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Day 3 preview: Men’s freestyle all day long, with 16U finals and Junior tournament finishing semifinals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Brock Mantanona of California tosses his opponent upside down at 16U Nationals. Photo by Bret Peterson.

The focus on Monday is entirely on men’s freestyle, with the 16U Nationals finals set for 1:30 p.m. and the Junior Freestyle Nationals powering through the semifinals on Monday evening, setting the gold-medal matches for Tuesday.

For those who are fans of men’s freestyle, there will be a ton of great matches, and some upsets just waiting to happen. This is for sure the day that you should have FloWrestling running all day long.

WHAT’S NEW: There are no new tournaments starting today.

WHAT FINISHES: The 16U freestyle finals feature two eligible for the Triple Crown

The 16U men’s freestyle nationals finals is set, with Kellen Wolbert of Wisconsin (113) and De’Alcapon Veazy of Indiana (182) the only 16U athletes still in the hunt for the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown goes to wrestlers who win folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman national titles the same year.

Two seems to be the number of the day, because there is also two athletes who have a chance to repeat as 16U freestyle champions, Seth Mendoza of Illinois (106) and Anthony Knox of New Jersey (120).

The 16U men’s freestyle finals pairings are:

88:Caleb Noble of Wisconsin vs Mac Crosson of Iowa

94:Haakon Peterson of Wisconsin vs Nathan Rioux of Indiana

100:Michael Romero of California vs Keanu Dillard of Pennsylvania

106:Seth Mendoza of Illinois vs Jayden Raney of Kentucky

113:Kellen Wolbert of Wisconsin vs Moses Mendoza of California

120:Marcus Blaze of Ohio vs Anthony Knox of New Jersey

126:Benjamin Davino of Illinois vs Landon Robideau of Minnesota

132:Tyson Charmoli of Minnesota vs Brock Mantanona of California

138:PJ Duke of New York vs Vince Bouzakis of Pennsylvania

145:Kody Routledge of Oklahoma vs Kollin Rath of Pennsylvania

152:Ladarion Lockett of Oklahoma vs Alessio Perentin of New Jersey

160:Travis Grace of California vs Bekhruz Sadriddinov of Pennsylvania

170:Bryce Burkett of Minnesota vs Jarrel Miller Jr of Ohio

182:Aeoden Sinclair of Wisconsin vs De’Alcapon Veazy of Indiana

195:Dreshaun Ross of Iowa vs Vincenzo Lavalle of New Jersey

220:Jay Henderson of Utah vs Adam Farha of California

285:Aaron Ries of Ohio vs Jacob Levy of Georgia

The team race after two days is very close, with Pennsylvania in first with 164 points, including four in the finals and 12 in the consolation rounds. California is right there with them, with five in the finals and 11 in the consolation rounds. Hoping to make a run are third place Ohio with 111 points.

WHAT CONTINUES: Junior Freestyle Nationals gets down to showtime

While the first day of wrestling at the largest Junior Freestyle Nationals was a bit light on upsets, we can expect a bunch of them on day two. With 53 ranked wrestlers from the FloWrestling national rankings still on the winners side of the bracket, there will be some great matches in every round during the day.

On the Junior side, there are still seven athletes in the hunt for the Triple Crown after the first day of freestyle: Mack Mauger of Idaho (106), Cory Land of Alabama (126), Emilio Ysaguirre, Jr of Arizona (138), Tate Naaktgeboren of Iowa (181), Wyatt Voelker of Iowa (195), Jared Thiry of Iowa (220) and Aden Attao of Idaho (285).


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — 16U Freestyle: Session IV — Consolations and Consolation Semifinals

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Junior Men's Freestyle: Session III — 1/8 Championships, Quarterfinals & Consolations

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — 16U Men's Freestyle: Session V — Finals, Medal Matches & Awards

4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. — Junior Men's Freestyle: Session IV — Semifinals, Consolations and Consolation Semifinals
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