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Amos and Hopke win last two bouts as Wisconsin RTC edges German U20 National Team, 5-4 in Badger State Clash

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Braxton Amos of the Wisconsin RTC and Johannes Mayer of Germany square off at 92 kg at the Badger State Clash. Photo by Stacy Schiesl.

WAUNAKEE, Wisc. - With victories in final two matches, the Wisconsin RTC defeated the Germany U20 National Team, 5-4 in freestyle wrestling, in the Badger State Classic at Waunakee High School on Thursday night.

Germany led 4-3 on the scoreboard going into the 92 kg bout between 2021 Junior World champion Braxton Amos, a student-athlete for Wisconsin, and the 2022 European U23 silver medalist, Johannes Mayer of Germany.

Amos led 1-0 at the break, after Mayer was placed on the shot clock and did not score. In the second period, with Amos pushing the action, Mayer was placed on the shot clock again. This time, Mayer forced a step out to tie it at 1-1. Mayer was hit with a penalty point, giving Amos a 2-1 lead. A late go-behind by Amos closed out a 4-1 win.

The final bout of the night featured high school star Koy Hopke of Wisconsin, No. 5 in the high school rankings by FloWrestling at 220 pounds, against Yusuf Senyigit of Germany, who was fifth in the European Junior Championships.

Hopke came out strong, securing a 7-0 lead at the break. He had two takedowns, a forced step out and an ankle lace turn in the first period. In the second period, a pair of single leg takedowns completed an 11-0 technical fall.

The other three wins by the USA squad were also impressive.

In the opening bout at 57 kg, Ben Davino of Illinois secured a 10-0 technical fall over Karamjeet Holstein in the first period. Davino opened with a four-point takedown on a dump and added a gut wrench to lead 6-0. Davino then added a takedown and a trapped arm gut wrench for the victory.

High school sophomore and U15 National champion Aeoden Sinclair scored a 10-0 techmical fall over Gregor Eigenbrodt at 74 kg. Sinclair led 2-0 at the break but opened up with two takedowns and a pair of ankle laces to close out the bout in the second period.

2019 Pan American U15 champion Greyson Clark of Wisconsin fired up his offense in the second period and secured a 12-2 technical fall over German U23 World Team member Nico Megerle at 61 kg. Clark led 4-2 at the break. Early in the second period, Clark scored a takedown which injured Megerle’s leg. Megerle was able to continue, but Clark turned him three times with gut wrenches to close out the bout.

The German team also had some highlight victories during the dual meet.

Adrian Barnowski of Germany, who was fifth at the 2018 European Cadet Championships, scored a 10-0 technical fall over 2021 Cadet World Team member Brock Bobzien of California at 70 kg. Barnowski had three takedowns and a turn, including a four-point fireman’s carry to end the match. Bobzien is a Wisconsin commit.

At 74 kg, 2021 European Junior bronze medalist Stas David Wolf of Germany took an early lead and powered on to a 14-6 win over 2018 Cadet World Team member Cale Anderson of Wisconsin. Wolf led 4-0 at the break but Anderson battled back throughout the second period to make it a tight battle. Anderson closed the lead to 9-5 midway in the period, but Wolf scored two late takedowns to maintain his edge in the bout.

Kiril Kildau of Germany pinned Brooks Empey of Wisconsin in 1:24 at 92 kg. Kildau scored a throw from a scramble to get Empey on his back and was able to adjust and secure the fall.

2021 German Cadet World Team member Daniel Fischer defeated 2021 Cadet World silver medalist James Rowley of Oregon, 8-4 at 86 kg. A key move came when Fischer scored two points on the edge while countering a Rowley attack. The USA coaches challenged but lost, putting Fischer up 4-2. Two more Fischer takedowns stretched it to 8-2, and a last second exposure by Rowley was not enough.

The German team has spent 10 days in Wisconsin training with the Wisconsin RTC. The visit was a success, and the Wisconsin RTC is hoping to send a delegation to Germany next year for a similar training and competition tour.

An undercard of eight youth matches was held prior to the main card. The dual meet can be seen as an archive on the Wisconsin RTC Rokfin Channel.

Wisconsin RTC 5, Germany U20 Team 4

At Waunakee, Wis., April 14

57 KG - Ben Davino (WRTC/Illinois) tech. fall Karamjeet Holstein (Germany), 10-0

70 KG - Adrian Barnowski (Germany) tech. fall Brock Bobzien (WRTC/California), 10-0

74 KG – Stas David Wolf (Germany) dec. Cale Anderson (WRTC/Wisconsin), 14-6

92 KG - Kiril Kildau (Germany) pin Brooks Empey (WRTC/Wisconsin), 1:24

74 KG - Aeoden Sinclair (WRTC/Wisconsin) tech. fall Gregor Eigenbrodt (Germany), 10-0

61 KG - Greyson Clark (WRTC/Wisconsin) tech. fall Nico Megerle (Germany), 12-2

86 KG - Daniel Fischer (Germany) dec. James Rowley (WRTC/Oregon), 8-4

92 KG - Braxton Amos (WRTC/Wisconsin) dec. Johannes Mayer (Germany), 4-1

97 KG - Koy Hopke (WRTC/Wisconsin) tech. fall Yusuf Senyigit (Germany), 11-0