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|With four events down and six to go, ASICS Ultimate Challenge Series action heats up in 2007|
By Tony Black USA Wrestling
The 2006-2007 ASICS Ultimate Challenge of folkstyle wrestling is well underway, but six events still remain.
For the first time, there are now four age divisions. Jesse Thielke of Wisconsin, Noah Teaney of Missouri, Austin Reynolds of California, and Brayton Lee of Indiana are the leaders for their respective age divisions in the Ultimate Challenge Series at this point in the season.
The four events which have been wrestled are the California World Challenge, the Winter Classic, Dixie ASICS Nationals, and the U.S. Junior Open Championships.
Jesse Thielke leads in Division 4 (13-14 year olds) standings. He has scored a perfect 6400 points thus far by winning all four Ultimate Challenge tournaments. Thielke looks like a strong candidate to win his age division, as he was a 2006 USA Wrestling Triple Crown winner as a schoolboy.
Noah Teaney leads Division 3 (11-12 year olds) with 4400 points; Austin Reynolds leads Division 2 (9-10 year olds) with 2600 points, and Brayton Lee leads Division 1 (7-8 year olds) with 2200 points.
The following are the six events remaining on the docket for the 2006-2007 Ultimate Challenge.
*Utah Amateur Wrestling Foundation Folkstyle Nationals in Richfield, Utah, Jan. 19-20.
* Indy Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 17-18.
* The ASICS Liberty Nationals in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 23-24.
* The Arnold Wrestling Challenge in Columbus, Ohio, March 3-4.
* VAC/USAW Wrestle-FEST 2007 in Virginia Beach, Va., March 9-11.
* USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa, March 30-April 1.
The Ultimate Challenge, which is in its fifth year, is a series of tournaments in which place winners cumulate points. The Ultimate Challenge culminates at the ASICS USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa. This year's Folkstyle National Championships will be held March 30-April 1.
It should be noted that Bantam and Junior age levels are now part of the ASICS USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships. For more information on this event, please go to:
2006-2007 ULTIMATE CHALLENGE SERIES STANDINGS
(After 4 of the 10 events)
Division 4 (13-14 year olds)
1. Jesse Thielke (WI), 6400 pts.
2. (tie) Ryne Cokeley (KS), 5600 pts.
2. (tie) Hunter Weber (WI), 5600 pts.
4. Colbey Skaggs (MO), 3200 pts.
5. Kenith Davis (GA), 2800 pts.
6. Jake Sueflohn (WI), 2400 pts.
7. (tie) Curtis Lampert II (NV), 1600 pts.
7. (tie) Jake Gregerson (IL), 1600 pts.
9. Ian Johnson (WI), 1200 pts.
9. Dustin Kief (IN), 1200 pts.
Division 3 (11-12 year olds)
1. Noah Teaney (MO), 4400 pts.
2. Sean Russell (GA), 3500 pts.
3. Jordan Wigger (SC), 3200 pts.
4. Devin Weber (WI), 2900 pts.
5. (tie) Glenn Climmons (GA), 2800 pts.
5. (tie) Kyle Riedling (IN), 2800 pts.
7. (tie) Travis Hasselbeck (LA), 2200 pts.
7. (tie) Lucas Lambrecht (WI), 2200 pts.
9. (tie) Peter Palacios Jr. (CA), 1600 pts.
9. (tie) Dahlton Brown (CA), 1600 pts.
9. (tie) Brian Harvey (IN), 1600 pts.
9. (tie) Ryan Cone (WI), 1600 pts.
9. (tie) Chris Santillan (CA), 1600 pts.
9. (tie) Tanner Tinsley (VA), 1600 pts.
Division 2 (9-10 year olds)
1. Austin Reynolds (CA), 2600 pts.
2. Gage Overton (IL), 2400 pts.
2. Joel Hill (GA), 2400 pts.
4. Bradley Conley (OH), 2200 pts.
5. (tie) Christoper Garcia (CA), 1600 pts.
5. (tie) Ty Pelot (WI), 1600 pts.
5. (tie) Benjamin Harvey (IN), 1600 pts.
5. (tie) Codi Russell (GA), 1600 pts.
9. (tie) Paul Klee (CA), 1200 pts.
9. (tie) Ty Fleener (IN), 1200 pts.
9. (tie) Tyler Bordner (IL), 1200 pts.
Division 1 (7-8 year olds)
1. Brayton Lee (IN), 2200 pts.
2. (tie) Joseph Dominguez (CA), 1600 pts.
2. (tie) Tyler Tsagalis (IL), 1600 pts.
2. (tie) Chase Bittle (IL), 1600 pts.
2. (tie) Brett Johnson (IN), 1600 pts.
2. (tie) Ian Ruble (WI), 1600 pts.
2. (tie) Blake Glogouski (IN), 1600 pts.
2. (tie) Montorie Bridges (OK), 1600 pts.
9. (tie) John Lemer (SD), 1200 pts.
9. (tie) Josh McClure (MO), 1200 pts.
9. (tie) Nathan Walton (IN), 1200 pts.
9. (tie) Zachary Austin (OK), 1200 pts.
For complete up-to-date standings, the breakdown of scoring, and event information, please go to