Pennsylvania was well represented in the Big Apple in the Bill Farrell Memorial International Open with eleven wrestlers competing in Freestyle. Hosted by the historic New York Athletic Club the event also served as the U.S. World Team Trials for non-Olympic weights. Competing at 70 kg 3x PIAA State Champion and 2x NCAA National Champion Jordan Oliver (Easton Area/Oklahoma State) made a strong push into the World Team Trial Finals. Oliver won three straight matches in the challenge tournament to advance into the best-of-three series with World Bronze Medalist James Green. The two did battle in a high pace meeting but ultimately it was James Green who won the right to represent Team USA. Green grinded his way to a (4-3) win in the first match and a (2-1) decision to cap the overall victory.

Competing at 57 kg was 2016 NCAA National Champion and 3x PIAA State Champion Nico Megaludis (Photo by Marc Billet for PA Power Wrestling) who came away with the Championship title. His International Freestyle career is underway and Mega Man looked sharp in three straight wins. He downed Uzbekistan’s Nodirjon Safarov in his opening bout then earned a rematch win over David Terao in the semifinals (7-0). Megaludis had no issues in the Championship finals as he took down Russia’s Khasankhusein Badrudinov (6-1).

Several other Keystone State grapplers fared well against National and International competition with many picking up quality wins. Evan Henderson, a former North Carolina Tar Heel who now coaches at Campbell University, collected three wins at 65 kg all by technical superiority and dropped a close (4-3) match to eventual runner-up Hunter Steiber.

Most notably was former 4x undefeated PIAA State Champion Chance Marsteller who made his return to official competition following his arrest for multiple crimes including six counts of aggravated assault during a drug and alcohol induced incident. Marsteller, who waived him preliminary hearing to criminal court, was removed from the Lock Haven wrestling program. Chance competed for the first time at the Bill Farrell International Open and looked sharp considering the circumstances. Competing at 74 kg/163 lbs. Marsteller advanced into the Championship semifinals with three straight wins to face his former Oklahoma State Cowboy teammate and 3x NCAA National Champion Alex Dieringer. It took eventual tournament champion Dieringer (2:18) to pick up a (10-0) technical fall over Marsteller who dropped his consolation semifinal bout to Russia’s Khalil Aminov (6-0). Overall, however, Chance showed promise as he looks to get on the right path both on and off the mat.

Below are the results of all Pennsylvania natives who competed in the Bill Farrell Memorial International Open – Full results are in the Flo Arena.

 

Nico Megaludis (Franklin Regional/Penn State) – Champion

57 kg: Nico Megaludis (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) def. Khasankhusein Badrudinov (Russia), 6-1

57 kg: Nico Megaludis (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) def David Terao (TMWC), 7-0

57 kg: Nico Megaludis (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) def Nodirjon Safarov (NYAC/UZB), 5-0

 

Shelton Mack (Meadville Area/Pittsburgh) – (1-2)

61 kg: Nick Lee (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) def Shelton Mack (TMWC), 9-8

61 kg: Shelton Mack (TMWC) def Alex Radsky (Mat Pack Wrestling Club), 12-1 4:01

61 kg: Cody Brewer (TMWC) def Shelton Mack (TMWC), 12-11

 

Josh Kindig (Blue Mountain/Oklahoma State) – (2-2)

61 kg: Josh Kindig (Tar Heel Wrestling Club) def Joey Lazor (Panther Wrestling Club RTC), 6-4

61 kg: Tyler Graff (NYAC) def Josh Kindig (Tar Heel Wrestling Club), 12-3

61 kg: Josh Kindig (Tar Heel Wrestling Club) def Darrius Little (Lehigh Valley Athletic Club), 13-9

61 kg: Nahshon Garrett (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) def Josh Kindig (Tar Heel Wrestling Club), 15-8

 

Evan Henderson (The Kiski School/North Carolina) – (3-2)

65 kg: Mario Mason (Lehigh Valley Athletic Club) def Evan Henderson (Camel Wrestling Club), 18-10

65 kg: Evan Henderson (Camel Wrestling Club) def Subin Kim (Korea), 12-2 6:00

65 kg: Evan Henderson (Camel Wrestling Club) def Ganbayar Sanjaa (NYAC/MGL), 17-9 4:33

65 kg: Evan Henderson (Camel Wrestling Club) def Vincent Leone (Rhino Wrestling Club), 10-0 1:17

65 kg: Hunter Stieber (TMWC) def Evan Henderson (Camel Wrestling Club), 4-3

 

Dan Neff (Solanco/Lock Haven) – (2-2)

65 kg: Dave Habat (NYAC/SLO) def Daniel Neff (Buffalo Valley RTC), 15-5 4:33

65 kg: Daniel Neff (Buffalo Valley RTC) def Boldmaa Bat-erdene (Mongolia), 10-2

65 kg: Bernard Futrell (TMWC) def Daniel Neff (Buffalo Valley RTC), 12-0 1:09

65 kg: Daniel Neff (Buffalo Valley RTC) def Bat-erdene Munkhbat (Mongolia), 8-4

 

Jordan Oliver (Easton Area/Oklahoma State) – Runner-Up

70 kg: Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) PP Jimmy Kennedy (NYAC), 9-2

70 kg: Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) PP Jason Chamberlain (TMWC), 8-2

70 kg: Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) PP Kevin Levalley (Buffalo Valley RTC), 12-1

70 kg: James Green (TMWC) def Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club), 4-3

70 kg: James Green (TMWC) def Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club), 2-1

 

Hayden Hidlay (Mifflin County/N.C. State) – (0-2)

70 kg: Markus Scheidel (New York City RTC (TMWC)) def Hayden Hidlay (Wolfpack Wrestling Club), 8-2

70 kg: Adam Hall (TMWC) def Hayden Hidlay (Wolfpack Wrestling Club), 15-10

 

Dylan Alton (Central Mountain/Penn State) – (1-2)

70 kg: Nazar Kulchytskyy (TMWC) def Dylan Alton (West Point Wrestling Club), 10-0 4:26

70 kg:  Kevin Levalley (Buffalo Valley RTC) def Dylan Alton (West Point Wrestling Club), 4-1

70 kg: Dylan Alton (West Point Wrestling Club) def Robert Zyko (NYAC), 10-4 2:51

 

Chance Marsteller (Kennard Dale) – (3-2)

74 kg: Khalil Aminov (Russia) def Chance Marsteller (Pride Wrestling), 6-0

74 kg: Alex Dieringer (TMWC) def Chance Marsteller (Pride Wrestling), 10-0 2:18

74 kg: Chance Marsteller (Pride Wrestling) def Jevon Balfour (Brock Wrestling), 5-0

74 kg: Chance Marsteller (Pride Wrestling) def Vladyslav Dombrovskiy (Army (WCAP)), 11-0 4:24

74 kg: Chance Marsteller (Pride Wrestling) def Tony Piva (Bronco WC), 11-0 0:56

 

John Michael Staudenmayer (Plymouth Whitemarsh/North Carolina) – (2-2)

86 kg: Joshua Asper (Navy-Marine Corps Mat Club) def John Staudenmayer (Tar Heel Wrestling Club), 13-2 3:18

86 kg: John Staudenmayer (Tar Heel Wrestling Club) def Victor Terrell (Army (WCAP)), 8-6

86 kg: Timmy Mccall (TMWC) def John Staudenmayer (Tar Heel Wrestling Club), 16-6 5:01

86 kg: John Staudenmayer (Tar Heel Wrestling Club) def Grayson St-laurent (Canada Black Bears), 12-2 1:52

 

Peter Renda (Brandywine Heights Area/N.C. State) – (3-2)

86 kg: Richard Perry (NYAC) def Peter Renda (Wolfpack Wrestling Club), 5-5

86 kg: Peter Renda (Wolfpack Wrestling Club) def Ken Karamushizawa (Japan), 13-6 4:12

86 kg: Peter Renda (Wolfpack Wrestling Club) def Grayson St-laurent (Canada Black Bears), 10-0 2:43

86 kg: Deron Winn (TMWC) def Peter Renda (Wolfpack Wrestling Club), 11-5

86 kg: Peter Renda (Wolfpack Wrestling Club) def Victor Terrell (Army (WCAP)), 8-7