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The U23 Men's Freestyle World Team Trials semifinals are set

by Mike Willis, USA Wrestling

Photo of Jacori Teemer of the Sunkist Kids taking on Anthony Artalona of the Pennsylvania RTC courtesy of Mark Lundy/Lutte Lens.

Lincoln, Neb. – At the conclusion of day two of wrestling, the U23 Men’s Freestyle World Team Trials semifinals are set. Action will resume tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. CST and run through the finals, with the ten weight class champions earning the right to represent the U.S. in Belgrade, Serbia this November.

At 57 kg, Taylor LaMont’s hopes of earning World Team spots in Greco-Roman and men’s freestyle are still alive. LaMont earned the 55 kg Greco-Roman World Team spot yesterday. In tomorrow’s semifinals, he will take on Princeton freshman Nick Kayal. On the other side of the bracket, Princeton All-American Pat Glory and Jace Koelzer, who downed 2018 Cadet World Champion Matt Ramos, 5-0, in his quarterfinal, will battle it out for a spot in the finals.

Jesse Mendez, a high school Junior who made the 2021 Junior World Team, is still in the hunt for his second World Team spot this year. Mendez has looked fantastic, outscoring his opponents 40-0 in four matches. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Patrick McKee, who finished third at the 2021 NCAA Tournament for Minnesota, 10-0. He will face Iowa sophomore Cullan Schriever in the semifinals. In the top half of the bracket, 2020 Senior Nationals finalist Dylan Ragusin and 2021 NCAA All-American Chris Cannon of Northwestern will square off.

Four-time age-group World Team member Dom Demas rolled through the top half of the bracket at 65 kg. In the semifinals he’ll face Sammy Alvarez, a 2020 NWCA Second-Team All-American for Rutgers. In the lower half of the bracket, Lawrence Saenz continued his impressive tournament, picking up two technical falls after downing Allan Hart and Chad Red in this morning’s session. Northwestern freshman Justin Benjamin will challenge Saenz in the semifinals. Benjamin bumped off South Dakota State All-American Clay Carlson in the round of 16, 6-5.

70 kg has some of the most credentialed semifinals matchups in the tournament, featuring four All-Americans and three age group World Team members. In the top half of the bracket, 2019 Junior World Team member and 2021 NCAA third-place finisher Yahya Thomas of Northwestern will face two-time All-American Brock Mauller of Missouri. The other semifinal features 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist and 2021 NCAA fourth-place finisher Jacori Teemer of Arizona State and 2019 Junior World Team member and 2021 NCAA sixth-place finisher Brayton Lee of Minnesota.

At 74 kg, Ivy League rivals Quincy Monday, a 2020 First-Team NWCA All-American for Princeton, and 2020 NCAA qualifier Philip Conigliaro of Harvard will wrestle in tomorrow morning’s semifinals. The other 74 kg semifinal features two-time NCAA qualifier Peyton Robb of Nebraska and Oklahoma State’s Jalin Harper, who knocked off two-time NCAA qualifier and 2019 Junior Pan Am champion Danny Braunagel in the semifinals, 7-4.

In a rematch of the 2020 UWW Junior finals, Michael O’Malley, a two-time NCAA qualifier for Drexel, and Iowa freshman Patrick Kennedy will square off once again. Last time around, O’Malley pinned Kennedy in a first-period headlock. In the bracket’s other half, Nebraska’s two-time All-American Michael Labriola will take on Indiana’s Donnell Washington, who claimed a spot on the 2021 Junior World Team earlier this year.

At 86 kg, Rutgers’s freshman All-American John Poznanski will clash with the Spartan Combat RTC’s Chris Foca, who will be a freshman at Cornell next season. In the other semifinal, the PRTC’s Maximus Hale, who scored a come-from-behind fall over Jack Jessen in the quarterfinals, and the Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s Myles Wilson will square off.

92 kg is another deep class featuring some of the tournament’s premier semifinals. 2021 NCAA finalist Nino Bonaccorsi of Pittsburgh will take on 2019 Greco-Roman Junior World Team member and 2018 Junior Pan Am champion Cam Caffey, a three-time NCAA qualifier for Michigan State. On the other side of the bracket, returning U23 Nationals champion and 2021 All-American for Oklahoma Jakob Woodley faces off with Missouri freshman All-American Rocky Elam.

Three-time NCAA qualifier Jay Aiello of Virginia seems to be the favorite at 97 kg, but he could see stiff competition from Nebraska’s Cale Davidson, who compiled a 16-1 record competing primarily in open tournaments the past two NCAA seasons. Stanford freshman Peter Ming and Buffalo freshman Sam Mitchell will wrestle on the other side of the bracket.

125 kg is another weight class filled with elite semifinal matchups. 2019 Junior World silver medalist Lucas Davison will battle with 2018 Cadet Greco-Roman World Team member Luke Luffman in the top half of the bracket. In the bottom half, Lehigh All-American and 2014 Cadet World silver medalist and 2016 Junior World Team member Jordan Wood will see Anthony Cassioppi, a 2021 NCAA third-place finisher and two-time Junior Pan Am champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Fans can tune in to tomorrow’s semifinals live on FloWrestling.

Semifinal matchups
57 kg
Nick Kayal (Princeton Wrestling Club) vs. Taylor LaMont (Sunkist Kids)
Patrick Glory (New Jersey RTC) vs. Jace Koelzer (Northern Colorado WC)

61 kg
Dylan Ragusin (Cliff Keen WC) vs. Chris Cannon (New Jersey)
Jesse Mendez (Bulldog Premier WC) vs. Cullan Schriever (Hawkeye WC)

65 kg
Dom Demas (Oklahoma RTC) vs. Sammy Alvarez (Scarlet Knights WC)
Justin Benjamin (Illinois) vs. Lawrence Saenz (Central Coast RTC)

70 kg
Yahya Thomas (Wildcat WC) vs. Brock Mauller (Tiger Style WC)
Jacori Teemer (Sunkist Kids) vs. Brayton Lee (Gopher WC RTC)

74 kg
Jalin Harper (Cowboy RTC) vs. Peyton Robb (Nebraska WTC)
Quincy Monday (NJRTC) vs. Philip Conigliaro (New England RTC)

79 kg
Michael O’Malley (Pennsylvania RTC) vs. Patrick Kennedy (Hawkeye WC)
Michael Labriola (Nebraska WTC) vs. Donnell Washington (Indiana RTC)

86 kg
Maximus Hale (Pennsylvania RTC) vs. Myles Wilson (Hawkeye WC)
John Poznanski (Scarlet Knights WC) vs. Chris Foca (Spartan Combat RTC)

92 kg
Cameron Caffey (Michigan WC) vs. Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh WC)
Jakob Woodley (Oklahoma RTC) vs. Rocky Elam (Tiger Style WC)

97 kg
Samuel Mitchell (Bulls WC) vs. Peter Ming (California RTC)
Jay Aiello (Cavalier WC) vs. Cale Davidson (Nebraska WTC)

125 kg
Lucas Davison (Wildcat WC) vs. Luke Luffman (Illinois RTC)
Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley WC) vs. Anthony Cassioppi (Hawkeye WC)

Quarterfinal results
57 kg
Nick Kayal NJ (Princeton Wrestling Club) TF Hunter Adrian MA (New England Regional Training Center), 10-0 5:27
Taylor Lamont UT (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) TF Joseph Manchio NJ (New York City RTC), 11-0 5:43
Patrick Glory NJ (New Jersey RTC) TF Antonio Margiotta CA (San Francisco Wrestling Club), 10-0 1:25
Jace Koelzer CO (Northern Colorado Wrestling Club) DEC Matthew Ramos IL (Gopher Wrestling Club - RTC), 5-0

61 kg
Dylan Ragusin IL (Cliff Keen Wrestling Club) FALL Jaime Hernandez NC (Tar Heel Wrestling Club), 5-0 2:12
Chris Cannon NJ (New Jersey) DEC Angelo Rini OH (New York City RTC), 14-6
Jesse Mendez IN (Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club) TF Patrick Mckee MN (Gopher Wrestling Club - RTC), 10-0 1:34
Cullan Schriever IA (Hawkeye Wrestling Club) TF Dylan Shawver OH (Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club), 10-0 2:18

65 kg
Domonick Demas OK (Oklahoma Regional Training Center) DEC Michael Burnett OH (Pittsburgh Wrestling Club), 10-1
Sammy Alvarez NJ (Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club) TF Jacob Butler OK (Oklahoma Regional Training Center), 12-2 6:00
Justin Benjamin IL (Illinois) FALL We Rachal IL (Illinois Regional Training Center/Illini WC), 10-4 5:24
Lawrence Saenz CA (Central Coast Regional Training Center) TF Marshall Keller VA (New Jersey RTC), 13-3 3:53

70 kg
Yahya Thomas IL (Wildcat Wrestling Club) DEC Jimmy Hoffman PA (Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club), 9-0
Brock Mauller MO (Tiger Style Wrestling Club) FALL Connor Kievman PA (New York City RTC), 8-0 4:22
Jacori Teemer NY (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) TF Anthony Artalona FL (Pennsylvania RTC), 11-0 4:53
Brayton Lee IN (Gopher Wrestling Club - RTC) TF Jonathan Millner NC (Blue Ridge RTC), 10-0 4:39

74 kg
Jalin Harper KS (Cowboy RTC) DEC Danny Braunagel IL (Illinois Regional Training Center/Illini WC), 7-4
Peyton Robb MN (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center) TF Joshua Ogunsanya IL (New York City RTC), 10-0 1:28
Quincy Monday NC (New Jersey RTC) DEC Derek Gilcher MI (Michigan), 5-0
Philip Conigliaro MA (New England Regional Training Center) TF Chase Saldate CA (Michigan Wrestling Club), 10-0 0:54

79 kg Michael O'Malley NJ (Pennsylvania RTC) TF Connor Herceg PA (Pennsylvania), 11-0 3:59
Patrick Kennedy MN (Hawkeye Wrestling Club) TF Jacob Marsh OH (New Jersey RTC), 10-0 1:52
Michael Labriola PA (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center) DEC Dj Shannon IL (Illinois), 6-0
Donnell Washington IN (Indiana RTC) DEC Jackson Hemauer CO (Northern Colorado Wrestling Club), 18-9

86 kg
Maximus Hale PA (Pennsylvania RTC) FALL Jack Jessen IL (Wildcat Wrestling Club), 11-8 1:49
Myles Wilson CO (Hawkeye Wrestling Club) TF Calvin Sund MN (Air Force Regional Training Center), 10-0 1:20
John Poznanski NJ (Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club) DEC Max Lyon IA (Boilermaker RTC), 9-2
Christopher Foca NJ (Spartan Combat RTC) DEC Michael Battista VA (Cavalier Wrestling Club), 2-1

92 kg
Cameron Caffey IL (Michigan Wrestling Club) TF Cole Urbas PA (Pennsylvania RTC), 10-0 2:57
Nino Bonaccorsi PA (Pittsburgh Wrestling Club) DEC Thomas Penola IN (Boilermaker RTC), 7-0
Jakob Woodley OK (Oklahoma Regional Training Center) DEC Luke Surber OK (Cowboy RTC), 9-6
Rocky Elam MO (Tiger Style Wrestling Club) TF Luke Stout PA (New Jersey RTC), 10-0 1:36

97 kg
Samuel Mitchell WI (Bulls Wrestling Club) TF Cole Forrester PA (Air Force Regional Training Center), 13-0 4:20
Peter Ming CA (Stanford -CA RTC) TF Hamzah Alsaudi CA (San Francisco Wrestling Club), 13-2 3:55
Jonathan Aiello VA (Cavalier Wrestling Club) DEC Gavin Hoffman PA (Ohio Regional Training Center), 5-0
Cale Davidson NE (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center) TF Austin Cooley PA (Pittsburgh Wrestling Club), 16-6 5:44

125 kg
Lucas Davison IL (Wildcat Wrestling Club) TF Konner Doucet OK (Cowboy RTC), 10-0 3:47
Luke Luffman IL (Illinois Regional Training Center/Illini WC) DEC Aaron Costello IA (Hawkeye Wrestling Club), 3-0
Jordan Wood PA (Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club) TF Brandon Metz ND (Bison Wrestling Club), 12-0 2:40
Anthony Cassioppi IL (Hawkeye Wrestling Club) TF Zachary Knighton-ward NY (Blue & Gold Wrestling Club), 13-0 2:53