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No. 1 seeds Dieringer, Townsell upset, as eight top seeds reach semifinals at U.S. Senior Freestyle Open

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

No. 1 seed Jason Nolf (NLWC/TMWC) hits a deep high crotch at the U.S. Open. Photo by John Sachs,

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Although the day started off with few upsets, things changed quickly at the U.S. Senior Freestyle Open at the South Point Arena on Friday.

There was a big mess at 79 kg, as only one of the four semifinalists are seeded in the top four of the weight class.

No. 8 seed Vincenzo Joseph, the two-time NCAA champion for Penn State who is now coaching at Stanford, upset No 1 seed Alex Dieringer of Cliff Keen WC/TMWC), 7-6. Dieringer led until Joseph hit a four-point lateral drop with 26 seconds left.

That weight class also saw No. 7 seed and former Virginia Tech star David McFadden of the Pennsylvania RTC/TMWC come back from a 6-0 deficit to pin No. 2 seed Isaiah Martinez of the Beaver Dam WC/TMWC in 2:59, just one second left in the first period.

Add in No. 5 Taylor Lujan of the Panther RTC/TMWC stopping No. 4 seed Evan Wick of SoCal RTC/TMWC, 12-8 in the quarterfinals, and only No. 3 Chance Marsteller of Annapolis RTC/TMWC will be in the semifinals.

In the quarterfinals, Campbell wrestler Anthony Molton of the Buise Creek WC pinned No. 1 seed Gabriel Townsell of the New York AC at 57 kg. It was a high scoring match between Illinois natives, with Townsell leading 9-1 when Molton scored his big move. Both are Illinois natives. In the semifinals, Molton will battle another unseeded athlete, Grand View wrestler Aden Reeves of the Viking WC, who knocked off No. 4 Joey Prata of Oklahoma RTC, 6-5.

No. 1 seeds who advanced were Tyler Graff (61 kg), Evan Henderson (65 kg), Alec Pantaleo (70 kg), Jason Nolf (74 kg), Mark Hall (86 kg), Isaac Trumble (92 kg), Michael Macchiavello (97 kg) and Hayden Zillmer (125),

Unseeded wrestlers in the semifinals include Molton, Reeves, Penn wrestler Doug Zapf of the Pennsylvania RTC at 70 kg, U.S. Naval Academy wrestler Andrew Cerniglia at 74 kg, Southwest Missouri State wrestler Caden Steffen of the Mustang WC at 86 kg and Iowa State wrestler Marcus Coleman (Iowa) at 86 kg,

The top seven placewinners in each weight class qualify for the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Coralville, Iowa in May.

Making a comeback to the mat, No. 6 Kendrick Maple of the Sunkist Kids knocked off No. 3 seed Luke Pletcher of the Pittsburgh WC/TMWC in the quarterfinals, turning him over from par terre and getting the pin at 2:43.

Weight classes where the top four seeds all reached the semifinals were 61 kg, 92 kg and 125 kg.

The U.S. Open men’s freestyle semifinals will be held at 6:00 p.m. PT, live on FloWrestling

Upsets in quarterfinals
Unseeded Campbell wrestler Anthony Molton (Buies Creek WC) pinned No. 1 seed Gabriel Townsell (New York AC) in 2:19 at 57 kg
Unseeded Aden Reeves (Viking WC) dec. No. 4 Joey Prata of Oklahoma RTC, 6-5.
No. 5 Matt Kolodzik (New York AC) beat Iowa State wrestler and No. 4 Ian Parker (Iowa), by technical fall 10-0 at 65 kg
No. 6 Kendrick Maple (Sunkist Kids) pin No. 3 Luke Pletcher (Pittsburgh WC/TMWC), 2:42 at 65 kg
No. 8 seed Vincenzo Joseph (California RTC/TMWC) dec. No. 1 seed Alex Dieringer (Cliff Keen WC/TMWC), 7-6
No. 7 seed David McFadden (Pennsylvania RTC/TMWC) pin No. 2 seed Isaiah Martinez (Beaver Dam WC/TMWC), 2:59
No. 5 seed Taylor Lujan (Panther RTC/TMWC) dec. No. 4 seed Evan Wick (SoCal RTC/TMWC), 12-8 at 79 kg
Unseeded Caden Steffen (Mustang WC) dec. No. 4 seed Andrew Morgan (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC), 8-6 at 86 kg.
No. 5 Tim Dudley (Sunkist Kids) tech. fall No. 4 Samuel Mitchell (Bulls WC), 10-0 at 97 kg

Upsets round of 16

Unseeded Columbia wrestler Joshua Ogunsanya (NYC RTC) beat No. 5 Cameron Amine (Cliff Keen WC), 4-4 at 74 kg
Unseeded NC State wrestler Ed Scott (Wolfpack WC/TMWC) edged No. 8 Yahya Thomas (Wildcat WC/TMWC), 2-1 at 70 kg
Unseeded Penn wrestler Doug Zapf (PRTC) beat No. 4 seed Anthony Ashnault (New York AC), 6-2 at 70 kg
Unseeded high school star and Oklahoma State recruit Brayden Thompson (Illinois) defeated No. 6 Mickey O’Malley (PRTC), 9-1 at 79 kg
Unseeded Iowa State wrestler Marcus Coleman (Iowa) dec. No. 2 seed Nick Reenan (Wolfpack RTC/TMWC), 8-6 at 86 kg

Upsets in round of 32
U.S. Naval Academy wrestler Andrew Cerniglia (PA) tech. fall over No. 4 Joey Lavallee (NLWC/TMWC), 10-0 technical fall at 74 kg
Unseeded George Mason wrestler Joshua Jones (Patriot Elite WC) beat No. 6 Joshua Kramer (Sunkist Kids) by technical fall 10-0 at 61 kg.

At Las Vegas, Nev. April 29, 2022

Semifinal Pairings

Anthony Molten (Buies Creek WC) vs Aden Reeves (Viking WC)
Jakob Camacho (Wolfpack WC/TMWC) vs Mattew Ramos (Boilermaker RTC)

Tyler Graff (NJRTC/TMWC) vs Joshua Rodriguez (NLWC/TMWC)
Seth Gross (SKWC) vs Nico Megaludis (Pittsburg WC)

Evan Henderson (Ohio RTC/TMWC) vs Matthew Kolodzik (NYAC)
Kendric Maple (SKWC) vs Patricio Lugo (HWC/TMWC)

Alec Pantaleo (CKWC/TMWC) vs Doug Zapf (Pennsylvania RTC)
Tyler Berger (CA RTC) vs Jordan Oliver (SKWC)

Jason Nolf (NLWC/TMWC) vs Andrew Cerniglia (PA)
Joshua Shields (SKWC) vs Thomas Gantt (Wolfpack WC/TMWC)

Vincenzo Joseph (CA RTC/TMWC) vs Taylor Lujan (Panther WC RTC/TMWC)
Chance Marsteller (Annapolis RTC/TMWC) vs David McFadden (PA RTC/TMWC)

Mark Hall (PA RTC/TMWC) vs Caden Steffen (Mustang WC)
Owen Webster (Gopher WC - RTC) vs Marcus Coleman (IA)

Isaac Trumble (Wolfpack WC/TMWC) vs Max Shaw (Tar Heel WC)
Michael Battista (Cavalier WC) vs Cameron Caffey (Michigan WC)

Michael Macchiavello (Wolfpack WC/TMWC) vs Timothy Dudley (SKWC)
Josef Rau (Wildcast WC/TMWC) vs Jonathan Aiello (Cavalier WC/TMWC)

Hayden Zillmer (Gopher WC - RTC) vs Demertius Thomas (Pittsburg WC)
Ty Walz (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC) vs Dominique Bradley (SKWC)

Quarterfinal Results

Anthony Molton (Buies Creek WC) fall Gabriel Townsell (NYAC), 9-5 2:19
Aden Reeves (Viking WC (IA)) dec Joey Prata (Oklahoma RTC), 6-5
Jakob Camacho (Wolfpack WC / TMWC) tech Derek Wilson (Nevada), 10-0 1:14
Matthew Ramos (Boilermaker RTC) tech Dalton Henderson (Virginia), 12-2 1:58

Tyler Graff (NJRTC / TMWC) tech Henry Porter (Indiana RTC), 14-4 5:46
Joshua Rodriguez PA (NLWC / TMWC) dec Daniel Deshazer (Gopher WC - RTC), 5-2
Seth Gross MN (Sunkist Kids WC) VSU1 Paul Bianchi (Arkansas RTC), 18-7 4:50
Nico Megaludis (Pittsburgh WC / TMWC) tech Brandon Wright (NYAC), 16-6 4:52

Evan Henderson (Ohio RTC / TMWC) tech Brock Zacherl (Clarion RTC), 13-2 5:29
Matthew Kolodzik (NYAC) tech Ian Parker (Iowa), 10-0 1:10
Kendric Maple (Sunkist Kids WC) fall Luke Pletcher (Pittsburgh WC / TMWC), 6-0 2:42
Patricio Lugo (Hawkeye WC / TMWC) tech Dean Heil (Oklahoma RTC / TMWC), 12-2 3:36

Alec Pantaleo (Cliff Keen WC / TMWC) dec Edward Scott (Wolfpack WC / TMWC), 8-1
Doug Zapf (Pennsylvania RTC) dec Michael Blockhus (Gopher WC - RTC), 5-4
Tyler Berger (California RTC (CA RTC) / TMWC) dec Will Lewan IL (Cliff Keen WC), 7-0
Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids WC) dec Sam Sasso (Ohio RTC / TMWC), 7-1

Jason Nolf (NLWC / TMWC) fall Peter Pappas (Patriot Elite WC), 7-0 1:21
Andrew Cerniglia (Pennsylvania) VPO1 Joshua Ogunsanya (New York City RTC), 6-4
Joshua Shields (Sunkist Kids WC) tech Keller Rock (Whammer Wrestling Academy), 11-0 1:49
Thomas Gantt (Wolfpack WC / TMWC) dec Shane Gantz (Higher Level Wrestling), 3-0

Vincenzo Joseph (California RTC (CA RTC) / TMWC) dec Alex Dieringer (Cliff Keen WC / TMWC), 7-6
Taylor Lujan (Panther WC RTC / TMWC) fall Evan Wick (SoCal RTC / TMWC), 12-8 3:38
Chance Marsteller (Annapolis RTC / TMWC) tech Brayden Thompson (Illinois), 11-0 4:35
David Mcfadden (Pennsylvania RTC / TWMC) fall Isaiah Martinez (Beaver Dam Wrestling RTC / TMWC), 6-3 2:59

Mark Hall (Pennsylvania RTC / TWMC) tech Julien Broderson (Iowa), 12-2 3:56
Caden Steffen (Mustang WC) dec Andrew Morgan (Spartan Combat RTC / TMWC), 8-6
Owen Webster (Gopher WC - RTC) dec Caleb Hopkins (Buies Creek WC), 10-7
Marcus Coleman (Iowa) tech Timothy Young (Illinois), 10-0 2:55

Isaac Trumble (Wolfpack WC / TMWC) tech Clayton Wahlstrom (South Dakota), 10-0 1:14
Max Shaw NC (Tar Heel WC) tech Jacob Koser (Navy-Marine Corps Mat Club), 10-0 2:19
Michael Battista (Cavalier WC) dec Zachary Peterson (SMI WC), 9-2
Cameron Caffey (Michigan WC) dec Levi Hopkins (Buies Creek WC), 10-6

Michael Macchiavello (Wolfpack WC / TMWC) tech Marco Retano (La Grande Mat Club), 10-0 0:45
Timothy Dudley (Sunkist Kids WC) tech Samuel Mitchell (Bulls WC), 10-0 1:16
Josef Rau (Wildcat WC / TMWC) tech Ethan Laird (Broncs WC), 10-0 0:51
Jonathan Aiello (Cavalier WC / TMWC) fall Duncan Lee (Iowa), 4-0 1:55

Hayden Zillmer (Gopher WC - RTC) dec Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force RTC), 8-5
Demertius Thomas (Pittsburgh WC) dec Christian Lance (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center), 5-2
Ty Walz (Spartan Combat RTC / TMWC) dec Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley WC), 5-0
Dominique Bradley (SKWC) dec Lucas Davison (Wildcast WC/TMWC)

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