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National Duals: Wisconsin's 16U Freestyle Place National Runners-Up, 14U Freestyle is 11th

By Gabby Lord-Klein, 06/13/22, 7:45AM CDT


NATIONAL DUALS—After a week of wrestling in Indiana and Illinois, the 16U and 14U divisions at USA Wrestling’s National Duals wrapped up yesterday afternoon.

The 16U Wisconsin Red team finished runners-up in the nation with a team record of 6-1. On Friday, they established themselves as Pool D champions with three consecutive wins over Nebraska (W66-11), Oklahoma Blue (48-25), and Minnesota Blue (W42-29). With that, they advanced to the Gold/Silver pool and had a significant opening-round win over Iowa, W39-34. The team defeated Florida (W41-31) and Pennsylvania (W37-34) to solidify their place in the national championship finals.

The championship finals match versus Ohio was a USA Wrestling feature, going back-and-forth to the end. Ohio defeated Wisconsin on criteria for most match wins as the final score was tied 35-35. It’s clear that Wisconsin is brimming with talent at all levels, and this team performance places the state more firmly on the map with athletes to watch as they continue to offer outstanding performances on national and world stages. The Wisconsin 16U freestyle team was 9th in 2021.

Wisconsin Blue placed 5th in Pool B and advanced to the Red/Blue Pool. Their wins in Pool B were over Kentucky (W55-22), Arkansas (W77-6) and Minnesota Red (W66-9), and their two losses were from the Pool B champions, California (L41-32) and then Missouri Red (L55-21). They placed 3rd in the Red/Blue pool with wins over Kansas Blue (W40-46), Georgia Red (W57-18) and Pennsylvania (W54-23). Their only loss on the Red/Blue pool was a close match with Idaho, L38-35.

Earning a place on USA Wrestling’s All-Tournament Team were Haakon Peterson, Aeoden Sinclair and Jake Stoffel. These wrestlers went undefeated and had at least five match wins.

In Indianapolis, the 14U freestyle placed 11th overall posting a 6-3 record in the final two days of competition. Their path to 11th place started with a win over New York (W50-28) before running into a roadblock with Illinois, L42-37. The team rallied to place 3rd in Pool B, collecting wins over Texas (W66-17) and Washington (W44-37). They wrestled a true-second place match versus Indiana Gold, L51-28. In the Bronze/Copper pool, Wisconsin defeated West Virginia (W49-32), Indiana Blue (61-21), and Tennessee (W49-31) for 3rd place. The team lost to 10th place California, L43-34.

The majority of the 14U team competed in back-to-back divisions as most of the 14U lineup wrestled in Greco and freestyle.

USA Wrestling’s National Duals events resume Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with Junior Greco, Junior Men’s and Women’s Freestyle, and 14U Women’s Freestyle.

Congratulations to our wrestlers and coaches, and good luck to the Juniors and 14U WFS team this week!

MATCH RESULTS: 16U Greco | 16U FS Red | 16U FS Blue | 14U GR | 14U FS

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