California thumps Michigan Blue early and finishes off a 37-26 victory in Junior Women’s National Duals finals

Minnesota Storm goes 4-3

TULSA, Okla. Two of the top favorites, California and Michigan Blue, powered their way into the finals of the Gold/Silver pool at the Junior Women’s National Duals on Thursday.

California, which has won this event many times, including most recently in 2021, has a history of wrestling well at because of its amazing team depth. Michigan brought a star-studded lineup to Tulsa, looking to show off its rise on the national scene. California was strong in the light weights, with Michigan powerful up top.

California established itself right off the bat, with an upset win over a ranked wrestler. Mikayla Garcia was aggressive on her feet early for a big early lead, then hold off No. 6 Gigi Bragg for a 12-7 victory at 106. Bragg scored first on a stepout. Garcia took a lead on a counter tilt and a takedown, 4-1. Garcia came out the back on a scramble for a 6-1 lead. Garcia got two more tilts, with Bragg getting a two-point reversal, to lead 10-3 at the break. In the second period, Bragg scored a pair of early takedowns, but Garcia answered with one of her own and held position the rest of the way. Continue reading at →

New Jersey sweeps 14U National Duals, winning the freestyle title with a 49-29 win over Iowa

Minnesota Storm places seventh

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It was a great week for the Jersey Boys, who came to Indianapolis with a loaded lineup, and finished the weekend with a pair of 14U National Duals championship trophies.

New Jersey finished it off on Sunday with four dual meet victories, including a lopsided 49-29 victory in the Gold/Silver freestyle finals over Iowa. The key to the finals triumph was nine bonus-point wins in their 12 victories. Iowa, which mustered six wins, including four bonus-point victories, could not keep up with the Jersey onslaught.

Iowa got off to a 5-0 lead with a forfeit win by Gavin Landers at 92 pounds. New Jersey bounced back with two straight wins for its first lead of the day. Continue reading at →

Ohio wins 16U National Duals freestyle championship over Wisconsin Red

Minnesota Blue places 10th

LOVES PARK, Ill. — In a dual meet rich with momentum shifts, the heavyweights decided a national champion team. Win probability fluctuated on opposite sides of the spectrum Saturday afternoon. The outcome remained in question until the final buzzer.

Ohio defeated Wisconsin Red 35-35 on criteria to win a freestyle national championship in the 16U National Duals in Loves Park, Illinois. With the win, Ohio repeated as 16U freestyle champions.

Ohio heavyweight Aaron Reis squashed a deep deficit against Wisconsin Red’s Evan Gratz to win 11-8 and give his team enough points to secure a national title. Continue reading at →

New Jersey wins 14U National Duals Greco-Roman title over Indiana Gold, 50-32

Minnesota teams place 9th and 14th

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind — In a span of minutes, multiple bodies flipped, and hands slapped the mat. One fall after another.

New Jersey used multiple falls in a row to crush Indiana Gold 49-29 to win a Greco-Roman national championship in the 14U National Duals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Each team traded technical falls before the falls piled up. At 136 pounds, Indiana Gold’s Lucas Boe drove New Jersey’s Ryan Gavrish into a cement mixer for a fall. But the next four belonged to New Jersey. Continue reading at →

California wins 16U National Duals Greco-Roman championship over Pennsylvania Blue

Minnesota Blue places third

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. Continue reading at →

Burroughs goes three to beat Marsteller, Four make first World Team as 14 win their series at Final X New York

Gopher Wrestling Club’s Zillmer takes out two-time World bronze medalist Gwiazdowski

NEW YORK, N.Y.. – There were 14 more members of the 2022 U.S. Senior World Team set on Wednesday night, punching their ticket to Belgrade, Serbia for the 2022 Senior World Championships, five in each of the men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman and four in women’s freestyle.

It was a wild night of action in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, as Final X New York was held before a large and boisterous crowd. Three of the best-of-three championships series were pushed to a full three matches, including one featuring one of the greatest wrestlers in history, 2012 Olympic champion and five-time World champion Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg in men’s freestyle.

Burroughs won his opening match against Chance Marsteller, who was competing in his first Final X finals. However, in the second bout, Marsteller showed had great tactics and exceptional defense, and secured a 2-2 criteria decision over Burroughs.

In the deciding third match, Burroughs got things going well with a step out point to lead 1-0. He added two more step outs in the first period to lead 3-0 at the break. In the second period, Burroughs scored his patented low double leg takedown on the edge for a takedown for a 5-0 lead in the second period., which held up the rest of the way. Continue reading at →

Kue and Creese Place at U23 World Team Trials

GENEVA, Ohio – A pair of St. Cloud State wrestlers earned top-eight finishes last weekend at the U23 World Team Trials in Geneva, Ohio, to earn All-America honors. Wrestling in Greco Roman competition, redshirt sophomore Phillip Kue (Gresham, Ore.) finished fourth at 63 kg and sophomore Paxton Creese (Shakopee, Minn.) finished seventh at 60 kg. Both wrestlers competed unattached with no school affiliation.

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