It was a big weekend at Canon-McMillan where in the 50th edition of the Powerade tournament we saw Hawkeye recruits Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan, PA) and Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) each pick up the third career Powerade titles at 120 and 126 pounds respectively. It was a good tournament for Cyclone fans as well, with future Iowa State wrestler Jarod Verkleeren winning the 145 pound crown.

Photo by Gavin Teasdale
Photo by Gavin Teasdale

For Teasdale it is the third year in a row Teasdale comes out on top of the Powerade tournament and also keeps his career undefeated streak alive. Teasdale opened his tournament with a bye, fall, and technical fall to reach the quarterfinals. After that he slowed, but still won his all three of his final matches by at least six points. His big meeting with top five ranked Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary, PA) never came to be, but Teasdale did manage to down Super 32 medalist Logan Macri 10-4 in the finals for his big win. The plan for Teasdale is to now head to 126 pounds for the remainder of the season.

After missing the 2015 Powerade tournament due to his shoulder injury, Lee came back with a vengeance in 2016 winning all five of his matches by bonus including opening his tournament with two straight falls in under a minute. Lee then added a pair of technical falls and a 9-0 decision in the finals to win title #3.

Verkleeren’s path to the title required a little more effort, but he can officially check the Powerade tournament off his bucket list of tournaments to win. Verkleeren started out with three consecutive major decision wins and was close to a fourth, but only won 10-4 in his semifinals bout. Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield, NY) gave Verkleeren his only struggle of the day, as Verkleeren would need to go to the tiebreaks to win his final match.


Gavin Teasdale
Round 1: Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan) pin Tony Zona (Penn Trafford), 1:30
Round 2: Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan) TF Kenny Kiser (Saegertown), 20-5
120 Quarterfinals: Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan) DEC Cole Rhone (Benton), 12-6
120 Semifinals: Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan) MD Colton Camacho (Franklin Regional), 18-8
120 Finals: Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan) DEC Logan Macri (Canon-McMillan), 10-4

Spencer Lee
Round 1: Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) pin Jackson Burns (Battlefield – VA), 0:20
Round 2: Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) pin Noah Korenoski (Westmont Hilltop), 0:47
126 Quarterfinals: Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) TF Gage Bayless (Reynolds), 19-2 3:34
126 Semifinals: Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) TF Jordan Ward (Moeller – OH), 15-0 2:26
126 Finals: Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) MD Jack Davis (Wyoming Seminary), 9-0

Jarod Verkleeren
Round 1: Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) MD Ben Salas (Pine Richland), 11-3
Round 2: Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) MD Corey Christie (Burrell), 15-3
145 Quarterfinals: Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) MD Justin Mccoy (Chestnut Ridge), 14-4
145 Semifinals: Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) DEC John Pipa (Bishop McDevitt), 10-4
145 Finals: Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) DEC Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield – NY), 2-1 TB2

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle