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California wins 16U National Duals Greco-Roman championship over Pennsylvania Blue, 37-37, by criteria

by Adam Engel, USA Wrestling

16U National Dual Champions - California. Photo courtesy of Gene Lee.

LOVES PARK, Ill. — A flurry of cartwheels and celebratory screaming signified the result.

California claimed a national championship.

In a back-and-forth championship dual, California heavyweight Adam Farha clinched the 37-37 criteria win over Pennsylvania Blue to win the 16U National Duals in Greco-Roman.

Farha controlled Pennsylvania Blue’s Ean Winchester, 6-3 but the dual’s fate depended on the the scorebooks.

California won more bouts than PA Blue, (9-8). Therefore, California claimed criteria and a championship. Celebration ensued.

California started the scoring at 88 pounds with Gavin Pongsai. He clipped Alexander Diaz of PA Blue 13-12. Pennsylvania Blue responded with a second period fall at 94 pounds. A throw from California’s Dominic Bozanic backfired and Kole Davidheiser planted his feet and controlled Bozanic in a headlock for the fall.

A back-and-forth pattern emerged as California’s Slater Hicks teched Thunder Sollenbeger 10-2 at 100 pounds.

Two Fargo All-Americans battled at 106 pounds. Pennsylvania Blue’s Aaron Seidel conquered a scoreless first period to win 10-7 over California’s Devin Bobzien. Late in the first period, Bobzien caught Seidel in a cement mixer to take a 2-0 lead on back exposure. With less than 30 seconds left in the bout, Seidel scored six straight points to lead 9-7. A failed California challenge awarded Seidel’s 10th point.

California snatched the next four bouts with three decisions and a technical fall.

But Pennsylvania Blue, similar to its final pool bout, charged from behind. Vince Bouzakis and Bode Marlow cut into the deficit with technical falls for Pennsylvania. At 152 pounds, Owen McMullen fended off late attacks from California’s David Uyemara to win 5-4. McMullen flexed his singlet to display the Pennsylvania name and slapped his heart. His win gave Pennsylvania Blue a one-point lead.

That lasted a match.

California’s Angelo Posada crushed Tommy Cohenour to begin a string of three consecutive tech falls. Pennsylvania reclaimed the lead with technical falls from Magnus Lloyd (170 pounds) and Jason Singer (195 pounds). The two outscored their California opponents, 14-2.

California still lingered. An injury earlier in the tournament resulted in a Pennsylvania Blue forfeit at 220 pounds.

The result ultimately depended on the heavyweights. Ean Winchester of Pennsylvania Blue stepped onto the mat in a familiar position. On Thursday morning, Winchester encountered the same scenario. Win and his team advances to the final.

But Winchester didn’t repeat.

Farha pressured with a 6-0 lead at the break. In the second period, Winchester body locked Farha into two and gained a passivity point, but it wasn’t enough.

In the Gold/Silver Pool third place match, Minnesota Blue used a dozen bonus point victories to dismantle Oklahoma 55-20.

Iowa rebounded from two morning losses to claim fifth over Illinois 44-31. Colorado ended with a 41-32 win over Tennessee and claimed seventh place.

Another 16U National Duals championship remains. The tournament resumes Friday at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. MT. Freestyle action begins with the first three rounds. Color pools will be decided in the afternoon.

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


At Loves Park, Illinois, June 9, 2022

Greco-Roman results

Gold/Silver Pool (Places 1-8):
1st place match — California dec. Pennsylvania Blue, 37-37 (criteria)

88 pounds: Gavin Pongsai (California) dec. Alexander Diaz (PA Blue), 13-12

94 pounds: Kole Davidheiser (PA Blue) fall 3:32 over Dominic Bozanic (California)

100 pounds: Slater Hicks (California) TF over T. Thunder Sollenberger (PA Blue), 10-2

106 pounds: Aaron Seidel (PA Blue) dec. Devin Bobzien (California), 10-7

113 pounds: Edwin Sierra (California) dec. Landon Sidun (PA Blue), 7-4

120 pounds: Billy Townson (California) TF. Ned Kauffman (PA Blue), 8-0

126 pounds: Elias Navida (California) dec. Gauge Boteron (PA Blue), 6-2

132 pounds: Brock Mantanona (California) dec. Hector Mateo (PA Blue), 18-12

138 pounds: Vince Bouzakis (PA Blue) TF Sonny Lora-torres (California), 8-0

145 pounds: Bode Marlow (PA Blue) TF Ryan Rios (California), 11-2

152 pounds: Owen McMullen (PA Blue) dec. Mikel David Uyemura (California), 5-4

160 pounds: Angelo Posada (California) TF Tommy Cohenour (PA Blue), 12-3

170 pounds: Magnus Lloyd (PA Blue) TF Logan Bruce (California), 10-2

182 pounds: Adam Waters (PA Blue) TF Isaac Fernandez (California), 8-0

195 pounds: Jason Singer (PA Blue) dec. Kayden Cartee (California), 6-2

220 pounds: Nicholas Sahakian (California) wins via forfeit

285 pounds: Adam Farha (California) dec. Ean Winchester (PA Blue), 6-3

3rd place match — Minnesota Blue dec. Oklahoma Red, 55-20

88 pounds: Cason Craft (Oklahoma Red) fall 1:44 over Eli Schultz (Minnesota Blue)

94 pounds: Hunter Knox (Oklahoma Red) DQ over Lincoln Christenson

100 pounds: Lawson Eller (Minnesota Blue) TF Hudson Beckley (Oklahoma Red), 10-0

106 pounds: Chase Mills (Minnesota Blue) TF Zane Donley (Oklahoma Red), 9-0

113 pounds: Logan Schwanz (Minnesota Blue) TF Devon Miller (Oklahoma Red), 14-4

120 pounds: Zach Remer (Minnesota Blue) TF Iziah Tusler (Oklahoma Red), 10-0

126 pounds: Garrett Salt (Oklahoma Red) TF Ian Schultz (Minnesota Blue), 10-0

132 pounds: Tyson Charmoli (Minnesota Blue) TF Kaden Wallace (Oklahoma Red)

138 pounds: Alex Braun (Minnesota Blue) Fall 1:15 Trae Rios (Oklahoma Red)

145 pounds: Beau Hickman (Oklahoma Red) dec. Jayden Haueter (Minnesota Blue), 3-2

152 pounds: Carter Skradski (Minnesota Blue) TF Jayden Fuston (Oklahoma Red), 10-0

160 pounds: Aydan Carlson (Minnesota Blue) Fall 0:28 Kyler Tabor (Oklahoma Red), 10-0

170 pounds: Bryce Burkett (Minnesota Blue) TF Bodie Adams (Oklahoma Red), 9-0

182 pounds: Cittadino Tuttle (Minnesota Blue) dec. Colyn Donnelly (Oklahoma Red), 8-1

195 pounds: Kenny Wells (Minnesota Blue) TF Joe Warner (Oklahoma Red), 10-1

220 pounds: Julian Berg (Minnesota Blue) Fall 0:32 Garrett Henry (Oklahoma Red)

285: Hayden Skillings (Minnesota Blue) TF Dylan Allen (Oklahoma Red), 10-0

5th place match — Iowa dec. Illinois, 44-31

88 pounds: James Hemmila (Illinois) TF Kaiden Belinksy (Iowa), 8-0

94 pounds: Mac Crosson (Iowa) TF Dean Wainwright (Illinois), 10-1

100 pounds: Dallas Canoyer (Iowa) TF George Marinopoulos (Illinois), 10-0

106 pounds: Jace Hedeman (Iowa) dec. Brayden Teunissen, 3-2

113 pounds: Timothy Koester (Iowa) TF Justin Wardlow (Illinois), 9-0

120 pounds: Wyatt Medlin dec. Blake Fox, 9-5

126 pounds: Benjamin Hansen (Iowa) fall 1:04 Theodore Flores

132 pounds: Nolan Fellers (Iowa) dec. Peyton Cox (Illinois), 6-3

138 pounds: Kane Naaktgeboren (Iowa) TF Blake Smith (Illinois)

145 pounds: Tucker Stangel (Iowa) Fall 1:28 Braden Kelly (Illinois

152 pounds: Cael Miller (Illinois) Fall 1:31 Kyler Knaack (Iowa)

160 pounds: Justin Avila (Iowa) TF Anthony Gutierrez (Illinois), 14-5

170 pounds: Dominic Tigner (Iowa) dec. Tyler Ott (Illinois), 10-6

182 pounds: Brent Slade (Iowa) TF Nicholas Ronchetti (Illinois), 8-0

195 pounds: Gabino Perez (Illinois) TF Thaden Abbas (Iowa), 9-0

220 pounds: Lamar Bradley (Illinois) wins via forfeit

285 pounds: Lee Smith (Illinois) wins via forfeit

7th place match — Colorado dec. Tennessee, 41-32

88 pounds: Daniel Goodwin (Colorado) dec. Jose Cordero (Tennessee), 6-4

94 pounds: Axel Ritchie (Tennessee) dec. Colin George (Colorado), 6-3

100 pounds: William Phillips (Tennessee) TF Thomas Lee (Colorado), 10-1

106 pounds: Zaidyn Quinonez (Colorado) TF James Hicks (Tennessee), 8-0

113 pounds: Gavin Weichelt (Colorado) TF Joseph Uhorchuk (Tennessee), 8-0

120 pounds: Ethan Uhorchuk (Tennessee) dec Noah Kubala (Colorado), 7-4

126 pounds: Brody Gobbell (Tennessee) TF Travis Long (Colorado), 8-0

132 pounds: Billy Greenwood (Colorado) dec. Casen Roark (Tennessee), 7-5

138 pounds: Garrett Reece won via forfeit

145 pounds: Jackson Tribbett (Colorado) TF Jay Eversole (Tennessee), 11-0

152 pounds: Maximus Norman (Tennessee) dec. Leister Bowling (Colorado), 11-7

160 pounds: Sam Rock (Colorado) dec. Jacob Barlow (Tennessee), 10-8

170 pounds: Quinn Funk (Colorado) TF Jake Stacey (Tennessee), 8-0

182 pounds: Landon Williams (Tennessee) dec. Weston Hoffschneider (Colorado), 5-2

195 pounds: John Geist (Tennessee) TF Dom Benavidez, 9-1

220 pounds: Cody Netherton (Colorado) Fall 0:33 Cael Coulombe (Tennessee)

285 pounds: Austin Williams won via forfeit

Bronze/Copper Pool (Places 9-16):

1st place —Missouri

2nd place — Wisconsin

3rd place — Florida

4th place — Pennsylvania Red

5th place — Idaho

6th place — Oklahoma Blue

7th Place - Team Michigan Blue

8th Place - Georgia Blue

1st place match — Missouri dec. Wisconsin, 46-27

3rd place match — Florida dec. Pennsylvania Red, 49-17

5th place match — Idaho dec. Oklahoma Blue, 53-25

7th place match — Team Michigan Blue dec. Georgia Blue, 44-33

Red/Blue Pool:

1st place — Kansas Blue

2nd place — Texas Red

3rd place — Indiana Gold

4th place — Minnesota Red

5th place — Alabama

6th place — North Dakota Blue

7th place — Team Michigan Red

8th place — Kansas Red

1st place match — Kansas Blue dec. Texas Red, 50-29

3rd place match — Indiana Gold dec. Minnesota Red, 42-33

5th place match — Alabama dec. North Dakota Blue, 51-17

7th place match — Team Michigan Red dec. Kansas Red, 41-37

Green/Yellow Pool:

1st place — Virginia

2nd place — Nebraska

3rd place — Georgia Red

4th place — Texas Blue

5th place — North Carolina

6th place — Louisiana

Nebraska defeated Georgia Red 32-29.

Texas Blue defeated North Carolina 39-27.

Virginia defeated Louisiana 48-12.

Virginia defeated Georgia Red 38-32.

Texas Blue defeated Louisiana 36-27.

Nebraska defeated North Carolina 44-24.

Georgia Red defeated Louisiana 41-20.

Nebraska defeated Texas Blue 37-27.

Virginia defeated North Carolina 45-26.

Georgia Red defeated North Carolina 37-22.

Virginia defeated Texas Blue 44-29.

Nebraska defeated Louisiana 42-24.

Georgia Red defeated Texas Blue 33-19.

North Carolina defeated Louisiana 33-28.

Virginia defeated Nebraska 45-26.