Four earn double titles by winning national Greco-Roman U15 gold medals; Ross named best wrestler

Two-time champion and outstanding Greco-Roman wrestler Dreshaun Ross of Sebolt Wrestling Academy has his arm raised in victory. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

SOUTH POINT ARENA, Las Vegas, Nev. — Four wrestlers won double U15 National Championship titles after winning gold medals in Greco-Roman wrestling on Sunday, to go along with their freestyle wrestling title on Saturday.

U15 Freestyle Champion Gray Burnett of Ohio’s Perrysburg WC added a Greco-Roman title with a 2-0 victory over Arseni Kikiniou of California’s Poway Wrestling in the 41kg final. Burnett bettered his third-place finish in Greco-Roman wrestling last year.

Outstanding U15 freestyle wrestler Thomas Verrett of Colorado’s Black Fox Wrestling Academy became a two-time champion with a 9-0 technical fall over Derek Barrows of Colorado’s Bear Cave WC. Verrett scored on an out, an out and a turn to lead 5-0 at the break, then added a pitch and a gut wrench. Verrett repeated as National Greco-Roman U15 Champion with the victory.

Pennsylvania’s Owen McMullen became a two-time champion with a 10-5 victory over Mikel David Uyemura of California’s Titan Mercury WC in the 68kg final. David took a 4-0 lead, but McMullen blew up the game with two four-point shots in the second period to freeze the game.

Freestyle champion Dreshaun Ross of Sebolt Wrestling Academy of Iowa added the Greco-Roman national title at 85kg with a 9-0 technical fall over Adonis Bonar II of MWC Wrestling Academy of Nebraska. Ross hit a four-pointer early and also added an out and a gut wrench to secure the first-period victory. He was named Outstanding Wrestler in the Greco-Roman Tournament.

All but one of the Greco-Roman Finals weight classes had at least one 2022 U15 Freestyle finalist.

Liam Collins of Minnesota’s Pinnacle WC won the 38kg final, with a quick 9-0 technical fall over U15 freestyle finalist Cameron Sontz of New Jersey’s Edge Wrestling at 38kg. Collins scored most of his points on gut wrenches and front headlock rolls.

U15 freestyle runner-up Lincoln Sledzianowski of the Florida Garage Boyz added a Greco-Roman national title with a 6-1 win over Integrity WC’s Dale Corbin in the final at 44kg. Sledzianowski scored one out on an arm spin in the first period, and added an out and a turn in the second period.

U15 freestyle runner-up Michael Romero of California’s Sunkist Kids/Monster Garage also won a Greco-Roman title with a 10-1 technical fall over Washington’s Mason DeRochers in the 48kg final. Romero scored one out and four rounds to end the game in the first period.

Blue Stiffler of South Carolina’s Roundtree Wrestling Academy, runners-up at the U15 Freestyle Nationals on Saturday, landed a body block and pinned Trevor Jones of New Jersey’s Apex Wrestling Academy in 25 seconds at 62kg .

Terrell McFarland of Pennsylvania dominated the 75kg final, stopping U15 freestyle finalist John Murphy of Indiana in a 9-0 technical fall. McFarland had a four-point shot early on, then earned two more points on a warning. He finished it off with a wrench.

The Greco-Roman 52kg champion was Declan Koch of Wisconsin’s Nazar Training Center, who scored a 10-1 technical fall over Jacob Herm of Neenah High School of Wisconsin in the final. Herm scored first on a pass, but Koch scored the next 10 points, including a four-point throw and a tilt to the mat.

Athletes who placed in the top eight in either style received points for consideration for the U15 Pan Am Team in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 10 Pan American reps will be based on the results of athletes from both styles. The selection process can be found here

UWW U15 GRECO-ROMAN NATIONALS
In Las Vegas, May 1, 2022

U15 Greco-Roman National Champions

38- Liam Collins (Pinnacle Wrestling Club)
41 – Gray Burnett (Perrysburg Wrestling Club)
44 – Lincoln Sledzianowski (Garage Boyz Wrestling)
48 – Michael Romero (Sunkist Kids/Monster Garage)
52 – Declan Koch (Nazar Team Training Center)
57 – Thomas Verrette (Black Fox Wrestling Academy)
62 – Blue Stiffler (Roundtree Wrestling Academy)
68 – Owen Mcmullen (Pennsylvania)
75 – Terrell Mcfarland (Team Pennsylvania)
85 – Dreshaun Ross (Sebolt Wrestling Academy)

Outstanding Wrestler

86kg – Dreshaun Ross of Sebolt Wrestling Academy

Final results

38KG
1st Technician Liam Collins MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club). fall out Cameron Sontz NJ (Edge Wrestling), 9-0 1:26
3rd Tristan Pino CO (Betterman Elite Wrestling) Dec. Hudson Chittum TN (Boom Ranch Wrestling Club), 7-4
5th Graydon Martin VA (Virginia Team Predator Wrestling Club) forfeits Samuel Sanchez CA (California), 0-0
7th Cason Craft OK (Threestyle Wrestling Of Oklahoma) inj. dft. Jojo Burke NJ (Apex Wrestling Academy), 0-0 0:00

41KG
1st Gray Burnett OH (Perrysburg Wrestling Club) Dec. Arseni Kikiniou CA (Poway Wrestling), 2-0
3rd Carter Shin VA (Integrity Wrestling Club) Dec. Carter Kendrick SD (Golden Legends), 10-0
5th Case Bell IN (Contenders Wrestling Academy) Fall Keegan Bassett PA (Pennsylvania) 8-0 1:07
7th Technical Jose Cordero TN (Higher Calling Wrestling Club). Fall Drew Dawson OR (Roseburg Mat Club/Umpqua Valley Wrestling Association), 9-1 3:04

44KG
1st Lincoln Sledzianowski (Garage Boyz Wrestling) Dec. Dale Corbin VA (Integrity Wrestling Club), 6-1
3rd Will Detar PA (Lancaster Alliance Wrestling) Dec. Boden Banta ID (Team Idaho Wrestling Club), 3-1
5th Technician Caleb Schaefer IN (Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club) knocks off Zaiyahn Ornelas NE (Team Zapas Wrestling Club), 8-0 1:18
7th technical fall by Gavin Pardilla IL (Illinois) Cooper Hinz IA (Iowa), 10-2 1:41

48KG
1st Michael Romero CA (Sunkist Kids/Monster Garage) technical drop Mason Desrochers WA (Washington), 10-1 1:41
3rd Tech Zayn Navarrete TX (NB Elite Wrestling Club) drops Evan Sanati VA (Integrity Wrestling Club), 12-4 2:48
5th Titan Friederichs MN (No Nonsense Wrestling) pin Nicholas Sorrow MI (Simmons Academy Of Wrestling), 0:19
7th Legend Ellis OK (Threestyle Wrestling Of Oklahoma) Dec. Czar Quintanilla WA (Northwest Indoor Wrestling Training Center), 5-2

52KG
1st Declan Koch WI (Team Nazar Training Center) technical drop Jacob Herm WI (Neenah High School Wrestling), 10-1 2:41
3rd technical fall Isaiah Jones OK (Oklahoma) Timothy Koester IA (Agoge Wrestling Club), 10-1 2:26
5th Pin Deven Casey IL (Izzy Style Wrestling) Josiah Boyden CO (Betterman Elite Wrestling), 0:21
7th Nikade Zinkin CA (California) VSU Maksim Mukhamedaliyev IL (Illinois), 9-0 1:29

57KG
1st technical fall Thomas Verrette CO (Black Fox Wrestling Academy) Derek Barrows CO (Bear Cave Wrestling Club), 9-0 2:48
3rd Colton Weiler WI (Wisconsin) VPO1 Noah Koyama WA (Ascend Wrestling Academy), 5-1
5th Ned Kauffman PA (Pennsylvania) VSU1 Joshua Requena CA (Beat The Streets – Los Angeles), 10-2 2:22
7th Israel Acosta WA (Inland Northwest Wrestling Training Center) VPO1 Geronimo Rivera UT (Sanderson Wrestling Academy), 7-5

62KG
1st Blue Stiffler (Roundtree Wrestling Academy) pinTrevor Jones NJ (Apex Wrestling Academy), 4-0 0:25
3rd Brandon Dean NJ (New Jersey) Dec. Kalob Ybarra CO (Bear Cave Wrestling Club), 11-2
5th Ian Hawkins IL (Illinois) Dec. Colby Gray MO (Missouri), 6-3
7th Pin Kodi Hollis AK (Interior Grappling Academy) Chaz Ponton ID (Idaho), 1:40

68KG
1st Owen Mcmullen PA (Pennsylvania) Dec. Mikel David Uyemura, CA (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)), 10-5
3rd technical fall Kyler Knaack IA (Immortal Athletics WC) Joseph Ruiz NJ (RedNose Wrestling School, LLC), 9-1 1:42
5th technical fall Treston Eckstein WI (Wisconsin) Christopher Acuna MT (Montana Disciples Wrestling Club), 11-2 3:06
7th Pin Deacon Pickett NV (Nevada) Dominic Dotson CA (Poway Wrestling), 4-1 1:01

75KG
1st Technical drop Terrell Mcfarland PA (Team Pennsylvania) John Murphy MN (Minnesota), 9-0 1:17
3rd technical fall Isaac Ward MO (Jackson County Wrestling) Broedy Collins hendricks IA (Team Valley Wrestling Club), 8-0 2:25
5th technical fall Isai Fernandez CA (California) Elijah Hawes UT (Sanderson Wrestling Academy), 11-1 3:31

85KG
1st technical fall Dreshaun Ross IA (Sebolt Wrestling Academy) Adonis Bonar ii NE (MWC Wrestling Academy), 9-0 1:30
3rd pin David Calkins CA (Delta Wrestling Club) Hayden Martin AK (Avalanche Wrestling Association), 8-0 1:29
5th Brodie Purtle MO (Kobra Kai Training) loses Aiden Peterson OH (Ohio), 0-0
7th technical fall of Noah Mordecai AZ (Sunnyside Wrestling Academy) Carter Smith ID (Suples Wrestling Club), 10-0 0:39

Robert J. King