy… Two-time Prep School National champion… 2021 Prep National champion…Fourth in 2020 Prep Nationals… 2019 Prep National champion…Born: July 22, 2003… Age: 18

160 pounds

RED: Joshua Barr, Davison, Mich.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 9 at 160

Third in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2021Central Regional Junior champion in freestyle… Fourth in 2019 U16 Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2019 Central 16U Regionals in freestyle… Second in 2019 U15 Nationals… 2019 16U Nationals champion in freestyle…. Will be a junior at Davison High School… Two-time Michigan D1 state champion… 2021 state champion at 160 pounds… 2020 state champion at 152 pounds…Born: January 5, 2004… Age: 17

BLUE: Aiden Riggins, Janesville, Iowa
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 10 at 160

Second in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2019 Northern Plains 16U Regionals… Second in 2019 U15 Nationals… Will be a senior at Waverly-Shell Rock High School… 2021 Iowa 3A state champion at 152 pounds… Second in 2020 Iowa state championships at 132 pounds… Third in 2019 Iowa state championships at 106 pounds…
Born: February 21, 2004… Age: 17

170 pounds

RED: Brayden Thompson, Frankfort, Ill.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 14 at 170

Fourth in 2021 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2021 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals… 2021 National High School Showcase champion… 2021 National Showcase Wisconsin Qualifier champion… 2020 Holiday High School Classic champion…. 2020 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals champion (High school grades 9-10)… Eighth in 2019 16U Nationals in freestyle… Fourth in 2019 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a junior at Lombard High School… Third in 2020 Illinois 3A state championships… Born: October 7, 2003… Age: 17

BLUE: Manuel Rojas, Bay City, Mich.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 4 at 182

Fifth in 2021 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle… Second in 2019 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Central Regionals 16U champion in freestyle…. Fourth in 2019 Flo Nationals… Second in 2018 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2018 Central Regionals 16U Greco-Roman champion and third in freestyle… Second in 2018 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a junior at Detroit Catholic Central High School… Two-time Michigan D1 state champion… 2019 state champion at 160 pounds… Committed to Iowa State…Born: February 25, 2003… Age: 17

182 pounds

RED: Thomas Stewart, Rockville, Md.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 9 at 182

2019 16U Nationals champion in freestyle and eighth in Greco-Roman… 2019 Northeast 16U champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2018 Northeast 16U Regional champion in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… Will be a senior at Blair Academy… Three-time Prep School All-American… Born: May 2, 2003… Age: 18

BLUE: Brian Soldano, Wantage, N.J.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 3 at 182

Seventh in 2019 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2021 New Jersey Junior Nationals Duals team member…Will be a senior at High Point High School… Two-time New Jersey state champion… 2021 state champion at 182 pounds… 2020 state champion at 160 pounds… Committed to Rutgers… Born: July 30, 2003… Age: 17

195 pounds

RED: Dylan Fishback, Aurora, Ohio
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 8 at 195

2021 Central Regional Junior champion in freestyle…. 2021 Ohio Junior National Duals team member… Third in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2019 Southeast Regional champion in freestyle… Will be a senior at Aurora High School… 2021 Ohio D2 state champion at 195 pounds… Second in 2019 Ohio state championships at 152… Committed to NC State… Born: October 11, 2002… Age: 18

BLUE: Seth Shumate, Dublin, Ohio
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 5 at 195

2019 16U Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… 2019 Central 16U Regional champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2018 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle…Will be a senior at Coffman High School… Two-time Ohio D1 state champion… 2021 state champion at 195 pounds… 2019 state champion at 195 pounds… Committed to Ohio State… Born April 10, 2003… Age: 18

220 pounds

RED: Ben Kueter, Iowa Ciy, Iowa
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 11 at 220 pounds

Third in 2021 UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle… 2021 Iowa Junior Nationals Duals team member… 2021 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… Second in 2019 Northern Plains 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… Fourth in 2019 U15 Nationals in freestyle… Seventh in 2019 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a junior at Iowa City High School… Two-time Iowa 3A state champion… 2021 state champion at 195 pounds… 2020 state champion at 160 pounds… Born: June 7, 2004… Age: 17
Note: Kueter remains eligible for the Triple Crown

BLUE: Christian Carroll, Elkhart, Ind.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 3 at 195 pounds

Second in 2021 UWW Junior Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2019 Flo Nationals in Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 Central 16U Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Super 32 champion…Will be a junior at New Prairie High School… Has committed to Illinois… Born: August 9, 2003… Age: 17

285 pounds

RED: Chase Horne, Dudley, Ga.
FloWrestling current national ranking: No. 1 at 285, No. 13 P-4-P

Third in 2019 16U Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2018 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… Second in 2018 Southeast 16U Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Will be a senior at West Laurens High School… 2021 Georgia 4A state champion at 285 pounds… 2020 state champion at 220 pounds… 2019 state champion at 220 pounds… Has committed to NC State… Born: October 1, 2003… Age: 17

BLUE: Ben Kawczynski, Oak Creek, Wis.
FloWrestling current national ranking: unranked

Sixth in 2021 Northern Plains Junior Regionals… 2021 Wisconsin Junior National Duals team member… Third in 2021 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals… Fifth in 2020 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals (high school grades 11-12)… Fourth in 2019 USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals… 2019 Dominate in the Dells 16U champion… Graduated from Oak Creek High School… 2021 Wisconsin D1 state champion at 285 pounds… Sixth at 2020 Wisconsin state championships at 220 pounds… Sixth at 2019 Wisconsin state championships at 195 pounds…Will attend the Univ. of Wisconsin-LaCrosse…. Born: January 21, 2003… Age: 18

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