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In the House (Saturday): Olympian and UFC champion Cormier, and a ton of past Junior Nationals champs

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Two-time Olympian and UFC champion Daniel Cormier is in Fargo coaching and supporting USA Wrestling. Photo by Joe Wedra.


Wrestling journalist, announcer and historian Jason Bryant had an excellent suggestion for another category for our In the House review. With this marking the 50th Junior Nationals, how about listing all of the past Junior National champions in the house this week? Jason often has good ideas and we will do that.


Since there are very few Olympic wrestlers who became UFC champions, we lead with Daniel Cormier, who is coaching kids from California here. Cormier made two Olympic teams, won a World bronze medal, then became a legend in MMA. I am pretty sure DC does not need any additional introduction as a major public figure.


So let’s get back to those past Junior Nationals champions.


On Friday, we saw a pair of Junior National champions, Brandon Paulson of Minnesota and Kenny Monday of Oklahoma. Today, while looking for them a bit more specifically, we found many, many more.


On the boys side, we eyeballed these past Junior National champions: Adam Hall of Idaho, Tyrone Lewis of Oklahoma, Matt McDonough of Iowa, Derek St. John of Iowa, Ben Askren of Wisconsin and Deron Winn of Missouri. Most were coaching state teams.


On the girls side: Emily Webster Tew of Missouri, Alisha Howk of Wisconsin, Veronica Carlson of Illinois, Vayle Rae Baker of Pennsylvania, Emily Shilson of Minnesota, Nicole Woody Tyson of Maryland, Rachel Watters of Iowa, McKayla Campbell of Ohio, Na’Tasha Umemoto of Oregon. Woody and Shilson are four-time Junior Nationals champions, two of the only four to ever do so.


Since all of these Junior Nationals champions went on to other great achievements, we will add them to the appropriate lists in all the different categories they also populate.


Let’s add three more Olympians in freestylers Ben Askren, Daniel Cormier and Greco-Roman’s Derrick Waldroup. We can add another Olympic referee in Zach Errett.


A Senior World medalist for today is Daniel Cormier. Add in Senior World Team members Tony Ramos and Steve Marianetti in men’s freestyle and Veronica Carlson in women’s freestyle. Included among Junior World champions is Nicole Woody Tyson.


There are many college coaches who come to Fargo each year, either coaching a state team, scouting for talent or doing both. We add three head men’s wrestling coaches Chris Ayres of Princeton, Steve Marianetti of Elmhurst and Link Davis of Emmanuel. There are a bunch of new head women’s wrestling coaches in the house today, including Shannyn Gillespie of Lakeland, Nicole Tyson of Oklahoma City, Amy Hildebrandt of Trine, Breonna Neal of Ferrum and Brazel Marquez of Alvernia.


Assistant women’s college coaches Rachel Watters of William Penn and Jessica Rottier of UW-Stevens Point were in the Dome, plus men’s assistant coaches Derek St. John of Iowa State and Tony Ramos of North Carolina.


While a lot of college coaches also coach with their Regional Training Center, we will note any full-time RTC coaches that we see, which today includes Emma Randall of NYC RTC.


Since it’s really important that the wrestlers competing and their families know what college coaches are joining us in Fargo, if you are here at the FargoDome and not included on the list, please feel free to email Gary Abbott at gabbott@usawrestling.org.


In our college national champions list, we add NCAA champions Tony Ramos of Iowa, Matt McDonough of Iowa, Derrick St. John of Iowa and Ben Askren of Missouri.


We also ran into WCWA champions Emily Webster Tew of Oklahoma City, Emily Shilson of Augsburg, Nicole Woody Tyson of Oklahoma City, Rachel Watters of Oklahoma City and Breonna Neal of King. The NCWWC (for NCAA schools only) champion Emily Shilson of Augsburg is noted, as are NAIA women’s champions McKayla Campbell of Campbellsville and Rachel Watters of Oklahoma City. Webster Tew is one of only four four-time WCWA national champions.


Two-time Veterans World Greco-Roman champion Chris Brown was here coaching with Team Maryland, and is added to our list of Veterans World medalists.


All of this was from the first session on Saturday. Tomorrow’s story should have a bunch more. With record numbers of participants in the house, it is a little harder to find people than in previous years.

IN THE HOUSE SCOREBOARD (through Saturday morning)

Olympic champions: Kenny Monday

Olympic medalists: Tervel Dlagnev, Brandon Paulson,

Olympians: Derek Waldroup, Ben Askren, Daniel Cormier, Kenny Monday, Tervel Dlagnev, Andy Bisek, Ike Anderson, Brandon Paulson, Shawn Sheldon,

Olympic referees: Zach Errett, Rick Tucci, Stacey Davis, Sam Julian

World champions; Logan Stieber, Kenny Monday

World medalists: Daniel Cormier, Kenny Monday, Tervel Dlagnev, Andy Bisek, Alli Ragan. Brandon Paulson, Logan Stieber, Shawn Sheldon

Senior World Team members: Tony Ramos, Veronica Carlson, Steve Marianetti, Daniel Cormier, Kenny Monday, Tervel Dlagnev, Andy Bisek, Logan Stieber, Brandon Paulson, Obe Blanc, Joe Betterman, Alli Ragan, Max Nowry, Ike Anderson, Alli Ragan, Shawn Sheldon

Junior National champions (boys): Brandon Paulson of Minnesota, Kenny Monday of Oklahoma, Adam Hall of Idaho, Tyrone Lewis of Oklahoma, Matt McDonough of Iowa, Derek St. John of Iowa, Ben Askren of Wisconsin, Deron Winn of Missouri,

Junior National champions (girls): Emily Webster Tew of Missouri, Alisha Howk of Wisconsin, Veronica Carlson of Illinois, Vayle Rae Baker of Pennsylvania, Emily Shilson of Minnesota, Nicole Woody Tyson of Maryland, Rachel Watters of Iowa, McKayla Campbell of Ohio, Na’Tasha Umemoto of Oregon

Junior World champions: Nicole Woody Tyson, Mark Hall, Dom Bradley

Head Men’s College Coaches: Chris Ayres (Princeton), Steve Marianetti (Elmhurst), Link Davis (Emmanuel), Roger Kish (North Dakota State)

Head Women’s College Coaches: Shannyn Gillespie (Lakeland), Nicole Tyson (Oklahoma City), Amy Hildebrandt (Trine), Breonna Neal (Ferrum), Brazel Marquez (Alvernia), Angelo Crinzi (Grand View), Jason Moorman (King)

Assistant Men’s College Coaches: Derek St. John (Iowa State), Tony Ramos (North Carolina), Tervel Dlagnev (Nebraska), Andrew Howe (Northwestern), Zach Esposito (Oklahoma State), Obe Blanc (North Dakota State), Mark Hall (Penn), Gary Wayne Harding (North Carolina), Dom Bradley (Missouri), Jordan Leen (Pitt), Drew Headlee (Pitt)

Assistant Women’s College Coaches: Rachel Watters (William Penn), Jessica Rottier (UW-Stevens Point), Julia Salata (King), Dominic Adams (Lourdes),


RTC coaches: Emma Randall of NYC RTC,

NCAA champions: Tony Ramos (Iowa), Matt McDonough (Iowa), Derek St. John (Iowa), Ben Askren (Missouri), ,Kenny Monday (Oklahoma State), Tervel Dlagnev (UN-Kearney), Logan Stieber (Ohio State), Andrew Howe (Wisconsin), Mark Hall (Penn State), Jordan Leen (Cornell), Zach Esposito (Oklahoma State)

WCWA champions: Emily Webster Tew (Oklahoma City), Emily Shilson (Augsburg), Nicole Woody Tyson (Oklahoma City), Rachel Watters (Oklahoma City), Breonna Neal (King), Julia Salata (King), Alli Ragan (King)

NCWWC champions: Emily Shilson (Augsburg)

NAIA women’s champions McKayla Campbell (Campbellsville), Rachel Watters (Oklahoma City)

Veterans World medalists: Chris Brown, Jordin Humphrey, James Medieros, Bruce Moe

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Distinguished Members: Kenny Monday, Rick Tucci, Brandon Paulson

Note: Those helping identify folks for this column include Joe Wedra, Koral Sugiyama, Jason Bryant and others