Team USA finishes second at the Men’s Freestyle Cadet World Championships

Simley’s Gavin Nelson places fifth

Budapest, Hungary – The men’s freestyle portion of the Cadet World Championships drew to a close this evening. It was a three-horse race between Team USA, India, and Russia for the team title, and it came down to the very last match of the night. When the dust settled, India came out on top, winning their first Cadet team title in history. The U.S. claimed second and Russia settled for third.

While finishing runner-up after a stellar performance was bittersweet, the U.S. contingent had plenty to celebrate. At 45 kg, Bo Bassett became the second American to claim a Cadet World title this week. Bassett, who earned two pins and a technical fall en route to the finals, was the youngest competitor in his bracket at only 14 years old.

For gold, he squared off with Russia’s Alikhan Ashinov in a battle that was pivotal to the team race. Ashinov was the third wrestler to score the first takedown on Bassett in this tournament. Similarly to the others, he faired poorly. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

10 Wrestlers Claim Spots on the Men’s Freestyle Cadet World Team

Simley’s Gavin Nelson earns 92 KG spot

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – The U15 and UWW Cadet Nationals concluded this afternoon with the best-of-three Cadet Men’s Freestyle World Team Trials finals. The winners will compete at the Cadet World Championship in Budapest, Hungary this July.

At 55 kg, Pennsylvania’s Bo Bassett made his second World Team of the weekend in impressive fashion, downing Idaho’s Mack Mauger in two-straight matches. Basset recorded a 10-0 technical fall in match one and followed it up with a pin in match two. Mauger finished runner-up in the Greco-Roman tournament as well. In nine matches across both styles, Basset recorded seven technical falls and two pins.

Another wrestler to make World Teams in both styles was New Jersey’s Jim Mullen, who skipped his high school state tournament to compete this weekend. In the best-of-three finals, Mullen defeated Iowa’s Bradley Hill in two-straight matches, 18-5 and 9-7. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Dan Chandler talks #Fargo2019 after three Minnesota wrestlers win 16U Greco-Roman titles

Minnesota USA Wrestling head Greco-Roman coach Dan Chandler talks about the performances of the 16U team in Greco-Roman and some of the challenges that the style presents when coaching at all levels. All three 16U champions, Caleb Thoennes, Jore Volk and Gavin Nelson, all join the show. They also verify or dispel rumors of coach Justin Lavalle’s fashion and driving ability.

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