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Paul Konrath, Chad Red, and Nick Lee Finish on Top


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Konrath, Red, and Lee Finish on Top

 

Friday was a phenomenal day for Indiana wrestling when three champions were crowned in the Cadet Freestyle National Championships. This is only the second time Indiana has had three champions in any age group and style. Back in 1993, Tim Myers, James Leavell, and Chris Snyder captured titles for Indiana. This year’s terrific trio looked solid all tournament long and wrestled amazing throughout the tougher rounds. Along with the champions, Kobe Woods finished as runner-up and Evan Eldred was 7th at 132lbs. With those performances the team placed 5th in the standings.

 

The afternoon started off with Paul Konrath at 106lbs for Indiana. Konrath had takedowns early and late in the first period to have a 4-0 lead at halftime. With about 30 seconds left Konrath and his opponent, Ian Timmins, traded a 2 and 2 for a 6-2 lead in favor of Konrath. Another late takedown sealed the championship for Konrath and the final score of 8-2. This is his second championship as he won the USAW Folkstyle title in April.

 

Next up was the always exciting Chad Red. Many had to wonder if there would be a letdown after beating highly touted Taylor Lamont last night. Red had a formidable opponent in Jaden Enriquez of California who was seeking the Triple Crown. Red was warned early for passivity and gave up a point for not scoring during the shot clock in the first period. With neither wrestler really threatening to score, Enriquez was up 1-0 after the first stanza. With just over a minute left Red finally finished a takedown to take a 2-1 lead. Red was immediately back in on the legs and got his second takedown with 35 seconds left in the match. He surrendered a late takedown to make the final score 4-3. Red had a super impressive tournament in one of the highlight weight classes of the event.

 

It will probably take longer to read the recap of Nick Lee’s finals match than the actual match took. Lee was on fire all tournament long and he didn’t let up in the finals. His opponent was Jamie Hernandez of Illinois who was a surprise finalist. Lee racked up a quick takedown and three turns to make it 7-0 after about 20 seconds of action. Lee then got two more takedowns to secure the tech fall at the 1:16 mark of the first period. Lee had seven tech falls during the tournament in his seven matches. He was also named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament with his performance.

 

Evan Eldred of Westfield made quick work of Ryan Epps of Minnesota in getting the 11-0 tech fall in the first period. Eldred had an impressive tournament and will be one to watch this winter.

 

Kobe Woods was the last wrestler for the Cadets to take the mat. He had his summer nemesis Matt Stencel of Ohio to battle in the finals. Woods was down 4-0 in the first period before he tied the match just before halftime. In the second period Stencel ran off 9 straight points to clinch the win. Woods had an impressive run winning USAW Folkstyle Nationals this past April, placing 7th in Greco-Roman, and runner-up in Freestyle.

 

Cadet 106 - Paul Konrath's place is 1st and has scored 8.00 team points.

1st Place Match - Paul Konrath (Indiana) won by decision over Ian Timmins (Nevada) (Dec 8-2)

 

Cadet 126 - Chad Red's place is 1st and has scored 8.00 team points.

1st Place Match - Chad Red (Indiana) won by decision over Jaden Enriquez (California) (Dec 4-3)

 

Cadet 132 - Nick Lee's place is 1st and has scored 8.00 team points.

1st Place Match - Nick Lee (Indiana) won by tech fall over Jaime Hernandez (Illinois) (TF 11-0)

 

Cadet 132 - Evan Eldred's place is 7th and has scored 2.00 team points.

7th Place Match - Evan Eldred (Indiana) won by tech fall over Ryan Epps (Minnesota) (TF 11-0)

 

Cadet 195 - Kobe Woods's place is 2nd and has scored 7.00 team points.

1st Place Match - Matt Stencel (Ohio) won by decision over Kobe Woods (Indiana) (Dec 13-4) Junior Freestyle

 

The Juniors ran into the nitty gritty of wrestling this morning. Matches with podium spots at stake always bring out the best in everyone and the Indiana boys did not disappoint. After the dust had settled three Indiana wrestlers made it to the final morning of wrestling. Drew Hildebrandt will be wrestling for a national title, while Fletcher Miller will be wrestling for 5th, and Garrett Pepple wrestling for 7th.

 

Hildebrandt started the day off with a big win over Kirk Johansen of Illinois and kept rolling with two more solid wins. In the quarters he defeated Howard Smith of Texas 8-7 and in the semi-finals he took care of New York’s Kelan McKenna 6-3. He is the second Hildebrandt to make the finals this week as his sister Sarah made the World Team Trials final on Monday.

 

Garrett Pepple took the scenic route to placement after dropping his first match of the day to a tough Jack Mueller. He went on to tech Greco runner-up Corbin Nirschel of Kansas in the consolations to put him in position to place. His blood round match was not easy as he was down by six points in the first period, but came back to beat Tennessee’s Torbio Navarro. He lost his next match to rival Benny Gomez of Michigan and will be wrestling for 7th tomorrow morning.

 

Fletcher Miller ran into a beast in the quarter-finals in Iowa’s Marcus Harrington. Harrington was a two-time state champ and signed to wrestle for the Iowa State Cylones. Miller didn’t have much time to sulk in his loss as he was back on the mat 15 minutes later wrestling for a spot on the podium. He made quick work of John Jayne to earn his second Fargo placement. Miller went on to defeat Patrick Grayson, but lost to Kentucky stud Austin Meyers in his last match of the day. Miller will wrestle for 5th tomorrow.

 

Junior 106 - Drew Hildebrandt's place is 2nd and has scored 7.00 team points.

Champ. Round 3 - Drew Hildebrandt (Indiana) won by decision over Kirk Johansen (Illinois) (Dec 6-4)

Quarterfinal - Drew Hildebrandt (Indiana) won by decision over Howard Smith (Texas) (Dec 8-7)

Semifinal - Drew Hildebrandt (Indiana) won by decision over Kelan McKenna (New York) (Dec 6-3)

 

Junior 113 - Garrett Pepple's place is 8th and has scored 1.00 team points.

Champ. Round 3 - Jack Mueller (Texas) won by tech fall over Garrett Pepple (Indiana) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 4 - Garrett Pepple (Indiana) won by tech fall over Jake Stogdill (Nebraska) (TF 12-2)

Cons. Round 5 - Garrett Pepple (Indiana) won by tech fall over Corbin Nirschl (Kansas) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 6 - Garrett Pepple (Indiana) won by decision over Torbio Navarro (Tennessee) (Dec 16-13)

Cons. Round 7 - Benny Gomez (Michigan) won by tech fall over Garrett Pepple (Indiana) (TF 10-0)

 

Junior 138 - Anthony Williams's place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Cons. Round 5 - Jake Lords (Idaho) won by decision over Anthony Williams (Indiana) (Dec 8-1)

 

Junior 138 - Brandon James's place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Champ. Round 4 - Will Roark (Missouri) won by decision over Brandon James (Indiana) (Dec 10-9)

Cons. Round 6 - Brandon James (Indiana) won by tech fall over Jake Lords (Idaho) (TF 11-0)

Cons. Round 7 - Zehlin Storr (Michigan) won by decision over Brandon James (Indiana) (Dec 9-2)

 

Junior 160 - Ben Harvey's place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Cons. Round 5 - Weston Dobler (North Dakota) won by decision over Ben Harvey (Indiana) (Dec 11-6)

 

Junior 170 - Dylan Lydy's place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Cons. Round 5 - Dylan Lydy (Indiana) won by tech fall over Kenneth Moore (California) (TF 12-0)

Cons. Round 6 - Dylan Lydy (Indiana) won by tech fall over Jacob Holschlag (Iowa) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 7 - Dylan Lydy (Indiana) won by tech fall over Charley Popp (Illinois) (TF 14-3)

Cons. Round 8 - David-Brian Whisler (Ohio) won by tech fall over Dylan Lydy (Indiana) (TF 18-7)

 

Junior 170 - Scottie Sopko's place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Cons. Round 5 - Aaron Wu (California) won by fall over Scottie Sopko (Indiana) (Fall 1:40)

 

Junior 195 - Jacob Aven's place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Champ. Round 3 - Jacob Seely (Colorado) won by tech fall over Jacob Aven (Indiana) (TF 13-2)

Cons. Round 4 - Jacob Aven (Indiana) won by fall over Tyler Harrington (Illinois) (Fall 5:33)

Cons. Round 5 - Nathanael Rose (New York) won by decision over Jacob Aven (Indiana) (Dec 9-5)

 

Junior 195 - Randy Scott's place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Champ. Round 3 - Lance Benick (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Randy Scott (Indiana) (TF 15-4)

Cons. Round 4 - Randy Scott (Indiana) won by tech fall over Logan Rill (Maryland) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 5 - Randy Scott (Indiana) won by fall over Cody Vigoren (Washington) (Fall 1:27)

Cons. Round 6 - Jacob Seely (Colorado) won by tech fall over Randy Scott (Indiana) (TF 11-1)

 

Junior 220 - Fletcher Miller's place is 6th and has scored 3.00 team points.

Champ. Round 4 - Fletcher Miller (Indiana) won by tech fall over Clay Bispham (Oregon) (TF 11-0)

Quarterfinal - Marcus Harrington (Iowa) won by tech fall over Fletcher Miller (Indiana) (TF 11-1)

Cons. Round 8 - Fletcher Miller (Indiana) won by tech fall over John Jayne (Americans In Europe) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 9 - Fletcher Miller (Indiana) won by tech fall over Patrick Grayson (Virginia) (TF 14-4)

Cons. Round 10 - Austin Myers (Kentucky) won by decision over Fletcher Miller (Indiana) (Dec 9-4)

 

Junior 285 - Nick Joyner's place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Cons. Round 3 - Mosese Fifita (Washington) won by tech fall over Nick Joyner (Indiana) (TF 10-0)



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