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|Eleven alive for Kids Triple Crowns with Greco-Roman titles at Kids Nationals in Utah|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
OREM, Utah – There are 11 athletes who are still alive in the quest for a coveted USA Wrestling Kids Triple Crown, after scoring victories in Greco-Roman at the 2013 Kids Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals on Tuesday.
These 11 athletes also won gold medals at the 2013 USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Falls, Iowa in April.
There is only one athlete eligible for the Triple Crown in the Intermediate division, Garrison Dendy of Georgia, the champion at 65 pounds.
Five athletes are alive in the hunt for a Triple Crown on the Novice level – Jesse Vasquez of California (85), Alfonso Martinez of Arizona (90), Abe Assad of Illinois (95), Jeremiah Hollen of Arizona (120) and Santos Cantu of Oregon (140+). Vasquez has moved up a weight, after winning his folkstyle title at 85 pounds in Iowa.
The Schoolboy division has five still eligible for the Triple Crown: Jace Koelzer of Kansas (70), Cole Moody of Utah (105), Brock Hardy of Utah (128), Travis Wittlake of Oregon (136) and Brandon Orrino of Washington (144). Three of the athletes have gone up a weight from where they won their national folkstyle titles: Hardy, Wittlake and Orrino.
None of those eligible were Triple Crown winners last year. Wittlake is attempting to win his third career Triple Crown, after winning as an Intermediate in 2010 and a Novice in 2011.
There are very few repeat Kids National Greco-Roman champions from last year. Wittlake was a Novice Greco-Roman champion at 120 last year. Santos Cantu of Oregon, this year’s Novice 140+ champion and a Triple Crown candidate this year, also won that weight class in Greco last year.
There were only three Kids Triple Crown winners last year, so the potential for a larger group this year exists.
The freestyle competition will be held on Wednesday.
KIDS GRECO-ROMAN NATIONALS
At Orem, Utah, June 25
Intermediate Greco-Roman champions
50 - Sefton Douglass of Wyoming
55 - Kaden Ramos of Idaho
60 - James Brown of Arizona
65 - Garrison Dendy of Georgia
70 - Darion Johnson of Washington
75 - Austin Dalton of Oregon
80 - Hayden Hebert of Montana
87 - Brice Clegg of Utah
95 - Rojas Manuel of Michigan
103 - Malakai Nichols of Alaska
120 - Camden Erickson of Alaska
120++ - Earnest Gregory of Nevada
Novice Greco-Roman champions
60 - Brenden Chaowanapibool of Washington
65- Samuel Edelblute of Idaho
70 - Isaiah H. Gonzalez of Washington
75 - Kade Thompson of Utah
80 - Noah Wachsmuth of Oregon
85 - Jesse Vasquez of California won FK at 80
90 - Alfonso Martinez of Arizona
95 - Abe Assad of Illinois
100 - Dominic Damon of Washington
105 - Luke Grubbs of Virginia
112 - Mario-Isaiah Padilla of Arizona
120 - Jeremiah Hollen of Arizona
130 - Erich Osteen of California
140 - Jacob Lightner of California
140+ - Santos Cantu of Oregon
Schoolboy Greco-Roman champions
70 - Jace Koelzer of Kansas
77 - Malik Heinselman of Colorado
84 - Marcus Castillo of Arizona
91 - Will Lewan of Illinois
98 - Theorius Robison of Colorado
105 - Cole Moody of Utah
112 - Calvin Germinaro of Minnesota
120 - Jake Allar of Minnesota
128 - Brock Hardy of Utah won FK at 120
136 - Travis Wittlake of Oregon won FK at 128
144 - Braedon Orrino of Washington
152 - Nathan Ream of Oregon
160 - Jared Walker of Idaho
175 - Brandon Closson of Utah
210 - Antonio Andrade of California
Bantam Festival Greco-Roman champions
40 - Talmage Mortimer of Utah
45 - Layne Kleimann of Utah
50 - Simon Luna of Idaho
55 - Aaron Rodarte of Arizona
60 - Chunky Penn-Harris of Oregon
65 - Cayaen Smith of Utah
75 - Billy Lewis of California
75+ - Austin Miller of Oregon