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|Johnson, Jr., Weber and Waters command the lead after 10 events in the ASICS Ultimate Challenge Series|
By Erin Phipps USA Wrestling
The race for the Dominator belts will soon be over, following the conclusion of the USA Wrestling ASICS Folkstyle National Championships at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Apr. 7-9.
The 2005-06 Ultimate Challenge Series has seen some of the most talented wrestlers competing from around the country. The Ultimate Challenge Series is an 11-event tournament that spans the country and culminated with the USA Wrestling ASICS Folkstyle National Championships in Iowa, Apr. 7-9.
After completion of the Virginia Challenge/USA Wrestle-FEST 2006, Michael Johnson, Jr. of Illinois remains in the lead of Div. I (9-10 years old) with 12,800 points. Johnson has taken a strong lead in the Ultimate Challenge tournament, placing first in the Winter Classic, Dixie ASICS Nationals, 21st Annual Brute Bowl Classic, U.S. Junior Open Championship, Indy Nationals, Liberty ASICS Nationals, the Arnold Wrestling Challenge and the Virginia Challenge/USAW Wrestle-FEST. Dylan Lucas of Florida holds second place with 8,400 points and Devon MarcAurele of Connecticut follows him with 7,600 points.
Hunter Weber of Wisconsin continues to lead in Div. II (11-12 years old) with 10,700 points. Weber has been the champion in the California World Challenge, 21st Annual Brute Bowl Classic, Sunkist Kids Ultimate Challenge, and the Arnold Wrestling Challenge. Following Weber are Jason Luster of Georgia with 9,600 points and Glenn Climmons of Georgia with 8,900 points.
There is a close race for the top spot in Div. III (13-15 years old). Alan Waters of Missouri has taken over the lead with 10,600 points. Waters has placed first in the Winter Classic, Dixie ASICS Nationals, U.S. Junior Open Championships, Indy Nationals and the Liberty ASICS Nationals. Gregory Amos of Missouri and Clark Glass of Florida are tied for second place with 10,400 points. Glass is in the position to win his third consecutive Dominator belt this year.
The ASICS Folkstyle National Championships is the last event in the series, and is double the points of the previous competitions for the top eight award winners. At the conclusion of the event, nine Dominator belts will be presented. The top three athletes in each of the three age divisions will receive a handsome Championship belt. The top point scorer in the entire series will be named the Ultimate Dominator.
Those who attend the ASICS Folkstyle Nationals will have the chance to meet wrestling legend Cael Sanderson, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the only wrestler ever to win four NCAA Div. I titles with an undefeated career. Sanderson will be present to meet fans and participants, sign autographs and give out awards.
The deadline for online registration for the ASICS Kids/Cadet Folkstyle National Championships is April 1. Register today for the most important event in Kids folkstyle wrestling.
2005-06 ULTIMATE CHALLENGE SERIES LEADERS
(after 10 of the 11 events)
Division I (9 & 10 year olds)
1. Michael Johnson, Jr. (IL), 12,800 pts.
2. Dylan Lucas (FL), 8,400 pts.
3. Devon MarcAurele (CT), 7,600 pts.
4. Brandon James, (IN), 7,000 pts.
5. Paul Thomas (IN), 6,700 pts.
6. Dayton Racer (MO), 5,000 pts.
7. Cullen Hood (KS), 4,800 pts.
8. Travis Hasselbeck (LA), 4,700 pts.
9. Devin Weber (WI), 4,000 pts.
10. (tie) Michael Hamilton (OK), 3,800 pts.
10. (tie) Gary Harding (OK), 3,800 pts.
10. (tie) Derek White (OK), 3,800 pts.
Division II (11 & 12 year olds)
1. Hunter Weber (WI), 10,700 pts.
2. Jason Luster (GA), 9,600 pts.
3. Glenn Climmons (GA), 8,900 pts.
4. Kevin Norstrem (FL), 6,500 pts.
5. Andre Schulte (CA), 6,400 pts.
6. G.W. Woods II (VA), 5,800 pts.
7. (tie) Rossi Bruno (FL), 5,200 pts.
7. (tie) Justin Mudlaff (WI), 5,200 pts.
9. Oliver Pierce (TX), 4,800 pts.
10. Mike Ettore (FL), 4,500 pts.
Division III (13-15 year olds)
1. Alan Waters (MO), 10,600 pts.
2. (tie) Gregory Amos (MO), 10,400 pts.
2. (tie) Clark Glass (FL), 10, 400 pts.
4. Eli Ashby (SC), 8,500 pts.
5. Jesse Thielke (WI), 8,000 pts.
6. (tie) Ryne Cokeley (KS), 7,600 pts.
6. (tie) Brett Jaeckel (TN), 7,600 pts.
7. T.J. Mitchell (GA), 5,700 pts.
8. Keith Surber (IL), 5,200 pts.
9. (tie) Seth Collier (IN), 4,400 pts.
9. (tie) Colbey Skaggs (MO), 4,400 pts.