Three Iowa wrestlers in the finals today at University Nationals, but only Jarod Trice of the Cyclone Wrestling Club was able to come through and win a title at 98 kg in Greco-Roman. Going up against the reigning two-time champion did little to phase Trice as he won 2-2 on criteria to knock of the champion for his title.

Elijah Sullivan of Grand View had a highly entertaining finals match at 66 kg, as he trailed 6-0 early in his match to former Junior World Team wrestler Sahid Kargbo. Sullivan got six of his own to open the second period and we were knotted at 6-6. After some more action the match was 10-9 in favor of Kargbo, when Sullivan got tossed for a five point move, and then gave up an additional two to lose by technical fall. Up until that final throw Sullivan looked like he was just hitting his stride.

University of Iowa wrestler Burke Paddock made the finals at 75 kg where he faced off against former Junior national champion Barrett Stanghill. It was a fairly slow and boring match with the final being 2-1 against Paddock. The biggest problem was Paddock was never able to get his hold and he lost on passivity.

Three additional wrestlers would up placing on the consolation side of the bracket. Sam Stoll at 130 kg won two straight matches by technical fall to win third place in his bracket. Stoll looked to be doing fine in his semifinal, but got caught on his own throw for the pin. Grand View’s Jacob Blackwell and UNI’s Christian Dulaney took 7th at 80 and 98 kg respectively. Blackwell won 7-2 and Dulaney won 8-0 to claim their final matches on the day.

Tomorrow begins the freestyle action for both Cadet and University wrestlers at 8:00 AM Central time.

University GR 98 KG – Jarod Trice’s place is 1st and has scored 24.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jarod Trice (titan mercury wrestling club) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jarod Trice (titan mercury wrestling club) won by tech fall over Matthew Meadows (Patriot Elite RTC) (TF 8-0)
Quarterfinal – Jarod Trice (titan mercury wrestling club) won by fall over Brett Dempsey (DCAC) (Fall 1:19)
Semifinal – Jarod Trice (titan mercury wrestling club) won by tech fall over Joshua Dasilveira (AZ State) (TF 8-0)
1st Place Match – Jarod Trice (titan mercury wrestling club) won by decision over Orry Elor (NYAC) (Dec 2-2)



By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle