USA Wrestling youth divisions Freestyle and Greco All-Americans for Colorado
By Tom Blair, ICW Staff
Athletes who went undefeated in their USA Wrestling national dual meet matches in a specific style qualified for the All-Tournament Team, needing a minimum of 5 match victories.
2021 Junior Women’s Freestyle National Duals All-Tournament Team
117 lbs: Zao Estrada of Team South Carolina went 8-0 (former Colorado wrestler)
127 lbs: SaVannah Cosme of Colorado went 9-0
132 lbs: Sarah Savidge of Colorado went 9-0
138 lbs: Alina Antillon of Colorado went 9-0
152 lbs: Emma Burk of Team South Carolina went 8-0 (Colorado wrestler)
In total, there were seven athletes who made the All-Tournament Team in both styles in the Junior Duals with Otto Black of Team Colorado (106/113) being one of them. Plus, he was the winningest wrestler with the most matches of the undefeated wrestlers with 17 matches total in the two styles.
2021 Junior Freestyle National Duals All Tournament Team
106 - Otto Black went 8 -0
120 - Jett Strickenberger went 6 – 0
2021 Junior Greco-Roman National Duals All-Tournament Team
106 - Otto Black went 9 -0
126 - Maxwell Black went 7 - 0
14U / Schoolboy NATIONAL DUALS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
14U Greco-Roman All-Tournament Team
97 - Chris Lalonde (Colorado Blue) 7-0
102 - Derek Barrows (Colorado Blue) 7-0
14U Freestyle All-Tournament Team
102 - Derek Barrows of Colorado Red went 10-0
16U / Cadet ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
In total, there were 18 athletes who made the All-Tournament Team in both styles, D’mitri Alarcon would go 16 – 0, being the only one from Colorado undefeated in both styles. Plus being ranked third in the list one behind the leaders with 17 wins.
16U Greco-Roman All-Tournament Team
88 - Thomas Lee of Team Colorado went 9-0
126 - Dmitri Alarcon of Team Colorado went 8-0
16U Freestyle All-Tournament Team
126 - Dmitri Alarcon of Team Colorado went 8-0
285 - Aidan Trujillo of Team Colorado went 8-0
Fargo 2021 - Cadet Women, Cadet Men's Freestyle and Greco
by Tom Blair, ICW
While Team Pennsylvania was taking the team race with three individual champions in the 16 Under / Cadet Greco tournament, Colorado was looking to crown two wrestlers of their own. As Dmitri Alarcon at 132 lbs and Brady Collins at 138 lbs both took center stage and did battle in the finals. The outcome was not what either of the wrestlers were hoping for or expected as both loss in the finals. Taking second place and gaining national recognizing in the meantime, Alarcon would earn a 6 – 1 record and Colins would earn a 6 – 1 record.
Colorado would tie for 8th place with Illinois with 76 points and had three additional wrestlers earn All-American status in their weight class while gaining experience at the national tournament. At 88 lbs Griffin Rial would earn 3rd place with a 5 – 1 tournament record, at 120 lbs Garrett Reece would earn 4th place and end up with a 6 – 2 record and at 285 lbs Aidan Trujillo would earn 5th place with a 3 – 3 record. Wrestlers Rial, Alarcon and Trujillo would double up as All-American at Fargo with placing in both the Freestyle and Greco divisions of the tournament.
Colorado would earn a total of nine bus-stop awards (4 – Freestyle and 5 – Greco) from host USA Wrestling in the 16 Under/Cadet division. Team Colorado would finish the Greco division with a 62 - 38 total individual record for the 35 member squad. Full results and brackets can be found on FloArena. Individual results listed below:
Men's - 16U Greco / Cadet
94 Declan Strait went 3 – 2, Dustin Duette-Hall went 0 - 2
100 Andrew Isek went 2 - 2, Ty Reeves went 0 - 2, Colin MacInnes went 0 - 2
106 Nick Dardanes went 1 - 2,
113 Billy Greenwood went 3 - 2, Angel Serrano went 1 – 2 , Noah Kubala went 2 - 2, LJ Herburger went 0 - 2,
Read more: Fargo 2021 - Cadet Women, Cadet Men's Freestyle and Greco
Fargo 2021 - Junior Women, Junior Men's Freestyle and Greco
byTom Blair, ICW
The Junior Greco part of Fargo are now in the book and tapes. Colorado squad of 38 wrestlers pinned down 4th place in the team race with 114 points (2 points out of 3rd place and 9 out of 2nd place) along with earning seven All-American.
Colorado would have two team members in the finals at 120 lbs wrestle on the center stage. Max Black and Jett Strickenberger would wrestle the match with Black edging out Jett 3 – 1. At 126 lbs Carter Stephenson went 6 – 1 to earn 3rd place, 132 Joseph Airola went 7 – 1 to earn 3rd place, at 138 lbs Weston Dalton went 7 – 1 to earn 3rd place, at 145 lbs Ivan Morris went 7 – 2 earning 5th place and at 285 lbs Matthew Moore went 6 – 2 while earning 3rd place. The team would end the tournament with a 71 - 54 record.
Men's - USA Junior Greco-Roman individual record:
106 Austin Duette-halt went 0 - 2
113 Anthony Isek went 1 – 2, Gabriel Archuleta went 0 – 2
120 Jett Strickenberger went 6 – 1 / 2nd, Max Black went 7 – 0 / 1st. Keegan Beckford went 0 - 2,
126 Andrew Peltier went 1 - 3, Angelo Lozado went 2 – 2, Carter Stephenson went 6 – 1/ 3rd
132 Joseph Airola went 7 - 1, / 3rd, Brady Hankin went 2 - 2
138 John Faczak went 1 - 2, John Jordan went 0 - 2, Weston Dalton went 7 – 1 / 3rd, Tyler Archuleta went 1 – 2
145 Ivan Morris went 7 – 2 / 5th, Jace Long went 0 – 2 , Zachary Tittle went 1 - 2
Read more: Fargo 2021 - Junior Women, Junior Men's Freestyle and Greco
Bear Cave Wrestling Club and facility
The Bear Club Wrestling Club which started around 12 years when Coach Ben VomBaur was an assistant coach at Northern Colorado. The club has grown each year with it's coaches and wrestlers traveling to tournaments in Colorado and around the nation. The club covers wrestlers from 6 year old thru high school. With the growth and covid19 coach Ben has built a stand alone facility on the Windsor - Greeley area.
Coach VomBaur is a 2X NCAA All-American from Boise University, 2X Washington High School champion, and former college assistant coach at Northern Colorado and Wyoming University. Coach VomBaur is the owner, operator and head coach of Bear Cave. His sons, Will is a 3X Colorado State champion (wrestling at Air Force Academy) and Vance is a 2X Colorado State champion (wrestling at Minnesota University). This year round club runs practices at the facility and offers private lessions to help wrestler improve their skills. BCWC also run summer camps and clinics at the facility so, check them out at their website www.bearcavewrestling.com
Check out the video on Bear Cave Wrestling Club and facility at https://youtu.be/Q9_mEh88ObE
Colorado Results Girls Junior Nationals
By Tom Blair, ICW Staff
The USA Wrestling Junior Girls Freestyle national tournament is being held this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 16 thru June 19. Colorado is represented by a strong team of ladies with five nationally ranked wrestlers. The tournament has 21 teams from 17 states. With the seeding done by USA Wrestling the top three teams are #1 California ( eight nationally ranked wrestlers, Pool A), #2 Texas Black (seven nationally ranked wrestlers, Pool B ) and #3 Illinois ( nine nationally ranked wrestlers, Pool C ) with Colorado being the #6 seeded team.
The Pool brackets has been drawn and there are three pools of seven teams per bracket with one bye per bracket. Only the top two teams per bracket will be moved forward to the gold/silver pool placement round robin section of the tournament. The third and fourth place teams are placed in the bronze / copper placement pools. First round matchup for Team Colorado will be against North Dakota on mat 8, can be followed on trackwrestling.com
Read more: Colorado Results Girls Junior Nationals
Colorado earns 8th place at Junior Greco Duals
By Tom Blair, ICW Staff
The USA Wrestling Junior Greco Duals were held in Tulsa, Oklahoma these past 2 days (June 17th & 18th). The 23-team event had teams representing 19 states with wrestlers in the 15 weight classes competing in each dual. The first part of the tournament had teams placed into pool brackets. Team Colorado was placed into Pool B and wrestled four rounds to earn 3rd place with a 3 – 1 record. No wrestle back for true second would happen as Colorado lost to Team Wisconsin in the semifinals. Colorado Pool B results- quarterfinals Team Colorado defeated North Dakota Red 59-9, semifinals Team Wisconsin defeated Team Colorado 35-33, consi semifinals Team Colorado defeated Team Kansas 39-24 and consi finals for third place Team Colorado defeated Michigan Blue 38-28,
Colorado would be down one wrestler in each dual as they were missing one of the lower weight classes and gave up 5 points per dual, which could have been a determining factor in the semifinal match as they only lost by 2 points. Coach JJ Masopust said “it was a Great effort by all. He can’t say enough of how much heart they showed throughout the tournament.”
Read more: Colorado earns 8th place at Junior Greco Duals
POWA takes Tyrant Duals by storm
By Tom Blair, ICW staff
What do you call a club that goes 16 – 0 in the Tyrant Duals on Jan 9th and 10th, you call them team POWA. While both the middle school and the elementary teams went undefeated - which is no small task at a national level tournament, POWA would only lose a total of 16 matches on the weekend. The middle school only had 14 losses and the elementary only lost 2 matches by a total of 9 points.
POWA out of Pueblo, Colorado brought two teams to the Tyrant Duals in Myrtle Beach, Sc. One in the middle school division (16 weight classes) and one in the elementary division (16 weight classes). The middle school team was placed in the National Division, with the tournament having two divisions and 9 teams in each for a total of 18 teams. Each team wrestled 8 duals in the two-day tournament. POWA went undefeated with a record of 8 – 0 while winning the National Division.
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Freestyle and Greco results 14U / Schoolboy and 16U / Cadet for Colorado
By Tom Blair, ICW Staff
The USA Wrestling national events that Colorado wrestlers are attending in the next few weeks in June.
The first event involves 25 states with 32 teams that are in competition in the USA Wrestling 14U / Schoolboy National Duals Freestyle & Greco Tournament June 9th thru June 13th, 2021 at Franklin Community High School in Franklin, Indiana. The Greco division is up first on the schedule with wrestling starting on June 10th. Coaches for the teams are Jake Martinez and Justin Boyden for Colorado Red (which is missing one weight class), with Jake Martinez and Eric Heniz for Colorado Blue (which has only 8 wrestlers on the team). Colorado Red is in Pool A (8 team bracket) and will face Team Illinois in the first round of competition. (update at time of writing – Colorado lost to Illinois 60 – 14 and will face Kansas Red in the next round – consi side of bracket) Colorado Blue is in Pool D and faced Team Indiana Gold in the first round, a 68 – 14 lost. Colorado Blue takes on Team Oklahoma Blue on the consi side of the bracket later this morning. Full results and brackets can be found on trackwrestling.
While about an hour north there are 21 states with 31 teams who are entered in the USA Wrestling 16U / Cadet National Freestyle & Greco Duals June 9th thru June 13th in Westfield, Indiana at the Grand Park Sports Campus. Team Colorado is in pool C of the Greco division of the tournament and they start their first dual at 6am Colorado time on June 10th. You can view via trackwrestling. Team Colorado will faceoff with Team New Jersey in the first round in the eight-team bracket. (Update at time of writing – Colorado lost to New Jersey 43 – 30 and will wrestle against Delaware later this morning on the consi side of the bracket). Team Colorado is coached by Luke Morris and Matt Rail.
Read more: Freestyle and Greco results 14U / Schoolboy and 16U / Cadet for Colorado
Weekend Youth Tournaments in Colorado
By Tom Blair, ICW Staff
This past weekend had four youth tournaments held in Colorado. Two tournaments were held by the Metro Junior Wrestling League at two locations. The Pomona MJWL tournament held at Pomona high school had 380 wrestlers from seven team (Pomona, Brighton, Denver North, Erie, Strykers, Greeley, Longmont) in the 6 boys divisions (4U, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U 14U) plus 3 girls divisions (k – 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8 grades). Results are on trackwrestling.com. The Westminster MJWL tournament held at Westminster High School with ten teams (Adams City, Bennett, Colorado Raptors, Fort Morgan, Fort Lupton, Mullen Junior Mustangs, Mile High WC, Strasburg, Valley and host Westminster) and 315 wrestlers among the same above divisions.
The only tournament held on Sunday Dec 2nd was the Gil Chavez Sr. Memorial Tournament, which is part of Western Suburban Wrestling League schedule. The 31 teams involved in the eleven-division tournament brought 687 wrestlers to take on the challenge on the mat. Full results can be found on trackwrestling.com
There were 135 teams represented in the King of the Mountain individual tournament, which is part of the USA Wrestling Tour of America Folkstyle Tour with 75 girls in three divisions and 893 wrestlers in the 9 youth divisions at the Broadmoor Arena in Colorado Spring. This was the second day of competition as the first day had duals for girls and boys divisions. All brackets and full results can be found at Trackwrestling.com
The TOA – King of the Mountain Duals and the Queen of the Mountain Duals were held side by side on the arena floor. The twelve team in the King of the Mtn represent Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma. They were separated into three pools where the teams would be placed into the placement rounds by their dual meet records.
Read more: Weekend Youth Tournaments in Colorado
Rocky Mountain Academies Wrestling Camp
I am excited to introduce the Rocky Mountain Academies Coaching Staff for our July 2021 camps! Seth Ecker will be lead clinician for the boys camps and Travis Marcado will lead the girls camps. Current college wrestlers will assist as mentors and additional clinicians may be added to the staff based on registration numbers over the upcoming weeks.
Seth Ecker is a 2-time NCAA National Champion. He grew up wrestling in his home state of Pennsylvania and attended Ithaca College. Ecker joined the Colorado School of Mines coaching staff in 2020 with a diversity of experience at all three divisions of NCAA wrestling. Ecker has coached at Kutztown University, the University of Maryland, Ithaca College, and Ursinus College.
Travis Marcado has quickly built the Colorado Mesa University women’s wrestling program into a national power. His program finished fourth at the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships for the second straight season and has produced 16 all-Americans. He had a national finalist for the second straight year in 2021 as Marissa Gallegos took second at the national tournament before going on to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, a first for the young Maverick program. Mercado was selected to coach the 2015 U.S. Women’s Freestyle Cadet National Team and both the 2016 & 2020 Junior National Teams at the Junior Pan American Games. He has also been selected to coach the U.S. Women’s Freestyle Junior National Team at the 2021 Cadet & Junior Pan American Games.
Marissa Gallegos will assist as a clinician/mentor at the RMA Girls Camp. She is a two time collegiate All-American for CMU, finished 3rd at the inaugural National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling National Championship in 2020 and finished as a runner-up in 2021. Marissa has also seen success at the USA Wrestling Age group level as well as the USA Wrestling Senior level. Gallegos wrestled for the Saints of Jefferson High School...Won the Colorado State Championship and was a High School All-American.
Register Online Today at rockymountainacademies.com