Illinois takes fifth dual title of season with victory over Iowa at Junior Duals
By JASON BRYANT
With 22 Cadet and Junior All-Americans in the mix for Saturday night’s Junior Freestyle Duals championship there definitely wasn’t a shortage of talent.
But when 14 of those All-Americans sit on the Illinois bench, the end result is more of the same.
Team Illinois won 11 of 15 bouts to beat Iowa Blue 36-22 on Saturday at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla., to win the state’s third consecutive freestyle championship at the Junior Duals. Illinois won five of the six team championships over the past month, claiming Schoolboy titles in both styles in Indiana and a Cadet Greco-Roman championship in Florida two weeks ago.
Despite dropping only four matches and just four individual bouts going the full three periods, the Iowa squad battled and didn’t roll over for the Illinois juggernaut.
Illinois opened the dual with back-to-back wins by the Moody brothers. Jabari, a Cadet freestyle champion, topped Nolan Hellickson 5-3, 4-3 at 100 pounds, while Nkosi, a double champion in Juniors last year, shook off a disappointing tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Tanner Rohweder at 106 pounds. Moody had lost three times in the tournament before his resounding victory to put Illinois up 6-2 after two bouts.
Tommy Pawelski, the runner-up to Nkosi in last year’s Junior Nationals, kept Illinois rolling, beating Kaz Oono at 113 pounds by a 3-1, 7-1 decision.
The first matchup of All-Americans went Iowa’s way as Dylan Peters topped Sebastian Pique 1-0, 8-0 at 120 pounds. Peters won the first period on a pushout, then after scoring a second-period takedown, rattled off a series of gutwrenches to end the second quickly.
The dual’s biggest individual match came at 126 pounds, where Illinois’ Jared Cortez, a Cadet champion in 2010 and Junior All-American last year, topped University of Iowa signee Cory Clark 2-1, 1-0. Cortez countered a Clark single leg attempt in the first period and rolled the attack through for two points and won the second period scoring from the leg clinch. Cortez’s victory gave Illinois a 12-7 lead.
Two more of Illinois’ hammers prevailed at 132 and 138 as Zane Richards topped Iowa State signee Dakota Bauer 2-3, 1-0, 4-2 and Bryce Brill shutout Kyle Larson 4-0, 6-0. Richards is the reigning Junior champion, while Brill was a Cadet runner-up in 2010. Larson was fourth at Juniors last year.
Iowa would pick up a second victory at 145 pounds as Connor Ryan topped Keith Moylan 2-0, 2-1 to bring Iowa within 19-11.
Brian Murphy, last year’s Junior runner-up topped Iowan Jake Marlin, a Cadet All-American 5-0, 2-1 at 152 pounds.
Iowa and Illinois would trade the next four bouts as Iowa’s Wisconsin signee Justin Koethe edged Northern Illinois signee Trace Engelkes in an exhaustive 5-0, 1-2, 4-4 victory at 160 pounds. Ricky Robertson picked up the win for Illinois at 171 pounds, topping Zeb Wahle 0-1, 2-2, 4-0. Robertson used his length and funk to his advantage, catching Wahle on two separate occasions in a spladle.
In a matchup of future Iowa Hawkeye teammates, Alex Meyer of Iowa got behind early to Illinois’ Sam Brooks, but Meyer recovered to pick up an impressive 5-3, 5-1 victory. Both were All-Americans last season.
Taylor McGiffen, Brad Johnson and Josh Marchock would close out the dual for Illinois, picking up victories at 195, 220 and 285. McGiffen, a Campbell signee, topped Marcus Harrington 2-1, 7-0. Johnson topped fellow All-American Willie Miklus, a Missour signee, 0-7, 4-4, 4-2 at 220 and Stanford commit Marchok beat All-American Joe Scanlan 2-1, 2-0.
Jabari Moody, Cortez, Richards, Brill, Robertson, McGiffen, Johnson and Marchok all finished the freestyle portion of the event undefeated for Illinois, while Iowa’s Ryan and Koethe went through the tournament unscathed.
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USA WRESTLING JUNIOR DUALS
ILLINOIS 36, IOWA BLUE 22
100 - Jabari Moody (Illinois) over Nolan Hellickson (Iowa Blue) Dec 5-3,4-3
106 - Nkosi Moody (Illinois) over Tanner Rohweder (Iowa Blue) Dec 6-0,6-1
113 - Tommy Pawelski (Illinois) over Kaz Oono (Iowa Blue) Dec 3-1,7-1
120 - Dylan Peters (Iowa Blue) over Sebastian Pique (Illinois) Dec 1-0,8-0
126 - Jared Cortez (Illinois) over Cory Clark (Iowa Blue) Dec 2-1,1-0
132 - Zane Richards (Illinois) over Dakota Bauer (Iowa Blue) Dec 2-3,1-0,4-2
138 - Bryce Brill (Illinois) over Kyle Larson (Iowa Blue) Dec 4-0,6-0
145 - Connor Ryan (Iowa Blue) over Kevin Moylan (Illinois) Dec 2-0,2-1
152 - Brian Murphy (Illinois) over Jake Marlin (Iowa Blue) Dec 5-0,2-1
160 - Justin Koethe (Iowa Blue) over Trace Engelkes (Illinois) Dec 5-0,1-2,4-4
170 - Ricky Robertson (Illinois) over Zeb Wahle (Iowa Blue) Dec 0-1,2-2,4-0
182 - Alex Meyer (Iowa Blue) over Sam Brooks (Illinois) Dec 5-3,5-1
195 - Taylor McGiffen (Illinois) over Marcus Harrington (Iowa Blue) Dec 2-1,7-0
220 - Brad Johnson (Illinois) over Willie Miklus (Iowa Blue) Dec 0-7,4-4,4-2
285 - Josh Marchok (Illinois) over Joe Scanlan (Iowa Blue) Dec 2-1,2-0
MICHIGAN BLUE 37, MINNESOTA BLACK 25
100 - Camden Bertucci (Michigan Blue) over Paul Fitterer (Minnesota Black) Dec 6-1,7-0
106 - Gannon Volk (Minnesota Black) over Taylor Ticknor (Michigan Blue) Dec 0-1,3-2,4-2
113 - Mitchell Rogaliner (Michigan Blue) over Jarred Oftedahl (Minnesota Black) Dec 7-4,7-5
120 - Tristan Manderfeld (Minnesota Black) over Mike Rojas (Michigan Blue) TF 6-0,7-0
126 - Jacob Schmitt (Michigan Blue) over Kyle Gliva (Minnesota Black) TF 8-2,6-0
132 - Sam Brancale (Minnesota Black) over Malik Amine (Michigan Blue) TF 6-0,6-0
138 - Mitch Bengtson (Minnesota Black) over Josh Pennell (Michigan Blue) Dec 1-2,1-0,6-3
145 - Alec Mooradian (Michigan Blue) over Coltan Laganiere (Minnesota Black) Dec 2-1,6-0
152 - Logan Marcicki (Michigan Blue) over Garrett Hoffner (Minnesota Black) Dec 7-0,3-1
160 - Jordan Cooks (Michigan Blue) over Austin Boniface (Minnesota Black) Dec 5-0,5-4
170 - Jordan Wohlfert (Michigan Blue) over Trey Hable (Minnesota Black) Dec 7-0,4-1
182 - Kevin Beazley (Michigan Blue) over Will Balow (Minnesota Black) TF 7-0,6-0
195 - Payne Hayden (Michigan Blue) over Brett Pfarr (Minnesota Black) Dec 3-2,4-4
220 - Tommy Petersen (Minnesota Black) over Brian Moran (Michigan Blue) Dec 2-1,1-7,3-1
285 - Adam Coon (Michigan Blue) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
OKLAHOMA RED 40, WISCONSIN 21
100 - Matt Maxwell (Oklahoma Red) over Ian Gioacchini (Wisconsin) Dec 3-0,2-1
106 - Pup Simmons (Oklahoma Red) over JJ McClelland (Wisconsin) Pin 0:21
113 - Eli Hale (Oklahoma Red) over Bill Prochniewski (Wisconsin) Dec 5-0,4-0
120 - Joe Smith (Oklahoma Red) over Phillip Opelt (Wisconsin) Dec 3-0,6-0
126 - Gunnar Laffoon (Oklahoma Red) over Andrew Crone (Wisconsin) Pin 1:43
132 - Brian Crutchmer (Oklahoma Red) over Gabriel Grahek (Wisconsin) Dec 2-2,3-1
138 - Davey Dolan (Oklahoma Red) over Mitchell Friedman (Wisconsin) Dec 4-2,4-0
145 - Jarod Donar (Wisconsin) over Jonce Blaylock (Oklahoma Red) Dec 1-0,7-2
152 - Keilan Torres (Oklahoma Red) over Jared Scharenbrock (Wisconsin) Dec 6-5,1-4,5-0
160 - Nick Becker (Wisconsin) over Kyle Ash (Oklahoma Red) Pin 2:00
170 - Jacob Stillings (Wisconsin) over Ricky McCarty (Oklahoma Red) Dec 4-3,2-0
182 - Kyle Crutchmer (Oklahoma Red) over Matt Gray (Wisconsin) TF 6-2,7-1
195 - Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma Red) over Jacob Morrissey (Wisconsin) Dec 2-0,1-2,3-0
220 - Andrew Dixon (Oklahoma Red) over Robby Chubb (Wisconsin) Dec 2-1,4-1
285 - Newton Smerchek (Wisconsin) over Evan McGee (Oklahoma Red) Dec 1-0,1-0
NEW JERSEY 35, MISSOURI 17
100 - Harley Sacks (New Jersey) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
106 - Ke-Shawn Hayes (Missouri) over Tyler Cassamenti (New Jersey) TF 6-0,7-0
113 - Jan Rosenberg (New Jersey) over Andrew Wallace (Missouri) Dec 7-1,3-2
120 - Seth Brayfield (Missouri) over Luis Gonzalez (New Jersey) Dec 4-0,4-0
126 - Joseph McKenna (New Jersey) over Nate Rodriguez (Missouri) Dec 6-0,1-0
132 - Daniel Lewis (Missouri) over Michael Magaldo (New Jersey) TF 6-0,7-0
138 - Anthony Ashnault (New Jersey) over Darick Lapaglia (Missouri) Dec 3-5,6-5,5-0
145 - Troy Heilmann (New Jersey) over Grant Leeth (Missouri) Dec 3-0,3-2
152 - Dylan Milonas (New Jersey) over Austin Eads (Missouri) Pin 4-0,0:57
160 - Russell Parsons (New Jersey) over Greg Hegarty (Missouri) Dec 5-1,2-0
170 - Casey Bartee (Missouri) over Jack Wedholm (New Jersey) Dec 0-2,2-2,3-3
182 - Jadaen Bernstein (New Jersey) over John Filipek (Missouri) Dec 9-3,3-0
195 - Frank Mattiace (New Jersey) over Matt Ray (Missouri) TF 7-0,6-0
220 - J`Den Cox (Missouri) over Peter Andrich (New Jersey) TF 8-0,6-0
285 - Jermaine Eluemunor (New Jersey) over Randall Young (Missouri) Dec 1-0,2-0
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