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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.


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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