Bo Bassett brings home wrestler of the week honors to the United States

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If we look back at the marquee wrestling events we’ve seen over the past two months, including the NCAAs, Olympic Team Trials, UWW Cadets and U15 Nationals, and others, it’s obvious that a youth movement is underway. Young athletes are starting to find success on the biggest stages.

In the NCAAs, Carter Starocci and AJ Ferrari were freshman national champions. In the Olympic Team Trials we saw high school students Kennedy Blades and Kylie Welker advance to the Team Trials finals as high school students. Bo Bassett was quite dominant at the junior level and the phenomenon justified his high billing as the next Spencer Lee.

Earlier this month, Bassett put in a strong performance at the Cadet Nationals, securing spots on the Cadet Greco-Roman and Men’s Freestyle World Teams at 45 kg / 99 lb. As such, the 14-year-old was chosen as USA Wrestling’s newest wrestler of the week.

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Bo Bassett (PA / Young Guns WC) was selected as U.S. wrestling of the week on April 27, 2021.

At the Cadet Nationals in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Bassett put on a great weekend securing spots on the Cadet Greco-Roman and Men’s Freestyle World Teams at 45 kg / 99 lb.

In the Greco-Roman division, Bassett made his way to the best-of-three final. There, he beat Mack Mauger of Idaho with two straight wins, including an 11-2 fall and technical fall.

To be part of the freestyle team, he performed equally well, earning all three of his victories in the challenge by technical fall tournament. In the best of three championship series, he met Mauger again. Bassett won the first fight 10-0, followed by a first-period crash in Game 2 to make his second world team of the weekend.

Bassett will represent the United States at the 2021 Cadet World Championships July 19-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based on their performance in wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from the youth programs up to the senior level. Fan votes on Twitter also play a role in the decision.

To nominate a wrestler for this honor, please send the athlete’s name, wrestling schedule, weekly accomplishments, and professional accolades to American Wrestling Communications Officer Taylor Miller at [email protected] .

Robert J. King