US Athletes Win Seven Gold Medals and 16 Greco-Roman Medals at Junior Level at Tallinn Open in Estonia

Photo of young American wrestlers competing at the Tallinn Open courtesy of Jared Lewis.

TALLINN, Estonia — Seven American wrestlers have won gold medals and a total of 16 Americans have medaled in the Greco-Roman leg of the Tallinn Open on Saturday. This youth wrestling competition is one of the largest and most prestigious in Europe and the world.

The following athletes from the United States have won Greco-Roman gold medals:
• Hudson Chittum, 38 kg, Greco-Roman U15 (2007-2008)
• Cavalier Seguine 44 kg, U15 Greco-Roman (2007-2008)
• Jacob Herm 52 kg, Greco-Roman U15 (2007-2008)
• Will Webb, 32 kg, young Greco-Roman (born in 2009-2010)
• Jaxsen Bailey, 35 kg, young Greco-Roman (born in 2009-2010)
• Asher Bacon, 53 kg, young Greco-Roman (born in 2009-2010)
• Evan Restivo, 35 kg, Young Freestyle (Born in 2011 and younger)

The athletes competing this weekend are not part of a United States national wrestling team, but competed through their club’s programs.

A majority of those American athletes also competed in the freestyle on Friday, with 15 wrestlers winning medals in both styles. Gold medals won in both styles were Hudson Chittum (U15 38kg), Will Webb (Youth 32kg) and Evan Restivo (Youth 35kg),

Among the double medalists were:
Junior Freestyle Wrestling (2002-2004)
• 70 kg – Jadon Skellenger, gold medal, FS, silver medal GR
Cadet Freestyle (2005-2006)
• 51 kg – Cooper Hilton, FS gold medal, GR silver medal
• 60 kg – Keaton Mayernik, silver medal FS, silver medal GR
U15 Freestyle Wrestling (2007-2008)
• 38 kg – Hudson Chittum, gold medal FS, gold medal GR
• 44 kg – Eric Casula, gold medal FS, bronze medal GR
• 44 kg – Rider Seguine, FS silver medal, GR gold medal
• 52 kg – Declan Koch, gold medal FS, silver medal GR
• 52 kg – Jacob Herm, silver medal FS, gold medal GR
Youth Freestyle (born 2009-2010)
• 32 kg – Will Webb, gold medal FS, gold medal GR
• 32 kg – Shawn Coffel, bronze medal FS, bronze medal GR
• 35 kg – Carter Smith, gold medal FS, silver medal GR
• 35 kg – Jaxsen Bailey, FS bronze medal, GR gold medal
• 38 kg – Jaxton Bowler, FS bronze medal, GR silver medal
• 53 kg – Asher Bacon, FS silver medal, GR gold medal
Youth Freestyle (Born 2011 and younger)
• 35 kg – Evan Restivo, gold medal FS, gold medal GR

Coach Jared Lewis captured these quotes from team members.

Cadet silver medalist Luke Lilledahl has traveled overseas several times and says trips like this helped prepare him for his competitive experience at the 2021 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary.

Cooper Hilton said: “European wrestling feels more like an art form than a sport. They do not force the movements and their rhythm is more methodical. Hilton who made his first trip at the age of 12 several years ago and reports that it helped improve his wrestling and confidence on the mat.

Cadet World Champion Jadon Skellenger said: “I don’t think I would be World Champion without making trips like this to prepare for the experience. It helped me broaden my thinking and solidify my goals. After traveling abroad, I realized that my goal of being world champion was possible.

Coaches for the trip included:
• Cornell Robinson – Wyoming Seminary Coach – 2021 World Cadet Team Coach
• Hunter Lewis – NC State – Former World Cadet Team member and 3x Pan Am Team member/medallist
• Steve Horton – Veteran World Champion
• Mike Moor – Mindset Fight
• Damion Logan – Qwner of Apex Wrestling
• Joe Warren – Senior Greco-Roman World Champion

The boys will stay in Tallinn for another five days for an international training camp.

The women’s freestyle will take place on Sunday, March 26, and Wyoming Seminary has entered a team of 22 athletes. Tallinn is six hours ahead of the US Eastern Time Zone

In Tallinn, Estonia

American Boys Greco-Roman Results

Junior Greco-Roman (2002-2004)

55kg – Ray Ray Harris (USA), 4th place
65kg – Caleb Meunier (USA), 5th place
70kg – Jadon Skellenger (USA), silver medal

Greco-Roman Cadet (2005-2006)
48kg – Nikos Filipos (USA), 4th place
48kg – Revin Dickman (USA), 5th place
48kg – Neal Krysty (USA), 5th place
51 kg – Cooper Hilton (USA), silver medal
51kg – Mason Jacob (USA), 5th place
51kg – Trey Wagner (USA), 4th place
51kg – Christopher Anderson (USA), dnp/11th
55kg – Luke Lilledahl (USA), 7th place
55kg – Hoyt Hvass (USA), 4th place
55kg – Dillon Cooper (USA), dnp/14th place
55kg – Javin Douglas (USA), dnp/15th place
60 kg – Keaton Mayernik (USA), silver medal
60kg – Lucas Peters (USA), 8th place
60kg – Jayce Paridon (USA), dnp/11th place
65kg – Kolby McClain (USA), dnp/19th place
65kg – Bryan Winans (USA), dnp/25th place
65kg – Jack Duncan (USA), dnp/21st place
71kg – Karsen Otis (USA), dnp/17th place
80kg – Brent Slade, Jr. (USA), dnp/21st place
80kg – Peyton Westpfahl (USA), dnp/18th place
92kg – King David Rhodes (USA), dnp/13th place
92kg – Rylan Kuhn (USA), 8th place

Greco-Roman U15 (2007-2008)

38 kg – Hudson Chittum (USA), gold medal
41kg – Shamus Regan (USA), 5th place
41 kg – Daniel Goodwin (USA), silver medal
44 kg – Eric Casula (USA), bronze medal
44 kg – Rider Seguine (USA), gold medal
44kg – Hayden Haber (USA), 19th place
48kg – Zayn Navarette (USA), 4th place
48kg – Jacob Morris (USA), 5th place
52 kg – Declan Koch (USA), silver medal
52 kg – Jacob Herm (USA), gold medal
57kg – Gabriel Logan (USA), dnp/17th place
57kg – Jayden Yauck (USA), dnp/21st place
62kg – Trevor Jones (USA), 7th place

Greco-Roman Youth (born 2009-2010)

32 kg – Will Webb (USA), gold medal
32 kg – Shawn Coffel (USA), bronze medal
35 kg – Carter Smith (USA), silver medal
35kg – Jaxsen Bailey (USA), gold medal
35kg – Sam Jones (USA), 9th place
38 kg – Jaxton Bowler (USA), silver medal
38kg – Xavier Flores (USA), dnp/16th place
38kg – Camm Colgate (USA), dnp/11th place
38kg – Collin Frey (USA), dnp/13th place
42kg – Walker Woodward (USA), 5th place
42kg – Sawyer Riese (USA), dnp/14th place
53 kg – Asher Bacon (USA), gold medal

Greco-Roman Youth (born 2011 and before)

35 kg – Evan Restivo (USA), gold medal

Robert J. King