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Michigan's Rodriguez wins Triple Crown, Minnesota's McCauley named OW after winning Junior Nationals freestyle titles|
By Craig Sesker - USA Wrestling
Fargo Special Section
Michigan’s Freddie Rodriguez takes control in the Junior freestyle finals. John Sachs photo.|
FARGO, N.D. – Michigan’s Freddie Rodriguez bumped up a weight class, but it didn’t stop him from making a little history.
Rodriguez won a Junior Nationals freestyle title at 112 pounds to complete the USA Wrestling Triple Crown in the Junior division on Saturday afternoon at the FargoDome. He becomes just the second wrestler to win a Junior Triple Crown.
Rodriguez won a Junior Nationals Folkstyle title earlier this year in Cedar Falls, Iowa, before winning the Junior Nationals Greco-Roman crown on Tuesday at 105 pounds.
Rodriguez dropped the first period 6-0 to Maryland’s Evan Silver in the Junior freestyle finals before storming back to win the next two periods 6-2, 7-0.
Montana’s Jade Rauser won a Junior Triple Crown last year. Juniors have been eligible for the Triple Crown since 2007.
Minnesota’s Destin McCauley, one of the nation’s top recruits, looked dominant in sweeping California’s Matt Hickman, 3-1, 6-0 at 152. McCauley finished third in Junior Nationals in 2009. He will look to win his fifth state high school title next season.
McCauley was named Outstanding Wrestler.
Illinois won the team title. Illinois crowned champions in Matt Garelli (98) and Eddie Klimara (125).
Wisconsin’s Alex Dieringer emerged victorious in one of the best matches of the day when he outlasted Minnesota’s Dylan Ness 6-4, 1-2, 6-5 in the finals at 145. Dieringer also beat Ness in the Junior Folkstyle Nationals finals this year.
Florida’s Tyler Liberatore won a Junior Nationals freestyle title at 130 to become a double champion in Fargo. He won Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman earlier this week.
Iowa had champions in Jacob Ballweg (140) and Nick Moore (160). Both wrestlers are University of Iowa recruits.
Moore pinned Nebraska recruit Robert Kokesh of South Dakota in the finals. Moore’s older brother, Nate, was a two-time Junior Nationals champion. He won in 2007 and 2008.
Idaho’s Tanner Hall won the freestyle title at 215 after placing second in Greco-Roman.
Wrestlers who also won titles were Connecticut’s Ross Spencer (105), Utah’s Carson Kuhn (119), New Jersey’s Austin Ormsbee (135), South Dakota’s Logan Storley (171), California’s Morgan McIntosh (189) and Ohio’s Greg Kuhar (285).
Spencer beat returning Junior Nationals champion Ruben Navejas of Washington 1-1, 3-1 in the finals.
Kuhn won a 2008 Cadet Nationals freestyle championship. He is a Boise State recruit.
It was the final session of the seven-day ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Cadet Nationals. The event is scheduled to return to Fargo in 2011.
JUNIOR NATIONALS FREESTYLE FINALS RESULTS
Matt Garelli (Illinois) dec. Mark Raghunandan (New York), 3-1, 6-0
Ross Spencer (Connecticut) dec. Ruben Navejas (Washington), 1-1, 3-1
Freddie Rodriguez (Michigan) dec. Evan Silver (Maryland), 0-6, 6-2, 7-0
Carson Kuhn (Utah) dec. Hunter Weber (Wisconsin), 2-0, 4-0
Eddie Klimara (Illinois) dec. Zachary Horan (Pennsylvania), 0-2, 3-1, 2-0
Tyler Liberatore (Florida) dec. Matt Kelliher (Minnesota), 5-2, 2-1
Austin Ormsbee (New Jersey) dec. Terrell Wilbourn (Missouri), 2-0, 5-2
Jacob Ballweg (Iowa) dec. Edwin Cooper (Illinois), 1-0, 7-0
Alex Dieringer (Wisconsin) dec. Dylan Ness (Minnesota), 6-4, 1-2, 6-5
Destin McCauley (Minnesota) dec. Matt Hickman (California), 3-1, 6-0
Nick Moore (Iowa) pinned Robert Kokesh (South Dakota), 1:38
Logan Storley (South Dakota) dec. Nick Sulzer (Ohio), 2-1, 4-2
Morgan McIntosh (California) pinned Matthew Riley (Iowa), 1:10
Tanner Hall (Idaho) pinned Cody Krumwiede (Iowa), 3-2, 0:38
Greg Kuhar (Ohio) dec. Chris Lopez (Illinois), 5-2, 1-0
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