FARGO, North Dakota — Stanwood High School rising junior Riley Van Scoy advanced to the quarterfinals Wednesday as the Greco-Roman competition got underway at the Cadet & Junior National Championships at the Fargodome
Six local wrestlers were among the hundreds of the nation’s best Cadets (born in 2002 or 2003) competing in Greco-Roman wrestling, during which athletes may not attack below the waist.
Van Scoy, a Greco-Roman specialist due to his upper-body strength and adeptness at throws, went 3-1 Wednesday. He defeated Taidon Willis of Kansas by injury default in his opening-round bout, and then prevailed over Louisiana’s Anthony Dodson via disqualification.
He then registered a quick pin against Connecticut’s Hunter Adams in the round of 16 before losing to Brock Ellis of Indiana via technical superiority.
Van Scoy will continue on in the consolation bracket on Thursday, and his first scheduled bout will be against fellow Washington native Jacob Inton (Sammamish).
Here’s a roundup from the first day of action among other locals in the Cadet division, for athletes who were born in 2002 or 2003.
Wyatt Springer, an incoming freshman at Lake Stevens High School, went 4-2 at 126 pounds, pinning Wisconsin’s Brant Cracraft early in his opening bout, and followed that up by decking Diego Snell-Martinez of New Mexico in the round of 64.
A loss to Oklahoma’s Justin Riddles via technical superiority in the round of 32 sent Springer into the consolation bracket, where he teched Peter Kane of Connecticut and pinned Roman Carrillo of California before bowing out in a defeat via pinfall to Nebraska’s Noah Talmadge.
Hayden Long, a Granite Falls rising sophomore, went 2-2 at 138 pounds after wrestling the freestyle portion of the tournament at 145. After a first-round bye, Long pinned James Johnston of Michigan in the round of 64 and decked Indiana’s Tyler Fuqua in the round of 32.
Kobe Ames of Alaska defeated Long via technical superiority in the round of 16, and he exited the tournament after being pinned by Minnesota’s Dalan Jones in his second consolation bout.
Cayden White, a rising junior from Marysville Pilchuck, went 3-2 at 170 pounds, registering pins over Spencer Mooberry of Iowa and Max Hampton of Texas in his first two bouts. A loss to Minnesota’s DJ Smith via technical superiority sent White to the consolation bracket.
He pinned Nebraska’s Blayze Standley in his first elimination bout before exiting in a tightly contested defeat to Avery Northquest of Minnesota.
Recent Snohomish High School graduate Joessie Gonzales lost her only consolation bout in the Women’s Junior freestyle tournament Wednesday, falling via pinfall against fellow Washingtonian Kaylee Moore (Naches). Gonzales defeated Moore for the 130-pound state championship at Mat Classic XXX in February.
Lake Stevens rising senior Isaac Gust will begin competition in Greco-Roman in the Junior division Thursday. He received a bye in the first round of th 170-pound bracket and will take on Liam Reardon of Illinois in the round of 64.