The Greco-Roman U17 World Team is established; Adams impresses and wins Outstanding Wrestler

Photo of outstanding wrestler Joel Adams throwing his opponent during the Greco-Roman U17 World Team Trials final. Photo by Jenni Peterson

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – After a long day of struggle, the Greco-Roman U17 World Team has officially been formed. Ten athletes claimed their spot on the team after winning their best-of-three series this afternoon. The U17 World Championships will take place in Rome, Italy from July 25-31. Practice began this morning, with finals taking place at 3:00 p.m. PT.

Athletes who also registered for the Freestyle tournament this weekend can earn the right to compete at the Pan-Ams in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The representatives of this team will be determined according to the best combined result between the two competitions.

The 10 World Team members are new faces, as none of the returning World Team members made it to the finals this year. It was a crazy day with lots of upsets and it ended with a fantastic fight in the final. Seven of the 10 weights have been decided in just two matches, with the other three needing to break the tie 1-1.

Two-time Fargo 2021 champion Joel Adams of The Best Wrestler put on a show all weekend scoring multiple five-point moves, including one in Game 1 of the Finals. Adams finished second in the Trials tournament last year and knocked out Pennsylvania’s Pierson Manville in back-to-back games this year. Adams was awarded as the division’s outstanding wrestler.

Anchorage Youth Wrestling Academy‘s Elyle Francisco traveled from Alaska to earn her spot on the World Team. He finished third in the World Team Trials last year, but he made sure he would finish better today. Two consecutive technical falls on Poway Wrestling’s Edwin Sierra in the Championship Series ended a perfect tournament for the Alaskan.

Pinnacle Wrestling Club‘s Koy Hopke spent no more than 58 seconds on the mat in each of his five matches today. He secured the 110kg spot after a dominating weekend, two straight technical falls on Kobra Kai Training’s Sampson Stillwell. Hopke finished third in trials a year ago.

At 60 kg, Missouri’s Zan Fugitt won a close 4-2 decision over Idaho Wrestling Club’s Tanner Frothinger in the opener. He found a way to open the scoring in game two for a 12-2 technical fall and the World Team spot at 60kg. Fugitt was third a year ago at the 55kg trials.

Daniel Cormier Wrestling Club’s Cody Merrill was impressive all day and he kept it that way in the series finale. Merrill won the pinfall over Pinnacle Wrestling Club’s Soren Herzog in the first match in a bit of a scuffle. However, he was in complete control in game two, winning a comfortable 7-0 decision to earn his trip to Italy as the US representative at 92kg.

Pinnacle Wrestling Club’s Cole Han-Lindemyer conceded just one point in his best-of-three series. He faced Omaury Alvarez of Level Up Wrestling Center for the title at 80 kg. Alvarez landed an impressive throw just after time expired in the first fight. Han-Lindemyer used that throw to his knowledge to control game number two and win a 7-1 decision.

Arvin Khosravy of California earned the World Team spot at 71kg. He tangled with Gladiator Wrestling’s Cordell White in the finals. White was forced to forfeit the second bout after sustaining an injury in the opener of the final. Khosravy used a tight wrench in the first fight to earn a technical pinfall just before intermission.

The championship round began with a 3-2 win for MWC Wrestling Academy’s Hudson Loges over XCalibur Athletics’ Davis Motyka at 45kg. However, Motyka won back-to-back decisions to earn the World Team spot. Motyka’s pace was the difference as he used a point of caution in the final 15 seconds to secure the crucial Game 3 victory.

Thorobred WC’s Christian Castillo also found himself in a hole after losing to Team Idaho Wrestling Club’s Mack Mauger in the first of their finals matches by a score of 6-5. Castillo made some big adjustments and would earn back-to-back technical falls and the World Team spot at 48kg.

The final World Team spot was taken by Nick Treaster of Newton Wrestling Club. Like the other two wrestlers who won in three matches, Treaster lost the first fight of the series. Apple Valley Wrestling Club’s Austin Laudenbach won the decision over Treaster, 5-0. Treaster responded, however, with a narrow 4-1 victory in the second round, before opening a quick technical drop in the third fight to secure his spot as a member of America’s World 55kg team in Italy. .

Below are the complete results of all the medal games.

In Las Vegas, Nevada on April 28, 2022

U17 Greco-Roman Team World Champions
45 – Davis Motyka (XCalibur Athletics)
48 – Christian Castillo (WC Thorobred)
51 – Elyle Francisco (Anchorage Youth Wrestling Academy)
55 – Nick Treaster (Newton WC)
60 – Zan Fugitt (Missouri)
65 – Joel Adams (The Best Wrestler)
71 – Arvin Khosravy (California)
80 – Cole Han-Lindemyer (WC Pinnacle)
92 – Cody Merrill (Daniel Cormier)
110 – Koy Hopke (WC Pinnacle)

Outstanding Wrestler
65 kg Joel Adams for Best Wrestler

Results of the Greco-Roman final U17

Championship Series – Davis Motyka (XCalibur Athletics) vs. Hudson Loges (MWC)
Fight 1 – Loges dec Motyka, 3-2
Fight 2 – Motyka dec Loges, 5-1
Fight 3 – Motyka dec Loges, 2-2

3rd – Domenic Munaretto (Toss Em Up Wrestling Academy) vs. Ryker Graff (Big Game Wrestling Club), 5-0
5th – Keanu Dillard (Pennsylvania) defeats Griffin Rial (Black Fox Wrestling Academy), 7-2
7th – Lawson Eller (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) technician Revin Dickman IN (Brownsburg Wrestling Club), 8-0 2:46

48 kilograms
Championship Series – Christian Castillo (Thorobred WC) vs. Mack Mauger (Team Idaho WC)
Fight 1 – Mauger dec Castillo, 6-5
Fight 2 – Castillo Tech Mauger, 8-0
Fight 3 – Castillo Tech Mauger, 9-1

3rd – Isaiah Cortez CA (California) defeats Gage Singleton (Roseburg Mat Club / Umpqua Valley Wrestling Association), 5-1
5th – Ezekiel Witt KS (Junction City High School Wrestling) Tech Gavin Weichelt (Black Fox Wrestling Academy), 11-2 1:00
7th – Kody Tanimoto (Spartan Mat Club) technician Hunter Sanchez (Team Prestige), 9-0 2:00

51 kilograms
Championship Series – Elyle Francisco (Anchorage Youth Wrestling Academy) vs. Edwin Sierra (Poway Wrestling)
Fight 1 – Francisco Tech Sierra, 9-1
Fight 2 – Francisco Tech Sierra, 10-1

3rd Carter Nogle (HeadHunters Wrestling Club) vs. Elijah Cortez (California), 7-0
5th Reid Spurley (Wisconsin) tech Cooper Hilton (Pennsylvania), 8-0 1:47
7th Bo Bassett (Pennsylvania) loses Jaxton Packer (Team Idaho Wrestling Club), 0-0

55 kilograms
Championship Series – Nick Treaster (Newton WC) vs. Austin Laudenbach (Apple Valley WC)
Fight 1 – Laudenbach vs. Treaster, 5-0
Fight 2 – Treaster dec Laudenbach, 4-1
Combat 3 – N. Treaster Technician Laudenbach

3rd – Kael Lauridsen (Top Wrestler) vs. Otto Black (Black Fox Wrestling Academy), 5-2
5th – Amryn Nutter (Combat WC School of Wrestling) vs. Sam Herring (Pennsylvania), 22-18
7th – Manuel Saldate (Gold Rush Wrestling) VSU1 Anthony Ruzic (Illinois), 13-4 1:49

60 kilograms
Championship Series – Zan Fugitt (Missouri) vs. Tanner Frothinger (Team Idaho WC)
Fight 1 – Fugitt vs. Frothinger, 4-2
Fight 2 – Fugitt tech Frothinger, 12-2

3rd Technician Rhett Koenig (Combat WC School of Wrestling) Garrett Reece (Black Fox Wrestling Academy), 9-0 1:24
5th Landon Drury (Betterman Elite Wrestling) vs. Matthew Beem (MWC Wrestling Academy), 8-7
7th Tucker Cell (Abilene Kids Wrestling Club) Tech Ayson Rice (Legends of Gold), 11-0 1:12

Championship series – Joel Adams (The Best Wrestler) vs. Pierson Manville (Pennsylvania)
Fight 1 – Adams Tech Manville, 10-1
Fight 2 – Adams defeats Manville, 7-6

3rd – Zach Hanson (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) technician Smokey Mcclure (Ascend Wrestling Academy), 11-2 1:22
5th – Gabriel Bouyssou (Mayo Quanchi Wrestling Club) vs. Casper Stewart (Curby 3 Style Wrestling Club), 7-6
7 – Joshua Neiwert (Inland Northwest Wrestling Training Center) inj August Hibler (NJ Scorpions Wrestling School, llc)

71 kilograms
Championship series – Arvin Khosravy (California) vs. Cordell White (Gladiator Wrestling)
Fight 1 – Khosravy tech White, 9-0
Fight 2 – Khosravy inj White

3rd – Brett Back (Wisconsin) cautions Kj Evans (Oklahoma Regional Training Center), 14-2
5th – Jed Wester (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) drops Ammar Khan (California), 10-4 3:12
7th – Justin Avila (Big Game Wrestling Club) loses Gavin Fernandez (California), 0-0

80 kilograms
Championship Series – Cole Han-Lindemyer (Pinnacle WC) vs. Omaury Alvarez (Level Up WC)
Fight 1 – Han-Lindemyer vs. Alvarez, 6-0
Fight 2 – Han-Lindemyer vs. Alvarez, 7-1

3rd – Jude Correa (X-Calibur Athletics Wrestling Club) drops Oscar Williams (Husky Wrestling Club), 6-5 1:43
5th – De’alcapon Veazy (Legends of Gold) tech Noah Poe-hatten (Flathead Valley Wrestling Club), 10-2 1:55
7th – Justin Rademacher (All-Phase Wrestling Club) downs Toby Schoffstall (Bulldog Wrestling Club), 6-3 2:42

92 kilograms
Championship Series – Cody Merrill (Daniel Cormier) vs. Soren Herzog (Pinnacle WC)
Fight 1 – Merrill vs. Herzog, 4-2
Fight 2 – Merrill vs. Herzog, 7-0

3rd – Sawyer Bartelt (Gladiator Wrestling) vs. Kingsley Menifee (Birds of Prey Wrestling Club), 7-0
5th – Thomas Edinger (MWC Wrestling Academy) and Max Agresti (Delaware Wrestling)
7th – Noah Wenzel (Izzy Style Wrestling) defeated Torin Forsyth (Lawrence Elite Wrestling Club), 7-6

110 kilograms
Championship Series – Koy Hopke (Pinnacle WC) vs. Sampson Stillwell (Kobra Kai Training)
Fight 1 – Hopke Tech Stillwell, 8-0
Fight 2 – Hopke Tech Stillwell, 8-0

3rd – Peter Ralon Macchione (Interior Grappling Academy) beats Dominic Burgett (Legends of Gold), 4-1
5th – Nicholas Sahakian (St. John Bosco High School Wrestling) technician Dirk Morley (Black Fox Wrestling Academy), 11-0 2:46
7th – Cameron Geuther (Big Game Wrestling Club) defeated Connor Aney (Ascend Wrestling Academy), 10-6

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