TLDR: Carley Ceshker (122) and Faith Bartoszek (138) are national runners up. Dealya Collins (5th) and Rachel Schauer (8th) are All-Americans. Caleb Noble (88), Haakon Peterson (94), Kellen Wolbert (113) and Aeoden Sinclair are in the 16U MFS finals. Jake Stoffel (152), Chase Matthias (195) and Evan Gratz (285) are 16U All-Americans and will wrestle for placement tomorrow. In Junior MFS, 18 advance in the championship round of 16, and 11 are ready to fight back through consolations.
Sunday is the single largest day of wrestling here in Fargo. Highlighted between the morning and evening sessions were the 16U women’s freestyle finals and All-American matches. On the front end, the 16U WFS consolation semifinals and the first session of junior men’s freestyle. On the back end, the 16U men’s freestyle quarterfinals, semifinals and consolations, and more preliminary and consolation rounds for the junior men.
The women wrestled strong today. It was, however, tough in terms of outcomes. Our two finalists came up short of earning titles. At 122 pounds, Carley Ceshker wrestled Arizona’s Everest Leydecker. She trailed by 6 at the end of the first period before getting to a 4-point takedown in the second period. She couldn’t close the gap, though, and ended up giving up two more points for a 8-4 decision. Ceshker won five matches yesterday.
At 138, Faith Bartoszek earned a passivity point in the first period, followed by a step-out point in the second. But her 2-0 lead went out on criteria when Connecticut’s Sarah Henckel secured a takedown with just :02 seconds left on the clock. The corner lost a challenge at the end and Bartoszek lost the match 3-2. Bartoszek’s runner-up finish showcases a strong improvement from a 5th place All-American finish in 2021.
Two more closed out their tournaments in the All-American round, Dealya Collins placed 6th and Rachel Schauer placed 8th. The women’s 16U team finished 12th overall.
Eight wrestlers started this afternoon in the men’s 16U freestyle quarterfinals, and four advanced to the finals.
Our trio of No. 1 seeds are taking care of business and putting big points on the board. Aeoden Sinclair, at 182 pounds, hasn’t given up a single point in the six matches he’s wrestled, and the longest any one match has lasted is 1:24. Yesterday he hit one of the FargoBombs showcased on Flo, and he has a nasty gut wrench.
The other two, Haakon Peterson (94) and Caleb Noble (88), join in on the big points list. Outside of Peterson’s opening match that he won on criteria 3-3, the remainder of his trek to the finals has been pretty much smooth sailing with three 11-point techs. Noble locked up 3 of 4 matches by way of superiority, including some big moves on the raised stage in the quarterfinals.
Kellen Wolbert, at 113 pounds, advanced to the finals with a 7-5 decision over North Carolina’s Cameron Stinson Jr. Wolbert, who will face De'Alcapon in the finals, is in contention for USA Wrestling's Triple Crown.
Jake Stoffel (152) and Chase Matthias (195) advanced to the quarterfinals before taking a loss. Evan Gratz (285) dropped into the consolations yesterday after the round of 16, and all three of them won their matches in the blood round to secure All-American honors. Gratz and Matthias will wrestle in the consolation semis tomorrow morning to determine their placements. Stoffel will wrestle for 7th.
In the junior men’s division we have 18 advancing tomorrow in the championship round of 16, and 11 ready to fight back through consolations.
No. 1 seed Connor Mirasola (182) has won all three bouts by superiority without forgoing a point.
Everyone in the round of 16: Ban Bast (120), Easton Cooper (120), Shane Corrigan (126), Greyson Clark (132), Caleb Meunier (145), Gavin Drexler (145), Charlie Millard (152), Cody Goebel (152), Zane Licht (152), Braeden Scoles (160), Cash Stewart (160), Cooper Willis (160), Ryan Dolezal (160), Ethan Riddle (170), Noah Mulvaney (170), Connor Mirasola (182), Cole Mirasola (195), Max Ramberg (220).
Everyone in the consolations: Cameron Perkovich (100), Wyatt Skebba (113), Ostin Blanchard (126), Easton Worachek (132), Brett Skaug (145), Trenton Dow (152), Garret Willuweit (160), Devin Wasley (170), Owen Heiser (170), Tyler Hayden (170), Gunner Hoffman (220).
Among the many, two exciting matches I caught were bout 3298 where Gavin Drexler hit a 4-point arm throw with :02 seconds on the clock and secured a criteria win 8-8 over New York’s Jackson Polo. Then Caleb Meunier let it fly in bout 3974 with some big lifts to finish strong.
Wrestling resumes Monday at 8am. Select here for an updated schedule by USAW.
*Featured photo of Kellen Wolbert courtesy of Jenni Peterson*