Marine Corps US Open 2019: junior Greco-Roman preview

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In the immortal words of famous UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer, “it’s tiiiiiiiimmeeee”.

The wrestling world, at least its American part, has its collective gaze on Las Vegas this week for the 2019 edition of the Marine Corps US Open.

And while I would love to sit down and chat with you about the fascinating storylines left and right at the senior level, which is why they pay Earl a lot of money. You can check out previews of Earl’s Greco-Roman Senior Level, Women’s Freestyle, and Men’s Freestyle onsite.

For now, we’ll be focusing on the Junior level and, more specifically, the Junior Greco tournament which will determine the 2019 Greco-Roman Junior World Team for the first time. The additional implications mean extremely deep fields and fierce competition. . We’ll walk you through these weight-by-weight fields.


Returning champion and 2017 junior world silver medalist Cevion Severado leads the pack. Severado was dominant in Vegas a year ago, but ended up falling to Brady Koontz later that summer in the World Team Trials. He’ll be looking to win the open once again and lock in the World Team’s spot this time around. It won’t be easy as to do so he will have to cross a peloton that includes former Cadet World team member Kase Mauger as well as 2018 Junior Greco champion in Fargo, Paxton Creese of Minnesota.

Other names to watch in the 55-kilo arena include Stanford commit and No.14 at 126 pounds, Dylan Ragusin as well as 2018 senior female freestyle competitor Alex Hedrick who is entered for both styles.

Projected Final: Cevion Severado on Paxton Creese


With both defending champion Malik Johnson and reigning world team Benji Peak on the sidelines, this installment opens up a bit.

One of the biggest names, however, is Michigan State All-American RayVon Foley who is trying his hand at Greco for the second year in a row after taking fourth place at this weight a year ago. Jack Huffman, who dominated Foley in the fall to take third place a year ago, is also back.

A pair of popular high school folk-style perspectives will also be in the mix in Cornell’s engagement Phillip Moomey and northern Colorado engagement Mosha Schwartz. Schwartz is a 2015 Cadet Fargo champion in Greco and Moomey won the same award in 2017. Schwartz also finished third a year ago with 63 kilos in Vegas.

Finally, keep an eye out for Logan Treaster of the Naval Academy who placed seventh at the Open a year ago.

Projected Final: Mosha Schwartz vs. Jack Huffman


After tearing the field apart a year ago and then easily making the world squad, Alston Nutter enters this category as a runaway favorite. A year ago, Nutter was 4-0 at the Open with four technical falls, all in two minutes and 10 seconds.

If you’re looking for the name of someone who might challenge Nutter, take a look at Californian Kyle Parco, who was Greco’s junior champion at Fargo in 2018.

Projected Final: Alston Nutter vs. Kyle Parco


Defending champion Peyton Omania leads here with 67 kilograms in a range that has a number of interesting names. Omania made the World Team last year after a series of fantastic games with now NCAA All-American Dom Demas of Oklahoma. His biggest challenge might come from the aforementioned Benji peak. The reigning 60-kilogram world teammate is back and bloated as he looks to race in place of Omania.

The rack also features reigning third-place Riley Briggs, 67 kilos, as well as a pair of high-profile folk-style merchandise, in Nebraska, like Kevon Davenport, and Ed Scott, as Carolina State engagement. North. Davenport is a 2017 Caddy Fargo Champion in Greco. Finally, keep an eye out for Timothy Johnson-Thompson who, like Briggs, spends his time training at the Olympic training site in northern Michigan.

Projected Final: Peyton Omania vs. Kevon Davenport


Last year that squad exploded when seed Lenny Merkin fell in the first round and Tyler Dow took advantage, winning both the Open and ultimately a spot on the world squad. This year, the parenthesis is wide open since neither Dow nor Merkin are involved.

Tyler Eischens, who finished second behind Dow a year ago, could be considered the favorite, but it’s far from won. He is accompanied by a fourth, Calvin Germinaro, and the sixth Dracius McKee. Returning Cadet World squad member James Burks is also entering the pitch and must be seen as a threat.

Projected Final: James Burks vs. Tyler Eischens


With the return of champion and world team member Anthony Mantanona, this is another installment that opens wide in 2019. Leading the pack is Penn RTC product Jake Hendricks, who was the lead. series a year ago and reached the final before falling to Mantanona. finally. Hendricks is also a former member of the World Cadet Team.

Sawyer Knott, who finished third in weight a year ago, returns and is looking to climb a few steps on the podium. Additional names to watch out for are Class of 2020 Purdue commit Gerrit Nijenhuis as well as Max Wohlabaugh of Clarion. Nijenhuis is one of the top 20 rookies in his class and Wohlabaugh is a former Fargo runner-up against Mantanona in Greco.

Projected Final: Jake Hendricks vs. Max Wohlabaugh


Zac Braunagel is the big name to watch here with the departure of returning champion and world teammate Andrew Berreyesa. Braunagel took third place a year ago, losing only on criteria to Berreyesa in the quarter-finals. He is also a returning Fargo champion in Greco. In his own way is CTO resident athlete Tommy Dantzler, the son of former Olympian TC Dantzler and a returning sixth finalist.

Other than that, this is an area that is relatively short on Greco distinctions; However, one name that stands out is freestyle finalist Fargo Nathan Haas.

Projected Final: Zac Braunagel vs. Tommy Dantzler


After finishing second behind Barrett Hughes at the Open and in practice a year ago, Michigan State’s Cam Caffey is back and this time around is the favorite in the 11-man field. The second-most profitable setter is Keaton Fanning, who finished fifth a year ago and trains at the NMU’s Olympic training site. However, Cadet Champion Fargo Jonathan Fagen is entering the fray and should be seen as a serious threat to the rest of the field, as is UNI’s Tyrell Gordon, a former Fargo All-American.

Projected Final: Cam Caffey vs. Jonathan Fagen


In another relatively small area, Austin Harris of Oklahoma State returns to Vegas to defend his crown. To do so, he will have to face Braxton Amos, a top-five rookie in the 2020 class, a Cadet Greco champion at Fargo.

He’ll also have to pull through, or hope someone else does, 2015 Fargo Cadet Champion Nicholas Boykin. Boykin drops to 97 kilograms after finishing second a year ago at 130. This field has more than doubled in size from a year ago when it had just five participants.

Projected Final: Austin Harris vs. Braxton Amos


As most now know, 130 kilos is Cohlton Schultz’s spectacle until we are alerted otherwise. Schultz is the returning Open champion and the returning world team, although he was pushed to trial last year by Anthony Cassioppi of Iowa. Last year, the Arizona State engagement crossed the field with four technology drops in four games, all in 64 seconds. He currently ranks third in the senior ladder in Greco.

This year, the biggest name that stands in its way is Cadet Greco 2018 world team Luke Luffman, and the two have actually never met despite being both high school kids. South Dakota state engagement Spencer Trenary, who is ranked fifth in the country in high school at 285, is also former Fargo All-American Max Darrah.

Barring a pretty seismic upheaval, Schultz is the heaviest favorite of all weight classes.

Projected Final: Cohlton Schultz vs. Luke Luffman

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