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Pennsylvania Blue, California, Ohio and Wisconsin Red win preliminarily pools at 16U National Freestyle Duals

by Adam Engel, USA Wrestling

Caleb Noble of Wisconsin tosses an opponent during the 16U National Duals on Friday. Photo by Jennifer Peterson.

LOVES PARK, Ill. — National championship dreams continued for some and ended for others.

A search for a freestyle national championship started with the freestyle preliminary pool competitions at the 16U National Duals in Loves Park, Ill. on Friday.

Pennsylvania Blue closed out its successful run through Pool C l with a 48-29 win over Illinois. Pennsylvania Blue became one of four teams to win their pool, and advance to Saturday’s Gold/Silver Pool, which determines the top eight teams.

California collected two technical falls in its final two bouts to defeat Florida, 37-35, to win the B Pool. Ohio outlasted Iowa 41-30 to win Pool C. In Pool D, Wisconsin beat Minnesota Blue, 42-29.

The second-place squads in each pool join the winners in the Gold/Silver Pool. Two pools held true second place duals to decide the spots. The Gold/Silver Pool is split into two pools, which will determine the medal matches among the top eight teams.

In Pool A, Illinois dec. Team Michigan Blue, 49-19 to gain the true second place. Oklahoma Blue defeated Minnesota Blue, 41-35 in Pool D’s true second place dual. The other second place teams to advance to the Gold/Silver pool were Florida from Pool B and Iowa from Pool C.

A round or two of the color pools will begin on Friday. The tournament concludes Saturday at 9 a.m. with the completion of the color pools and finals placement matches.

Every bout can be viewed on FloWrestling.


At Loves Park, Illinois, June 10, 2022

Freestyle results

A Pool results:

1st place — Pennsylvania Blue

2nd place — Illinois

3rd place — Team Michigan Blue

4th place — New Jersey

5th place — Indiana Gold

6th place — Kansas Blue

7th place — Virginia

8th place — Louisiana

1st place match — Pennsylvania Blue dec. Illinois, 48-29

2nd place wrestleback — Illinois dec. Team Michigan Blue, 49-19

3rd place match — Team Michigan Blue dec. New Jersey, 39-34

5th place match — Indiana Gold dec. Kansas Blue, 42-31

7th place match — Virginia dec. Louisiana, 38-17

Semifinals — Pennsylvania Blue dec. Indiana Gold, 48-24; Illinois dec. Kansas Blue, 62-14

Quarterfinals— Pennsylvania Blue dec. New Jersey, 45-29; Indiana Gold dec. Louisiana, 71-10, Kansas Blue dec. Team Michigan Blue, 42-34; Illinois dec. North Dakota, 67-7

B Pool results:

1st place — California

2nd place — Florida

3rd place — Team Missouri Red

4th place — Georgia Blue

5th place — Wisconsin Blue

6th place — Minnesota Red

7th place — Oklahoma Red

8th place — Arkansas

1st place match — California dec. Florida, 41-36

3rd place match — Team Missouri Red dec. Georgia Blue, 50-26

5th place match — Wisconsin Blue dec. Minnesota Red, 66-9

7th place match — Oklahoma Red dec. Arkansas, 59-10

Semifinals — California dec. Georgia Blue, 43-30; Florida dec. Team Missouri Red, 41-36

Quarterfinals — California dec. Wisconsin Blue, 41-32; Georgia Blue dec. Arkansas, 68-8, Florida dec. Minnesota Red, 56-17; Team Missouri Red dec. Oklahoma Red, 52-24

C Pool results:

1st place — Ohio

2nd place — Iowa

3rd place — Tennessee

4th place — Colorado

5th place — Idaho

6th place — Pennsylvania Red

7th place — Team Michigan Red

8th place — Kansas Red

1st place match — Ohio dec. Iowa, 41-30

3rd place match — Tennessee dec. Colorado, 43-34

5th place match — Idaho dec. Pennsylvania Red, 54-24

7th place match — Team Michigan Red dec. Kansas Red, 45-27

Semifinals — Iowa dec. Colorado, 52-24; Ohio dec Idaho, 47-13

Quarterfinals — Iowa dec Tennessee, 48-26; Colorado dec. Kansas Red, 58-20; Idaho dec. Team Michigan Red, 63-16; Ohio dec. Pennsylvania Red, 60-17

D Pool results:

1st place — Wisconsin Red

2nd place — Oklahoma Blue

3rd place — Minnesota Blue

4th place — Team Missouri Blue

5th place — Alabama

6th place — Georgia Red

7th place — Nebraska

8th place — Texas Blue

1st place match — Wisconsin Red dec. Minnesota Blue, 42-29

2nd place wrestleback — Oklahoma Blue dec. Minnesota Blue, 41-35

3rd place match — Oklahoma Blue dec. Team Missouri Blue, 57-18

5th place match — Alabama dec. Georgia Red, 39-28

7th place match — Nebraska dec. Texas Blue, 36-22

Semifinals — Minnesota Blue dec. Alabama, 58-14; Wisconsin Red dec. Oklahoma Blue, 48-25

Quarterfinals — Minnesota Blue dec. Georgia Red, 70-6; Alabama dec. Texas Blue, 47-28; Wisconsin Red dec. Nebraska, 66-11; Oklahoma Blue dec. Team Missouri Blue, 50-22