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Oklahoma Blue, Pennsylvania Blue, New Jersey, Ohio win their pools at 14U Greco-Roman National Duals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Ohio's 14U National Duals team prior to the Greco-Roman competition.
Ohio 14U National Duals team, which won Pool D in Greco-Roman on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Ohio USA Wrestling Twitter.

OAKS, Pa. – Winning their preliminary pools on the first day of Greco-Roman at the 14U National Duals in Greco-Roman were Oklahoma Blue (Pool A), Pennsylvania Blue (Pool B), New Jersey (Pool C) and Ohio (Pool D).

New Jersey, the returning champion team at the 14U National Duals, defeated Michigan, 47-29, in the Pool C finals. New Jersey had three technical falls and two pins in the pool finals, with falls coming from Vedwin Nivas (136) and August Moser (250). New Jersey’s closest match came in the very first round, a tight 38-37 win over Washington (which ultimately placed second).

Oklahoma Blue edged Illinois, 37-35 in their pool finals. Oklahoma Blue took a strong lead with victories in four of five matches late: Paden Pearson (250), Rylan Sandoval (71), Bostik Marple (77) and Cale Richardson (87). Illinois won the final two bouts by technical fall, but it was not enough.

Pennsylvania Blue had a strong 50-28 pool finals victory over Wisconsin. Pennsylvania Blue closed the door with five straight wins late in the dual from Kendahl Hoare (250), Leo Murillo (71), Kooper Deputy (77), Arav Pandey (83) and Keegan Bassett (87).

Ohio ran to a 47-27 victory in the Pool D finals. Ohio won six of the last eight matches to finish off the win. Seven of Ohio’s wins in the finals were by technical fall: Weston Borgers (106), Urijah Lopez (110), Tommy Rowlands (125), Xander Webber (71), Bradley Bauman (83), Tommy Wurster (87) and Conner Whitely (97).

The top two teams in each pool advanced to the Gold/Silver pool, which will determine the top eight teams in the tournament. Claiming second place in their pools were Illinois (Pool A), Wisconsin (Pool B), Washington (Pool C) and Iowa (Pool D). Three of the pools needed a True Second Place match to determine who would advance into the Gold/Silver Pool.

Two of the True Second Place matches ended up being determined by criteria. Illinois and Minnesota Blue finished at 41-41 in Pool A, with Illinois getting the tie-breaker. In Pool D, Iowa and Pennsylvania Red finished with a 40-40 tie, with criteria going to Iowa. Hendrix Schwab of Iowa won the final bout of the dual at 102 pounds to secure the tie and force the tiebreaker. The other True Second dual meet was not close, as Washington handled Michigan, 54-24.

Illinois was No. 1 in the pre-ranking seeds, with Pennsylvania Blue at No. 2, with both advancing into the Gold/Silver Pool. The next five teams in the pre-ranking seeds did not advance to the Gold/Silver Pool.

There was one round of Color Pool competition on Thursday night. After the preliminary pools, the field was broken down into the Gold/Silver, Bronze/Copper, Red/Blue, Green and Yellow Pools. The Greco-Roman competition completes on Friday, with the conclusion of the Color Pools starting at 8:00 a.m. ET, followed by the Finals at 2:30 p.m.

All of the action will be broadcast live by FloWrestling


At Oaks, Pa., June 8

Pool A Results

1st Place - Oklahoma Blue

2nd Place - Illinois

3rd Place - Minnesota Blue

4th Place - Utah

5th Place - Indiana

6th Place - Alabama

7th Place - Virginia

8th Place - Colorado Blue

1st Place Match - Oklahoma Blue defeated Illinois 37-35.

2nd Place Wrestleback - Illinois defeated Minnesota Blue 41-41.

3rd Place Match - Minnesota Blue defeated Utah 49-33.

5th Place Match - Indiana defeated Alabama 54-21.

7th Place Match - Virginia defeated Colorado Blue 57-11.

Pool B Results

1st Place - Pennsylvania Blue

2nd Place - Wisconsin

3rd Place - Florida

4th Place - Kansas

5th Place - Idaho

6th Place - Texas

7th Place - North Carolina

8th Place - Louisiana

1st Place Match - Pennsylvania Blue defeated Wisconsin 50-28.

3rd Place Match - Florida defeated Kansas 50-19.

5th Place Match - Idaho defeated Texas 40-34.

7th Place Match - North Carolina defeated Louisiana 51-25.

Pool C Results

1st Place - New Jersey

2nd Place - Washington

3rd Place - Michigan

4th Place - Maryland

5th Place - Colorado Red

6th Place - Minnesota Red

7th Place - Tennessee

8th Place - Oklahoma Red

1st Place Match - New Jersey defeated Michigan 47-29.

2nd Place Wrestleback - Washington defeated Michigan 54-24.

3rd Place Match - Washington defeated Maryland 44-37.

5th Place Match - Colorado Red defeated Minnesota Red 44-38.

7th Place Match - Tennessee defeated Oklahoma Red 45-36.

Pool D Results

1st Place - Ohio

2nd Place - Iowa

3rd Place - Pennsylvania Red

4th Place - California

5th Place - New York

6th Place - Missouri

7th Place - Georgia

8th Place - South Carolina

1st Place Match - Ohio defeated Pennsylvania Red 47-27.

2nd Place Wrestleback - Iowa defeated Pennsylvania Red 40-40.

3rd Place Match - Iowa defeated California 44-37.

5th Place Match - New York defeated Missouri 45-33.

7th Place Match - Georgia defeated South Carolina 60-26.