EAP athletes Lauridsen, McDanel, Brooks, Hattendorf win titles at Open tournaments over weekend

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

EAP athletes Kael Lauridsen and Karlee Brooks. (Photo by Lauridsen photo by United World Wrestling. Brooks photo by Gary Abbott)

Eight members of USA Wrestling’s Elite Accelerator Program (EAP) competed in weekend Open Tournaments, with four winning titles.

EAP athletes are young athletes with Olympic potential, who train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center (USOPTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This includes wrestlers who are still in high school, or are high school graduates who choose to train in the international styles prior to going to college.

Five EAP men attended the Colorado Mines Rookie Open, a college-level folkstyle tournament held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. on Sunday. EAP champions were Kael Lauridsen (Bennington, Neb./EAP) at 125 pounds and Camden McDanel (Circleville, Ohio/EAP) at 197 pounds. Folkstyle is the style men compete in on the college level.

Three EAP women attended the Maverick Open, a women’s freestyle tournament featuring many college teams held at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo. on Saturday. EAP athletes claiming gold medals were Karlee Brooks (Phoenix, Ariz./EAP) at 123 pounds and Skylar Hattendorf (Bow, N.H./EAP) at 143 pounds.

At the Colorado Mines Rookie Open, Lauridsen won five straight matches, including an 8-6 victory over unattached Jacob Carson of Utah Valley in the finals. Lauridsen had two major decisions and a technical fall.

McDanel had three technical falls and a major decision in his five matches, including a 19-4 major decision over Gabriel Carranza of Colorado Mesa in the finals. McDanel’s closest bout was a 9-8 decision over Brian Burburija of Air Force Prep in the semifinals.

Claiming silver medals for the EAP program were Anwar Alli (Ashley, Ohio/EAP) at 157 pounds and Gunner Cramblett (Saint, Ohio/EAP) at 174 pounds.

Roman Salazar (San Tan Valley, Ariz./EAP) was fifth at 141 pounds. He was not able to compete for the bronze because of the number of matches he had for the day.

At the Maverick Open, Brooks won four straight matches, all by technical fall, to dominate the field. She stopped Valery Ethington of Snow College in the finals,10-0. Brooks outscored her opponents 41-0 on the day.

Hattendorf was also dominant, scoring two pins and a technical in her three bouts. She pinned Corrie Williams of Snow College in the finals in 40 seconds.

Capturing a bronze medal at 155 pounds was Mishell Rebisch (Brighton, Mich., EAP).

USA Wrestling will provide updates on EAP athletes throughout the season.


At Golden, Colo., Nov. 5

Men’s Folkstyle Champions

125 – Kael Lauridsen (EAP)

133 – Gavin Caprella (Air Force)

141 – Noah Kasprowicz (Western Colorado)

149 – Vincent Cabral (Western Colorado)

157 – William Moneypenny (Colorado Mesa)

165 – EJ Beloncik (Air Force Prep)

174 – Otgonbayar Batsuuri (Northwest Kansas Tech)

184 – Lazaro Crespo (Northwest Kansas Tech)

197 – Camden McDanel (EAP)

285 – Andrew Blackburn-Forst (Northern Colorado)

EAP men’s folkstyle results

125 – Kael Lauridsen, Bennington, Neb., Gold Medal

WIN Dayson Torgerson (Colorado Mesa), maj. dec. 23-9

WIN Adam Concepcion (Adams State), technical fall, 18-0

WIN Nick Gonzalez (Air Force), maj. dec. 12-3

WIN Jace Trujillo (Otero JC), inj.dft. 3:00

WIN Jacob Carson (unattached-Utah Valley), 8-6

141 – Roman Salazar, San Tan Valley, Ariz., 5th place

WIN Jorge Torres (Colorado Mesa), maj. dec. 10-0

LOSS Trason Oehme (Air Force), pin 6:10

WIN Jonathan Crespin (Western Wyoming), pin 2:49

WIN Jordan Robb (Otero JC), maj. dec. 8-0

WIN Eyan Chavez (Unattached-Northern Colorado), 8-5 SV

WIN Jack Faczak (Unattached Adams State), 7-4

157 – Anwar Alli, Ashley, Ohio, Silver Medal

WIN Ethan Coy (Western Wyoming), tech fall 17-0

WIN  Ian Barnes (Northwest Kansas), tech fall 17-2

WIN Chase Engelhardt (Western Colorado), 5-2

WIN Job Lee (Northwest Kansas), 3-2

LOSS William Moneypenny (Unattached Colorado Mesa)

174 – Gunner Cramblett, Saint, Ohio, Silver Medal

WIN Dane Brown (Colby CC), tech fall 15-0

WIN Daniel Long (Unattached-Adams State), tech fall 15-0

WIN Nakoa Fouret (Unattached-Utah Valley), 4-1

WIN Danny Asonkeng Tanefe (Air Force), tech fall 15-0

LOSS Otgonbayar Batsuuri (Northwest Kansas), 7-3

197 – Camden McDanel, Circleville, Ohio, Gold Medal

WIN Jake Fuentes (Western Wyoming), tech fall 20-3

WIN Will Aucoin (Adams State), tech fall 17-1

WIN Kael Bennie (Unattached-Utah Valley), maj. dec. 16-4

WIN Brian Burburija (Air Force Prep), 9-8

WIN Gabrile Carranza (Colorado Mesa), tech fall 19-4


At Grand Junction, Colo., Nov. 4

Women’s Freestyle Champions

101- Jennesis Martinez (Colorado Mesa)

109 - Adriana Gomez (Colorado Mesa)

116 - Charlotte Fowler (Unattached)

123 - Karlee Brooks (USAW Elite Accelerator Program)

130 - Alex Hedrick (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)

136 - Piper Cadden (Unattached-Fort Hays State)

143 - Skylar Hattendorf (USAW Elite Accelerator Program)

155 - Celina Cooke (Colorado Mesa)

170 - Alison Evans (Unattached)

191 - Jayleen Sekona (Colorado Mesa)

EAP women’s freestyle results

123 – Karlee Brooks, Phoenix, Ariz., Gold Medal

WIN Nicole Woisin (Adams State), tech fall 11-0

WIN Deanna Williamson (Trinidad State), tech fall 10-0

WIN Valentina Martinez (Snow College), tech fall 10-0

WIN Valery Ethington (Snow College), tech fall 10-0

143 – Skylar Hattendorf, Bow, N.H., Gold Medal

WIN Marisa Rimbert (Adams State), tech fall 10-0

WIN Ashlynn Goodwin (Fort Hays State), pin 5:15

WIN Corrie Williams (Snow College), pin 0:40

155 – Mishell Rebisch, Brighton, Mich., Bronze medal

WIN Kimberly Carlin (Colorado Mesa), tech fall 12-0

LOSS Celina Cooke (Colorado Mesa), 6-5

WIN Trinity Bouchal (Arizona State), 1:31

WIN Dalia Garibay (Colorado Mesa), pin, 1:08