Cadet National Champion Drake Ayala is making his Junior Team Iowa debut in Oklahoma | Cam Kramer photo

We wrap up our 2019 National Duals preview with the Junior team, who will head to Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete for a national title. This year’s team has expierenced drastic turnover from the 2018 group, with the only returning wrestler being Spencer Trenary at heavyweight, though Daniel Kimball (126) competed on Iowa 2017 Junior team.

Of while turnover means we will be seeing a lot of new faces take their first crack at competing at the Junior level, most of the new faces will be making the jump from the Cadet team, which brought home top eight finishes in both styles last year.

Making the jump from last year’s Cadet team is Brandon O’Brien (100), Trever Anderson (106), Lane Cowell (106), Caleb Rathjen (132), Jack Thomsen (145), and Spencer Mooberry (170). Three team members who competed at the Cadet level also earned All-American finishes at Fargo last summer and they are O’Brien, Rathjen, and Drake Ayala (113).

Returning All-Americans at the Junior level for this team includes Trenary, Kimball, and Cade DeVos (160).

All told this group boasts 20 individual state titles at this spring’s Junior freestyle and Greco-Roman state championships, with seven wrestlers bringing home gold in both styles.

Several wrestlers went on to represent Iowa at various regional tournaments throughout the country and four were lucky enough to win Regional titles for their state. The Northern Plains trio of O’Brien, Ayala, and DeVos were all dual champions, winning titles in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Trenary captured the Western Regional Freestyle title in April, and Mooberry was a freestyle runner-up at the Southern Plains Regional.

This team will be looking to improve off a pair of top ten finishes from a year ago. Last summer the Greco-Roman team managed a sixth place finish, while the freestyle team came in 10th. Fans can catch the action live on Trackwrestling next week June 18th through the 22nd.

Team Free state Greco State Other
Brandon O’Brien 1st 1st 1st NP Free and Greco
Junior National Duals Preview
Lane Cowell 1st 4th 3rd NP Free
Trever Anderson
Drake Ayala 1st 1st 1st NP Free and Greco
Jakob Whitinger 6th 4th 6th NP Free and Greco
Carson Taylor 2nd 2nd 5th NP Free
Daniel Kimball 1st
Joseph Sullivan 4th
Caleb Rathjen 2nd 1st 3rd NP Free
Dreyzon Phillips 6th 3rd 5th NP Greco
Logan James 1st 1st 3rd NP Greco
Jack Thomsen 1st
Jude Ryan 6th
Chase Luensman 1st 6th NP Free
Tyler Brown 1st
Cade DeVos 1st 1st 1st NP Free and Greco
Lance Runyon 1st 1st
Spencer Mooberry 2nd SP Free/3rd SP Greco
Justin Brindley 4th 4th 3rd SP Greco
Gabe Christenson 1st 1st
Jackson Kinsella 2nd 3rd
Cody Fisher 1st 1st 3rd NP Free
Kalob Runyon 3rd 3rd NP Greco/4th NP Free
Spencer Trenary 1st Western Regional

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle