Greco-Roman and Women’s Freestyle Champions crowned in Last Chance World Team Qualifier

Nyla Valencia competing at the U23 Women’s National Championships. Photo by AJ Grieves.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The champions were determined in Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle wrestling on the first day of qualifying for the Last Chance World Team Trials on Friday.

At this event, the rules state that “the highest-ranked U.S. athlete by weight class winning a medal who has not yet qualified will earn a spot in the 2022 World Team Trials Challenge tournament.”

Spartan Combat RTC’s Jessy Williams, who finished second at the 2018 US Open, won the 67kg Greco-Roman weight class, with a two-match best-of-three series sweep against Logan Hatch, 7-0 and 6-0.

At 55kg, Jonathan Gurule of the NMU-National Training Center won a four-man round robin with a 3-0 record. Gurule finished third in the 2022 US Open.

New Jersey’s Chad Walsh, who was a college star for Rider, won the 77kg weight class, including a 48-second pin in the final against Terrance Parks of New York.

The champion at 82kg was Elite Wrestling Academy‘s Adrian Artsisheuskiy, who scored a technical pinfall over NMU-National Training Center’s Aaron Dobbs, 8-0 in the final. Artsisheuskiy finished second in the 2022 U20 Greco-Roman National Championships.

Other individual Greco-Roman champions were Garrett Totten of New Jersey (60 kg), Diego Romero of Florida (63 kg), Noah Wachsmuth of Colorado (72 kg), Gevorg Arakelov of New York (87 kg), Timothy Eubanks of Nevada (97 kg) and Tom Foote of the New York Athletic Club (130 kg).

In women’s freestyle, the 50 kg weight class had the most entries. U23 Nationals champion and wrestler par excellence Nyla Valencia of California won a four-man round robin with three technical falls. Valencia defeated another of the nation’s top-ranked high school wrestlers, Alexandra Szkotnicki of Maryland’s HeadHunters WC, 10-0, with Szkotnicki taking second place.

King’s University stars Ana Luciano de King (68kg) and Montana Delawder (59kg) won their weights, as did Augsburg wrestlers Sierra Bron Ton (65kg) and Melissa Jacobs (76kg) Alexandria Liles of the United States Army, who was eighth at the US Open, qualified in 62 kg. The other female champions were Janieliz Cotto (Krazy Monkey Wrestling Club at 53 kg), Torieonna Buchanan (Red Cobra Wrestling Academy at 55 kg), Genesis Ramirez (All Navy Wrestling at 57 kg) and Skie Roulo (Cougar Wrestling Club at 72 kg) .

LAST CHANCE WORLD TEAM TRIALS QUALIFICATIONS
In Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 13

Greco-Roman results

55 kilograms
1st – Jonathan Gurule (NMU-National Training Center)
2nd – Samuel Braswell IV (Cougar Wrestling Club)
3rd – Alexander Logsdon (Cougar Wrestling Club)
4th – Dominic Robertson (All Navy Wrestling)

60 kilograms
1st – Garrett Totten (New Jersey)

63 kilograms
1st – Diego Romero (Florida)

67 kilograms
1st – Jessy Williams (Spartan Combat RTC)
2nd – Logan Hatch (Greco-Roman Development)

72kg
1st – Noah Wachsmuth (Colorado)
2nd – Logan Gumble (Bearcat Wrestling Club)
3rd – Jack Murphy (Montana)

77KG
1st pin Chad Walsh NJ (New Jersey) Terrance Parks NY (New York), 0:48
3rd Technician Glenn Rhees MO (Viking Wrestling Club (IA)). knocking out Loranzo Rajaonarivelo VA (Patriot Elite Wrestling Club), 9-0 0:41

82KG
1st technical drop Adrian Artsisheuskiy NY (Elite Wrestling Academy) Aaron Dobbs WI (NMU-National Training Center), 8-0 2:41
3rd technical fall Andrew Dickson NC (Patriot Elite Wrestling Club) Khalil Mitchell FL (Cougar Wrestling Club), 9-0 1:37

87KG
1st – Gevorg Arakelov (New York)
2nd – Christos Avgeros (Buies Creek Wrestling)

97KG
1st – Timothy Eubanks (Nevada)
2nd – Austin Craig (All Navy Wrestling)
3rd – William Baldwin (Cougar Wrestling Club)
4th – Erik Hinckley (Kansas)

130KG
1st Pin Tom Foote MA (New York Athletic Club) Robert Gray VA (Prince William FCA Wrestling), 0:22
3rd Anthony Rossi VA (Contenders Wrestling Club) no contest Monte Britton NC (North Carolina), 0-0

Freestyle Women

50 kilograms
1st – Nyla Valencia (California)
2nd – Alexandra Szkotnicki (HeadHunters Wrestling Club)
3rd – Olivia Chandler (Virginia)
4Alisa Safford (Buctown Wrestling Club)

53 kilograms
1st – Janieliz Cotto (Krazy Monkey Wrestling Club)

55 kilograms
1st – Torieonna Buchanan (Red Cobra Wrestling Academy)

57 kilograms
1st – Genesis Ramirez (All Navy Wrestling)

59 kilograms
1st – Montana DeLawder (Team Tornado Wrestling Club)

62 kilograms
1st – Alexandria Liles (WCAP Army)

65kg
1st – Sierra Brown Ton (Twin Cities Regional Training Center)

68 kilograms
1st – Ana Luciano (Team Tornado Wrestling Club)

72kg
1st – Skie Roulo (Cougar Wrestling Club)

76 kilograms
1st – Melissa Jacobs (Twin Cities Regional Training Center)

Robert J. King