Three Iowan’s Compete for Junior National Title

Photo by Bret Peterson |

Junior men’s freestyle ends Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m., as the nation’s best battle for national titles and All-American honors.

The finals have been set, after a great day of action with round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals all on the same day.

Here is the lineup for Tuesday afternoon:
100 – Joseph Fischer (Pennsylvania) vs. Ronan Schuelke (Illinois)
106 – Wil Guida (New Jersey) vs. Anthony King (Illinois)
113 – Cullan Schriever (Iowa) vs. Jonathan Prata (California)
120 – Aden Reeves (Iowa) vs. Eric Barnett (Wisconsin)
126 – Reece Witcraft (Oklahoma) vs. Michael Colaiocco (New Jersey)
132 – Jordan Decatur (Ohio) vs. Ridge Lovett (Idaho)
138 – Keegan O’Toole (Wisconsin) vs. Gabriel Tagg (Ohio)
145 – Logan Meek (Oregon) vs. Bryce Andonian (Ohio)
152 – Brayton Lee (Indiana) vs. Alexander Lloyd (Minnesota)
160 – Jared Franek (North Dakota) vs. Danny Braunagel (Illinois)
170 – Carson Kharchla (Ohio) vs. Dustin Plott (Oklahoma)
182 – Jack Jessen (Illinois) vs. Joel Shapiro (Iowa)
195 – Lucas Davison (Indiana) vs. Peter Christensen (Illinois)
220 – Jace Punke (Illinois) vs. Luke Luffman (Illinois)
285 – Anthony Cassioppi (Illinois) vs. Nash Hutmacher (South Dakota)

* Cassioppi is attempting to win a second Junior Triple Crown, after taking USA Wrestling nationals in all three styles last year as a junior. Only Michigan’s Adam Coon has won two Junior Triple Crowns. He faces a tough finals against 2017 Cadet National champion Nash Hutmacher of South Dakota. Cassioppi beat Hutmacher, 3-1, in the finals at the Junior Folkstyle Nationals
* The finals at 106 features a pair of 2017 Junior National champions, freestyle champion Wil Guida of New Jersey against Greco-Roman champion Anthony King of Illinois. There were four 2017 Junior freestyle champions in the field, but only Guida and Cassioppi survived to make the finals.
* West Fargo’s own Jared Franek will be in the finals at 160 pounds, where the Team North Dakota star will battle Danny Braunagel of Illinois.
* Defending team champion Illinois will run away with the Junior freestyle team title, with eight in the finals and another 12 in the consis, holding a safe lead over a strong Ohio, with four in the finals and nine in the consis.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Junior Women: Session I – Preliminaries and Consolations

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Junior Freestyle: Session VI – Finals, Medal Matches & Awards

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Junior Women Freestyle: Session II – 1/8 Championship and Consolations