FARGO, North Dakota, July 19 – Trumbull’s Michael Longo won five matches to earn All-American honors at the USA Wrestling Junior National tournament in Greco Roman.
Longo (100 pounds) went 5-2 in the tournament and beat Carson Nishida of Illinois by technical fall with an 11-1 victory in 4:28. Longo won his first two matches scoring a combined 39 points.
He beat Arkansas’ Tristian Stafford in his tournament opener, 27-17 in 5:57. In his next match, Longo bat North Dakota’s Noah Savageau, 12-2 in 2:44.
After dropping an 11-1 decision to Illinois’ Daniel Sheen in the quarterfinals in 2:13, Longo won two straight matches before falling to Wisconsin’s Kaleb Casey in the consolation semifinals, 11-0, in 57 seconds.
Trumbull’s Matthew Ryan (138) won six matches but still fell short of earning All-American honors by finishing in the top eight. Ryan (6-2) won his first match before losing. He rallied to win five straight consolation round bouts with two technical falls.
Ryan was eliminated with an 11-1 loss to Florida’s Breti Reyna, 11-1 in 1:46.
Several other Connecticut wrestlers picked up victories in the Junior National Greco Roman tournament. Middletown’s Kalil Shabazz went 2-2 at 126 pounds while Bethel’s Eamon-Antonio Toland Matos went 3-2 at 145 pounds. Suffield’s Hunter Adams (170), Terryville’s Caleb Leclerc (138) and Milford’s C.J. Shea (120) each went 1-2.
It was the final day of the USA Wrestling Junior Nationals and U16 Nationals — formerly known as the Cadet Nationals for athletes ages 15 to 16. The Junior Nationals are for current high school students.
Longo was the fifth Connecticut wrestler to earn All-American honors at the tournament.
2019 Connecticut All-Americans
Dakota Marie Dinelli, Plainville (152), 16U women’s freestyle, second place
Ella Nichols, Bristol (144), 16U women’s freestyle, third place
Nico Provo, Stratford (113), Junior freestyle, second place
Cameron Hine, Haddam-Killingworth (100), Junior freestyle, sixth place
Michael Longo, Trumbull (100), Junior Greco-Roman, fifth place