Ten wrestlers make Greco-Roman World Team and Skellenger brings home outstanding wrestler award at Cadet World Team Trials
by Mike Willis, USA Wrestling
Feature photo of Jadon Skellenger executing a gut wrench in the best-of-three finals courtesy of Sam Janicki.
Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – The first day of action is done at the UWW Cadet and U15 Nationals, and the 2021 Cadet Greco-Roman World Team is set. The ten weight class winners will represent the U.S. at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary this June.
In addition to making the World Team, Jadon Skellenger brought home outstanding wrestler honors after an impressive run through the 65 kg bracket. Skellenger, a 2019 U15 World champion, downed Tyler Antoniak, a fellow U15 World champion, 8-0 in the semifinals. He followed it up with two-straight wins over 2018 U15 World bronze medalist Joel Adams, 11-8 and 8-0, to claim the World Team spot.
Aden Valencia is another 2019 U15 World champion that made his second age-group World Team. Valencia earned two technical falls, 10-2 and 9-1, over Otto Black in the 48 kg finals.
2019 Cadet World Team member Cory Land made his second Cadet World Team, winning the 55 kg bracket. Land, who finished eighth at 48 kg in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2019, defeated Gable Porter in two-straight matches, 8-0 and 8-4.
The only finals series to go to three matches came at 51 kg between Kaedyn Williams and Treygen Morin. The series was a wild one, with Williams claiming match one, 11-9. Morin battled back to take the second bout 14-11. Williams cemented himself as the World Team representative in match three with a 9-4 victory.
At 45 kg, Bo Basset dominated the competition cruising into the finals with two technical falls. In the best-of-three series, he kept his momentum going, picking up a pin and an 11-2 technical fall over Mack Mauger.
Brock Bobzien turned in a monster day at 60 kg, earning four technical falls in five matches to make the finals, where he then recorded two more technical falls in back-to-back 8-0 victories over Ayson Rice.
Braden Stauffenberg claimed the 71 kg spot with two wins over Malachi Rider, 7-3 and 9-3. His teammate, Nathan Wemstrom earned the 92 kg spot, defeating Connor Barket in the best-of-three finals, 8-0 and 7-2.
At 110 kg, Jimmy Mullen, who skipped the New Jersey high school state tournament to compete for a World Team spot, accomplished his goal, downing Aden Attao, 12-3 and 10-0 in the best-of- three finals.
The final World Team member is Ryder Rogotzke at 80 kg. Rogotzke defeated his teammate Antony Tuttle, by fall in the finals. Tuttle, who suffered a hand injury earlier in the tournament, medically forfeited the second match.
2021 Cadet Greco-Roman World Team Trials Results
Championship Series - Bo Bassett PA (Young Guns) dec. Mack Mauger ID (Team Idaho), two matches to none
Bout One - Bassett pin Mauger, 2:13
Bout Two – Bassett tech. fall Mauger, 11-2, 2:43
3rd Edwin Sierra AZ (Extreme Heat Wrestling Club) dec. Cadyn Coyle NE (MWC Wrestling Academy), 8-2
5th Davis Motyka PA (X-Calibur) tech fall Javaan Yarbrough OH (Arsenal Wrestling Club), 9-1 3:01
7th Andrew Fox UT (Champions Wrestling Club) tech fall Brayten Casey WI (Menomonie Wrestling Club), 8-0 0:33
Championship Series - Aden Valencia CA (Greco-Roman Development) dec. Otto Black CO (Black Fox Wrestling Academy), two matches to none
Bout One - Valencia tech. fall Black, 10-2, 3:42
Bout Two – Valencia tech. fall Black, 9-1, 2:00
3rd Luke Lilledahl MO (Xtreme Training) tech. fall Noah Nininger VA (Smith Mountain Lake Wrestling Club), 8-0 2:22
5th Sam Herring PA (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Nathan Desmond PA (Pennsylvania), 14-6 3:49
7th Elias Navida CA (Poway High School Wrestling) dec. Tyler Washburn FL (Garage Boyz Wrestling), 8-5
Championship Series - Kaedyn Williams PA (Lancaster Alliance Wrestling Club (LAW) dec. Treygen Morin ID (Suples Wrestling Club), two matches to one
Bout One - Williams dec. Morin, 11-9
Bout Two – Morin dec. Williams, 14-11
Bout Three – Williams dec. Morin, 9-4
3rd Elyle Francisco AK (Anchorage Youth Wrestling Academy) dec. Alan Koehler MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club), 9-7
5th Miles Anderson NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) pin Logan Swensen MN (Wayzata Youth Wrestling), 3:53
7th Reid Spurley WI (Sebolt Wrestling Academy) tech fall Turner Campbell WI (Combat W.C. School of Wrestling), 11-0 1:58
Championship Series - Cory Land AL (Ironclad Wrestling Club) dec. Gable Porter IA (Powerhouse Wrestling Club), two matches to none
Bout One - Land tech. fall Porter, 8-0, 0:40
Bout Two – Land dec. Porter, 8-4
3rd Zan Fugitt MO (Missouri) dec. Joseph Fernau IL (Izzy Style Wrestling), 3-2
5th Kamdyn Williams PA (Lancaster Alliance Wrestling Club (LAW)) VF Rhett Peak OK (Cowboy Wrestling Club), 0-0
7th Dj Gillett OR (Mat Sense Wrestling) dec. Tanner Frothinger ID (Team Idaho), 12-10
Championship Series - Brock Bobzien CA (Poway High School Wrestling) dec. Ayson Rice SD (Legends of Gold), two matches to none
Bout One – Bobzien tech fall Rice, 8-0, 1:09
Bout Two – Bobzien tech. fall Rice, 8-0, 0:54
3rd Keith Smith NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) pin Jake Hubby WA (Ascend Wrestling Academy), 2:26
5th Cole Rhemrev IL (Illinois) VB Colton Parduhn AK (Interior Grappling Academy)
7th Jake Hall WI (World Gold Wrestling Club) tech fall Elijah Paulson MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club), 8-0 0:52
Championship Series - Jadon Skellenger ID (Suples Wrestling Club) dec. Joel Adams NE (MWC Wrestling Academy), two matches to none
Bout One – Skellenger dec. Adams, 11-8
Bout Two – Skellenger tech. fall Adams, 8-0, 2:47
3rd Pierson Manville PA (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Jayden Colon IL (Izzy Style Wrestling), 8-0 3:24
5th Tyler Antoniak NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) dec. Brett Back WI (Rapids Wrestling Club), 3-2
7th Gunnar Hamre WI (Wisconsin) dec. Q'veli Quintanilla WA (Inland Northwest Wrestling Training Center), 11-2
Championship Series - Braden Stauffenberg IL (Izzy Style Wrestling) dec. Malachi Rider KY (Kentucky), two matches to none
Bout One – Stauffenberg dec. Rider, 7-3
Bout Two – Stauffenberg dec. Rider, 9-3
3rd Jake Jones PA (Pennsylvania) pin Dylan Elmore KS (Kansas Wrestling Center), 0:42
5th Nicholas Hall DE (Delaware Wrestling) dec. Thor Michaelson WA (Nwwc), 7-2
7th Jed Wester MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) tech. fall Holden Garcia NJ (New Jersey), 11-3 3:56
Championship Series - Ryder Rogotzke MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) dec. Antony Tuttle MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club), two matches to none
Bout One – Rogotzke pin Tuttle, 0:48
Bout Two – Rogotzke dft. Tuttle
3rd Cody Merrill CA (California) dec. Soren Herzog CO (Colorado), 7-6
5th Gabriel Arnold GA (Georgia) tech. fall Cole Han-lindemyer MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club), 8-0 2:16
7th Joshua Knudten IL (Team Poeta) VB Jacob Hansen WI (Pinnacle Wrestling Club)
Championship Series - Nathan Wemstrom IL (Izzy Style Wrestling) dec. Connor Barket IN (Red Cobra Wrestling Academy), two matches to none
Bout One – Wenstrom tech. fall Barket, 8-0, 3:11
Bout Two – Wenstrom dec. Barket, 7-2
3rd Robert Plympton OR (Oregon) tech fall Ryder Depies WI (Northern Exposure Wrestling Club), 8-0 1:40
5th Pj Casale NJ (New Jersey) tech. fall Max Ramberg WI (Baldwin Woodville Wrestling Club), 8-0 1:13
7th Jackson Dewald IA (MWC Wrestling Academy) tech fall Sean Carroll KS (Kansas Wrestling Center), 9-0 1:22
Championship Series - Jim Mullen NJ (New Jersey) dec. Aden Attao ID (Suples Wrestling Club), two matches to none
Bout One – Mullen tech. fall Attao, 12-3, 3:56
Bout Two – Mullen tech fall Attao, 10-0, 1:00
3rd Koy Hopke WI (Wisconsin) SP Nicholas Sahakian CA (California), 10-2 2:52
5th Peyton Hahn MO (Missouri) PP Ashton Davis TN (Higher Calling Wrestling Club), 10-5
7th Sampson Stillwell MO (Kobra Kai Training) VT Pierce Cunningham KS (Kansas Wrestling Center), 6-0 1:40