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|ASICS Junior Nationals back in Las Vegas, April 18-20; Top 17-20 year olds battle for spots in World Team Trials|
By Meagan Templeton-Lynch USA Wrestling
Earl Hall of the New York AC, pictured at the Dave Schultz Memorial, was a 2012 Junior World Team member at 60 kg and is expected at the ASICS Junior National in Las Vegas this year. Larry Slater photo
USA Wrestling is hosting the Men’s ASICS Junior National Championships (formerly called the FILA Junior National Championships) in Las Vegas, Nev. next to the U.S. Open Wrestling Championships, April 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
FILA Junior athletes will compete for national titles and All-American honors in freestyle and Greco-Roman. The Junior age group consists of 17-20 year olds, featuring some of the nation’s top high school and college underclassmen wrestlers.
The champions will earn the No. 1 position for the 2013 ASICS U.S. Junior World Team Trials in Stillwater, Okla., June 20-23. Other placewinners also qualify to compete in Stillwater.
This year, there is an exciting new opportunity concerning hotel reservations and entry fees. Participants in all five USA Wrestling tournaments in Las Vegas will receive their event registration fee at half price if they book their hotel room through VEGAS.com. You must go through the USA Wrestling event websites first to get the proper location on Vegas.com and receive a discount code for registration. This is a tremendous value for all who use this option.
VEGAS.com offers extremely low prices at a large variety of hotels in Las Vegas and offers a price guarantee. If you can find a lower price at that hotel property somewhere else, VEGAS.com will match the rate.
YOU MUST BOOK A ROOM THROUGH VEGAS.COM FIRST IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A DISCOUNT CODE TO USE LATER FOR TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION. Do not go directly to Vegas.com to book your room. Use the link on the USA Wrestling event websites to Vegas.com to order your room and receive the discount code for event registration.
Online registration is available for all five USA Wrestling tournaments in Las Vegas, with a deadline of Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. For the ASICS Junior Nationals, onsite late registration will be permitted with an additional late entry fee.
ASICS Junior Nationals On-line Registration
There are ten World Team members that are still eligible to compete in this year’s competition. FILA Junior Greco-Roman World Team members Isaiah Varona at 110 lbs., Nick Alvarez at 145.5 lbs., Geordan Speiller at 163 lbs. and Lucas Sheridan at 185 lbs. are eligible to compete in this year’s Junior Nationals. Junior Freestyle World Team members able to compete are Adrian Cordova at 110 lbs., Joey Dance at 121 lbs., Earl Hall at 132 lbs., Alex Dieringer at 163 lbs., Tanner Hall at 211 lbs. and Austin Marsden at 264.5 lbs.
2012 FILA Junior Greco-Roman National champions that can compete this year are Varona, Alvarez, Speiller and Sheridan, plus Bobby Nachreiner at 110 lbs., Tyler Fraley at 138.75 lbs., Brad Dolezal at 154 lbs. and Adam Coon at 264.5 lbs.
Greco-Roman runners-up who are still eligible to compete are Ramon Moreno at 110 lbs., Jessy Williams at 132 lbs., Tyrel White at 138.75 lbs., Dillon Cowan at 154 lbs. and Austin Schafer at 211.5 lbs.
2012 FILA Junior Freestyle National champions that are eligible for the tournament include Cordova, Dance and Marsden, plus Mark Grey at 132 lbs.
Freestyle runners-up still able to compete include Greco-Roman champion at 154 lbs., Brad Dolezal, as well as Jameson Oster at 138.75 lbs.
Competition for FILA Junior Greco-Roman wrestlers will be held on Friday, April 18. The FILA Junior Freestyle competition will be held Saturday, April 20.
Some of the athletes who compete at the ASICS Junior Nationals may also enter the U.S. Open to test themselves on the Senior level.
2013 ASICS FILA JUNIOR NATIONALS EVENT SCHEDULE
At Las Vegas, Nev.
Tuesday, April 16
9:00AM (Pacific Time) - Discounted Online Athlete Registration Deadline. Note: Online registration available but with a late fee.
Thursday, April 18
12:00PM-1:30PM - Mandatory Check-in, Weigh-in Card Pickup, and Waiver Drop-off for 55KG and 96KG FILA Junior Greco-Roman Nationals (Room N-110). This weigh-in is ONLY for 55KG and 96KG Athletes who will compete in BOTH FILA Junior and SENIOR Greco-Roman Nationals on Friday, April 19. Athletes that are only wrestling in FILA Junior Greco-Roman on Friday will weigh-in at 8:00PM. Athletes who actively compete in both styles of the FILA Junior Nationals will only have to weigh-in once.
1:30PM-2:00PM - FILA Junior Greco-Roman Nationals Medical Check & Weigh-ins (Room N-113). This weigh-in is ONLY for 55KG and 96KG Athletes who will compete in BOTH FILA Junior and SENIOR Greco-Roman Nationals on Friday, April 19. Athletes that are only wrestling in FILA Junior Greco-Roman on Friday will weigh-in at 8:00PM. Athletes who actively compete in both styles of the FILA Junior Nationals will only have to weigh-in once.
1:30PM-2:00PM or 8:00PM-8:30PM - FILA Junior Greco-Roman National’s Medical Check & Weigh-in (Room N-113). Men’s GR 74KG, 84KG who are competing in the Senior Greco-Roman Nationals and are competing on Thursday, April 18. WILL receive a two (2) Kilogram weight allowance. MUST make the weight they wrestled in on Thursday, April 18 (with a two (2) KG weight allowance) Failure to make this weight will result in disqualification from the tournament. Athletes who actively compete in both styles of the FILA Junior Nationals will only have to weigh-in once.
7:00PM-8:00PM - Mandatory Check-in, Weigh-in Card Pickup, and Waiver Drop-off for FILA Junior Greco-Roman Nationals (Room N-110)
8:00PM-8:30PM - FILA Junior Greco-Roman Nationals Medical Check & Weigh-ins (Room N-113). Athletes competing in BOTH FILA Junior Greco-Roman and FILA Junior Freestyle Nationals will only weigh-in once for both events. This is contingent upon the athlete actively competing in the first of the two wrestling styles scheduled. Athletes competing in Freestyle only must weigh in on Friday during the scheduled time.
Friday, April 19
2:00PM-Conclusion - FILA Junior Greco Roman Nationals Preliminaries, Medal Matches and Finals
5:00PM-6:00PM - Mandatory Check-in, Weigh-in Card Pickup, and Waiver Drop-off for FILA Junior Freestyle Nationals (Room N-110)
6:00PM-6:30PM - FILA Junior Freestyle Nationals Medical Check & Weigh-ins (Room N-113)
Saturday, April 20
9:00AM-2:00PM - FILA Junior Freestyle Nationals Preliminaries
3:00PM-Conclusion - FILA Junior Freestyle Nationals Preliminaries, Medal Matches and Finals
2012 FILA JUNIOR FREESTYLE NATIONALS
110 – Adrian Cordova (Westside) dec. Antonio Juarez (unattached), 1-0, 1-1
121 – Joey Dance (Virginia Elite) dec. Conor Youtsey (Michigan Wrestling Club), 3-0, 5-0
132 – Mark Grey (Blair Academy) dec. Cody Brewer (Oklahoma Elite), 5-3, 3-1
138.75 – Steven Rodrigues (Illini Wrestling Club) dec. Jameson Oster (Wildcat Wrestling Club), 2-2, 1-1
145.5 – Destin McCauley (Sunkist Kids) pin Hunter Stieber (Ohio RTC), 1:25
154 – Justin Deangelis (Oklahoma Elite) dec. Brad Dolezal (Minnesota Storm), 0-2, 3-0, 2-0
163 – Nazar Kulchytskyy (World Class Wrestling) dec. Nick Moore (Hawkeye Wrestling Club), 1-0, 1-0
174 – Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh Wrestling Club) dec. Frank Cousins (Badger WC), 1-0, 1-0
185 – Patrick Downey, III (Team OTC) dec. Logan Storley (Minnesota Storm), 1-0, 0-2, 3-2
211.5 – Andrew Campolattano (RTC) dec. Scott Schiller (Minnesota Storm), 1-0, 2-1
264.5 – Austin Marsden (Gator/Cowboy) dec. Daniel Miller (Navy Mat Club), 0-1, 1-1, 4-1
2012 FILA JUNIOR GRECO-ROMAN NATIONALS
110 – Bobby Nachreiner (AWA) dec. Ramon Moreno (USOEC), 2-2, 6-3
121 – Isaiah Varona (305 Wrestling / USOEC) dec. Jake Bellis (Iguana Greco), 1-0, 0-1, 3-0
132 – Joey DeNova (USOEC/NYAC) dec. Jessy Williams (USOEC), 3-0, 1-0
138.75 – Tyler Fraley (Shamrock) dec. Tyrel White (Shamrock), 6-0, 5-0
145.5 – Nick Alvarez (305 Wrestling / USOEC) dec. Ryne Cokeley (Badger WC), 4-2, 6-4
154 – Brad Dolezal (Minnesota Storm) dec. Dillon Cowan (USOEC), 8-3, 6-0
163 – Caleb Smith (unattached) dec. Eric Fajardo (New York Athletic Club), 2-0, 0-6, 3-1
174 – Geordan Speiller (Florida JETS) dec. Terrence Zaleski (YES Wrestling), 1-0, 5-0
185 – Lucas Sheridan (HWC / CYC) dec. Anthony Gardner (Terrapin Wrestling Club), 7-1, 2-0
211.5 – Marcus Finau (NYAC) dec. Austin Schafer (Army), 1-0, 0-4, 1-0
264.5 – Adam Coon (WOW) dec. Parker Betts (Minnesota Storm), 1-0, 8-4