Cael Miller of Illinois in action at the Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals.
Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

Cael Miller of Illinois in action at the Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals.

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Pennsylvania, Minnesota Blue, California Blue, Illinois top men’s Greco-Roman pools at AFSW Junior National Duals

by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

TULSA, Okla. – A high-flying first day of men’s Greco-Roman competition at the Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals has concluded with Pennsylvania (Pool A), Minnesota Blue (Pool B), California Blue (Pool C) and Illinois (Pool D) each winning its respective group.

 

38 teams began the day in one of four preliminary pools, structured as traditional straight-line brackets. The top two teams from each preliminary pool advanced to the Gold/Silver bracket where they are guaranteed a top-eight finish and remain in contention for the first-place prize.

 

No. 1 overall seed Pennsylvania brought home the Pool A title with three impressive dual meet wins on Wednesday at Cox Business Convention Center. It edged a hard-nosed Idaho squad, 38-28, in the Pool A first place match. Seven wrestlers from Pennsylvania earned a technical fall win against Idaho, including elite prospects Pierson Manville and Vince Bouzakis.

 

No. 2 seed Minnesota Blue emerged as Pool B champion with a gritty 39-25 win over runner-up Iowa in the finals. Alex Braun, Landon Thoennes and Logan Swensen were among six Minnesota Blue wrestlers to pick up key bonus-point wins in the dual.

 

Coming in as the No. 6 seed, California Blue scored a key upset win over No. 3 seed Oklahoma Blue in the Pool C championship match, 47-18. California picked up ten technical falls against the team with home-mat advantage. Oklahoma Blue came back to beat Michigan, 44-25, in the true-second place dual to gain a place in the Gold/Silver bracket.

 

No. 4 seed Illinois won three comfortable duals to take the Pool D crown. It defeated runner-up Colorado, 46-18, in the Pool D finals. Colorado, the No. 5 seed, upended Washington in the true-second place dual to wrap things up on Wednesday.

 

All told, six of the top eight seeds made it to the Gold/Silver bracket. No. 7 seed Ohio Red and No. 8 seed Texas Blue fell short of expectations in pool play. Both teams finished in third place of its pool.

 

Top performers of day one includes Oscar Doces of Oregon and Nicolas Enzminger of North Dakota. Doces picked up four pins in 5:18, the most of anyone in the tournament. Enzminger earned five wins by technical fall to top the field.

 

Seven teams logged 30 or more bonus point victories—Oregon (40), North Dakota (37), Oklahoma Red (37), California Blue (32), Ohio Red (31), Washington (31) and Wisconsin (30).

 

The Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals is streaming live and on-demand at FloWrestling.com. Multiple subscription options are available to watch. Updated brackets and match-by-match results are available at Trackwrestling.com.

 

The men’s Greco-Roman tournament continues Thursday at 9 a.m. (CT) with the start of the color pools. A complete schedule of events for this weekend’s tournament in Tulsa is available at usawrestlingevents.com.

Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals | June 19-22, Tulsa, Okla.

 

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Men’s Greco-Roman Gold/Silver Bracket

Pool A

Pennsylvania

Iowa

Illinois

Oklahoma Blue

 

Pool B

Minnesota Blue

Idaho

California Blue

Colorado

 

Men’s Greco-Roman Results

Pool A

1st Place – Pennsylvania

2nd Place – Idaho

3rd Place – Texas Blue

4th Place – Nebraska

5th Place – Oklahoma Red

6th Place – California Red

7th Place – Louisiana Blue

8th Place – Arkansas Blue

 

1st Place Match – Pennsylvania defeated Idaho, 38-28

3rd Place Match – Texas Blue defeated Nebraska, 37-32

5th Place Match – Oklahoma Red defeated California Red, 36-32

7th Place Match – Louisiana Blue defeated Arkansas Blue, 34-29

 

Pool B

1st Place – Minnesota Blue

2nd Place – Iowa

3rd Place – Ohio Red

4th Place – Indiana

5th Place – Oregon

6th Place – North Dakota

7th Place – Alabama

8th Place – Georgia

 

1st Place Match – Minnesota Blue defeated Iowa, 39-25

3rd Place Match – Ohio Red defeated Indiana, 51-14

5th Place Match – Oregon defeated North Dakota, 46-24

7th Place Match – Alabama defeated Georgia, 56-12

 

Pool C

1st Place – California Blue

2nd Place – Oklahoma Blue

3rd Place – Michigan

4th Place – Kansas Blue

5th Place – Wisconsin

6th Place – Florida

7th Place – Louisiana Red

8th Place – Texas Red

 

1st Place Match – California Blue defeated Oklahoma Blue, 47-18

2nd Place Match – Oklahoma Blue defeated Michigan, 44-25

3rd Place Match – Michigan defeated Kansas Blue, 43-21

5th Place Match – Wisconsin defeated Florida, 49-20

7th Place Match – Louisiana Red defeated Texas Red, 38-25

 

Pool D

1st Place – Illinois

2nd Place – Colorado

3rd Place – Washington

4th Place – Minnesota Red

5th Place – Utah

6th Place – Virginia Blue

7th Place – Ohio Blue

8th Place – Tennessee

 

1st Place Match – Illinois defeated Colorado, 46-18

2nd Place Match – Colorado defeated Washington, 38-29

3rd Place Match – Washington defeated Minnesota Red, 41-24

5th Place Match – Utah defeated Virginia Blue, 36-32

7th Place Match – Ohio Blue defeated Tennessee, 43-21