Wisconsin’s Dennis Hall Wins 50th Junior Greco-Roman National Championship Vote, Defeating Michigan’s Brent Metcalf


USA Wrestling file photo of Dennis Hall

From the start of the opening bracket voting for the final, Wisconsin’s Dennis Hall was the overwhelming choice of fans as the top Junior Nationals Greco-Roman wrestler in the past 50 years of Junior Nationals.

Hall, a three-time Greco-Roman national junior champion, faced another three-time Greco-Roman national junior champion, Brent Metcalf of Michigan, in the final. When the voting ended, Hall won the final pairing hands down, 75%-25%.

Fans were asked to vote based on their national junior freestyle career only, and should not reflect their Greco-Roman successes, nor their college and international results.

Dennis Hall became a Greco-Roman specialist after his high school career, which included three Wisconsin state titles for Hartford High School. Hall won national junior Greco-Roman titles in 1987, 1988 and 1989. He was an Olympic silver medalist in 1996, a 1995 world champion and a world bronze medalist in 1994, one of the few American wrestlers to win a World or Olympic medal of each color. Hall made three American Greco-Roman Olympic teams. He went to Wisconsin as a freshman of college, then changed completely to focus on Greco-Roman the rest of his career. He also established himself as a leading Greco-Roman coach, working with athletes of different age levels.

Metcalf won four Michigan State high school titles for Davison High School. He competed in every style growing up, winning a USA Wrestling Kids Triple Crown, then becoming a six-time Junior National Championship champion (winning three in Freestyle and three in Greco-Roman, competing in 2003, 2004, 2005) . Metcalf became a freestyle specialist after high school. His college career began at Virginia Tech and he followed coach Tom Brands to Iowa, where he won two NCAA titles and was a three-time runner-up. Metcalf has been on four senior US freestyle ski world teams and is now an accomplished assistant coach at Iowa State.

Here’s how each finalist worked their way through the fantasy slice.

Dennis Hall (Hartford, Wis.)
Round of 16 – Dennis Hall (WI) vs. Mitchell McKee (MN), 82%-18%
Round of 16 – Dennis Hall (WI) vs. Matt Nagel (MN), 82%-18%
Quarterfinals – Dennis Hall (WI) vs. Brandon Paulson (MN), 59%-41%
Semifinals – Dennis Hall (WI) vs. Garrett Lowney (WI), 83%-17%
Finals – Dennis Hall (WI) vs. Brent Metcalf (MI), 75%-25%

Brent Metcalf (Davison, Michigan)
Round of 16 – Brent Metcalf (MI) vs. Matt Goldstein (IL), 95%-5%
Round of 16 – Brent Metcalf (MI) vs. Kendrick Sanders (FL), 55%-45%
Quarterfinals – Brent Metcalf (MI) vs. Justin Ruiz (UT), 60%-40%
Semifinals – Brent Metcalf (MI) vs. Sam Henson (MO), 72%-28%
Finals – Dennis Hall (WI) vs. Brent Metcalf (MI), 75%-25%

USA Wrestling fans can check out the results for the entire Greco-Roman bracket by clicking below:
50th Junior Greco-Roman National Championships – Fantasy Bracket

The first U.S. Junior National Wrestling Championships were held at the University of Iowa Fieldhouse in 1971 and were contested only in men’s freestyle. Greco-Roman wrestling was added in 1972. With the 2020 event canceled due to the pandemic, this year’s version will be the 50th time our country’s top high school Greco-Roman wrestlers will come together to fight for national titles and All-American honors. Many world and Olympic champions and medalists have participated in this prestigious event.

The 2022 USA Wrestling USMC Junior and 16U National Championships will be held at the FargoDome in Fargo, ND, July 16-22, featuring men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle competition.

Robert J. King