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Pennsylvania extends lead over Illinois in combined #Fargo2023 team standings, after winning both men’s freestyle events

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Landon Sidun (PA) points No. 1 while getting his arm raised during the 2023 USMC 16U Nationals finals in men's freestyle
Landon Sidun of Pennsylvania celebrates after winning the gold medal at 113 pounds in the USMC 16U Men’s Freestyle Nationals in Fargo. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

#Fargo2023 is now two-thirds over, with four of the six national tournaments completed on Wednesday night. The USMC Junior Nationals and USMC 16U Nationals in men’s freestyle finished up on Wednesday night in the FargoDome. The USMC Junior Nationals and USMC 16U Nationals for women’s freestyle completed on Sunday.

Pennsylvania won the team title in both of the men’s freestyle tournaments, and has climbed to 599 points, which puts them 151 points ahead of second place Illinois with 448 points. After the two women’s freestyle tournaments, Pennsylvania was in first also, but only 12 points ahead of Illinois.

Pennsylvania has won three of the four tournaments held, also winning the 16U Women’s Nationals team title on Sunday. Illinois won the other completed national event, the Junior Women’s Nationals.

Rounding out the top five are California in third with 401 points, Iowa in fourth with 385 points and Wisconsin in fifth with 342 points.

Dropping out of the top five after the men’s freestyle events were Michigan (which was third after the women’s freestyle and are now eighth) and Missouri (which was fifth after the women’s freestyle and are now 11th).

The top 10 after four events include Ohio (6th with 292), Oklahoma (7th with 248), Michigan (8th with 236), Minnesota (9th with 233) and New Jersey (10th with 225).

More points are available in the final two events, the USMC Junior Greco-Roman Nationals and the USMC 16U Greco-Roman Nationals, which are held on Friday and Saturday.


(After four of six events)

1 Pennsylvania 599

2 Illinois 448

3 California 401

4 Iowa 385

5 Wisconsin 342

6 Ohio 292

7 Oklahoma 248

8 Michigan 236

9 Minnesota 233

10 New Jersey 225

11 Missouri 195

12 Florida 194

13 Indiana 186

14 Arizona 158

15 New York 148

16 Washington 131

17 Tennessee 126

18 Colorado 124

19 Utah 95

20 Georgia 94

21 Idaho 86

22 Texas 81

23 Maryland 79

24 South Dakota 73

25 Virginia 70

26 Connecticut 55

27 Nebraska 46

28 (tie) Alabama, Massachusetts, Montana 44

31 Nevada 38

32 West Virginia 32

33 (tie) Kansas, Kentucky 25

35 (tie) Oregon, South Carolina 22

37 Wyoming 12

38 (tie) North Dakota, Rhode Island 9

40 (tie) Arkansas, Hawaii 5

42 North Carolina 2