Longo wins All-American honors in Greco-Roman junior competition – Connecticut Wrestling Online


Michael Longo of Trumbull won All-American honors in Greco-Roman for the second time at the USA Wrestling Junior Nationals. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Jadach)

Michael Longo of Trumbull became the ninth state wrestler to win All-American honors at the USA Wrestling Junior and 16U National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota this week.

Longo went 5-1 to finish third on Friday in the Greco-Roman junior competition at 106 pounds. It was his second All-American honor in Greco-Roman after placing fifth at 100 pounds two years ago in 2019.

Longo has not given up a single point in his first three victories, each by technical fall. Longo was shut out by Californian Ray Ray Harris, 10-0 in 2:54 in the semifinals before winning two consolation games to finish third. Longo defeated Christian Forbes of Oklahoma to finish third, 10-0 in 2:49.

Longo went 5-1 in the tournament and only gave up one point in his first wins. Harris won the tournament.

Two other Connecticut wrestlers went 4-2 in the tournament. West Hartford’s Drew Currier opened the tournament with a two-point victory over Alabama’s Bruce Wanagrit, 4-2, at 132 pounds before winning three straight consolation round fights.

William Ebert of Fairfield went 4-1 at 160 pounds. Ebert won his first four games of the tournament, including a 14-10 victory over Matthew Rogge of Wisonsin in the round of 16. But in the quarterfinals, Ebert lost by technical fall to Californian Manuel Gaitan, 11-0 in 3:49. Ebert lost his next fight in the consolation round and was eliminated.

Westport’s Caleb Seyfried went 3-2 at 132 pounds while Connecticut teammates Ben Richardson (152) and Tristian Julian (145) were each 2-2 in the tournament.

In the Greco-Roman 16U tournament, Connecticut had no medalists. William Henckel (145) of Southbury and Nate Taylor (170) of Newtown each had three wins. Both wrestlers won their first three bouts of the tournament before back-to-back losses ended their afternoon.

Results of the 2021 USA Wrestling Junior and 16U National Championships

Connecticut All-Americans at USA Wrestling Junior and 16U Nationals 2021

Michael Longo (106), Trumbull Greco-Roman junior 3rd
Ashley Reed (164), Southington Freestyle junior women 2nd
Ella Nichols (152), Bristol Freestyle junior women 4th
Nico Provo (126), Stratford junior freestyle 7th
William Henckel (145), Southbury Free Style 16U 1st
Nathan Taylor (170), Newtown Free Style 16U 7th
Julianna Morris (122), Middlebury 16U Women’s Freestyle 2nd
Calli Gilchrist (112), Norwalk 16U Women’s Freestyle 3rd
Camryn Brown (122), Friendship 16U Women’s Freestyle 7th

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