Greco-Roman wrestlers from Northern Michigan University National Training Site win at Under-23 Nationals | News, Sports, Jobs
MARQUETTE — Three Greco-Roman wrestlers from Northern Michigan University’s national training site won their weight divisions at the National Under-23 Championships held May 27 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Their victories mean they have earned a spot on USA Wrestling’s U23 World Team which will compete in Belgrade, Serbia in November.
The three NMU winners were David Stepanian at 63 kilograms (138.9 pounds), Alston Nutter at 67 kg (147.7 lb) and Benji Peak at 72 kg (158.7 lb).
NMU NTS Greco-Roman head coach Andy Bisek was pleased with his team’s 11 top-eight finishes.
“The team fought well” said the coach. “They faced tough opponents and made great mid-game adjustments to secure their places.”
Peak was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for beating his opponents 43-1. In his best-of-three championship round, Peak won both of his matches against 2019 World Team member Lenny Merkin, who was wrestling for New York Athletic Club.
Peak won game one with a minute-to-minute Merkin drop, while he won game two by technical drop 10-1.
Nutter made his third Age Group World Team. The 2019 World Juniors bronze medalist defeated Michigan Wrestling Club‘s Jaden Enriquez 9-6, 8-5 in his championship round.
Stepanian defeated 2020 Senior National Finalist Mosha Schwartz of Northern Colorado Wrestling Club 5-2, 8-3 in his final.
The other eight top finishers for NMU were George Sikes, second at 82 kg (180.8 lb); Keaton Fanning, fourth at 97 kg (213.8 lb); Lydell Canada, fifth at 67 kg; Brody Olson, sixth at 77 kg (169.8 lbs); Rafaele Masi, eighth at 60 kg (132.3 lb); Nick Leonetti, eighth at 67kg; Julian Beltran, eighth at 77kg; and DM Hallett, eighth at 82kg.
Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]