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Washington’s Chandler Rogers is looking to become a double national champion in Cadets. John Sachs photo.

FARGO, N.D. – One final step remains for four wrestlers who are on the brink of capturing a prestigious USA Wrestling Triple Crown in the Cadet division.

Wisconsin’s Hunter Marko (94 pounds), California’s Aaron Pico (132), Texas’ Bo Nickal (160) and Minnesota’s Lance Benick (195) have advanced to the finals of the Cadet Nationals freestyle tournament. Nickal moved up a weight after winning a Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman title at 152.

The finals are set for 2 p.m. Friday at the Fargo Dome.

Those wrestlers already own Cadet Nationals titles in Folkstyle and Greco-Roman wrestling this year.

There have been 10 Triple Crowns won in the Cadet division by nine wrestlers. Michigan’s Taylor Massa accomplished the feat twice.

Oklahoma’s Joe Smith, son of Oklahoma State coach John Smith, has advanced to the Cadet finals at 120

Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman champions Devin Schnupp of Pennsylvania (88), Cole Weaver of Michigan (126), Mason Manville of Minnesota (145), Kimball Bastian of Utah (160), Chandler Rogers of Washington (170), Roy Nash of Utah (220) and Wyatt Spears of Oregon (285) also reached the freestyle finals.

Cadet Nationals Folkstyle champions Matthew Kolodzik of Ohio (120) and Michael Pixley of Missouri (182) also are among the Cadet wrestlers who reached the finals.

Cadets are wrestlers who are ages 15 and 16.

FINALS MATCHUPS

88 Pounds
Devin Schnupp (Pennsylvania) vs. Michael Doetsch (Maryland)

94 Pounds
Hunter Marko (Wisconsin) vs. Nick Lukanich (Illinois)

100 Pounds
Kyle Bierdumpfel (New Jersey) vs. Miguel Silva (Illinois)

106 Pounds
Kaid Brock (Oklahoma) vs. Scott Parker (Pennsylvania)

113 Pounds
Charles Tucker (New Jersey) vs. Zahid Valencia (California)

120 Pounds
Joe Smith (Oklahoma) vs. Matthew Kolodzik (Ohio)

126 Pounds
Cole Weaver (Michigan) vs. Seth Gross (Minnesota)

132 Pounds
Aaron Pico (California) vs. Cody LeCount (Indiana)

138 Pounds
Anthony Valencia (California) vs. Pat Duggan (Pennsylvania)

145 Pounds
Mason Manville (Minnesota) vs. Fox Baldwin (Florida)

152 Pounds
Mark Hall (Michigan) vs. Myles Martin (New Jersey)

160 Pounds
Bo Nickal (Texas) vs. Kimball Bastian (Utah)

170 Pounds
Chandler Rogers (Washington) vs. Ryan Christensen (Washington)

182 Pounds
Michael Pixley (Missouri) vs. Chip Ness (Georgia)

195 Pounds
Lance Benick (Minnesota) vs. Landon Pelham (Michigan)

220 Pounds
Roy Nash (Utah) vs. Kyler Childers (Oklahoma)

285 Pounds
Wyatt Spears (Oregon) vs. Nicky Allegretti (Illinois)
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