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Updated: Men’s freestyle finals and final three women’s freestyle finals set at Senior Nationals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Andrew Alirez competition portrait from the 2023 Senior Nationals in Fort Worth. (Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors)

FORT WORTH, Texas - The finals have been set for the last day of the Senior Nationals on Sunday, which will feature all six men’s freestyle weight classes, as well as the three highest women’s freestyle weight classes.


By winning their semifinal matches, the six finalist women have clinched a berth in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling at Penn State, April 19-20. The top five finishers in each weight class punch their ticket to Penn State.  

In men’s freestyle, five of the six No. 1 seeds were able to advance to the championship finals. The weight where that did not occur was at 65 kg, where No. 5 seed and college star Beau Bartlett knocked off No. 1 seed Joey McKenna, 5-5. Bartlett will face the No. 3 seed and 2023 NCAA champion Andrew Alirez, who stopped No. 2 seed Alec Pantaleo, 4-3.


The No. 1 seeds in men’s freestyle who advanced were Spencer Lee at 57 kg, Quincy Monday at 74 kg, Mark Hall at 86 kg, Kollin Moore at 97 kg and Dom Bradley at 125 kg.


Both high school stars who reached the semifinals in men’s freestyle were defeated. No. 2 seed Nico Megaludis scored a 10-0 technical fall over age-group World champion Luke Lilledahl, the No. 3 seed at 57 kg. Top seed Mark Hall beat high school star Connor Mirasola, 9-2 at 86 kg.


In women’s freestyle, 2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester continued her run through 62 kg, scoring a 10-0 technical fall in the semifinals over No. 4 seed SaVannah Cosme. Winchester will battle No. 3 seed Ashlynn Ortega in the finals. Winchester normally competes at 55 kg but wrestled in the 2020 Olympics at 53 kg.


No. 4 seed Marlynne Deede, a 2023 NCWWC champion,, knocked off No. 1 seed Skylar Grote, 5-3 in the 76 kg semifinals. Deede will battle No. 2 seed Precious Wieser in the finals.


Two-time World bronze medalist Mallory Velte continued her run through 68 kg, reaching the finals, where she will battle No. 6 seed Cheyenne Bowman in the finals.


Of those who reached the finals, four had already qualified for the Olympic Trials prior to the Senior Nationals, Spencer Lee (MFS-57kg), Christian Lance (MFS-125 kg), Jacarra Winchester (WFS 62 kg) and Mallory Velte (WFS 68 kg).


The championship finals in men’s freestyle and the final three women’s freestyle weight classes will be on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Central time, live on FloWrestling.


SENIOR NATIONALS

At Fort Worth, Texas


Men’s freestyle finals pairings

57 kg - Spencer Lee (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) vs. Nico Megaludis (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)

65 kg - Beau Bartlett (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club vs. Andrew Alirez (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)

74 kg - Quincy Monday (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) vs. Alex Marinelli (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)

86 kg - Mark Hall (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) vs. Alex Dieringer (CKWC/TMWC)

97 kg - Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC/TMWC) vs. Nathan Jackson (New York Athletic Club)

125 kg - Dominique Bradley (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) vs. Christian Lance (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club)


Men’s freestyle semifinal results


57 kg

Spencer Lee (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) tech fall. Joshua Rodriguez (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) , 12-1

Nico Megaludis (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) tech fall Luke Lilledahl (X-Calibur Athletics Wrestling Club), 10-0


65 kg

Beau Bartlett (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) dec. Joseph McKenna (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club), 5-5

Andrew Alirez (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) dec. Alec Pantaleo (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) , 4-3


74 kg

Quincy Monday (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) dec. Jarrett Jacques (Tiger Style Wrestling Club), 6-0

Alex Marinelli (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) dec. Alex Facundo (NLWC/TMWC), 6-0


86 kg

Mark Hall (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) dec. Connor Mirasola (Askren Wrestling Academy), 9-2

Alex Dieringer (CKWC/TMWC) inj. dft. David McFadden (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club), 0:51


97 kg

Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC/TMWC) dec. Jonathan Aiello (Cavalier WC/TMWC), 5-0

Nathan Jackson (New York Athletic Club) dec. Eric Schultz (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center), 9-8


125 kg

Dominique Bradley (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) dec. Trent Hillger (Gopher Wrestling Club - RTC), 2-1

Christian Lance (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) dec. Demertius Thomas (Pittsburgh Wrestling Club), 8-2


Women’s freestyle finals pairings

62 kg - Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) vs. Ashlynn Ortega (New York Athletic Club)

68 kg - Mallory Velte (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) vs. Cheyenne Bowman (POUNDERS WC)

76 kg - Marlynne Deede (Iowa Womens Wrestling Club) vs. Precious Wieser (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)


Women’s freestyle semifinals results


62 kg

Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) tech. fall SaVannah Cosme (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club), 10-0

Ashlynn Ortega (New York Athletic Club) dec. Maya Letona (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club), 3-0


68 kg

Mallory Velte (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) tech fall Marilyn Garcia (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club), 13-0

Cheyenne Bowman (POUNDERS WC) dec. Kaylynn Albrecht (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club), 6-4


76 kg

Marlynne Deede (Iowa Womens Wrestling Club) dec. Skylar Grote (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club), 5-3

Precious Wieser (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) dec. Brooklyn Hays (Minnesota Gold Wrestling Club), 9-3


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