Aided by four falls and big wins up and down the lineup, Illinois captured the 2010 USA Wrestling Junior Duals championship in freestyle with a 38-24 victory over Iowa at Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Monday.
To reach Monday afternoon’s final, Illinois beat Michigan 1, New Jersey 1, and Ohio, while Iowa edged Wisconsin and Minnesota 3 in close duals, then bested Kansas to advance.
Illinois started off strong, picking up back-to-back two-period technical falls at 98 and 105 to storm to an 8-0 lead. Matthew Garelli and Kevon Powell quickly dispatched their opponents before Iowa notched its first win via Cory Clark’s 2-1, 2-1 victory over Derek Elmore at 112 pounds.
Eric Devos kept things close for Iowa, picking up a 1-0, 1-0 win over Matthew Cavalaris at 119 pounds.
Ben Whitford, last year’s Cadet Freestyle National Champion, beat Jack Hathaway at 125 pounds 2-2, 7-1. Hathaway was a Junior Freestyle runner-up last season.
Illinois picked up a big win when Eddie Klimara pinned Dakota Bauer 57 seconds into their bout at 130 pounds.
Illinois followed with its third win in a row as Nick Dardanes powered through Jordan Rinken 6-0, 5-0 to extend the Illinois lead to 20-7.
Iowa pulled a mild upset at 140 pounds when Jacob Ballweg knocked off defending Junior Freestyle champion Edwin Cooper 2-2, 1-2, 6-0. Ballweg used a relentless third period attack to knock off one of Illinois’ top wrestlers.
Whatever momentum gained with Ballwegs win was quickly stifled, as Spartacus Chino pinned Cody Caldwell late in the first period. Chino stepped over on Caldwell to get the fall.
Iowa mounted a comeback, winning three straight bouts from 152-171 with wins by Gabe Moreno, Nick Moore and Michael Moreno. Gabe Moreno wrestled only his second match of the tournament against Joey Kielbasa, but won in three periods 0-7, 5-1, 4-4.
Moore was solid in beating Dylan Reel 3-0, 6-0 at 160, while Michael Moreno hit a big five-point throw in the third period of his 171-pound bout against Illinois’ Jahwon Akui. Moreno won the first in the clinch, while Akui won the second in the same manner.
With Iowa still within striking distance going into 189 pounds, FILA Junior freestyle champion Lee Munster put Iowa away with a fall over Mickey Pelfrey in 23 seconds. Not to be outdone, Gage Harrah pinned Iowa’s Cody Krumweide in 1:09 to ice the victory.
Iowa’s Austin Blythe, an Iowa football recruit, picked up a fall to end the dual, but was more instrumental in getting Iowa to the final with wins over Minnesota’s Donnie Longendyke and Wisconsin’s Niko Bogojevic.
Watch the video archives of the Finals in Greco-Roman and Freestyle Below.
1st Place Illinois
2nd Place Iowa
3rd Place Ohio
4th Place Wisconsin
5th Place Minnesota 3
6th Place Michigan 1
7th Place New Jersey 1
8th Place Kansas
Consolation 4 Bracket
Michigan 2 37, New Jersey 2 32
ILLINOIS 38, IOWA 24
98 Mathew Garelli (Illinois) over Jay Fresh (Iowa) TF 6-0,7-0
105 Kevon Powell (Illinois) over Andrew Steiert (Iowa) TF 7-0,7-0
112 Cory Clark (Iowa) over Derek Elmore (Illinois) Dec 2-1,2-1
119 Eric DeVos (Iowa) over Matthew Cavalaris (Illinois) Dec 1-0,1-0
125 Ben Whitford (Illinois) over Jack Hathaway (Iowa) Dec 2-2,7-1
130 Eddie Klimara (Illinois) over Dakota Bauer (Iowa) Pin 0:57
135 Nick Dardanes (Illinois) over Jordan Rinken (Iowa) Dec 6-0,5-0
140 Jacob Ballweg (Iowa) over Edwin Cooper (Illinois) Dec 2-2,1-2,6-0
145 Spartacus Chino (Illinois) over Cody Caldwell (Iowa) Pin 1:51
152 Gabriel Moreno (Iowa) over Joey Kielbasa (Illinois) Dec 0-7,5-1,4-4
160 Nick Moore (Iowa) over Dylan Reel (Illinois) Dec 3-0,6-0
171 Michael Moreno (Iowa) over Jahwon Akui (Illinois) Dec 3-0,0-1,5-0
189 Lee Munster (Illinois) over Mickey Pelfrey (Iowa) Pin 0:23
215 Gage Harrah (Illinois) over Cody Krumweide (Iowa) Pin 1:09
285 Austin Blythe (Iowa) over Christopher Lopez (Illinois) Pin 3-1,2:00
OHIO 37, WISCONSIN 16
98 Jude Michel (Ohio) over Jason Munoz (Wisconsin) Dec 4-3,5-4
105 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio) over Bobby Nachreiner (Wisconsin) Dec 7-0,7-3
112 Edgar Bright (Ohio) over Chad Bartchenfeld (Wisconsin) Dec 6-0,4-0
119 Ryan McQuade (Wisconsin) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
125 Kagen Squire (Ohio) over Hunter Weber (Wisconsin) Dec 1-0,1-0
130 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio) over Justin Mudlaff (Wisconsin) Dec 7-1,1-0
135 Hunter Stieber (Ohio) over Jake Sueflohn (Wisconsin) Dec 5-2,6-0
140 Cullan Morrissey (Wisconsin) over Clay Wenger (Ohio) Dec 6-0,3-0
145 Brad Squire (Ohio) over Alex Dieringer (Wisconsin) Dec 4-0,3-0
152 Ian Miller (Ohio) over Brad Dolezal (Wisconsin) Dec 4-0,5-0
160 Pierce Harger (Ohio) over Zak Benitz (Wisconsin) Dec 4-0,8-0
171 Nick Sulzer (Ohio) over Devin Peterson (Wisconsin) Dec 3-0,2-0
189 Sam Wheeler (Ohio) over Shane Hughes (Wisconsin) Dec 6-0,4-1
215 Alex Polizzi (Wisconsin) over Nick Tavanello (Ohio) Dec 7-3,6-5
285 Billy Vaughan (Ohio) over Niko Bogojevic (Wisconsin) Dec 3-0,1-0
MINNESOTA 3 39, MICHIGAN 19
98 Tyler Foley (Michigan 1) over Erik Olson (Minnesota 3) Dec 4-1,6-0
105 Freddie Rodriguez (Michigan 1) over Cameron Henning (Minnesota 3) TF 8-2,8-1
112 Wesley Azariah (Minnesota 3) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
119 Mike Fueffinger (Minnesota 3) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
125 Connor Youtsey (Michigan 1) over Cola Jensen (Minnesota 3) Pin 1:34
130 Bronson Stuber (Minnesota 3) over Alec Mooradian (Michigan 1) Dec 5-0,7-0
135 Drew Lexvold (Minnesota 3) over Chris Rau (Michigan 1) Pin 0:24
140 Tommy Glenn (Minnesota 3) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
145 Dylan Ness (Minnesota 3) over Kegan Arthur (Michigan 1) Dec 8-0,5-3
152 Jake Long (Minnesota 3) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
160 Steve Keough (Minnesota 3) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
171 Double Forfeit
189 Chris Heald (Michigan 1) over Spencer Johnson (Minnesota 3) Dec 3-1,4-3
215 Adam Coon (Michigan 1) over Jeff Nielson (Minnesota 3) Dec 6-0,4-0
285 Double Forfeit
NEW JERSEY 1 50, KANSAS 20
98 Jan Rosenberg (New Jersey 1) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
105 Anthony Ashnault (New Jersey 1) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
112 Tyler Fraley (New Jersey 1) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
119 Rob Deutsch (New Jersey 1) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
125 Robbie Hines (Kansas) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
130 Todd Preston (New Jersey 1) over Brandon Charbonneau (Kansas) Dec 0-1,3-0,4-4
135 Lou Mascola (New Jersey 1) over Zach Tanenbaum (Kansas) Dec 8-1,5-1
140 Taylor Moeder (Kansas) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
145 James Green (New Jersey 1) over Derrick Weller (Kansas) Dec 4-0,1-2,6-0
152 Matt Dickman (New Jersey 1) over Bradley Little (Kansas) Dec 9-8,3-7,10-4
160 Beau Vrancken (New Jersey 1) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
171 Nick Visicaro (New Jersey 1) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
189 Billy George (New Jersey 1) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
215 Nick Pearch (Kansas) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
285 Jack Delia (New Jersey 1) over Derek Holly (Kansas) Dec 6-3,3-1