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Connecticut team set for USA Wrestling Junior, 16U nationals in Fargo

USA Wrestling’s Junior and 16U national championships begin on Saturday in Fargo, North Dakota and Connecticut will be sending a contingent to participate. (Photo courtesy FargoDome)

Beginning Saturday, USA Wrestling’s Junior and 16-and-under national championships will be held at the FargoDome in Fargo, North Dakota. There will be competition in men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman and in women’s freestyle.

Connecticut will be sending a delegation of nearly 40 wrestlers to compete in the tournament. Competitors in the Junior Division range in age from 15-18. The 16U division, formerly known as the Cadet Division, is ages 15-16.

Four nationally ranked Connecticut wrestlers are entered in the tournament. Stratford’s Nico Provo is ranked No. 8 at 126 pounds by FloWrestling. Bristol’s Ella Nichols (No. 6 at 164), Southington’s Ashley Reed (No. 8 at 164) and Southbury’s Juliana Morris (No. 11 at 127) are ranked by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, FloWrestling and USA Wrestling.

Provo and Nichols earned All-American honors in 2019, the last time this tournament was held. Provo finished second in Junior Freestyle at 113 pounds while Nichols was third in 16U women freestyle.

Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the 50th year for the men’s Junior Freestyle tournament.

The last Connecticut girl to win a national championship was Plymouth’s Cara Broadus in 2016 in Cadet or 16U at 115 pounds while the last Connecticut boy to win a national title was East Lyme’s Ross Spencer in 2010 in Junior Freestyle at 105.

The Connecticut roster is listed below.

Boys – USA Junior Freestyle
106: Graham Ziperstein
120: Connor Doran
126: Cameron Hines, Matthew Carrozza, Carlos DeWinter, Nico Provo
132: Joey Iamunno, Drew Currier, Caleb Seyfried
138: Ghassan Saleh, Andrew Grabinski, CJ Shea
145: Tristan Julian, Ben Richardson, Neil Gawande
152: Peter Kane
160: William Ebert
170: Nicholas Bell, Zahir McLean-Felix, Frankie McNeary
182: Ethan Edmondson, Gus Bachner
195: Michael Bartush, Christopher Murphy

Boys – USA Junior Greco-Roman
106: Graham Ziperstei, Michael Longo
126: Cameron Hines, Nico Provo, Caleb Seyfried
132: Joey Iamunno, Drew Currier, Ghassan Saleh
138: Andrew Grabinski
145: Tristan Julian, Ben Richardson, Neil Gawande
152: Peter Kane
160: William Ebert
182: Ethan Edmondson, Gus Bachner
195: Christopher Murphy, Michael Bartush

Girls – USA Junior Freestyle
152: Ella Nichols, Ashley Reed
164: Jacklyn Smith

Girls – 16U Freestyle
117: Calli Gilchrist
127: Julianna Morris, Camryn Brown

Boys – 16U Freestyle
113: Joseph Stoerzinger, Charles Wahl
120: Anthony Basile, Ben Zuckerman
138: William Henckel
152: Joshua Nieroda
170: Nathan Taylor
220: Nehemias Pettway

Boys – 16U Greco-Roman
113: Joseph Stoerzinger, Charles Wahl
120: Ben Zuckerman, Anthony Basile
138: William Henckel
160: Joshua Nieroda
170: Nathan Taylor
220: Nehemias Pettway

2021 USA Wrestling Junior and 16U national championships schedule

 

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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