Cullan Schriever looks to repeat as Cadet National Champion (Sam Janicki Photo)

Returning All-Americans

88 Cullan Schriever 1st

We are officially within one week from the start of Fargo and similar to last year Team Iowa will be looking for new stars to emerge in the Cadet division after graduating eight of the nine All-Americans to the Junior Division. The lone returning Cadet All-American is the biggest one, 88-pound national champion Cullan Schriever will look to go back-to-back at the Cadet tournament.

Off all the Cadet weight-classes, 106 stands out as the deepest, with Iowa having the potential to get multiple All-Americans. The obvious name is the aforementioned Schriever, who has looked very good this summer going 8-0 at Cadet National Duals (competing at 100 pounds) and by winning the Northern Plains Regional tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. Schriever is one of the top wrestlers in the country and should contend for the top spot.

Also of note to watch at 106 will be Caleb Rathjen, who also went undefeated at National Duals and took fourth out at Northern Plains. Rathjen is considered to be one of (if not the) best incoming freshmen in the state of Iowa. Beau Klingensmith will be the other name of note at 106, taking second at Northern Plains while wrestling up at 113 pounds.

It will be hard to replicate the success Iowa had a year ago at the lightest weight-class, but a pair of Iowa standouts at 88 pounds will look to do so. Drake Ayala brought home the state title over Brandon O’Brien in May and has since gone on to win the Northern Plains Regional’s (up at 94 pounds) and was also undefeated at National Duals. O’Brien was fourth at Northern Plains and was 7-1 for the other Team Iowa at National Duals.

Lisbon prep Cael Happel will enter Fargo one of the top wrestlers to watch at 120 pounds. After having one of the more impressive freshman seasons during folkstyle competition, Happel is another All-American contender who has his goals set on adding another freestyle national title to the family name. Going undefeated at National Duals and taking runner-up at the Northern Plains Regional, he”s looked sharp thus far.

After dominating all three styles in the Schoolboy division it was a little surprising to see Cade DeVos come up short last summer and miss the podium after a dominating performance at the 2016 National Duals. If anything that shortfall appears to have motivated DeVos as he tore through the Northern Plains tournament on the way to a title and was once again undefeated at National Duals for Team Iowa. His summer performance hasn’t gone without note, as InterMat recently put the Southeast Polk prep in their top 50 for the class of 2019.

This is Iowa’s other potentially deep weight, Lance Runyon with winning a Northern Plains title and went 6-2 at National Duals all while competing at 145 pounds. Runyon has always appeared to be a wrestler on the verge of making the podium, but over the last six months has looked even better than usual. If he continues at his current pace, 2017 could really be his break through season, especially down at 138 pounds.

After going 7-1 at National Duals it will be interesting to see what Skyler Noftsger is able to do against a national field in a tournament setting. During the regular season, Noftsger brought home runner-up honors at 138 pounds and has since jumped up to 152 pounds where he was the state’s freestyle champion.

Like Runyon, Julien Broderson is in the midst of a breakout year starting with his top finish in February at the state tournament. Broderson proved he wasn’t a one trick pony, going on to finish off the Iowa triple crown winning freestyle and Greco state titles in May. Although he was the top option for the National Duals team, Broderson opted to compete in Folkstyle and headed to Florida for the AAU National Duals where he put in yet another solid performance.

Rounding out the upperweights are Gabe Christenson and Cody Fisher, who are having strong freshman seasons with both making IAwrestle’s All-Freshman team based off their Folkstyle finishes in February. Christenson, who will be competing at 182, was 7-1 at the National Duals, and took home third place at the Northern Plains Regional. Fisher was the state champion at 195 pounds in freestyle and also went 7-1 at National Duals.

Cadets Freestyle

Weight Name State Freestyle
88 Brandon O’Brien 2nd
88 Drake Ayala 1st
94 Aidan Noonan 1st
100 Matthew Lewis 1st
100 Thurman Christensen 2nd
106 Beau Klingensmith 3rd
106 Caleb Rathjen 1st
106 Cullan Schriever 1st Northern Plains
113 Adam Allard 4th Northern Plains
113 Cody Anderson 3rd
113 Jack Guakel 3rd Southern Plains
113 Jack Thomsen 2nd
113 Kain Luensman 1st
120 Cael Happel 1st
120 Evan Yant 2nd
120 Sam Kallem 3rd
126 Blake Thomsen 2nd
126 Chase Luensman 4th Northern Plains
126 Colby Schriever 1st
126 Logan James 3rd
132 Graham Gambrall 3rd
132 Matthew Doyle 1st
138 Adam Hansen 3rd
138 Cade DeVos 1st
138 Drevon Ross 2nd
138 Lance Runyon 1st (145)
145 Benjamin Smith 2nd
145 Spencer Mooberry 3rd
152 Baylor Crigger 2nd
152 Bryson Hervol 3rd
152 Jacob Herrmann 3rd (160)
152 Skyler Noftsger 1st
160 Levi Egli 1st
170 Cole Davis 2nd
170 Julien Broderson 1st
170 Luke Fistler 3rd
182 Drew Kirkpatrick 3rd
182 Gabe Christenson 3rd Northern Plains
182 Raquem Saffold 2nd
182 Will Hoeft 1st
195 Brayden Wolf 2nd
195 Cody Fisher 1st
220 Austin Kelso 4th Northern Plains
220 Joseph Loffa 3rd
220 Rowan Udell 1st
220 Tanner Schultz 2nd
220 Tyler Lawrenson 3rd Northern Plains
Hwt Andrew Snyder 2nd
Hwt Josh Vis 3rd
Hwt Josiah Rowland 3rd Northern Plains
Hwt Manuel McGowan 1st

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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