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USA Wrestling releases its pre-season age-group men's freestyle rankings



Each year, USA Wrestling presents its annual age-group national rankings in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. These rankings are prepared to reward athletes for their success in past USA Wrestling events, and encourage their participation in this year's series of major competitions. The freestyle rankings men and women were developed under the direction of Mike Duroe, USA Wrestling's Freestyle Developmental Coach. Duroe has recently been named USA Wrestling's Freestyle Resident Coach. USA Wrestling hosts a series of regional and national events at each age level. In addition, there is a World Team Trials event on the FILA Junior level for both men and women, which determine the athletes who will compete at the 2001 Junior World Championships. The USA Wrestling Cadet age level includes athletes who are 15-16 years old. There are six USA Wrestling regional events for Cadet wrestlers. The showcase event for the Cadet level is the Cadet National Championships, scheduled for the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., July 21-28. Returning Cadet National freestyle champions feature Tyler Safratowich of Minnesota (83.5) and Charlie Falck of Minnesota (88). The FILA Cadet age level includes athletes who are 15-17 years old. The men's FILA Cadet National Championships will be held in Evanston, Ill., March 28-April 1. Returning FILA Cadet freestyle champions are Mack Reiter of Iowa (92.75), Tim Kephart of Missouri (110) and Aaron Keough of Ohio (187.25). The USA Wrestling Junior age level includes athletes in grades 9-12. USA Wrestling hosts eight Junior Regional Championships, which are open to all Junior-age wrestlers in the nation. The most prestigious youth wrestling event is the Asics Vaughan Junior Nationals, hosted at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., July 22-29. Freestyle champions who return are Sammy Vigil of Colorado (98), Nathan Kendjorsky of Ohio (105.5), Nick Simmons of Michigan (114.5), Teyon Ware of Oklahoma (132), Jake Rosholt of Idaho (178) and Steven Mocco of New Jersey (275). The FILA Junior World age level includes athletes from 17-20 years old. FILA, the international federation, hosts a World Championships at this age group each year. The FILA Junior Nationals and World Team Trials for men will be hosted at the Univ. of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., May 11-14. The champions from this event will be eligible to represent the United States at the FILA Junior World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 22-26. Jason Powell of Oklahoma (119) and Tommy Rowlands of Ohio (213.75) are the returning freestyle champions. The University level includes athletes who are 18-24 years old, whose class has graduated high school. The University Nationals for both men and women will be hosted at Northwestern Univ. in Evanston, Ill., Evanston, Ill., March 28-April 1. Returning men's freestyle champions are Ernesto Howard of Illinois (110), Ryan Lewis of Minnesota (127.75), Jared Frayer of Florida (152), Joe Heskett of Ohio (167.5), Damion Hahn of New Jersey (187.25) and Mark Knauer of Iowa (213.75) and Josh Etu of New York (286). Mike Duroe can be reached by phone at 719-598-8181 or by email at mduroe@usawrestling.org 2001 MEN'S AGE-GROUP FREESTYLE RANKINGS CADET (1985-86) 83.5 - 1. Tyler Safratowich (MN); 2. Davey Mason (OK); 3. Lewis Bean (ID); 4. Terry Jackson (OH); 5. Reese Whiteby (WA); 6. Mike Carlson (AK); 7. Tristan DeShazer (KS); 8. T.J. Sebolt (IA) 88 - 1. Charlie Falck (MN); 2. Gabe Mooney (MN); 3. Josh Hansen (MN); 4. Mike Compton (OH); 5. Jose Escobedo (IN); 6. Mike Rodriguez (IN); 7. Eric Metzler (WI); 8. Khalid Andwele (FL) 94.5 - 1. Bryan Nunziato (NJ); 2. Cody Garcia (KS); 3. Drew Headlee (PA); 4. Michael Fessler (MO); 5. Jeff Taylor (OR); 6. Tyler Sherfey (WA); 7. Tyler Goble (IN); 8. Brice Wasserman (OK) 103.5 - 1. Mark McKnight (PA); 2. Mark Throckmorton (PA); 3. Dustin Schlatter (OH); 4. Billy Exline (CA); 5. Dan LeClere (IA); 6. Joel Flores (WA); 7. Anthony Burke (VA); 8. Casey Bradley (IN) 112 - 1. Alex Tsirtsis (IN); 2. Kyle Anson (IA); 3. Jacob Lewis (WI); 4. Paul Lyon (MI); 5. Blane Culp (IN); 6. Michael Poeta (IL); 7. Trevor Stewart (MI); 8. Rocky Cozart (FL) 121 - 1. Matt Collum (IL); 2. Eric Tannenbaum (IL); 3. Brent Metcalf (MI); 4. Brandon McAuly (WI); 5. Alex Herrera (CA); 6. Steven Rogers (IL); 7. Peter Miller (MO); 8. Jake Varner (CA) 132 - 1. Ryan Davis (MD); 2. Clint Leonard (ID); 3. Kirk Main (PA); 4. Scott Loescher (OR); 5. David Parker (OK); 6. Matt Coughlin (IN); 7. Anthony LaJoie (MI); 8. Andrew Flanagan (NJ) 143 - 1. Narles Layne (MT); 2. Brandon Mason (IA); 3. Jackie Toney (VA); 4. Casey Kelly (MT); 5. Chas Betts (MN); 6. Shawn Brunson (UT); 7. Dylan Wheaton (NE); 8. Ryan Wood (VA) 154 - 1. Jason Coughlin (IN); 2. Patrick Bond (VA); 3. Marcus Garcia (CA); 4. Adam Steinmetz (IN); 5. Adam Monks (KS); 6. Josh Erickson (MT); 7. Nick Rydberg (MN); 8. Calvin Beamon (IN) 165 - 1. Matt Wier (MI); 2. Luke Miller (IN); 3. Heath Vandeventer (IN); 4. Alex Tennison (MN); 5. Grant Smith (MN); 6. Brent Jones (VA); 7. Paul Vasquez (AZ); 8. Justin Jones (IA) 182.5 - 1. Bryan Tlers (MI); 2. Kyle Massey (MN); 3. Tony Thorman (NE); 4. Samuel Elmore (IN); 5. Sean Malone (MN); 6. Jerrod Stapleton (OK); 7. Kyle Hood (NC); 8. Dallas Woods (IN) 209 - 1. Grant Miller (IL); 2. Spencer Nadolsky (MI); 3. Peter Robinson (MI); 4. Mike Newkirt (WI); 5. Bryan Whetstone (CA); 6. James Ledford (OK); 7. Robert Hoy (NC) 242 - 1. Chris Hendershot (IN); 2. Cosell Beavers (IL); 3. Angel Coronado (MI); 4. Phil Robinson (MI); 5. Alex Cornette (WI); 6. Dustin Miller (IN); 7. Matt McGowan (OK); 8. James Ledford (OK) FILA CADET (1984-85, 1986 with medical certificate) 92.5 - 1. Mack Reiter (IA); 2. Charlie Falck (MN); 3. Christian Smith (VA); 4. Kevin Hunter (UT); 5. Riley Oftedahl (MN); 6. Cesar Grajales (FL); 7. Gabe Mooney (MN); 8. Andrew Swanson (OR) 101.25 - 1. Tim Kephart (MO); 2. Michael Poeta (IL); 3. Michael Arias (OK); 4. Brandon Hartz (VA); 5. Beau Malia (MT); 6. Josh Wagner (WI); 7. Bryan Nunziato (NJ); 8. Cody Garcia (KS) 110 - 1. Alex Tsirtsis (IN); 2. Andre Hernandez (IN); 3. Aaron Owen (NM); 4. Angel Cejudo (AZ); 5. Eric Sanders (MN); 6. Christian Staylor (VA); 7. Mark McKnight (PA); 8. Justin Swafford (IA) 119 - 1. Burke Barnes (WA); 2. Kory Lira (KS); 3. A.J. Lavender (IL); 4. Derrick Fleenor (OK); 5. Max Meltzer (MD); 6. Matt Valenti (NJ); 7. Doug Hoover (KS); 8. Christian Bowerman (CA) 127.75 - 1. Chase Metcalf (MI); 2. Tyler Williams (IL); 3. Nick Baima (IL); 4. Tony Franco (CA); 5. Jordon Sianni (DE); 6. Matt Collum (IL); 7. Eric Tannenbawm (IL); 8. Justin Porter (OK) 138.75 - 1. C.P. Schlatter (OH); 2. Ryan Davis (MD); 3. Clint Leonard (ID); 4. Kirk Main (PA); 5. Cale Griffin (MO); 6. Scott Loescher (OR); 7. Jake Cook (SD); 8. Michael Martin (VA) 152 - 1. Nate Galloway (PA); 2. Clay Chambers (OK); 3. Jacob Schlottke (MN); 4. Patrick Pitsch (WA); 5. Joe Ferrara (DE); 6. Aldnzo Martinez (NE); 7. Brandon Becker (NJ); 8. Jake Yost (TN) 167.5 - 1. Hetag Pliev (OH); 2. Jack Jensen (WI); 3. Jeff Hart (PA); 4. Roger Kish (MI); 5. J. D. Bergman (OH); 6. Dan Bedoy (IN); 7. Nick Terbay (OH); 8. Charles Jones (OK) 187.25 - 1. Aaron Keough (OH); 2. Dustin Docter (IL); 3. Brent Parkey (OK); 4. Matthew Kallai (OH); 5. Mike Waite (NJ); 6. B. J. Frazier (MI); 7. Eric Smith (ID) 220.25 - 1. Robert Heinrich (OK); 2. Spencer Nodolsky (MS); 3. Chad Espinoza (NV); 4. Jake O'Brien (IN); 5. Grant Miller (IL); 6. Bridger Sacher (OR); 7. Zach Pierson (IN); 8. Josh Sears (OH) JUNIOR (born 9/1/81 and after, plus grades 9-12) 98 - 1. Sammy Vigil (CO); 2. Brock Zollinger (ID); 3. Willy Holst (WI); 4. Roberto Martinez (CA); 5. Sam Saunders (CA); 6. Chad Haakenson (CO); 7. Jordon Keckler (CA); 8. Ryan Broughman (VA) 105.5 - 1. Nathan Kendjorsky (OH); 2. Anthony Rodriguez (CA); 3. Josh Rave (SD); 4. Stewart Bogart (KS); 5. Adam Moreno (IN); 6. Luke Metzler (KS); 7. Moses Ramos (AZ); 8. Mack Reiter (IA) 114.5 - 1. Nick Simmons (MI); 2. Darrel Vasquez (CA); 3. Shawn Bunch (KS); 4. Todd Meenly (NE); 5. Travis Lee (HI); 6. Mark Moos (
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