The Junior Freestyle World Team is set after some interesting results at the Trials in the Dallas area this weekend. The team is loaded for potential for lots of medals to come back to the states from France in August.
The bracket to watch was (once again in the United States) 74 kg where Mark Hall was in the seat waiting for the winner of the challenge tournmanent that included future teammates and Logan Massa. Jason Nolf was able to erase a 5-0 defecit to win on a buzzer beater takedown 6-5 over Massa. However, he was quickly shut down by Mark Hall 10-0 in the first final before falling 10-6. He hung in there with takedowns in the 2nd match but Hall's par terre offense was the difference.
Four Junior Open Champs competed in Beat The Streets on Thursday night in Times Square before flying to Dallas. Mitch Mckee won his battle with the Iranian 8-8, but fell in three matches to Seth Gross. Gross was able to get to legs all tournament and use positions to rack up exposure points and earn his spot on the team.
Zahid Valencia fell in his bout in Times Square, but was able to impressively sweep NCAA runner-up Bo Nickal. It was very surprising (to me at least) that Nickal was a point scoring machine during his freshman NCAA campaign but failed to get anything going against the Sun Devil.
Going takedowns with Alec Pantaleo has been a tall task for most of the country during the Wolverine's first two seasons. This has translated to freestyle well as he makes the World Team as he continues to move up the ladder in his career.
UWW JUNIOR FREESTYLE WORLD TEAM TRIALS
At Irving, Texas, May 21, 2016
Championship series results
50 kg/110 lbs. - Spencer Lee (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Mosha Schwartz (SOT), 2 matches to none
Bout 1 - Lee tech. fall Schwartz, 10-0
Bout 2 - Lee tech. fall Schwartz, 10-0
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Alec Pantaleo (Michigan – RTC) dec. Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton AWS), 2 matches to none
Bout 1 – Pantaleo dec. Kolodzik, 10-2
Bout 2 – Pantaleo dec. Kolodzik, 6-0
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC-Titan Mercury WC) dec. Jacob Seely (Northern Colorado RTC), 2 matches to none
Bout 1 – Moore tech. fall Seely, 11-1
Bout 2 – Moore dec. Seely, 9-7
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley WC) dec. Rylee Streifel (Minnesota Storm), 2 matches to none
Bout 1 - Wood dec. Streifel, 5-0
Bout 2 – Wood tech. fall Streifel, 11-0
55 kg/121.25 lbs. – Daton Fix (Team BIG) dec. Austin Gomez (Gomez Wrestling Academy), 2 matches to 0
Match 1 – Fix tech. fall Gomez, 10-0
Match 2 - Fix tech. fall Gomez, 10-0
60 kg/132 lbs. –Seth Gross (Jackrabbit WC) dec. Mitchell McKee (Minnesota Storm), 2 matches to 1
Match 1 – Gross dec. McKee, 8-5
Match 2 – McKee dec. Gross, 10-6
Match 3 – Gross dec. McKee, 16-12
74 kg/163 lbs. –Mark Hall (Minnesota Storm) dec. Jason Nolf (Nittany Lion WC), 2 matches to 0
Match 1 – Hall tech. fall Nolf, 10-0
Match 2 – Hall dec. Nolf, 10-6
84 kg/185 lbs. – Zahid Valencia (Sunkist Kids) dec. Bo Nickal (Nittany Lion WC), 2 matches to 0
Match 1 – Valencia dec. Nickal, 8-2
Match 2 – Valencia dec. Nickal, 2-1