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Stephens, Perez III, Burks, Fedalen among champions at U20 Greco-Roman Nationals; winners make Pan Am team

by Charles Klepps, Special to

Outstanding Wrestler Richard Fedalen receives his award from USA Wrestling Manager of Greco-Roman programs Gary Mayabb, and 2020 Olympian John Stefanowicz of the U.S. Marine Corps. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The 2022 U20 Greco-Roman Pan-Am Team was formed this evening at the conclusion of the finals. The ten champions of each weight claimed their spots on the team, and also earned an automatic berth in the best-of-three series determining the World Team in June. The U20 Pan American Championships will take place in Oaxtepec, Mexico, July 8-10

There were five former World Team members in the championship matches this evening, including Kodiak Stephens and Tyler Hannah facing off against one another in the 87 kg match.

Stephens was a Junior World Team member in 2021, while Hannah was a member of the 2019 Cadet World Team. The other three former World Team Members were Jakason Burks (Cadet 2018), Robert Perez III (Cadet 2019), and Jadon Skellenger (Cadet 2021).

Stephens of Beaver Dam Wrestling Regional Training Center and Hannah of Combat W.C. School of Wrestling have shared a little bit of history, as Hannah teched Stephens in their first bout at last year’s best-of-three series. Stephens ended up winning the next two and earning the spot. Tonight was all Stephens once again, as he earned an 8-0 technical fall in the first period and claimed his second straight national title..

At 72 kg, Richard Fedalen of Warhawks Wrestling faced reigning Cadet World Team member Jadon Skellenger of Suples Wrestling Club. Skellenger led 4-3 before the end of the first period. It was all Fedalen in the second period though, as he scored 10 straight to earn the technical fall and knocked off his second straight 2021 Cadet national champion. His impressive weekend earned him the Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Robert Perez III of Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club toed the line against Hunter Garvin of Big Game Wrestling Club for the 67 kg title. Perez led 2-0 before an exchange took the two competitors out of bounds with Garvin landing on top. After a failed challenge from Garvin’s corner, Perez’s lead was extended to 3-0 at the break. Garvin started the second period firing to gain a 4-3 lead, but Perez responded with a takedown of his own to go up 5-4 with about a minute remaining. After a couple last ditch efforts from Garvin the final score wound up 11-4 in favor of Perez.

2018 Cadet World Team member Jakason Burks of MWC Wrestling Academy faced Caleb Coyle of Beaver Dam Wrestling Regional Training Center in the first championship match of the night at 55 kg. Burks jumped out to a 5-0 lead before finishing the match off with an impressive four point move to wrap up his tournament with a first period tech.

Anthony Aniciete of Aniciete Training Club impressively knocked off Cadet World Silver Medalist Cory Land of Ironclad Wrestling Club in the semifinals at 60 kg. He competed in the finals with Max Black of Black Fox Wrestling Academy. Aniciete led 1-0 after the first period, but Black would surge to a 9-1 victory, turning Aniciete four times with an impressive series of gutwrenchs.

In the 63 kg division, Colton Parduhn of Interior Grappling Academy tangled with Haiden Drury of Brunson UVRTC for the top spot. Drury was controlling the center of the mat early with three push out points in the first period of the match. Drury added a takedown and another push out in the second to earn a controlling 6-0 decision.

At 77 kg, it would be CJ Hamblin of Askeo International Mat Club facing MJ Gaitan of

Temecula Valley High School Wrestling. At the break the score was 3-3 with the advantage being in Hamblin’s favor. Hamblin would get a push out point to open up the scoring in the second, however Gaitan responded with nine straight points earning the tech fall 12-4.

Adrian Artsisheuskiy of Elite Wrestling Academy took on Michael Altomer of West Point Wrestling Club in the 82 kg championship bout. Altomer came out with a big four point move and kept the pace for a 10-2 tech fall right at the beginning of the second period.

Robert Plympton of Oregon competed with Jackson Dewald of MWC Wrestling Academy in the 97 kg finals. Plymptom made quick work of this one and came out with a huge four point throw and two turns to earn the title in just 39 seconds.

In the final matchup of the night, Alex Semenenko of DC Trained met Aden Attao of Suples Wrestling Club for the top spot at 130 kg. Semenenko hit an arm throw for a takedown early, but Attao battled back to make it a 2-2 match at the break. Attao used an impressive five point throw and added a takedown in the second to claim a 10-4 decision and the title at 130 kg.

Below are the full results of all the medal matches.


At Las Vegas, Nev. April 27, 2022

U20 Greco-Roman Final Results

55 kg

1st - Jakason Burks NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) tech Caleb Coyle NE (Beaver Dam Wrestling Regional Training Center), 9-0 1:55

3rd - Jonathan Gurule NM (NMU-National Training Center) dec Cole Smith CO (Army (WCAP)), 1-1

5th - Kenneth Crosby CO (Colorado) tech Dominic Dealtonaga CA (California), 8-0 0:28

7th - Reid Nelson MN (Arkansas Regional Training Center) tech Israel Gonzalez UT (Aviator Wrestling Club), 9-0 1:53

60 kg

1st - Max Black CO (Black Fox Wrestling Academy) tech Anthony Aniciete NV (Aniciete Training Club), 9-1 4:30

3rd - Nash Singleton OR (Roseburg Mat Club /Umpqua Valley Wrestling Association) tech Keith Smith NE (The Best Wrestler), 8-0 1:30

5th - Dyson Kunz NE (Northern Colorado Wrestling Club) tech Cory Land AL (Ironclad Wrestling Club), 20-12 4:07

7th - Joseph Couch MD (Maryland) tech Rhett Peak OK (Cowboy Wrestling Club), 10-1 6:00

63 kg

1st - Haiden Drury WA (Brunson UVRTC) dec Colton Parduhn AK (Interior Grappling Academy), 6-0

3rd - Gunnar Hamre WI (Combat W.C. School of Wrestling) tech Carter Stephenson CO (Colorado), 13-4 5:21

5th - Dominic Hargrove CO (Betterman Elite Wrestling) injury default Joey Cape IL (Central Coast Regional Training Center)

7th - Elijah Paulson MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) tech Nathan Aguilar CA (Beaver Dam Wrestling Regional Training Center), 8-0 2:15

67 kg

1st - Robert Perez iii CA (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) dec Hunter Garvin IA (Big Game Wrestling Club), 11-4

3rd - Tyler Antoniak NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) tech Ivan Morris CO (Northern Colorado Wrestling Club), 8-0 1:08

5th - Alec Peralta CA (Temecula Valley High School Wrestling) tech Cael Kahle WI (Combat W.C. School of Wrestling), 9-0 1:35

7th - Charlie Dill NY (Curby 3 Style Wrestling Club) tech Jeremy Bockert AK (Interior Grappling Academy), 13-5 2:20

72 kg

1st - Richard Fedalen MD (Warhawks Wrestling) tech Jadon Skellenger ID (Suples Wrestling Club), 13-4 5:06

3rd - Kaden Reetz WI (Minnesota Storm) tech Braden Stauffenberg IL (Izzy Style Wrestling), 10-2 2:34

5th - Jeremy Paradice GA (The Storm Wrestling Center) injury default Antonio Segura CO (Greco-Roman Development)

7th - Brayden Roberts WV (West Virginia Regional Training Center) tech Benjamin Shvartsman IL (Izzy Style Wrestling), 8-0 1:13

77 kg

1st - Manuel (m.j.) Gaitan CA (Temecula Valley High School Wrestling) tech Cj Hamblin WA (Askeo International Mat Club), 12-4 5:21

3rd - Payton Jacobson WI (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) tech Jake Jones PA (Pennsylvania), 8-0 0:26

5th - Niko Katsuyoshi CA (New England Regional Training Center) fall Arian Khosravy CA (Chaminade High School Wrestling), 9-4 1:35

7th - Jared Stricker WI (Wisconsin) tech Cyruss Meeks CO (CSU Pueblo Wrestling RTC), 9-0 1:44

82 kg

1st - Michael Altomer NY (West Point Wrestling Club) tech Adrian Artsisheuskiy NY (Elite Wrestling Academy), 10-2 3:29

3rd - Macaron Kukowski MN (Minnesota Storm) tech Aaron Dobbs WI (NMU-National Training Center), 8-0 0:32

5th - Jackson Rosado OR (Mat Sense Wrestling) tech Julian Kennedy WA (Washington), 11-3 2:17

7th - Joseph Jens IL (Cardinal Wrestling Club) fall Ryan Boucher OR (Oregon), 7-0 3:41

87 kg

1st - Kodiak Stephens CA (Beaver Dam Wrestling Regional Training Center) tech Tyler Hannah WI (Combat W.C. School of Wrestling), 8-0 1:55

3rd - Jack Darrah MO (Xtreme Training) dec Ryan Cody FL (Greco-Roman Development), 5-4

5th - Deanthony Parker IL (Illinois) dec Wyatt Voelker IA (Big Game Wrestling Club), 9-3

7th - Donivan Giangregorio CA (Beaver Dam Wrestling Regional Training Center) tech Ryder Rogotzke MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club), 12-4 3:34

97 kg

1st - Robert Plympton OR (Oregon) tech Jackson Dewald IA (MWC Wrestling Academy), 10-0 0:39

3rd - Nathan Wemstrom IL (Izzy Style Wrestling) VSU1 Jayden Johnson NV (Cimarron Memorial High School Wrestling), 15-7 4:44

5th - Sean Michel AK (Interior Grappling Academy) injury default Spencer Mooberry IA (Iowa)

7th - Daniel Eubanks (Silver State Wrestling Academy) over Bye

130 kg

1st - Aden Attao ID (Suples Wrestling Club) dec Alex Semenenko NY (DC Trained), 10-4

3rd - Matthew Moore CO (Colorado) VPO1 James Hustoles CO (Colorado), 7-5

5th - Devon Dawson MN (Beaver Wrestling Club) fall Cameron Groncki NY (Curby 3 Style Wrestling Club), 4-1 1:08

7th - Noah Curtis AK (Interior Grappling Academy) tech Frank Herrera CA (California), 8-0 1:38