Aden Reeves
Aden Reeves is Iowa’s only returning Cadet All-American

Returning All-Americans

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The Cadet Fargo team is needing to do some reloading after most of the 2015 All-Americans will be moving up to the Juniors division. Albia’s Aden Reeves (120) is the only returning freestyle All-American on this squad, but you don’t have to look to far to find talent that will challenge at the national tournament..

For starters Iowa has Eric Faught (100) and Kaleb Reeves (195), both put in undefeated records (27-0 combined) at last month’s Cadet National Duals. Not only that but Legend Lamer (113), Cade DeVos (120), and Logan Schumacher (182) were all undefeated in the freestyle National Duals for Team Iowa.

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Eric Faught

While not a returning AA, Eric Faught is probably one of the bigger names to keep an eye on from the state of Iowa. After a second place finish at the 2A state tournament for Clear Lake, Faught traveled out to UWW Cadet Nationals and finished one spot shy of making the Cadet National team at 46 kilograms (101 pounds). Faught is ranked #11 at 106 pounds by Flowrestling, but we should see him at 100 pounds.

Moving up the weight classes Iowa will have a trio of contenders at 120 pounds that feature several familiar names. Starting with Reeves, who moved into this weight and picked up technical falls over both Brody Teske and Cade DeVos at the freestyle state tournament. He’s been fairly solid since and his fourth place finish in 2015 shows that he has proven his mettle. As mentioned, DeVos made the All-Tournament team in Freestyle at the National Duals and Teske is currently ranked #14 by Flowrestling at 120.

On the subject of hot summers, it doesn’t get much better than West Des Moines – Valley’s Joel Shapiro (170), who has picked up a couple marquee wins and placed himself at #9 overall in Flowrestling’s rankings. Shapiro took first at the Cadet state tournament, but then opted to compete at Disney’s AAU Duals instead of competing for Team Iowa at the Cadet Duals. The move paid off for Shaprio as one of his wins came against a top ranked Pennsylvania prep Travis Stefanik.

Logan Schumacher and Kaleb Reeves undefeated Cadet National Duals performances earn them a mention on our preview. Schumacher was the Cadet Freestyle state champion earlier this summer. Surprisingly Reeves actually finished third at the Freestyle state tournament, behind Hunter DeJong and Dakoda Powell.

Coming into this summer there might not have been a bigger name to talk about than Cullan Schriever (88). A Schoolboy Triple Crown winner in 2015, Schriever was rated by both Flowrestling and InterMat as one of the nation’s top middle school prospects. Some of that talk may have cooled of late with Schriever due to a couple losses at Northern Plains, UWW Cadets, and National Duals. All that considered, you would be a fool not to think Schriever isn’t one of the key contenders at 88 pounds.

Legend Lamer
Legend Lamer

Another name that continues to grow in status in our state is that of Legend Lamer. So far this summer Lamer won the freestyle state title, was runner-up at Northern Plains, and made the All-Tournament team at National Duals. All of that pushed Lamer to #20 in the latest set of Flowrestling’s rankings.

The last interesting name to watch is Spencer Trenary (285). The Freestyle state champion, Trenary fell just one match short last summer of reaching All-American status for Team Iowa. His loss came at the hands of fellow Iowan Wyatt Wriedt, who would later take fourth.

Wednesday, July 20th

Cadet Freestyle: Session I – Preliminaries and Consolations
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Cadet Freestyle: Session II – Preliminaries, 1/8 Championships, Consolations
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Thursday, July 21st

Cadet Freestyle: Session III – Quarterfinals and Consolations
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Cadet Freestyle: Session IV – Semifinals, Consolations and Consolation Semifinals
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Friday, July 22nd

Cadet Freestyle: Session V – Finals, Medal Matches & Awards
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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