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Fargo Day 7 preview (7/23): Junior Greco-Roman closes out the biggest Junior/16U Nationals ever

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Stevie Barnes of Iowa, a semifinalist at 138 pounds, tosses an opponent. Photo by Austin Bernard

USA Wrestling’s USMC Junior/16U Nationals has set an all-time record for entries, just in time to celebrate the historic 50th Junior Nationals. With 5,900 entries over six tournaments, the quality matched the quantity for a fantastic week of wrestling.

WHAT FINISHES: The Junior Greco-Roman Nationals ends with semifinals and finals

The Greco-Roman Junior division heads into the semifinals at 9:00 a.m. and the last few rounds of consolations, with the finals, including all of the medal matches, set for 2:00 p.m.

NOTES by the numbers

0 - athletes who remain eligible for the Junior Triple Crown

1 - athletes who won the Junior Freestyle Nationals title and have reached the Junior Greco-Roman semifinals: Jordan Williams of Oklahoma

3 – Points separating first-place Illinois (21 pts) and second place California and Wisconsin (18 pts.) after day one.

7 - athletes from Illinois in the Greco-Roman semifinals: Benjamin Aranda (113), Jack Milos (145), Caden Ernd (170), Deanthony Parker (182), Tom Culp (195), Andrew Blackburt-Forst (220), Ryan Boersma (285)

10 – athletes from Illinois in the consolations, one more than California and two more than Wisconsin

30 - different states represented in the Junior National Greco-Roman semifinals

In case you didn’t see the pairings for the semifinals, here they are:


Andrew Fox (UT) vs Kolter Burton (ID)

Jeremy Oani (CA) vs Cole Rogers (MT)


Christian Forbes (OK) vs Elias Navida (CA)

Michael Longo (CT) vs Ray Ray Harris (CA)


Kaleb Casey (WI) vs Benjamin Aranda (IL)

Davian Guanajuato (AZ) vs Alan Koehler (MN)


Jonathan Gurule (NM) vs Max Black (CO)

Jett Strickenberger (CO) vs Paul Kelly (CA)


Carter Stephenson (CO) vs Gable Porter (IA)

Wilfried Tanefeu (ND) vs Jeremy Bockert (AK)


Ethan Fernandez (NJ) vs Anthony Aniciete (NV)

Nash Singleton (OR) vs James Dalrymple (TN)


Kyle Boeke (MN) vs Weston Dalton (CO)

Stevie Barnes (IA) vs Q'veli Quintanilla (WA)


Gunnar Hamre (WI) vs Jack Milos (IL)

Matthew Rodriguez (CA) vs Tyler Antoniak (NE)


Nick Hamilton (NE) Jordan Williams (OK)

Thor Michaelson (WA) vs Cale Anderson (WI)


Alaa Elkerm (NJ) vs Caden Young (WI)

Aaron Dobbs (WI) vs Manuel (M.J.) Gaitan (CA)


Jared Stricker (WI) vs Caden Ernd (IL)

Codei Khawaja (IN) vs Evan Canoyer (NE)


Michael Altomer (NY) vs Jared Simma (KS)

Dante Roggio (ID) vs Deanthony Parker (IL)


Ryan Cody (FL) vs Tom Culp (IL)

Caden Rogers (PA) vs Wyatt Voelker (IA)


Kalob Runyon (IA) vs Joshua Howell (IN)

Alex Semenenko (NY) vs Andrew Blackburn-forst (IL)


Aiden Lacoma (VA) vs Aden Attao (ID)

Ryan Boersma (IL) vs Jacob Barnes (OR)

Enjoy all of Friday’s action live on FloWrestling.


9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Junior Greco-Roman: Session III Semifinals and Consolation

2:00 p.m. - Junior Greco-Roman: Session IV Finals, Medal Matches & Awards
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