Bo Bassett earns a place in the Greco-Roman world team | Sports

Half of the quest has been completed.

Bo Bassett won the 45 kilogram weight class at the World Greco Roman Wrestling Cadet Team Trials on Friday night, meaning 14-year-old Catholic student Bishop McCort has qualified to represent the United States at the championships. of the world in Budapest, Hungary.

Bassett dominated the competition in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, going 4-0 with three technical falls and a pin.

“I’ve been dreaming about this moment since I was 6 or 7, ever since I saw Spencer Lee win his first world championship,” said Bassett, who will have the opportunity to be part of the style squad. free in a two-day tournament starting on Saturday. “It’s amazing, and I want to win another Sunday.”

Bassett is an exceptional wrestler in all styles, but the Greco-Roman is the one he has the least experience in.

“We have been training Greco for the last few months at The Compound,” he said, referring to the Richland Township settlement run by his father, Bill. “I like freestyle more, but if I can wrestle in any division I will wrestle. I like wrestling. I am very proud of all the work I have done.

Bassett started his day with a 12-4 technical fall to Ohio’s Javaan Yarbrough in what turned out to be his toughest game of the day. After taking a 5-0 lead in the first period, Bassett suffered a header from the Ohio wrestler. This closed the gap to 5-4, but it could have been a lot worse, as the falls are called quickly in Greco-Roman, and Bassett knew there was some danger in the brief time he spent. on the back.

“It definitely woke me up,” Bassett said. “He was a Greco national champion in 2019. He definitely knew his stuff. I knew I had to be strong in every game.

There was no such drama in his semifinal game, as Bassett beat Nebraska’s Cadyn Coyle 8-0, needing just 58 seconds to register the technical drop. Two teardowns and hose wrenches with trap arms ended it quickly.

Mack Mauger of Idaho took the lead against Bassett in the first period of their best-of-3 final, but the 1-0 advantage he got for an exit point was very short lived. Bassett scored two strikeouts – one with three seconds left in the period – sandwiched around his own exit point to bring the score to 5-1 before the second.

Mauger attempted a quick throw after the recovery, but Bassett blocked him and pinned him down.

Ten seconds into the rematch, Bassett led again, although Mauger tied him at 2. A pair of hard snapdowns from Bassett made it 6-2 until the break, and one point out. put Budapest at your fingertips.

Mauger attempted a header that seemed for a moment to be successful, but Bassett lifted his head for a teardown, then used an adjustable wrench to secure the 11-2 victory.

“One down, one for freestyle,” Bassett said. “Super excited.”

Sam Herring, who like Bassett is in seventh grade at Bishop McCort, placed fifth at 48 kilograms. Herring only needed 12 seconds to pin Angelo Di Pol of Iowa in the first round, and used an impressive five-point throw in a 10-3 win over Ian Werner of Alaska. Herring lost 12-3 to Californian Aden Valencia in the semifinals and 6-3 to Virginian Noah Nininger in a consolation bout. Herring rebounded to beat fellow Keystone State wrestler Nathan Desmond of Bethlehem Catholic 14-6 in the fight for fifth place.

Herring will join Bassett and Bishop McCort’s rookie Mason Gibson in the freestyle tournament.

Robert J. King