The last day of Fargo brought home three All-Americans in the Junior Freestyle event. Kingsman Drew Hildebrandt led the team with a runner-up performance at 106lbs. Two Fort Wayne Semi-State wrestlers, Garrett Pepple and Fletcher Miller were the other All-Americans.
Hildebrandt started out the morning wrestling in the finals against Arizonaâ€™s Daniel Vega. Vega was seeking an elusive Junior Triple Crown. Hildebrandt was close to scoring multiple times on a knee pull single, but was stymied by Vegaâ€™s defense. Hildebrandt dropped the match 12-1 to bring home the silver medal.
Kendallvilleâ€™s finest, Garrett Pepple was on the mat for 7th place at 113lbs. The two-time state runner-up had a very good tournament when you consider his lack of international style experience. He dropped his 7th place match to Dorian Sapien of Idaho 11-1. Peppleâ€™s losses were to the 1st, 5th, and 7th place finishers.
Fletcher Miller was the only returning Junior All-American to make his way back to Fargo this year. He also had an impressive tournament only losing to the champion, 3rd place finisher, and 5th place finisher. As a testament to how tough the tournament is, the defending champion at 220lbs did not even place this year.
Junior 106 - Drew Hildebrandt's place is 2nd and has scored 7.00 team points.
1st Place Match - Danny Vega (Arizona) won by tech fall over Drew Hildebrandt (Indiana) (TF 12-1)
Junior 113 - Garrett Pepple's place is 8th and has scored 1.00 team points.
7th Place Match - Dorian Sapien (Idaho) won by tech fall over Garrett Pepple (Indiana) (TF 11-1)
Junior 220 - Fletcher Miller's place is 6th and has scored 3.00 team points.
5th Place Match - Youssif Hemida (New York) won by tech fall over Fletcher Miller (Indiana) (TF 22-12)
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