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2022 16U Nationals Greco-Roman finalist biographies

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Hudson Loges of Nebraska works for a fall. Photo by Tom Dendy.


88 pounds


RED - Tanner Tran, Spring Hill, Tenn.

Eighth in the 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… Second in the 2022 Southeast Regionals in both styles… Fourth in 2021 Central 14U Regionals in Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman at Father Ryan High School… Born: October 24, 2007… Age; 14


BLUE - Caleb Noble, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

2022 U16 National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2022 Northern Plains 16U Regionals champion in both styles… 2022 Wisconsin 16U state champion in both styles… Second in 2022 National Recruiting Showcase… 2021 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Two-time USA Wrestling Kids Triple Crown winner… Will be a freshman at SPIRE Academy…. Born: December 21, 2007… Age: 14


94 pounds


RED - Haakon Peterson, Hollandale, Wis.

2022 16U Nationals freestyle champion… 2022 16U National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… Second in 2022 U17 Nationals… 2022 Pan America 17U champion in both styles… 2021 16U Nationals champion in Greco-Roman… Second in 2021 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2021 U15 Nationals champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2019 14U Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Fifth in 2019 U15 Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… 2018 USA Wrestling Novice Nationals champion in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman… Will be a freshman at Dodgeville High School… Born: October 30, 2006… Age: 15

BLUE - Cole Welte, Blair, Neb.

Fourth in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… Eighth in 2022 U17 Nationals Fifth in 2021 U16 Nationals in Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2021 U15 Nationals in freestyle and eighth in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Skutt Catholic High School… Born March 17, 2006… Age: 16

100 pounds


RED - Lincoln Sledzianowski, Naples, Fla.

Third in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle…. 2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in both styles… 2022 Southeast 16U Regional champion in both styles… 2022 U15 Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… 2021 14U National freestyle champion and fifth in Greco-Roman… Born: March 2, 2007… Age: 15

BLUE - Hudson Loges, Blair, Neb.

Second in 2022 U17 Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… 2021 14U Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2020 Preseason National Middle School champion… Will be a sophomore at Blair High School… Third in 2022 Nebraska state championships at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 52-4 record… Born February 2, 2007… Age: 15

106 pounds


RED - Jeremiah Wachsmuth, Clackamas, Ore.

Second in 2022 Northwest 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… 2022 Oregon 16U freestyle champion… Eighth in 2021 U15 Nationals in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Clackamas High School… Second in the Oregon state championships at 106 pounds as a sophomore with a 28-2 record… Third in the Oregon states at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 20-3 record… Born March 9, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Ryker Graff, Altoona, Iowa

Fourth in 2022 U17 Nationals in Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2021 16U Nationals in Greco-Roman… Third in 2021 U15 Nationals in Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2020 Preseason Middle School Nationals…Will be a sophomore at Southeast Polk High School… Competed at 113 pounds as a freshman, with a 26-7 record… Born: June 2, 2006… Age: 16

113 pounds


RED - Declan Koch, Hortonville, Wis.

2022 U15 Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle… 2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2022 Wisconsin 16U champion in both styles.. 2021 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… 2021 14U Nationals Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… Will be a freshman at Neenah High School… Born July 9, 2007… Age: 15

BLUE - Jayden Raney, Mayfield, Ky.

2022 16U Nationals champion in freestyle… 2022 16U National Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2022 Central Regional 16U champion in both styles… 2022 Kentucky 16U state champion in both styles… 2022 Kentucky Middle School champion…. 2020 and 2021 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Will be a freshman at Union County High School… 2022 Kentucky state champion as an eighth grader, with a 42-0 record… Born: March 1, 2007… Age: 15

120 pounds


RED - Jordyn Raney, Mayfield, Ky.

Third in 2022 Southeast 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… 2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… Third in 2022 Central Regionals in freestyle… 2022 Kentucky Middle School champion… 2021 Preseason Middle School Nationals champion… Will be a freshman at Union County High School… Born: March 1, 2007… Age: 15

BLUE - Amryn Nutter, Fennimore, Wis.

Fifth in 2022 U17 Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2022 Wisconsin 16U Greco-Roman champion… Second in 2021 Northern Plains 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at Fennimore High School… Third in the 2022 Wisconsin state championships at 106 pounds as a freshman with a 45-7 record… Born: December 30, 2006… Age: 16

126 pounds


RED - Thomas Verrette, Lakewood, Colo.

Third in 2022 U16 Nationals in freestyle… 2022 Southern Plains U16 Greco-Roman champion and third in freestyle…. 2022 U15 Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2022 Northwest 16U Regionals Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… 2021 14U Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Will be a freshman at Ponderosa High School… Born: January 24, 2007… Age: 15

BLUE - Elias Navida, San Diego, Calif.

Fourth in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2022 Western 16U Regionals Greco-Roman champion… Second in 2021 U16 Nationals in Greco-Roman… Third in 2021 Western 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman… Seventh in 2021 U17 Nationals in Greco-Roman and freestyle… 2019 Pan American U15 champion in both styles.. Second in 2019 U15 Nationals in Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle… Will be a junior at Poway High School… Sixth in the 2022 California state championships at 113 pounds as a sophomore with a 26-8 record… Did not compete in 2021 due to COVID… Born: October 29, 2006… Age: 15

132 pounds


RED - Nathaniel Askew, Lawrenceville, Ga.

2022 Southeast 16U Regionals Greco-Roman champion and second in freestyle… Third in 2022 U15 Nationals in freestyle… 2021 Georgia 14U state champion… Will be a sophomore at Baylor High School… Second in the 2022 Georgia state championships at 132 pounds as a freshman with a 22-3 record… Born: May 16, 2007… Age: 15

BLUE - Billy Greenwood, Livermore,. Colo.

Fourth in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2022 Southern Plains 16U Regional champion in both styles… 2022 Western 16U Regional champion in both styles… Third in 2021 Southern Plains 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman… 2020 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Will be a sophomore at Poudre High School… Second in 2022 Colorado state meet at 126 pounds as a freshman with a 34-5 record… Born: June 15, 2006… Age: 16

138 pounds


RED - Gabriel Bouyssou, Hope, R.I.

Third in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… Fifth in 2022 U17 Nationals in Greco-Roman… Second in 2021 Preseason Nationals in 9th-10th grade division… Seventh in 2021 16U Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… 2021 Beach Nationals 16U champion… Third in 2021 Southeast 16U Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Fifth in 2020 Preseason Nationals 9th-10th grade division… Will be a junior at Scituate High School… Two-time Rhode Island state champion… 2022 state champion at 138 pounds with a 45-0 record… 2021 state champion at 132 pounds with a 32-0 record… Born: February 10, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Alex Braun, Woodbury, Minn.

Seventh in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2022 Northern Plains 16U champion in both styles… 2022 Minnesota 16U champion in both styles… 2022 16U Nationals Folkstyle champion… 2021 Preseason Nationals champion in 9th-10th grade division… 2021 Northern Plains 16U Regional champion in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… Sixth in 2021 U15 Nationals in freestyle… Will be a junior at Woodbury High School… Sixth in 2022 Minnesota state championships at 126 pounds as a sophomore… Third in the 2021 Minnesota state championships at 113 pounds as a freshman… Born: January 4, 2006… Age: 16

145 pounds


RED - Hunter Sturgill, Maryville, Tenn.

2021 Southeast Regionals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Third in 2021 16U Beach Nationals… Fifth in 2021 U15 Nationals in Greco-Roman… 2019 Southeast Regionals 14U champion in both styles… Will be a sophomore at Baylor High School… 2022 Tennessee state champion at 132 pounds as a freshman with a 45-5 record… Born: April 12, 2006… Age: 15

BLUE - Aliaksandr Kikiniou, Poway, Calif.

2022 Northwest 16U Regionals champion in both styles…. 2022 California 16U Greco-Roman champion.. 2021 Northeast 16U champion in Greco-Roman… Will be a junior at Poway High School… 2022 California state champion at 152 pounds as a sophomore with a 29-1 record… 2021 California state invitational champion at 126 pounds… Born: April 26, 2006… Age: 16

152 pounds


RED - Kaleb Shine, Kalispell, Montana

Fourth in 2022 Western 16U Regionals in both styles… Third in 2022 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Fourth in 2019 Western 14U Regionals… Will be a junior at Glacier High School… Born: February 11, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Tristin Greene, LaGrange, Ohio

Second in 2022 Central Regionals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… Fourth in 2021 16U Regionals in freestyle… Will be a junior at Keystone High School… Fourth in 2022 Ohio state championships at 138 pounds as a sophomore with a 45-5 record… Born: August 30, 2006… Age: 15

160 pounds


RED - Angelo Posada, Poway, Calif.

2022 Northwest 16U Regionals champion in both styles… Fifth in 2021 U15 Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… Second in 2022 Preseason Nationals Middle School division… Will be a sophomore at Poway High School… Fourth in the California state championships at 160 pounds as a freshman… Born April 1, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Tristan Steldt, Fennimore, Wis.

2022 Northern Plains 16U Regional champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… 2022 Wisconsin 16U state champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at Fennimore High School… Third in the 2022 Wisconsin state championships at 136 pounds as a freshman with a 20-4 record… Born: December 26, 2006… Age: 16

170 pounds


RED - Bryce Burkett, Watertown, Minn.

Second in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2022 Northern Plains 16U Regionals champion in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle… Second in 2021 Northern Plains 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… Third in 2021 U15 Nationals in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle… 2020 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Will be a sophomore at Watertown Mayer High School… Third in the Wisconsin state championships as a freshman at 160 pounds with a 46-4 record… Fifth in the Wisconsin state championships as an eighth grader at 145 pounds with a 35-4 record… Born: September 20, 2006… Age: 15

BLUE - Jarrel Miller Jr, Brook Park, Ohio

2022 16U Nationals champion in freestyle… 2022 16U Nationals All-Tournament Team in freestyle… 2022 Central 16U Regionals champion in both styles… 2021 Central 16U Regionals champion in Greco-Roman… Will be a sophomore at St. Edward High School…. Second in the 2022 Ohio state championships as a freshman at 157 pounds with a 52-6 record… Born: August 9, 2006… Age: 15

Note: This is a rematch of the 16U Nationals freestyle finals, won by Miller, 7-4

182 pounds


RED - Coby Merrill, Ontario, Calif.

Seventh in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2022 California 16U champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 2021 U15 Nationals in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman… 2020 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Will be a freshman at Gilroy High School… Born August 22, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Adam Waters, Stowe, Pa.

Third in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2022 Northeast 16U Regionals champion in both styles… Will be a freshman at Faith Christian Academy… Born December 20, 2006… Age: 15

195 pounds


RED - Brennan Carey, Nixa, Mo.

2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… 2022 Southern Plains 16U Regionals champion in both styles… 2022 Missouri 16U state champion in both styles… 2021 Southern Plains 16U Regionals champion in both styles… Will be a junior at Nixa High School… Third in the Missouri state championships at 195 pounds as a sophomore with a 34-9 record… Born June 7, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Michael Mocco, Parkland, Fla.

Fifth in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2022 U15 Nationals in freestyle… Third in 2021 Preseason Nationals in Middle School division… Will be a freshman at Cardinal Gibbons High School… Born February 19, 2007… Age: 15

220 pounds


RED - Nicholas Sahakian, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Current FloWrestling ranking: No. 16 at 220

Fourth in 2022 U17 Nationals in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman… 2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in Greco-Roman… Sixth in 2021 U16 Nationals in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman… Fourth in 2021 U17 Nationals in Greco-Roman and seventh in freestyle… Will be a sophomore at St. John Bosco High School… Third in 2022 California state championships at 220 pounds as a freshman with a 41-5 record… Born September 18, 2006… Age: 15

BLUE - Rylan Kuhn, Parkville, Mo.

Fifth in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in both styles… 2022 Central 16U Regionals champion in both styles… 2022 Missouri 16U state champion in both styles… Third in 2021 Southern Plains 16U Regionals in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle… Fifth in 2021 Northern Plains 16U Regionals in both styles… Will be a sophomore at St. Pius X – Kansas City High School… 2022 Missouri state champion at 220 pounds with a 40-1 record… Born June 1, 2006… Age: 16

285 pounds


RED - Sampson Stillwell, Centerview, Mo.

Third in 2022 16U Nationals in freestyle… 2022 16U Duals All-Tournament Team in both styles… Second in 2022 U17 Nationals in Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle…2022 Missouri 16U state champion in both styles… Seventh in 2021 U17 Nationals in Greco-Roman and eighth in freestyle… 2020 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Will be a sophomore at St. Michael the Archangel High School… 2022 Missouri state champion at 285 pounds as a freshman with a 17-1 record… Born: May 13, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Wyatt Schmitt, Shorewood, Ill.

Third in 2022 Northern Plains Regionals in freestyle… 2022 Illinois 16U state freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman… 2022 U16 Folkstyle Nationals champion… Will be a junior at Joliet West High School… State qualifier at 285 pounds as a sophomore with a 35-12 record… Born February 10, 2006… Age: 16