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Three wrestlers defend their Asics/Vaughan Junior National freestyle titles

FARGO, N.D. - Three wrestlers defended their titles at the 1999 ASICS/Vaughan Junior freestyle National Championship in Fargo, N.D., July 24. Two other wrestlers won double titles during the week.

Nick Simmons from Williamston, Mich., pinned Robert Araiza III from Chandler,Ariz. in fifty-five seconds to win his second title at 105.5 pounds. Simmons wasnamed to the 1999 ASICS Tiger All-American first team as a sophomore. He is the only sophomore on the team.

Another 1999 ASICS Tiger All-American, Zach Roberson of Overland Park, Kan.,won his second title when he defeated Zach Allen of Shawnee Mission, Kan., 7-3. Roberson won the 114.5-pound title for the second year in a row.

Damion Hahn of Lakewood, N.J., became a four-time national champion when he won the 178-pound weight class over Jason Potter of St. Charles, Ill., 9-0. Hahn is a member of the 1999 ASICS Tiger All-American first team and was named the 1999 ASICS Tiger Outstanding Wrestler of the year.

Jon Trenge of Orefield, Pa., won a double title in the Junior Nationals at 191.5pounds. He won with a technical fall over Quint Swanberg of Tucson, Ariz, in thefreestyle tournament. Trenge also won a Junior Greco-Roman title on Tuesday night. Last year, he was the Cadet freestyle National champion.

Tommy Rowlands of Columbus, Ohio, also won a double title at 220 pounds. He won with a technical fall over Matt Greenberg of Upper Saddle River, N.J., 10-0.A 1998 Junior National All-American in both styles, Rowlands beat David Walker of Seminole, Fla., 8-0, in the Junior Greco-Roman Nationals earlier this week. He is also a 1999 ASICS Tiger All-American.

First-time champions include: Leo Bugaj of El Reno, Okla., at 98 pounds, ChrisRodrigues of Marietta, Ga., at 114.5 pounds, Foley Dowd of Howell, N.J., at 132pounds, Max Odom of Tehachapi, Calif., at 143 pounds and Tyrone Lewis of ElReno, Okla., at 154 pounds. Jereme Maye of Crivitz, Wis., won his first title at165 pounds followed by Steven Mocco of North Bergen, N.J., at 275 pounds.

Bugaj pinned Eric Anderson of Browerville, Minn., at 2:55 to win his firstJunior National freestyle title. He won a 1998 Cadet Greco-Roman title and was a 1998 Cadet freestyle All-American.

Rodrigues defeated 1998 Junior freestyle National Champion Jason Powell ofChoctaw, Okla., 7-2, en route to his first national title at 114.5 pounds. Powell, a five-time Junior National champion, was attempting to tie the national record for Junior titles with six, but was haulted by Rodrigues. In the title match, Rodrigues scored a technical fall over Kyle Ott of HuberHeights, Ohio, 13-2, in 5:16.

Dowd is a member of the 1999 ASICS Tiger All-American first team. He defeated Cliff Moore of Sherrill, Iowa at 132 pounds, 4-1, to win his first title.

Odom scored a 3-2 decision in overtime over Marcus Levesseur of Minneapolis,Minn. to win his first Junior freestyle National title. Odom was a 1997 Cadetfreestyle National champion.

Lewis is a returning All-American at 143 pounds and won his first title at 154 pounds. He scored an overtime decision over Tony Morgan of Choctaw, Okla., 3-0.

Maye scored a quick pin over Wes Roberts of Oklahoma City, Okla. in 1:02 to winthe title at 165 pounds. Maye is a member of the 1999 ASICS Tiger All-American first team.

Mocco was a 1998 Junior freestyle All-American and won his first title thisyear with a win over Pat Miron of St. Croix Fall, Wis., 8-0. Mocco was also a two-time Cadet All-American.

The Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament went to two wrestlers. The first was Chris Rodrigues at 114 pounds and the second was Tommy Rowlands at 220 pounds.The award for the most falls in the least amount of time went to Nick Simmons at105.5 pounds with six falls in 8:03

The total number of wrestlers who competed in the Junior freestyle championships was 994

ASICS/Vaughan Junior Freestyle National Championships

Fargodome, Fargo, N.D. July 24, 1999

Final Results

98 lbs. - 1st - Leo Bugaj, El Reno, Okla. pin Eric Anderson, Browerville, Minn., 2:55; 3rd - Mike Magnusson, Blaine, Wash. dec. Justin Pearch, Molalla, Ore., 12-8; 5th - Nick Leon, Vista, Calif. dec. Lief Gilsdorf, Maumee, Ohio, 8-1; 7th - Sterling Oglesby, Gillette, Wyo. pin Rich White, Port Crane, N.Y., 3:30

105.5 lbs. - 1st - Nick Simmons, Williamston, Mich. pin Robert Araiza III, Chandler, Ariz.,0:55; 3rd - Austin Devoe, Columbus, Kan. pin Jamie Garza, Moses Lake, Wash., 2:38; 5th - John Bedford, Woodville, Ohio dec. Nathan Kendjorsky, Yorkville, Ohio, 8-5; 7th - Rocky Anderson, Boalsburg, Pa. won by tech. fall over Nick Minard, RogueRiver, Ore., 11-0, 0:55

114.5 lbs. - 1st - Chris Rodrigues, Marietta, Ga. won by tech. fall over Kyle Ott, HuberHeights, Ohio, 13-2, 5:16; 3rd - Mason Lenhard, Parma, Ohio dec. Andy Simmons, Williamston, Mich., 7-3; 5th - Jason Powell, Choctaw, Okla. won by tech. fall over Daniel Green, Tulsa,Okla., 11-0, 2:55; 7th - Jesse Mulder, Stoughton, Wis. pin Chad Everett, Emporia, Kan., 1:28

123 lbs. - 1st - Zach Roberson, Overland Park, Kan. dec. Zach Allen, Shawnee Mission, Kan.,7-3; 3rd - Mark Jayne, Elyria, Ohio dec. Matt Shankey, Burnsville, Minn., 7-4; 5th - Brandon Lauer, Highland, Md. pin Luke Eustice, Blue Earth, Minn., 3:26; 7th - Jason Harless, Bonanza, Ore. dec. Josh Moore, Franklin, Pa., 9-3

132 lbs. - 1st - Foley Dowd, Howell, N.J. dec. Cliff Moore, Sherrill, Iowa, 4-1; 3rd - Isreal Martinez, Aurora, Ill. dec. Ben Martinez, Pixley, Calif., 4-2; 5th - Cole Province, Claremore, Okla. won by tech. fall over Frankie Saenz,Phoenix, Ariz., 15-4, 5:16; 7th - Dustin Spaulding, Council Grove, Kan. dec. Eric Keith, Portage, Ind., 9-3

143 lbs. - 1st - Max Odom, Tehachapi, Calif. dec. Marcus Levesseur, Minneapolis, Minn.,3-2, ot, 6:50; 3rd - Jesse Jantzen, Shoreham, N.Y. dec. Clark Forward, Archbold, Ohio, 4-2; 5th - David Bolyard, Akron, Ohio pin Nathan Martinez, Aurora, Ill., 2:17; 7th - Ty Morgan, Huber Heights, Ohio won by inj. dft. over Mike Pirozzola,Levittown, Pa.

154 lbs. - 1st - Tyrone Lewis, El Reno, Okla. dec. Tony Morgan, Choctaw, Okla., 3-0, ot, 7:10; 3rd - Nate Baker, Lakefield, Minn. dec. Troy Letters, Pittsburgh, Pa., 8-7; 5th - Justin Giovinco, Norristown, Pa. dec. Adam Turner, Spring Valley, Wis., 5-4, ot; 7th - Zachariah Doll, Quakertown, Pa. dec. Brad Harper, Mishawaka, Ind., 12-6

165 lbs. - 1st - Jereme Maye, Crivitz, Wis. pin Wes Roberts, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1:02; 3rd - Nick Frost, Tucson, Ariz. dec. Tyler Nixt, Greene, Iowa, 8-6; 5th - Juan Pena, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico dec. Blu Wahle, Neola, Iowa, 9-5; 7th - James Woodall, Dupont, Pa. dec. Brad Christie, Fort Lee, N.J., 9-2

178 lbs. - 1st - Damion Hahn, Lakewood, N.J. dec. Jason Potter, St. Charles, Ill., 9-0; 3rd - Travis Pascoe, Rathdrum, Idaho dec. Ben Heizer, Arlington, Tex., 8-5; 5th - Russ VanderHeyden, Rockton, Ill. dec. Pat Miller, Moon Township, Pa. 8-7,ot, 6:33; 7th - Chris Skretkowicz, Hardyrston, N.J. dec. Bill Brine, Wichita, Kan., 11-4

191.5 lbs. - 1st - Jon Trenge, Orefield, Pa. won by tech. fall over Quint Swanberg, Tucson,Ariz., 10-0, 5:08; 3rd - Brendan Heffernan, Palos Heights, Ill. won by tech. fall over Jonathon Robideaux, Beaverton, Ore., 11-1, 5:08; 5th - Jared Hyman, Norcross, Ga. dec. David Tyner, Locust Grove, Okla. 14-11; 7th - Matt Madden, Oklahoma City, Okla. dec. Dan Irwin, Jefferson, S.D., 8-3

220 lbs - 1st - Tommy Rowlands, Columbus, Ohio won by tech. fall over Matt Greenberg,Upper Saddle River, N.J., 10-0, 2:46; 3rd - Marcio Botelho, Lemoore, Calif. dec. Matt Hasbrook, Indianapolis, Ind.,9-6; 5th - Leroy Gardner III, Minneapolis, Minn. dec. Jack Wynne, Bend, Ore., 4-2; 7th - John Pickett, Oacoma, S.D. pin Mike Little, El Reno, Okla., 0:44

275 lbs. - 1st - Steven Mocco, North Bergen, N.J. dec. Pat Miron, St. Croix Falls, Wis.,8-0; 3rd - Wade McLeod, Muscatine, Iowa pin Russ Davie Perrysburg, Ohio, 0:35; 5th - Jeremiah Beltran, Olathe, Kan. dec. Nick Bruels, Hastings, Minn., 15-6; 7th - Zach Thumb, Fargo, N.D pin Dan Howe, Castro Valley, Calif., 0:31

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