|Johnson, Jr., Weber and Amos lead ASICS Ultimate Challenge series after seven events with four more to go|
By Erin Phipps USA Wrestling
After seven intense events in the ASICS Ultimate Challenge Series, the fight for the Dominator belts is becoming even more competitive.
The most talented young wrestlers in the country have been competing in the 2005-2006 Ultimate Challenge Series, an 11-event tournament that spans the country.
Michael Johnson, Jr. of Illinois is leading in Div. I (9 & 10 years old), with 8,000 pts. after winning titles at Winter Classic, Dixie ASICS Nationals, 21st Annual Brute Bowl Class, the U.S. Junior Open Championship and the Indy Nationals. Dylan Lucus of Florida follows in second place with 5,200 pts., with Brandon James of Indiana close behind with 4,200 pts.
In Div. II (11 & 12 years old), Hunter Weber of Wisconsin leads with 8,400 pts. after winning championships in the California World Challenge, 21st Annual Brute Bowl Classic and the Sunkist Kids Ultimate Challenge. There is a three-way tie for second place between Glenn Climmons of Georgia., Jason Luster of Georgia and Andrew Schulte of California, each with 6,400 pts.
Gregory Amos of Missouri currently holds the top position in Div. III (13-15 year olds) with 7,600 pts. after winning gold medals at the Winter Classic, Dixie ASICS Nationals, U.S. Junior Open Championship and the Indy Nationals. Alan Waters of Kansas is ranked second with 6,400 pts. Clark Glass of Florida follows closely with 6,000 pts. Glass won the Ultimate Dominator Award in Div. II for the 2004-05 Ultimate Challenge Series.
The other remaining events in the series are the:
- The Liberty ASICS Nationals will be held at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 25.
- The Arnold Wrestling Challenge at Columbus, Ohio, Mar. 3-5
- Virginia Challenge/USAW Wrestle-FEST 2006 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va., Mar. 10-12
- USA Wrestling ASICS Folkstyle National Championships at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Apr. 7-9
The Ultimate Challenge Series is scored by points for each individual event. The final event is the USA Wrestling ASICS Folkstyle National Championships in Iowa, Apr. 7-9 and is worth double the points of the previous meets for the top eight award winners.
After the USA Wrestling ASICS Folkstyle Nationals, nine Dominator belts will be awarded to the top three athletes in three different age divisions. In addition, the top point scorer in the entire series will be named the Ultimate Dominator.
A special treat for all who are attending the ASICS Kids/Cadet Folkstyle Nationals is an appearance by wrestling legend Cael Sanderson, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the only wrestler to ever win four NCAA Div. I titles and finish his career undefeated. Sanderson will meet fans and participants, sign autographs and hand out awards.
2005-06 ULTIMATE CHALLENGE SERIES LEADERS
(after seven of the 11 events)
Division I (9 & 10 year olds)
1. Michael Johnson, Jr. (IL), 8,000 pts.
2. Dylan Lucas (FL), 5,200 pts.
3. Brandon James (IN), 4,200 pts.
4. Devon MarcAurele (CT), 3,800 pts.
5. Cole Whitford (IL), 3,600 pts.
6. Travis Hasselbeck (LA), 3,500 pts.
7. Paul Thomas (IN), 3,400 pts.
8. (tie) Kaid Brock (OK), 3,200 pts.
8. (tie) Cullen Hood (KS), 3,200 pts.
10. (tie) Ryan Mosley (GA), 3,100 pts.
10. (tie) Dayton Racer (MO), 3,100 pts.
Division II (11 & 12 year olds)
1. Hunter Weber (WI), 8,400 pts.
2. (tie) Glenn Climmons (GA), 6,400 pts.
2. (tie) Jason Luster (GA), 6,400 pts.
2. (tie) Andrew Schulte (CA), 6,400 pts.
5. Kevin Norstrem (FL), 4,900 pts.
6. G.W. Woods II (VA), 4,600 pts.
7. Rossi Bruno (FL), 4,200 pts.
8. Mike Ettore (FL), 3,300 pts.
9. (tie) Tim Hamilton (OK), 3,200 pts.
9. (tie) Oliver Pierce (TX), 3,200 pts.
Division III (13-15 year olds)
1. Amos Gregory (MO), 7,600 pts.
2. Alan Waters (KS), 6,400 pts.
3. Clark Glass (FL), 6,000 pts.
4. T.J. Mitchell (GA), 5,700 pts.
5. (tie) Ryne Cokeley (KS), 4,800 pts.
5. (tie) Jesse Thielke (WI), 4,800 pts.
7. Eli Ashby (SC), 4,700 pts.
8. Brett Jaeckel (TN), 4,400 pts.
9. Keith Surber (IL), 4,300 pts.
10. Stephen Doty (MO), 3,700 pts.