Ohio’s Adam Mattin locks up a leg lace against Dominic Thomas of Washington at the 2024 Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals.
Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

Ohio’s Adam Mattin locks up a leg lace against Dominic Thomas of Washington at the 2024 Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals.

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Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio Blue, Iowa top men’s freestyle pools at AFSW Junior National Duals

by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

TULSA, Okla. – An electric first day of men’s freestyle competition at the Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals saw Wisconsin (Pool A), Pennsylvania (Pool B), Ohio Blue (Pool C) and Iowa (Pool D) each winning its respective group.

 

39 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 Wisconsin looked every bit as advertised. It brought home the Pool A title with three dominant dual meet wins on Friday at Cox Business Convention Center. Wisconsin trounced California Blue, the Greco-Roman tournament champion, in the Pool A first place match, 47-18. The Badger State crew are anchored by its upperweight trio of 2022 U17 World champion Koy Hopke, 2023 U17 World Team member Aeoden Sinclair and 2023 Junior Nationals runner-up Cole Mirasola.

 

Pennsylvania came in as the No. 2 seed and appears to be a clear challenger to Wisconsin. It dominated the field in Pool B, including a 45-23 win over runner-up Oklahoma Blue in the finals. The Keystone State squad is filled with hammers, including 2023 U17 World Team member Adam Waters, 2023 Junior Nationals champion Vince Bouzakis, 2023 Junior Nationals runner-up Aaron Seidel and perennial top performer Pierson Manville.

 

Taking the top spot in Pool C was No. 3 overall seed Ohio Blue, which looked outstanding in three wins on the day. A 44-23 final against Minnesota Blue sent the Ohioans to the Gold/Silver bracket. Like the other top contenders, Ohio Blue has its share of elite prospects—none more impactful than 2023 U17 World champion and 2024 U.S. Senior National Team member Marcus Blaze.

 

The No. 4 and No. 5 overall seeds advanced to the Gold/Silver bracket out of Pool D as No. 5 Iowa edged No. 4 Illinois by four points, 34-30. Heavyweight Daniel Herrera scored the dual-decided win for Iowa, an 11-0 technical fall over Marko Ivanisevic in the final match of the meet. 2023 USA Wrestling Triple Crown winners Kyler Knaack and Dreshaun Ross anchored the undefeated Iowa run in Pool D.

 

There were no spoilers during Friday’s competition as each of the top eight seeds made it to the Gold/Silver bracket, which will wrestle at least one round on Friday evening.

 

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 freestyle tournament continues Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) with the remaining color pool duals. 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 Freestyle Gold/Silver Bracket

Pool A

Wisconsin

Oklahoma Blue

Iowa

Minnesota Blue

 

Pool B

Pennsylvania

California Blue

Ohio Blue

Illinois

 

Men’s Freestyle Results

Pool A

1st Place – Wisconsin

2nd Place – California Blue

3rd Place – Texas Blue

4th Place – Utah

5th Place – Minnesota Red

6th Place – Florida

7th Place – New Jersey

8th Place – Kansas Red

 

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

3rd Place Match – Texas Blue defeated Utah, 44-26

5th Place Match – Minnesota Red defeated Florida, 50-18

7th Place Match – New Jersey defeated Kansas Red, 55-17

 

Pool B

1st Place – Pennsylvania

2nd Place – Oklahoma Blue

3rd Place – Nebraska

4th Place – Ohio Red

5th Place – Louisiana Red

6th Place – Tennessee

7th Place – Colorado

8th Place – North Dakota

 

1st Place Match – Pennsylvania defeated Oklahoma Blue, 45-23

3rd Place Match – Nebraska defeated Ohio Red, 41-22

5th Place Match – Louisiana Red defeated Tennessee, 40-29

7th Place Match – Colorado defeated North Dakota, 38-30

 

Pool C

1st Place – Ohio Blue

2nd Place – Minnesota Blue

3rd Place – Washington

4th Place – Indiana

5th Place – Kansas Blue

6th Place – Oregon

7th Place – California Red

8th Place – Georgia

 

1st Place Match – Ohio Blue defeated Minnesota Blue, 44-23

2nd Place Match – Minnesota Blue defeated Washington, 53-14

3rd Place Match – Washington defeated Indiana, 43-28

5th Place Match – Kansas Blue defeated Oregon, 39-30

7th Place Match – California Red defeated Georgia, 40-26

 

Pool D

1st Place – Iowa

2nd Place – Illinois

3rd Place – Michigan

4th Place – Idaho

5th Place – Alabama

6th Place – Virginia Blue

7th Place – Oklahoma Red

8th Place – Louisiana Blue

 

1st Place Match – Iowa defeated Illinois, 34-30

2nd Place Match – Illinois defeated Michigan, 45-21

3rd Place Match – Michigan defeated Idaho, 44-22

5th Place Match – Alabama defeated Virginia Blue, 37-29

7th Place Match – Oklahoma Red defeated Louisiana Blue, 60-5