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|Fortune wins third Cadet title by winning Accelerade Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals; Moore, Rutt still alive for Triple Crown|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
FARGO, N.D. - Returning Cadet double champion Tyrell Fortune of Oregon won his third career
Cadet national title at the Accelerade Cadet National Greco-Roman Championships at the Fargodome Monday. Cadets are wrestlers who are 15 and 16 years old.
Fortune won a controversial and razor-close three period match over Atticus Disney of Kansas in the finals at 215 pounds, 1-2, 4-0, 2-0. It was a competitive match, with Disney winning the first period, and Fortune rebounding to capture the second period.
In the deciding third period, no points were scored in the standing position. Fortune received one point for defending on the bottom in the reverse lift to lead 1-0. In the final 30-second period, after the action went up to the feet with only a few seconds left, Disney was hit with a caution and one-point penalty for fleeing the hold, giving Fortune his second point. If Disney had been able to prevent Fortune from scoring, the period would have ended tied at 1-1, and Disney would have won the tiebreaker on the criteria of last point scored.
Fortune will go for his fourth career Cadet title in the freestyle competition, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
By winning titles on Monday, two wrestlers still have a chance to win the Cadet Triple Crown, which is given to any wrestler who wins the USA Wrestling Cadet National titles in folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle during the same year. The USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals were held in Iowa in April. Only two wrestlers have ever won the Cadet Triple Crown, which was created in 2003.
Winning the second leg of the Triple Crown by adding a Greco-Roman title to their previous folkstyle title were Nate Moore of Iowa at 119 pounds and Travis Rutt of Minnesota at 152 pounds
In an all-Iowa final, Moore defeated Matt McDonough, 8-0, 1-1. Moore scored a three-point move early in the period, then ended the first period with a five-point throw from the reverse lift position. In the second period, neither wrestler could score a technical point. Moore won the period, 1-1, by scoring the last point by defending from the bottom position.
Moore has actually won three USA Wrestling titles so far this year. In addition to his Cadet folkstyle title, Moore was also a FILA Cadet National champion (15-17 years old) earlier this year.
Rutt was dominant in a two-period technical fall win over Cody Brown of Wyoming, 8-0, 6-0. Rutt was able to get a three-point throw in each of the periods on the way to ending each period.
Rutt was one of two 2005 Cadet National Greco-Roman runners-up to claim titles this year, along with David Taylor of Ohio at 98 pounds.
Taylor pinned 2006 FILA Cadet Nationals champion Cody Tyler of Missouri in the second period, 8-1, 1:19. It was Taylor's second career Cadet National title, after winning the Cadet freestyle gold medal in 2005.
Taylor won the first period by technical fall, scoring most of his points from the top position on the mat. In the second period, there were no points scored on the feet. From the reverse lock bottom position, Taylor quickly reversed Tyler, secured a bar arm turn and pinned Tyler.
Ryan Mango of Missouri won the title at 83 pounds with a dominant technical fall victory over Jeff Vesta of Kansas, 5-0, 9-0 and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. Mango won the first period with a three-point throw and a turn, then won the second period, 9-0, ending it all with a five-point spectacular throw.
Mango is the younger brother of 2006 University World Greco-Roman champion Spenser Mango, who competes for the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan Univ. Spenser has been helping coach his brother Ryan during the tournament.
Iowa won the Acordia Cup as the Cadet Greco-Roman team champions, scoring 60 points in the tournament, led by four individual champions. Pennsylvania was second with 54 points, Missouri was third with 45 points, Oregon in fourth with 36 points and Illinois fifth with 35 points.
At 91 pounds, Max Nowry of Illinois defeated Kade Moss of Utah in two straight periods, 2-1, 6-0. Nowry won a competitive first period, but opened it up in the second period with three consecutive exposures from the mat to score six points and end the period. Nowry was third at the FILA Cadet Nationals earlier this year.
At 105 pounds, Mac Bailey of Missouri won the second title for his state for the evening, defeating Jake Love of Montana in two straight periods, 5-0, 3-0. Bailey was able to score points with a gut wrench in both periods, a key to his victory.
At 112 pounds, it took three periods for Dylan Carew of Iowa to defeat Steve Quesada of Oregon, 1-1, 2-0, 1-1. Queseda won the first period, 1-1, as no points were scored on technical moves. Queseda defended from the bottom in the final 30 seconds, and scored the last point to win the criteria. Carew won the second period with a one-point lift from the reverse lift position the key to the period. In the final period, Carew won by 1-1, again with no technical points scored. Carew defended in the last 30 seconds, and scored the final point of the period, to win the criteria.
The title at 125 pounds went to Carson Fields of Georgia, who needed three periods to defeat Jesse Carling of New York, 2-4, 3-1, 5-1. In the deciding third period, no points were scored on the feet. In the first par terre position, Carling defended from the reverse lift position to get one point. In the last 30 seconds, from the reverse lift, Carling attempted a throw on Fields, who got behind and hit an exciting five-point throw on the buzzer for the win.
At 130 pounds, Brock Weatherman of Iowa defeated Jeff Bybee of Illinois, 3-1, 3-1. After a close first period. Weatherman was able to win the second period with a two-point turn with just two seconds left in the period.
A major surprise came at 135 pounds, when Cole Schmitt of Wisconsin suddenly pinned Don Vinson of New York on a reversal to a pin, on a move where Vinson was in the act of scoring enough points for a victory, 0-7, 1:43.
Vinson won the first period, 7-0, with a takedown and three two-point exposures. In the second period, Vinson scored a three-point throw and a gut wrench for a 5-0 lead. Vinson was turning Schmitt for another exposure when he was reversed to his back during the exchange and Schmitt scored the stunning pin. Because Schmitt was able to get the reversal as part of the technique by Vinson, the action continued and the fall was allowed.
Ben Provisor of Wisconsin won the 140-pound title, beating Zach Clemente of New York in three periods, 0-5, 5-0, 4-1. Clemente won the first period on a five-point throw. Provisor came back to win the second period, with the key being a three-point throw from the reverse lift. In the deciding third period, no points were scored from the standing position. Provisor scored a three-point throw from the reverse lift again to win the period and capture the title. Clemente got one point on his lift, not enough to close the difference. Provisor was third at the 2005 Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman.
At 145 pounds, Trey Edmunds of Nevada scored a two-period victory over Trent Weatherman of Iowa, 3-1, 3-3. Edmunds won the first period on a two-point reversal with exposure. In the second period, Edmonds scored a three-point throw from the reverse lift to tie the period at 3-3, and won on the criteria of last point scored.
At 160 pounds, Iowa's Grant Gambrall was dominant in pinning Ryan Kocer of South Dakota in the second period, 6-0, 0:50. Gambrall, who was fourth in the 2005 Cadet Nationals, had two three-point throws in the first period.
In an exciting three-period match at 171 pounds, Romero Cotton of Kansas defeated Nate Schiedel of New York, 4-0, 1-1, 5-2. A three-point throw gave Cotton the first period, but Scheidel won the second period by scoring the final point of the period. In the deciding third period, trailing 2-0, Cotton hit a three-point throw and went on to win the match.
Ryland Geiger of Oregon won the Cadet Greco-Roman title at 189 pounds, defeating Nick Pica of California, 5-0, 2-2. Geiger was in control in the first period, and scored the final points of the second period to secure the win.
At 275 pounds, Paul Snyder of Pennsylvania won the title in two periods, stopping Glen Kendl of Wisconsin, 3-0, 1-1. Snyder used a gut wrench in the first period for his margin of victory, and scored the last point of the period to win the second period.