10 wrestlers claim spots on the Men's Freestyle Cadet World Team
by Mike Willis, USA Wrestling
Feature photo courtesy of Sam Janicki
Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – The U15 and UWW Cadet Nationals concluded this afternoon with the best-of-three Cadet Men’s Freestyle World Team Trials finals. The winners will compete at the Cadet World Championship in Budapest, Hungary this July.
At 55 kg, Pennsylvania’s Bo Bassett made his second World Team of the weekend in impressive fashion, downing Idaho’s Mack Mauger in two-straight matches. Basset recorded a 10-0 technical fall in match one and followed it up with a pin in match two. Mauger finished runner-up in the Greco-Roman tournament as well. In nine matches across both styles, Basset recorded seven technical falls and two pins.
Another wrestler to make World Teams in both styles was New Jersey’s Jim Mullen, who skipped his high school state tournament to compete this weekend. In the best-of-three finals, Mullen defeated Iowa’s Bradley Hill in two-straight matches, 18-5 and 9-7.
Iowa’s Nathanael Jesuroga earned the tournament’s outstanding wrestler honors, winning the 51 kg bracket. Jesuroga defeated Cadet World champion Marc-Anthony McGowan, 6-2, in the semifinals. He followed it up with two-straight wins over 48 kg Cadet Greco-Roman World Team member Aden Valencia to claim his spot on the team. Valencia was a 2019 U15 World champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman.
At 48 kg, Missouri’s Luke Lilledahl defeated Pennsylvania’s Nathan Desmond, two matches to none. Lilledahl, who finished third in Greco-Roman, earned 8-5 and 3-0 wins to land his spot on team.
Kentucky’s Spencer Moore knocked off 2019 U15 World bronze medalist Kael Lauridsen in a three-match series at 55 kg. Moore dropped match one, 5-3, before coming back and taking matches two and three, 5-3 and 11-4.
In another three match series, Beau Mantanona topped Brock Bobzien in an all-California final at 60 kg. Mantanona locked up a cradle and pinned Bobzien, the Cadet Greco-Roman Team member, in match one. Bobzien bounced back with a 6-3 win in match two. The final match in the series was a wild one, with Mantanona pulling off a 12-10 victory.
Meyer Shapiro dominated in the 65 kg finals with two technical falls over Cadet Greco-Roman World Team member Jadon Skellenger, 17-6 and 10-0.
At 71 kg, Levi Haines gutted out a victory over Aiden Riggins in three matches. Haines took match one with a 12-2 technical fall. Riggins bounced back in match two with a 6-6 criteria decision. Haines ended the series emphatically with a pin in match three to lock up his World Team spot.
James Rowley picked up two-straight wins over Connor Mirasola, 10-0 and 9-4, to claim the 80 kg spot. While Gavin Nelson, a U15 Greco-Roman World Team member, scored two-straight, 10-0, technical falls over Pj Casale, earning the spot at 92 kg.
Cadet World Team Trials Results
Championship Series – Bo Basset PA (Young Guns) dec. Mack Mauger ID (Team Idaho), two matches to none
Bout One – Bassett tf Mauger, 10-0
Bout Two – Bassett pin Mauger, 1:49
3rd Brandon Morvari MN (Minnesota) DEC Dru Ayala IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy), 4-2
5th Edwin Sierra AZ (Extreme Heat Wrestling Club) FALL Davis Motyka PA (X-Calibur), 6-0 3:39
7th Javaan Yarbrough OH (Arsenal Wrestling Club) TF Colyn Limbert OH (Arsenal Wrestling Club), 10-0 2:31
Championship Series – Luke Lilledahl MO (BullTrained Wrestling) dec. Nathan Desmond PA (Pennsylvania), two matches to none
Bout One – Lilledahl dec. Desmond, 8-5
Bout Two– Lilledahl dec. Desmond, 3-0
3rd Daniel Guanajuato AZ (Arizona) DEC Benjamin Bast WI (Askren Wrestling Academy Lake Country), 6-5th Noah Nininger VA (Smith Mountain Lake Wrestling Club) DEC Benjamin Dunne IL (Izzy Style Wrestling), 9-5
7th Elias Navida CA (Poway High School Wrestling) ST Dominic Ducato IL (Illinois), 10-0 2:30
Championship Series – Nathanael Jesuroga IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy) dec. Aden Valencia CA (Greco-Roman Development), two matches to none
Bout One – Jesuroga dec. Valencia, 5-2
Bout Two – Jesuroga dec. Valencia, 2-0
3rd Marc-Anthony Mcgowan NJ (Blairstown Wrestling Club) dec Dalton Perry PA (Pennsylvania), 7-4
5th Alan Koehler MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) DEC Logan Swensen MN (Wayzata Youth Wrestling), 8-0 4:00
7th Marcello Milani MI (S.A.W. Club) DEC Gylon Sims IL (Callan Wrestling Club), 10-2 4:00
Championship Series – Spencer Moore KY (Kentucky Extreme Wrestling Club) dec. Kael Lauridsen (Nebraska Boyz), two matches to one
Bout One – Lauridsen dec. Moore, 5-3
Bout Two – Moore dec. Lauridsen, 6-3
Bout Three – Moore dec. Lauridsen, 2-1
3rd Mason Gibson PA (Pennsylvania) dec Cael Hughes OK (Cowboy Wrestling Club), 8-0 4:00
5th Kannon Webster IL (Illinois) ST Clayton Giddens OK (Bixby Freestyle/Greco), 11-0 3:10
7th Grigor Cholakyan CA (Sunkist Kids/Monster Garage) PP Paul Kelly CA (Poway High School Wrestling), 7-3
Championship Series – Beau Mantanona CA (California) dec. Brock Bobzien CA (Poway High School Wrestling), two matches to one
Bout One – Mantanona pin Bobzien, 2:51
Bout Two – Bobzien dec. Mantanona, 6-3
Bout Three – Mantanona dec. Bobzien, 12-10
3rd Emilio Ysaguirre AZ (Arizona) dec. Dylan Gilcher MI (Michigan), 2-1
5th Jace Roller OK (Bixby Freestyle/Greco) DEF Christopher Coates MO (Victory Wrestling)
7th Greyson Clark WI (Askren Wrestling Academy Lake Country) ST Ryder Block IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy), 10-0 1:01
Championship Series – Meyer Shapiro MD (Maryland) dec. Jadon Skellenger ID (Suples Wrestling Club), two matches to none
Bout One – Shapiro tf Skellenger, 17-6
Bout Two – Shapiro tf Skellenger, 10-0
3rd Angelo Ferrari OK (Cowboy Wrestling Club) dec Noah Tolentino CA (Poway High School Wrestling), 7-3
5th Jude Swisher PA (M2 Training Center) SP Kael Voinovich OH (Seasons Freestyle Club), 12-2 3:21
7th Pierson Manville PA (Pennsylvania) SP Christopher Moore IL (Illinois), 13-4 4:00
Championship Series - Levi Haines PA (M2 Training Center) dec. Aiden Riggins IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy), two matches to one
Bout One – Haines tf Riggins, 12-2
Bout Two – Riggins dec Haines, 6-6
Bout Three – Riggins pin Haines, 3:04
3rd Joshua Barr MI (Team Donahoe) dec Braeden Scoles WI (Askren Wrestling Academy Lake Country), 9-6
5th Antrell Taylor NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) TF Joseph Sealey NC (Darkhorse Wrestling), 10-0 0:46
7th Thor Michaelson WA (Nwwc) DEF Grant Mackay PA (Pennsylvania)
Championship Series James Rowley OR (Mat Sense Wrestling) dec. Connor Mirasola WI (Askren Wrestling Academy Lake Country), two matches to none
Bout One – Rowley tf Mirasola, 10-0
Bout Two – Rowley dec. Mirasola, 9-4
3rd – Ryder Rogotzke MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) dec Cody Merrill CA (California), 12-2 2:41
5th – Drake Buchanan IN (Center Grove Wrestling Club) DEC Tate Naaktgeboren IA (Big Game Wrestling Club)
7th Gabriel Arnold GA (Level Up Wrestling Center) ST Antony Tuttle MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club), 10-0 1:07
Championship Series – Gavin Nelson MN (Simley Wrestling Club) dec. Pj Casale NJ (New Jersey), two matches to none
Bout One – Nelson tf Casale, 10-0
Bout Two – Nelson tf Casale, 10-0
3rd – Ben Kueter IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy) PP Mccrae Hagarty IA (Iowa), 6-3
5th - Max Ramberg WI (Baldwin Woodville Wrestling Club) TF Blake Jouret KS (Kansas), 15-4 3:06
7th Jersey Robb OK (Oklahoma) VT Nicholas Pavlechko PA (M2 Training Center), 4-0 0:30
Jim Mullen NJ (New Jersey) dec Bradley Hill IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy), two matches to none
Bout One – Mullen tf Hill, 10-0
Bout Two – Mullen dec. Hill, 9-7
3rd – Koy Hopke WI (Wisconsin) dec Aden Attao ID (Suples Wrestling Club), 12-9
5th – Ashton Davis TN (Higher Calling Wrestling Club) FALL Jacob Walker IA (Iowa), 8-0 1:03
7th – Nicholas Sahakian CA (California) VB Sampson Stillwell MO (Missouri), 4-0 0:13