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2018 Fargo Finalist Predictions

Updated: July 11, 2018

Photo: Carson Manville (bottom), who won both a Cadet freestyle and Greco-Roman championship at 132 pounds last summer, is expected to do the same in Fargo, N.D., this month at the Cadet/Junior Nationals.

By Rob Sherrill


It’s now time for WIN’s annual fearless forecast. You know…the one where we hang ourselves out to dry. Who will make the Cadet and Junior National finals at Fargo?

First, here is a schedule of the six finals that will take place in the Fargodome July 12-20:

  • Cadet Women, Sunday, July 15, 1:30 p.m.
  • Cadet Freestyle, Monday, July 16, 1 p.m.
  • Junior Freestyle, Tuesday, July 17, 1 p.m.
  • Junior Women, Wednesday, July 18, 1:30 p.m.
  • Cadet Greco-Roman, Thursday, July 19, 1:30 p.m.
  • Junior Greco-Roman, Friday, July 20, 3 p.m.

As is our usual rule, everybody who makes our predictions already has participated in at least one USA Wrestling event this year. In some years, that has limited the available talent pool significantly (though we’re not using that as an excuse). No Fargo walk-ins are on this list, regardless of ability. Still, plenty of the nation’s elite wrestlers have come out for one or more events this year.

Since this forecast was done prior to the Junior National Duals, that age group involves a little more guesswork. The Cadet National Duals are in the books, so we have the benefit of hindsight there. CLICK HERE TO SEE RECAP OF CADET NATIONAL DUALS

So, with apologies to blind squirrels everywhere, here’s a guess at what the Cadet and Junior National finals could look like:


Cadet Nationals – Finals Predictions

88:Mason Gehloff (MN) vs. Chris Martino (IDGehloff vs. Jore Volk (MN)
94:Maxx Martinez (CA) vs. Evan Tallmadge (NJ)Eli Barajas (WA) vs. Tallmadge
100:Drake Ayala (IA) vs. Abraham Hinrichsen (IL)Alex Almeyda (NJ) vs. Tanner Gerber (WI)
106:Jacob Mann (MO) vs. Carter Young (OK)Kenndyl Mobley (WA) vs. Daniel Wask (NJ)
113:Nicholas Kayal (NJ) vs. Yusief Lillie (WA)Kurtis Phipps (PA) vs. Chase Randall (WA)
120:Nic Bouzakis (FL) vs. Michael Kilic (GA)Brendon Abdon (FL) vs. Khyler Brewer (MO)
126:Fabian Lopez (IL) vs. Vincent Zerban (IL)Lopez vs. Scott Robertson (UT)
132:Trev. Mastrogiovanni (NJ) vs. Luke Odom (IL)Wyatt Henson (PA) vs. Braxton Sorenson (IA)
138:Joshua Edmond (MI) vs. Aaden Valdez (CO)A.J. delaRosa (ID) vs. Tanner Warden (TX)
145:Carson Manville (PA) vs. Joseph Zargo (NJ)Manville vs. Robert Paul Perez (CA)
152:Tate Picklo (OK) vs. NichStonecheck (GA)Riley Van Scoy (WA) vs. Nick Zavala (CA)
160:Quayin Short (MN) vs. D. Villalpondo (KS)Weston Lyver (WA) vs. Villalpando
170:Colton Hawks (MO) vs. Greyden Penner (MO)Sam Skillings (WI) vs. Cayden White (WA)
182:Rocky Elam (MO) vs. Kyle Haas (KS)Haas vs. Trett Joles (WI)
195:Gavin Carter (KS) vs. Brandon Hoselton (IL)Dorian Crosby (PA) vs. Dan Striggow (MN)
220:Chris Island (CA) vs. Braxton Mikesell (WA)Gage Cook (WA) vs. Chase Horne (GA)
285:Hayden Copass (IL) vs. Cody Whitehill (PA)Jacob Barnes (OR) vs, Whitehill


Junior Nationals – Finals Predictions

Freestyle                                    Greco-Roman

100:Kael Brisker (IA) vs. Chance Lamer (OR)Cale Anderson (WI) vs. Ronan Schuelke (IL)
106:Brendon Garcia (CO) vs. Rick Figueroa (CA)Jason Henschel (KS) vs. Anthony King (IL)
113:Aaron Nagao (CA) vs. Jeremiah Reno (MO)Nick Masters (GA) vs. Aizayah Yacapin (WA)
120:Eric Barnett (WI) vs. Tra. Mastrogiovanni (NJ)Brandon Kaylor (WA) vs. Dylan Ragusin (IL)
126:Cody Phippen (MO) vs. Jake Svihel (MN)Hunter Lewis (WI) vs. Ridge Lovett (ID)
132:D. D’Emilio (OH) vs. Savion Haywood (IL)D. Bennett (IA) vs. D. Droegemueller (MN)
138:Jacob Butler (OK) vs. Mosha Schwartz (PA)Fidel Mayora (IL) vs. Frankie Tal-Shahar (FL)
145:Andrew Alirez (CO) vs. Cade DeVos (IA)Colby Njos (MN) vs. Anthony Ulaszek (CO)
152:Aaron Gandara (AZ) vs. Dayton Porsch (KS)Tyler Eischens (MN) vs. Dalton Jensen (IL)
160:Danny Braunagel (IL) vs. Jalin Harper (KS)Tyler Dow (WI) vs. Christopher Foca (NJ)
170:Andrew Merola (NJ) vs. Edmond Ruth (PA)Jake Hendricks (PA) vs. Trent Hidlay (PA)
182:Zac Braunagel (IL) vs. Jack Jessen (IL)Jonathon Fagen (ID) vs. Gerrit Nijenhuis (PA)
195:Peter Christensen (IL) vs. Lucas Davison (IN)Avery Jaramillo (OR) vs. Christian Knop (AL)
220:Tyler Curd (MO) vs. Cordel Duhart (KS)Aric Bohn (WI) vs. Chase Trussell (UT)
285:Nash Hutmacher (SD) vs. Jace Punke (IL)Lane Marshall (OR) vs. Kaleb Reeves (IA)


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