Three Keystone State Wrestlers Make Fargo Junior National Freestyle Finals; Team PA Earns 8 AA’s

It was certainly not the best performance Team Pennsylvania has had in the Junior Fargo Freestyle Nationals on Monday – however, there were several bright spots on display. Team Pennsylvania went a dismal two for eleven in the blood round – getting only Robert Gardner (South Williamsport) and Gabe Miller (Pequea Valley) through to the medal round. After 2-time PIAA State Champion Sam Hillegas was tech-falled by Ridge Lovett (Idaho) in the 138 pounds semifinals, it was difficult to stay positive. 

The bright spots emerged, however, first coming at 170 pounds where 2019 PIAA State Champion Gerrit Nijenhuis (Canon-McMillan) battled his way into the finals with a 9-6 win over Gavin Kane of Georgia. The Big Mac, ranked #3 in the Nation by Flo, went up 6-0 after the first period but allowed Kane to chip away late. In the finals Nijenhuis will face the #1 ranked wrestler in the Nation by Flo – Patrick Kennedy of Minnesota. 

After Luke Stout fell victim to Abe Assad in the 182 pound semifinals, next up came Cole Urbas at 195 pounds. In four out of five matches in Fargo, Cole Urbas has earned four techs, all in the first period, outscoring his opponents 40-0. His closest bout, in the quarterfinals, came against top seed Matt Cover (Ohio). Like Urbas, Cover graduated from high school and is headed to Princeton. He is a 2-time Fargo All-American and was third at the Ohio State Tournament twice. Urbas  was able to score six points in the second period after a 4-4 first period to win it 10-8. He followed it up with a convincing thrashing of Nebraska’s Isaac Trumble 10-0 in 1:48. In the finals he will face Jonovan Smith of California. 



100 Pounds

1st Daniel Sheen (Illinois) vs. Brandon O’brien (Iowa)
3rd Samuel Hayes (Illinois) vs. Cael Keck (Missouri)
5th Cameron Hines (Connecticut) vs. Andrew Dalrymple (Alaska)
7th Noah Savageau (North Dakota) vs. Robert Gardner (S. Williamsport)


106 Pounds

1st Andre Gonzales (California) vs. Blake West (Minnesota)
3rd Eli Griffin (Oklahoma) vs. Kelly Dunnigan (New Jersey)
5th Caleb- Coyle (Nebraska) vs. Kenny Sailas (Colorado)
7th Elijah Rivera (New York) vs. Quade Smith (Utah)


113 Pounds

1st Nico Provo (Connecticut) vs. Drake Ayala (Iowa)
3rd Jeremiah Reno (Missouri) vs. Yusief Lillie (Washington)
5th Joziah Fry (Rhode Island) vs. Aedyn Concepcion (Alaska)
7th Cruz Aguilar (Oklahoma) vs. Angelo Lozado (Colorado)


120 Pounds

1st Jakason Burks (Nebraska) vs. Anthony Molton (Illinois)
3rd Destin Summers (Idaho) vs. Chayse La Joie (Michigan)
5th Jackson Cockrell (Oklahoma) vs. Joseph Thompson (Minnesota)
7th Cooper Flynn (Tennessee) vs. Richard Sandoval (California)


126 Pounds

1st Angelo Rini (Ohio) vs. Ethen Miller (Missouri)
3rd Kyle Burwick (North Dakota) vs. Wyatt Henson (Missouri)
5th Jayden Gomez (California) vs. Cameron Johnson (Illinois)
7th Carter Young (Oklahoma) vs. Camden Russell (Nebraska)


132 Pounds

1st Michael Burnett (Ohio) vs. Dominick Serrano (Colorado)
3rd Cael Happel (Iowa) vs. Nathaniel Pulliam (Missouri)
5th Domenic Zaccone (Illinois) vs. Mosha Schwartz (Colorado)
7th Trey Crawford (Missouri) vs. Drew Roberts (Washington)


138 Pounds

1st Joshua Saunders (Missouri) vs. Ridge Lovett (Idaho)
3rd Samuel Hillegas (North Hills) vs. Lachlan McNeil (Wyoming Seminary)
5th Caleb Henson (Georgia) vs. Caden McCrary (Georgia)
7th Marcos Polanco (California) vs. Luke Sloan (Texas)


145 Pounds

1st Anthony Echemendia (Arizona) vs. Victor Voinovich (Ohio)
3rd Manzona Bryant (Ohio) vs. Chance McLane (Montana)
5th Joseph Zargo (New Jersey) vs. Maxx Mayfield (Nebraska)
7th Gabe Miller (Pequea Valley) vs. Joshua Ogunsanya (Illinois)


152 Pounds

1st Jace Luchau (California) vs. John Martin Best (West Virginia)
3rd Chase Saldate (California) vs. Keegan O’Toole (Wisconsin)
5th Daniel Manibog (Texas) vs. Legend Lamer (Oregon)
7th Cael Carlson (Minnesota) vs. Derek Gilcher (Michigan)


160 Pounds

1st Cade Devos (Iowa) vs. Padraic Gallagher (Ohio)
3rd Baylor Fernandes (Illinois) vs. Colby Njos (Minnesota)
5th David Rubio (Oregon) vs. Dajun Johnson (Wisconsin)
7th Luke Surber (Oklahoma) vs. Bilal Bailey (Illinois)


170 Pounds

1st Gerrit Nijenhuis (Canon-McMillan) vs. Patrick Kennedy (Minnesota)
3rd Nevan Snodgrass (Ohio) vs. Gavin Kane (Georgia)
5th Alex Cramer (Illinois) vs. Lance Runyon (Iowa)
7th Trent Munoz (California) vs. Connor Oneill (New Jersey)


182 Pounds

1st Abe Assad (Illinois) vs. Dustin Plott (Oklahoma)
3rd Parker Keckeisen (Wisconsin) vs. Rocky Elam (Missouri)
5th Zach Glazier (Minnesota) vs. Luke Stout (Mount Lebanon)
7th John Poznanski (New Jersey) vs. Christopher Foca (New Jersey)


195 Pounds

1st Cole Urbas (State College) vs. Jonovan Smith (California)
3rd Ethan Hatcher (Ohio) vs. Isaac Trumble (Nebraska)
5th Matthew Cover (Ohio) vs. Vincent Baker (Georgia)
7th Michael Baker (Ohio) vs. Samuel Mitchell (Wisconsin)


220 Pounds

1st Braxton Amos (West Virginia) vs. Dorian Crosby (Cathedral Prep)
3rd Cade Lautt (Kansas) vs. Konner Doucet (Oklahoma)
5th Daniel Striggow (Minnesota) vs. Gabe Christenson (Iowa)
7th Cody Fisher (Iowa) vs. Cabe Dickerson (Oklahoma)


285 Pounds

1st Luke Luffman (Illinois) vs. Aydin Guttridge (Illinois)
3rd Spencer Trenary (Iowa) vs. Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota)
5th Joshua Heindselman (Oklahoma) vs. Roberto Pena (Illinois)
7th John Wiese (Oklahoma) vs. Braxton Mikesell (Washington)


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