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Pennsylvania Blue, California, Iowa and Oklahoma Red win preliminary pools at 16U National Greco Duals

by Adam Engel, USA Wrestling

LOVES PARK, Ill. — The quest for a Greco-Roman national championship began with the Greco-Roman preliminary pool competitions at the National Duals in Loves Park, Illinois.


Pennsylvania Blue concluded its rampage through the A Pool with a 53-24 win over Colorado. Pennsylvania Blue was one of four teams to win their pool, and advance to Thursday’s Gold/Silver Pool, which determines the top eight teams.


In the B Pool, California topped Minnesota 37-34. Iowa will represent the top spot from the C Pool in the Gold/Silver Pool after a 44-30 victory against Idaho. Oklahoma Red clipped Missouri 38-35 to claim the D Pool.


The second-place teams in each pool join the winners in the eight-team Gold-Silver pool. Each pool had a true second place dual to decide those spots. The Gold/Silver Pool is split into two pools, which will determine medal matches, and ultimately the top eight teams in the tournament.


In the A Pool, Colorado shut down Georgia Blue, 42-33.


Illinois returned to the Gold/Silver Pool after the day’s first dual decided by criteria. It won its last bout to force a 37-36 win over Team Michigan Blue.


Tennessee won its final four bouts against Idaho to win 44-34 in Pool C. In Pool D’s true second place dual, Minnesota Blue, the defending champions, stopped Missouri 40-34.


The tournament resumes Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. MT. Placement pools will be completed, determining medal matches in each pool. There will also be a Bronze-Copper Pool, a Yellow Pool, a Red/Blue Pool and a Green/Yellow Pool.


All three of USA Wrestling’s major National Dual meet events (16U, 14U, Junior) will be live on FloWrestling.

16U NATIONAL DUALS

At Loves Park, Illinois, June 8, 2022


Greco-Roman results

A Pool Results

1st place — Pennsylvania Blue

2nd place — Colorado

3rd place — Georgia Blue

4th place — Wisconsin

5th place — Indiana Gold

6th place — Texas Red

7th place — Virginia


1st place match — Pennsylvania Blue dec. Colorado, 53-24

2nd place wrestleback — Colorado dec. Georgia Blue, 42-33

3rd place match — Georgia Blue dec. Wisconsin, 40-38

5th place match — Indiana Gold dec. Texas Red, 35-33

7th place —Virginia

Semifinals — Pennsylvania Blue dec. Georgia Blue, 60-16; Colorado dec. Wisconsin, 44-35

Quarterfinals — Pennsylvania Blue dec. Texas Red, 53-24; Georgia Blue dec. Virginia, 53-26; Colorado dec. Indiana Gold, 46-34; Wisconsin dec. Nevada, 51-27

B Pool Results

1st place — California

2nd place — Illinois

3rd place — Team Michigan Blue

4th place — Oklahoma Blue

5th place — Kansas Blue

6th place — Minnesota Red

7th place — Louisiana

1st place match — California dec. Illinois, 41-35

2nd place wrestleback — Illinois dec. Team Michigan Blue, 37-36

3rd place match — Team Michigan Blue dec. Oklahoma Blue, 60-14

5th place match — Kansas Blue dec. Minnesota Red, 60-16

7th place match — Louisiana dec. North Carolina, 28-27

Semifinals — California dec. Minnesota Red, 56-20; Illinois dec. Kansas Blue, 45-32

Quarterfinals — California dec. North Carolina, 70-8; Minnesota Red dec. Team Michigan Blue, 39-37; Kansas Blue dec. Louisiana, 71-11; Illinois dec. Oklahoma Blue, 54-17

C Pool Results

1st place — Iowa

2nd place — Tennessee

3rd place — Idaho

4th place — Pennsylvania Red

5th place — Alabama

6th place — North Dakota Blue

7th place — Georgia Red


1st place match — Iowa dec. Idaho, 44-30

2nd place wrestleback — Tennessee dec. Idaho, 44-34

3rd place match — Tennessee dec. Pennsylvania Red, 41-32

5th place match — Alabama dec. North Dakota Blue, 52-18

7th place — Georgia Red

Semifinals — Idaho dec. Alabama, 49-27; Iowa dec. Tennessee, 49-28

Quarterfinals — Iowa dec. Georgia Red, 63-10; Tennessee dec. Pennsylvania Red, 47-24; Alabama dec. Texas Blue, 60-12; Idaho dec. North Dakota Blue 44-31

D Pool Results

1st place — Oklahoma Red

2nd place — Minnesota Blue

3rd place — Missouri

4th place — Florida

5th place — Michigan Red

6th place — Kansas Red


1st place match — Oklahoma Red dec. Missouri, 38-35

2nd place wrestleback — Minnesota Blue dec. Missouri, 40-34

3rd place match — Minnesota Blue dec. Florida, 39-36

5th place match — Michigan Red dec. Kansas Red, 37-32

Semifinals — Missouri dec. Florida, 38-36; Oklahoma Red dec. Minnesota Blue, 38-36

Quarterfinals ¬—Missouri dec. Team Michigan Red, 67-13; Florida received bye; Oklahoma Red received bye; Minnesota Blue dec. Kansas Red 68-9
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