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On Saturday and Sunday from Akron, Ohio the Cadet World Team will be decided at ten weight classes. The talent that has signed up at most weights is staggering. Below is an in-depth look at the five deepest and most intriguing weight classes and predictions for all ten.
This weight class interests me greatly because of bright future and potential possessed by its entrants. I think that two or three years from now we’ll look back on this group and already be impressive by the accomplishments of these wrestlers. The most decorated wrestler at the high school level, at this point, is Drake Ayala (Fort Dodge, IA). Drake was a Cadet Freestyle national champion last summer at 88 lbs. He was an Iowa state runner-up as a freshman and then competed at NHSCA Freshman Nationals, taking third at 106. He dropped a match to take second at Cadet Folkstyle Nationals to one of his fellow competitors here, Jordan Williams (Tulsa, OK). Up until Williams’ five-point win against Ayala, Jordan dominated the field at Folkstyle Nationals, racking up two pins, a tech-fall, and a major decision. Some of his stiffest competition will come from another Oklahoma native Eli Griffin (Cascia Hall, OK). Eli was a freshman in 2017-18 and ended his initial season with a state title.
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