Assad wins bronze, Figueroa and Kerkvliet finish with silver at 2018 Cadet Worlds

ZAGREB, Croatia – USA’s Cadet men’s freestyle team collected two silver and one bronze medals in the evening session of Tuesday action at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Daniel Greg Kerkvliet and Richard Figueroa finished their 2018 Cadet World Championships with silver medals, and Abe Assad claimed a bronze medal.

2017 World champion Kerkvliet fell short in his quest for a second-consecutive Cadet World title, falling in the 110 kg final. Continue reading

Kerkvliet earns second-straight bid to World finals, Figueroa to join in the hunt for gold

ZAGREB, Croatia – On the first day of the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, the U.S. put two wrestlers into tomorrow’s gold-medal finals and have one athlete in the hunt for bronze.

Heading to the World finals are Daniel Greg Kerkvliet at 110 kg and Richard Figueroa at 55 kg, while Abe Assad was pulled into repechage at 80 kg.

“I’d say overall the team’s performance has been solid,” Cadet World coach Lee Pritts said. “I don’t think that we’ve performed up to our team’s ability yet. I remember this time last year after the first round, we were thinking, ‘Oh we’re in trouble,’ but Kevin Jackson brought the team in, had a conversation, and next thing you know, we were working together as a unit. We did the same thing this and said ‘You have to go take these wins. No one is going to give them to you.’” Continue reading

USA lands three champs in Cadet Worlds finale

ATHENS, Greece – The United States went three-for-three in Sunday night’s gold-medal finals of the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece.

Kurt McHenry won his second-consecutive Cadet World title, cruising to a 12-4 victory in the 46 kg/101 lbs. finals of the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, on Sunday evening.

McHenry’s slick throw-by takedowns were the key in his gold-medal bout against 2016 Cadet World champion Giorgi Gegelashvili. He led 8-0 within the final minute, but the Georgian made it to the scoreboard with a takedown a turn with a trapped-arm gut to cut McHenry’s lead to 8-4. McHenry scored as the buzzer sounded on a four-point throw for a 12-4 win and his second World championship.

In their international debuts, Aaron Brooks and Daniel Kerkvliet also claimed World golds, defeating Russians in the 76 kg/167 lbs. and 100 kg/220 lbs. finals, respectively. Continue reading at

Lewan wins gold, Hoffman wins bronze and USA sends three more to Cadet World finals

Daniel Kerkvliet will wrestle for gold; Medal matches on Saturday at 8:30 AM CT

ATHENS, Greece – The U.S. men’s freestyle team finished day two of the 2017 Cadet World Championships with a World champion, World bronze medalist and three additional wrestlers earning spots in tomorrow’s World finals.

17-year-old Will Lewan won the Cadet freestyle World title at 69 kg/152 lbs. in his World debut, taking out Daud Ibragimov of Azerbaijan in a 3-1 battle. Lewan scored first with a step out to lead at the break, but Ibragimov drew a passivity point within the final minute of the bout. Trailing on criteria with two seconds left, Lewan got to his underhook and worked his way to a takedown on the edge to cement himself as the best in the world.

“I knew I had to score because I had worked so hard for this moment,” Lewan said. “In those last seconds, I knew I really had to dig deep and throw everything I had at him to get that takedown, and eventually that step-over worked. I just had to keep going, attacking and grind out a win.” Continue reading at

USA men’s freestyle puts four in today’s Cadet World Championships semifinals

ATHENS, Greece – The U.S. Cadet men’s freestyle team put together a stellar morning session at the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, sending four wrestlers to the semifinals and two others to the bronze-medal match.

Kurt McHenry, Jacori Teemer, Aaron Brooks and Daniel Kerkvliet remain on the championship side of their respective brackets, while Cole Skinner and Gavin Hoffman battled back in the repechage to wrestle for third.

2016 Cadet World champion McHenry looks to repeat as best in the World, advancing to the semifinals at 46 kg/101 lbs.

McHenry recorded tech falls in his first two matches against 2017 Pan American bronze medalist Fotis Papadopoulis of Canada, 10-0, and Taiyrbek Zhumashbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan, 18-8. Continue reading at