FARGO, North Dakota, July 19 – Michael Longo of Trumbull has won five games to win All-American honors at the American National Junior Wrestling Tournament in Greco-Roman.
Longo (100 pounds) went 5-2 in the tournament and beat Carson Nishida of Illinois by technical fall with an 11-1 win in 4:28. Longo won his first two games with a total of 39 points.
He beat Arkansas’ Tristian Stafford in his first game of the tournament, 27-17 in 5:57. In his next match, Longo beat Noah Savageau of North Dakota, 12-2 in 2:44.
After losing an 11-1 decision to Daniel Sheen of Illinois in the quarterfinal in 2:13, Longo won back-to-back games before losing to Kaleb Casey of Wisconsin in the consolation semifinal, 11 -0, in 57 seconds.
Matthew Ryan (138) of Trumbull has won six games but still has failed to win All-American honors by finishing in the top eight. Ryan (6-2) won his first game before losing. He rallied to win five consecutive consolation rounds with two technical falls.
Ryan was eliminated with an 11-1 loss to Breti Reyna of Florida, 11-1 in 1:46.
Several other Connecticut wrestlers scored victories in the Greco-Roman Junior National Tournament. Middletown’s Kalil Shabazz went 2-2 at 126 pounds while Bethel’s Eamon-Antonio Toland Matos went 3-2 at 145 pounds. Hunter Adams of Suffield (170), Caleb Leclerc of Terryville (138) and CJ Shea of Milford (120) each had a brace.
It was the last day of the US Junior National Wrestling Championships and the U16 National Championships – formerly known as the Cadet National Championships for athletes between the ages of 15 and 16. The National Junior Championships are for current high school students.
Longo was the fifth Connecticut wrestler to win All-American honors at the tournament.
2019 Connecticut All-Americans
Dakota Marie Dinelli, Plainville (152), women’s freestyle 16U, second place
Ella Nichols, Bristol (144), women’s freestyle 16U, third place
Nico Provo, Stratford (113), junior freestyle, second place
Cameron Hine, Haddam-Killingworth (100), junior freestyle, sixth place
Michael Longo, Trumbull (100), Greco-Roman junior, fifth place