The last few weeks have been full of traveling and competition for the Olympic-style wrestlers in Wisconsin. After back-to-back-events this spring, our teams are in the summer stretch of the 2021 season. That means starting out with National Duals. The Schoolboy and Cadet Freestyle and Greco teams competed in Indiana last week and the Junior divisions just wrapped up in Tulsa, Okla. over the course of the last four days.
The Wisconsin Women’s Freestyle team sewed together a 5-3 dual team record and placed 8th overall out of 21 teams. They received a first-round bye on the opening day before taking on Missouri 1 in the semis. The ladies battled their way through the lineup, picking up 7 wins, but were hit hard by 3 forfeits in the upper weights making the final outcome a close loss, L35-30. The ladies advanced to the Bronze/Copper pool after placing 4th in Pool C. They defeated Pennsylvania Red (W41-14) in the consolation semis and battled Minnesota Storm, L31-29. The first matchup in the Bronze/Copper pool was versus Colorado, L44-22.
After a 1-3 record on day one, the ladies regrouped and hit the mats hard on day two going undefeated, and even picking up a rematch win over Minnesota Storm, W32-30. Other wins for the team were in matchups versus Indiana (W39-31), Texas White (W46-15) and Oklahoma Outlaws, W40-21.
Wisconsin’s Junior Greco team placed 6th overall out of 23 teams. The boys started the tournament with a win over Texas B, (W42-21) and then went on to defeat Colorado in the semis, W35-33. They advanced to the Gold/Silver Pool with a second-place finish in Pool B—they dropped a matchup with Minnesota Blue (L47-16) in the finals before battling with Illinois, L53-14. As they navigated the Gold/Silver Pool on day two, the Greco team locked in close match results with Oklahoma Outlaws Blue (L37-32), Minnesota (L36-35) and California (L43-26).
The Boys Freestyle team put together a 5-3 record and a 5th place performance overall on Friday and Saturday. They earned the true-second spot in Pool A by taking out Texas B (W66-4), Colorado (W52-16) and Michigan Blue (W53-13). Minnesota Blue was their only loss in Pool A (L41-18), as they advanced to the Gold/Silver Pool. Making their way through the championship bracket the boys found tough battles going up against Illinois (L43-22) and Iowa (L47-17) before landing a win over California, W39-29 and taking out Ohio Red (W53-16) in the final placement round.
Congratulations to our teams!