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Spencer Lee wins freestyle gold medal at UWW Junior Worlds in Brazil

SALVADOR, Brazil – 2014 UWW Cadet World champion Spencer Lee (Murraysville, Pa./Young Guns) added a new title to his expanding trophy case, UWW Junior World champion.

Lee tore up the field on the way to the title at 50 kg/110 lbs., including an impressive 10-0 technical fall in the gold medal finals over another 2014 Cadet World champion Ali Reza Goodarzi of Iran at the UWW Junior Worlds on Saturday night.

Lee scored an early takedown then locked up his feared ankle lace, turning Goodarzi at least four times for two points, to get his 10 points and stop the match early in the first period.

“I was surprised I had a leg lace. They told me to cinch it up, and I cinched it up and started rolling. I didn’t stop until I heard the whistle,” said Lee.

In the course of the tournament, Lee outscored his rivals, 55-4, and earned technical falls in all five of his matches.

His march to the finals was dominant, with technical falls over Roman Gutsalyak of Ukraine, Darkhan Kalkenov of Kazakhstan, Roberti Dingashvili of Georgia and Bhart Datil of India. He beat a pair of past Cadet World champions, Goodarzi, plus Kalkenov, who was a 2013 Cadet World champion. 

Lee showed more emotion than normal, raising both arms in victory,and then giving a big hug on the mat to Assistant National Freestyle Coach Brandon Slay.

“I don’t really celebrate that much. Usually I just get my hand raised. But I did that (raised both arms). Of course (I hugged Coach Slay). If it wasn’t for Coach Slay, I wouldn’t have gotten that leg lace. We did that work the whole camp. We worked on cinching it tight, driving off our feet and rolling,” said Lee.

Coach Slay was pleased and impressed with Lee’s amazing efforts.

“We just saw to be a World champion, it is really important to go from takedowns to turns. Lee has done it a lot in the past, but he specifically did it today in every one of his matches. That is what separates him from the other guys. He took people down, then went right into his lace or his gut and teched them. He kept the same focus in the finals,” said Slay.

2014 UWW Cadet World champion Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn./Minnesota Storm) was eliminated at 74 kg/163 lbs. with a 2-1 record and finished ninth.

Hall opened with a 6-2 win over 2014 Youth Olympic Games champion Yayuro Yamasaki of Japan. Hall next defeated European Junior bronze medalist Murad Suleymanov of Azerbaijan with a pin in 5:34.

In the quarterfinals Hall lost to Peter Nagy of Hungary, an athlete who had lived in Iowa and Florida and won a gold medal at the Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman. Hall was leading 2-1 as time was running out, when Nagy scored a spin behind takedown with one second to go for a 3-2 lead. A U.S. protest was denied, with the final score 4-2.

Nagy lost in the semifinals, knocking Hall out of the tournament. Nagy ended up with a bronze medal.

Penn State wrestler Anthony Cassar (Bridgewater, N.J./Nittany Lion WC) finished with a 1-1 record at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and finished eighth in the standings.

He opened with a 10-0 technical fall over Kristoff Wittmann of Hungary. In his second round match against Roubel Singh of India, led 4-0 lead. Singh scored a takedown and put Cassar right to his back, earning a pin. Cassar was injured during the exchange. When Singh failed to make the finals, Cassar was eliminated.

Four more U.S. wrestlers go on Sunday: Stevan Micic (55 kg), Aaron Pico (66 kg), Zahid Valencia (84 kg) and Nathan Butler (120 kg)

UWW JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Salvador, Brazil

Men’s Freestyle performance

50 kg/110 lbs. – Spencer Lee, Murraysville, Pa. (Young Guns), gold medal
WIN Roman Gutsalyak (Ukraine), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Darkhan Kalkenov (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 12-2
WIN Roberti Dingashvili (Georgia), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Bhart Datil (India), tech. fall 12-2
WIN Ali Reza Goodarzi (Iran), tech fall 10-0

74 kg163 lbs. – Mark Hall, Apple Valley, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 9th
WIN Yayuro Yamasaki (Japan), 6-2
WIN Murad Suleymanov (Azerbaijan), pin 5:34
LOSS Peter Nagy (Hungary), 4-2

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Anthony Cassar, Bridgewater, N.J. (Nittany Lion WC), 8th
WIN Kristoff Wittmann (Hungary), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Roubel Singh (India), pin 1:33

Freestyle Medalists

50 kg/110 lbs.
Gold – Spencer Lee (USA)
Silver – Alireza Goodarzi (Iran)
Bronze – Arif Huseynov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Roman Gutsulyak (Ukraine)
5th – Ramzik Misakyan (Armenia)
5th – Bhart Datil (India)
7th – Darkhan Kalkenov (Kazakhstan)
8th – Marco Azzarello (Italy)
9th – Kubanychbek Tashtanbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
10th – Hakhbanov Abdulagav (Russia)

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold – Imam Sadeghikoukandeh (Iran)
Silver – Ibrahim Abdelhamid (Egypt)
Bronze – Dimitar Ivanov (Bulgaria)
Bronze – Rashidov Gadzimurad (Russia)
5th – Amit (India)
6th – Jahid Hasan-Zada (Azerbaijan)
7th – Dzianis Maksimau (Belarus)
8th – Albaro Ru Desindo (Dominican Republic)
9th – Julian Carvalho (Brazil)
10th – Ivan Bileichuk (Ukraine)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Nabiev Gadizhi (Russia)
Silver – Reza Mozaffarijouybari (Iran)
Bronze – Tarzan Maisuradze (Georgia)
Bronze – Peter Nagy (Hungary)
5th – Albert Yurchenko (Latvia)
5th – Raman Chytadze (Belarus)
7th – Carlos Izquierdo (Colombia)
8th – Saiakbai Usupov (Kyrgyzstan)
9th – Mark Hall (USA)
10th – Byambadorj Bat-Erdene (Mongolia)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold – Nurmagomed Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Sayed Hossini (Iran)
Bronze – Nishanpreet Randhawa (Canada)
Bronze – Bakdaulet Almentay (Kazakhstan)
5th – Rouble Singh (India)
5th – Taponi Heino Jere (Finland)
7th – Jonas Silva (Brazil)
8th – Anthony Cassar (USA)
9th – Erik Thiele (Germany)
10th – Kristof Wittman (Hungary)

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ASICS CADET AND JUNIOR NATIONALS

JUNIOR FREESTYLE


Jordan Wood National Champion

Team Pennsylvania had two finalists, one Champion, and five All-Americans. Leading the way was National Champion Jordan Wood (220). Jaret Lane (100) finished as the national runner-up. The other All-Americans were Hayden Hidlay (152) 3rd, John Jakobson (195) and Cole Nye (220) were both 8th.​

 

 

 

CADET FREESTYLE


National Champion Sammy Sasso

National Champion Sammy Sasso (132) and National Runner-up Ian Malesiewski (195) lead Pennsylvania who finished  with a total of 13 All-Americans and second to Illinois in team points. The All-American were Kaden Cassidy (88) 4th, Matt Parker (113) 2nd, Max Murin (120) 4th, Jack Davis (126) 7th, Tyler Bagoly (152) 6th, Trent Hidlay (160) 8th, Jake Woodley (170) 4th, Gavin Hoffman (182) 5th, Blake Barrick (182) 7th, Tyler Cook (220) 8th and Brendan Furman (285) 6th.

CADET WOMEN FREESTYLE


National Champion Vayle Rae Baker

Vayle-Rae Baker lead the PA Cadet Women Freestyle team by capturing the National Champion. Vayle was the first women wrestler to ever accomplish that. Vayle was one of four Cadet Women wrestlers to capture All-American honors Amanda Walker (101) 6th, Kyleigh Dagostino (108) 7th and Mackenzie Matta (143) 5th.
 
 
 
 
 

JUNIOR GRECO


National Champions Hayden and Jaret and Coach Lane

Two Pennsylvania wrestlers were crowned National Champions. Overall five Pennsylvania wrestlers earned All-American honors. The National Champions were Jaret Lane (100) and  Hayden Hidlay (152).  Zane Black (195) finished 4th, Jordan Wood (220) 2nd and Michael Rodgers (220) 6th. 

 

 

CADET GRECO


National Runner Up Anthony Walters

Eight Pennsylvania wrestlers earned All-American honors lead by Anthony Walters who finished as the National runner-up at 182. J.J. Wilson (100) 5th,  Nicholas Onea (100) 8th, Jack Davis (120) 7th, Sammy Sasso (132) 5th,  Jake Hendricks (145) 5th,  Blaze Kansco (182) 5th and Ian Malesiewski (195) 3rd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

JUNIOR WOMEN FREESTYLE


All Americans Amanda and Vayle

The PA Junior team was lead by two Cadets who both got All-American honors. Valye Rae Baker was the National runner up at 97 and Amanda Walker was 6th at 105. They will both be back next year and look to add to the honors.

 

 

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Vayle-Rae Baker wins gold, USA gets eight medals in women’s freestyle at Pan Am Cadets in Mexico

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Vayle-Rae Baker of Benton, Pa. won a gold medal at 40 kg as the United States won eight medals in women’s freestyle at the Pan American Cadet Championships on the 4th of July.

Mexico won eight of the 10 gold medals to win the team title handily, but the United States finished a strong second with Canada in third.

Baker won two matches to claim her gold, defeating a Mexican opponent 6-6 in the first match, then pinning her opponent from Mexico in her second bout.

Team USA had four silver medalists, Jessica Rudick of Quarryville, Pa. at 38 kg, Kaden Campbell of Greeley, Colo. at 52 kg, Alexandria Liles of Allen, Texas at 56 kg and Felicity Bryant of Amarillo, Texas at 65 kg. 

Bronze medals went to Naomi Chavez of Amarillo, Texas at 43 kg, Aleeah Gould of Riverside, Calif. at 49 kg and Hannah Ramos of Kenosha, Wis. at 60 kg.

“We are very proud of the collective effort of our women's team today. Every girl gave her best effort in every match and represented USA Wrestling with class and dignity. Finishing second as a team to host Mexico is something they should be very proud of,” said U.S. coach Matt Oney.

The team was coached by Matt Oney and Jacque Davis, with Craig LaMont as Team Leader.

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THE PA KIDS NATIONAL TEAM GROUP PHOTO GREAT JOB BY THIS BUNCH OF WRESTLERS

TRIPLE CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPION BEAU BARTLETT AND RUNNER MIKE KISTLER

DOUBLE CHAMPIONS TERRELL MC FARLAND, TATE NICHTER AND ALEJANDRO HERRERA-RONDON.

KIDS NATIONALS

FREESTYLE RESULTS:

Team PA wrapped up a good showing at the Kids Nationals.

BANTAMS:

Leading the way for the Bantam as Terrell McFarland (B65) who was a Double National Champion. Other Bantam All-Americans were 2X all American Benjamin Fuller (B45) 7th, Aiden Buford (B60) 6th.

INTERMEDIATE:

Dylan Evans (I80) 7th, 2x All American Tim Saylor (I112) 3rd.

NOVICE:

The Novice were lead by 2X National Champion Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (N75) and 2X National Champion Tate Nichter (N120). Also take home honors were 2X All-American Robert Gardner (N60) 8th, John Colon (N70) 7th, Jevin Guldin (N75) 7th, 2X All-American Chanz Shearer (N80) 8th, 2X All-American Enzo Molacci (N100) 8th and Jordon Miller (N100) 7th.

SCHOOLBOY:

The Schoolboys were lead by 2X National Champion Beau Bartlett (SB112) and winning All-American Honors were the following Julian Hardy (SB70) 6th, Gary Steen (SB77) 5th, Lincoln Heck (SB84) 6th, Mason Myers (SB98) 8th, 2X All- American Sam Hillegas (105) 3rd, Jarod Loose (SB112) 7th, 2X All-American Mike Kistler (SB112) 2nd, 2X All-American Carter Tuttle (SB128) 2nd, 2X All-American Caden Wright (SB136) 6th and 2X All-American Dorian Crosby (SB160) 5th.

GRECO - ROMAN RESULTS:

BANTAM:

Team PA wrapped up a great day in Bantam Greco with 2 All-Americans leading the way was National Champion Terrell McFarland Bantam 65 who was 4-0 and had a pin in the finals. Benjamin Fuller was our other All-American at Bantam 45 finishing in 2nd place.

INTERMEDIATE:

In the Intermediate Division we did not have a National Champion but we did have 3 All-Americans. Seamus Mack (I60) 8th, Liam Scrvanich (I80) 6th, and Timothy Saylor (I112) was 4th.

NOVICE:

In the Intermediate Division we did not have a National Champion but we did have 3 All-Americans. Seamus Mack (I60) 8th, Liam Scrvanich (I80) 6th, and Timothy Saylor (I112) was 4th.

SCHOOLBOY

In the Schoolboy Division we had 1 National Champion and a total of 9 All-Americans. Beau Bartlett picked up the National Championship at SB 112. The Following receive All-American status Will Betancourt (SB91) 6th, Ed Scott (SB105) 6th, Sam Hillegas (SB105) 5th, Mike Kistler (SB112) 4th, Luke Nichter (SB120) 2nd, Carter Tuttle (SB128) 4th, Caden Wright (SB136) 6th and Dorian Crosby (SB160) 5th.

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JUNIOR NATIONAL DUALS TEAM

JUNIOR DUAL TEAM AT RODEO IN FORT WORTH TEXAS

JUNIOR DUAL TEAM AT RODEO IN FORT WORTH TEXAS

Congrats to Hayden Hidlay on being named Flo Wrestler of the week for his 17-0 record at Junior National Duals

Link to Flo 

FREESTYLE:

Team PA finished Freestyle 4-4 and placed 4th in the Bronze/Copper pool and placed 12th overall. Hayden Hidlay (8-0) Jarod Verkleeren (6-0) and Kyle Gentile (6-0) were All-Americans in Freestyle. Hayden and Kyle were double All-American's. Patrick and Andrew Munn both were 3-0 but did not have enough match to qualify as All-Americans.

JUNIOR DUAL FREESTYLE RESULTS

  Pool B        
  Quarter-Finals PA   39 Georgia 29
  Semi-Finals Oklahoma 50 PA 13
  Consy Semi-Finals PA 44 Iowa 2 26
  Consy Finals (3/4 Place) California Red 42 PA 23
           
  Bronze/Copper Pool        
  Round 1 Washington 41 PA 29
  Round 2 PA 36 Missouri 31
  Round 3 PA 40 Kansas 1 32
  Round 4 (3/4 Place) California Red 51 PA 17

 


Team PA finished Greco was a 5-4 record and took 5th in the Bronze/Copper pool and finished in 13th place overall. GRECO:

Hayden Hidlay (9-0) and Kyle Gentile (7-0) were both Greco All-Americans.

JUNIOR DUALS GRECO-ROMAN RESULTS

  Pool A        
  Quarter-Finals PA   55 Nebraska 9
  Semi-Finals Illinois 55 PA 12
  Consy Semi-Finals PA 45 Kansas 2 18
  Consy Finals PA 38 Ohio 31
  True Second Arizona 34 PA 27
           
  Bronze/Copper Pool       
  Round 1 Colorado 33 PA 30
  Round 2 PA 38 North Dakota 1 29
  Round 3 Michagian 1 52 PA 19
  Round 4 (5/6 Place) PA 45 Ohio 23

 

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CADET NATIONAL DUAL TEAM

FREESTYLE:

The PA RED Team had a record of 5-2 and finished 4th Place. PA BLUE finished with a record of 4-3 and place 2nd in the Yellow/Green pool and finished 26th overall.

PA had 3 All-Americans lead by Sam Rice (7-0) a double winner and Matt Parker and Anthony Walters both 7-0

TEAM PA FREESTYLE RESULTS

    PA RED      
  Pool D        
  Quarter-Finals PA   56 Maryland 20
  Semi-Finals PA 57 New Jersey 2 18
  Finals PA 42 Washington 36
           
  Gold/Silver Pool        
  Round 1 PA 42 Kansas 1 33
  Round 2 PA 43 Iowa 34
  Round 3 Ohio 1 36 PA 34
  Round 4 (3/4 Place) Washington 39 PA 34
           
    PA BLUE      
  Pool D        
  Quarter-Finals Colorado 47 PA 30
  Consy Quarter-Finals Texas 46 PA 25
  Placement (7/8 Place) PA 39 Norh Carolina 38
           
  Green/Yellow Pool        
  Round 1 PA 55 Delaware 19
  Round 2 PA 52 South Carolina 19
  Round 3 PA 39 Georgia 35
  Round 4 (1/2  Place) California 47 PA 34

 

 

GRECO-ROMAN:

 The PA RED Team was 5-2 in Greco and placed 5th overall.  

The PA BLUE Team finished with a record of 4-4 and finished 23rd overall. 

The following PA Wrestling were Cadet All-Americans J.J. Wilson (8-0), Jack Davis (7-0) and Sam Rice (8-0)

TEAM PA GRECO-ROMAN RESULTS

    PA RED      
  Pool D        
  Quarter-Finals PA   59 New Jersey 2 16
  Semi-Finals PA 60 Georgia 18
  Finals PA 50 Missouri 25
           
  Gold/Silver Pool        
  Round 1 Kansas 1 39 PA 36
  Round 2 PA 54 Iowa 20
  Round 3 Washington 41 PA 37
  Round 4 (5/6 Place) PA 45 Ohio 29
           
    PA BLUE      
  Pool B        
  Quarter-Finals Iowa 59 Nebraska 20
  Consy Quarter-Finals PA 46 New York 30
  Consy Semi-Finals Texas 45 PA 30
  Placement 5th/6th PA 49 South Carolina  24
           
  Red/Blue Pool        
  Round 1 PA 38 Kansas 2 37
  Round 2 New Jersey 2 43 PA 36
  Round 3 California 47 PA 35
  Round 4 (7/8 Place) PA 55 Delaware 16

 

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SCHOOLBOY NATIONAL DUAL TEAM

PA Red 2015 National Schoolboy Greco Championship

COACH LEES INTERVIEW ON FLO

FREESTYLE

PA Red was 5-3 and finished in 4th Place. All-Americans for Red were Gary Steen (8-0), Mike Kistler (5-0), Beau Bartlett (8-0). Mike Kistler and Beau Bartlett were Double All-Americans.  PA Blue finished with a 3-4 record taking 4th in the Green Pool to finish 28th overall. All-American's were Tye Varndell (6-0), Joshua Jones (5-0).

Team PA Freestyle Results

    PA RED      
  Pool D        
  Quarter-Finals PA   70 Nebraska 7
  Semi-Finals PA 59 Kansas Gold 16
  Finals Washington 41 PA 33
  True-Second  PA 58 Indiana Gold  17
           
  Gold/Silver Pool        
  Round 1 Illionis 41 PA 32
  Round 2 PA 40 Missouri 35
  Round 3 PA 48 Utah 28
  Round 4 (3/4 Place) Washington 38 PA 35
           
    PA BLUE      
  Pool B        
  Quarter-Finals New Jersey 59 PA 10
  Consy Quarter-Finals Iowa 45 PA 22
  Placement (7/8 Place) PA   46 Kansas Silver 9
           
  Green Pool        
  Quarter-Finals PA 45 Oklahoma Blue 28
  Semi-Finals Tennessee 33 PA 29
  Consy Semi-Finals PA 51 Delaware 12
  Consy Finals Oklahoma Blue 39 PA 32
 

GRECO:

PA Red finished with a 7-0 record and captured the Schoolboy Greco National Championship. Greco All-American were Mike Kistler (7-0), Beau Bartlett (7-0), Luke Nichter (5-0) and Angel Garcia 4-0) The PA Blue was 3-5 and took 6th in Bronze/Copper Pool and finished 14th overall. 

TEAM PA GRECO-ROMAN RESULTS

 

    PA RED      
  Pool B        
  Quarter-Finals PA   72 North Carolina West  4
  Semi-Finals PA 50 Maryland Black 23
  Finals PA 41 Minnesota 1 21
           
  Gold/Silver Pool        
  Round 1 PA 46 Colorado Red 33
  Round 2 PA 45 Ohio 34
  Round 3 PA 37 Arizona 32
  Round 4 (1/2 Place) PA 41 Washington 37
           
    PA BLUE      
  Pool D        
  Quarter-Finals PA   41 Nebraska 16
  Semi-Finals Minnesota 2 35 PA 33
  Consy Semi-Finals PA 47 Kansas Silver 7
  Placement (3/4 Place) Ohio 38 PA 36
           
  Bronze/Cooper        
  Round 1 PA 42 Texas 35
  Round 2 Oklahoma Red 56 PA 18
  Round 3 New Jersey 53 PA 20
  Round 4 (5/6  Place) Kansas Gold 42 PA 29

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Pennsylvania Cadet Results from the UWW Cadet Nationals

Pennsylvania Cadet Results from the UWW Cadet Nationals held in Akron, Ohio.


GRECO RESULTS:
PA had two wrestlers place leading the way was Jordan Wood who took 1st at 100 Kg and Anthony Piscopio took 2nd at the same weight class.

 

FREESTYLE RESULTS:
PA did much better here with two champions Gavin Teasdale (50 Kg) and Jarod Verkleeren (63 Kg). Capturing 2nd place medals were Spencer Lee (54 Kg) and Jordan Wood (100 Kg) rounding out the placers were Anthony Piscopio (100 Kg) and Andrew Gunning (125 Kg).

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ON LINE COACHING BRONZE CERTIFICATION

USA Wrestling is excited to announce that we are adding an online bronze certification course to supplement the in-person classes.

 

Some of our coach members might have difficulty driving long distances to a bronze class or the dates/times may not fit into their schedule so we’ve launched this online course to help meet their needs. The online course is the same content as what you are now delivering as of Jan 1, 2015.  I hope the new format is going well!

 

The online course can be taken by starting your coaches off at this link:  Click Here

Online cost is $80. While this course will not be 100% automated until May, this is a much better option than our previous webinar format.

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