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Fargo day 7 preview: Tournament ends with Junior Greco-Roman semifinals and finals

by Adam Engel, USA Wrestling

Tyler Sagi of New Jersey celebrates his Junior National Greco-Roman quarterfinals win.
Tyler Sagi of New Jersey celebrates his Junior National Greco-Roman quarterfinals win. Photo by Ryan Cummings,

One tournament remains in the USMC 16U and Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota. Five divisions worth of champions were decided. Only the Junior Greco-Roman champions are yet to be determined.

WHAT FINISHES: Junior Greco-Roman concludes with championship finals at 12:30 p.m.

The action begins on at 9 a.m. on Friday with the semifinals, consolations and consolation semifinals.

The finals and placement matches start at 12:30 p.m. This is an earlier start from the previous schedule.

Two returning champions advanced to the semifinals. They are Q’veli Quintanilla of Washington at 145 and Wyatt Voelker of Iowa at 195. Voelker will wrestle for Northern Iowa in the fall.

Four wrestlers who won Junior freestyle championships earlier in the week also found the semifinals. They are Tyler Garvin of Maryland at 100, Mack Mauger of Idaho at 106, Cory Land of Alabama at 132, Cody Chittum of Tennessee at 152 and Aden Attao of Idaho at 285.

Mauger, Land and Attao are also eligible for the Triple Crown. To win a Triple Crown, a wrestler must win a freestyle, folkstyle and Greco-Roman national championship in the same year.

Six wrestlers who won a 16U Greco-Roman championship last summer also reached the semifinals. They are Layne Kleimann of Utah and Anthony Ruzic of Illinois at 113, Kael Lauridsen of Nebraska at 120, Pierson Manville of Pennsylvania at 138 and Sawyer Bartelt of Florida at 220.

Semifinal pairings:


Isaac Stewart of Montana vs Nathaniel Granados of California

Tyler Garvin of Maryland vs Javaan Yarbrough of Ohio


Jeremy Oani of California vs Brayten Casey of Wisconsin

Tyson Roach of Louisiana vs Mack Mauger of Idaho


Carter Nogle of Maryland vs Layne Kleimann of Utah

Anthony Ruzic of Illinois vs Michael Longo of Connecticut


Kael Lauridsen of Nebraska vs Alan Koehler of Minnesota

Massey Odiotti of Illinois vs Kenneth Hendriksen of Tennessee


Otto Black of Colorado vs Gable Porter of Iowa

Derek Guanajuato of Arizona vs Brandon Cannon of Colorado


Cory Land of Alabama vs Matthew Beem of Iowa

Nash Singleton of Oregon vs Kannon Webster of Illinois


Keith Smith of Nebraska vs Pierson Manville of Pennsylvania

Colton Parduhn of Alaska vs Gunnar Hamre of Wisconsin


Brennan Van Hoecke of Florida vs Q’veli Quintanilla of Washington

Jaden New of Alabama vs Jayden Colon of Illinois


Braden Stauffenberg of Illinois vs Patrick Brackett of Colorado

Dylan Evans of Pennsylvania vs Tyler Sagi of New Jersey


Jadon Skellenger of Idaho vs Jeremy Paradice of Georgia

Cody Chittum of Tennessee vs Brendon Abdon of Florida


Omaury Alvarez of Georgia vs Christian Moder of Florida

Bradley Gillum of Illinois vs Brayden Gautreau of Michigan


Michael Altomer of New York vs Matthew Waddell of Georgia

Tate Naaktgeboren of Iowa vs Ryder Rogotzke of Minnesota


Wyatt Voelker of Iowa vs Ian Smith of Wisconsin

Robert Plympton of Oregon vs Jack Darrah of Missouri


Max Ramberg of Wisconsin vs Sawyer Bartelt of Florida

Bronx Wood of Kansas vs Ryan Stein of New York


Aden Attao of Idaho vs Ethan Vergara of Florida

Hayden Simpson of Oklahoma vs Sebastian Lopez of Kansas

Teams with the most semifinalists (Top seven)

Illinois — 6

Florida — 5

Iowa and Wisconsin — 4

Colorado, Georgia and Idaho — 3


9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Junior Greco-Roman: Session III – Semifinals, Consolations and Consolation Semifinals

12:30 p.m. — Junior Greco-Roman: Session IV — Finals, Medal Matches & Awards