The 2019 NHSCA Middle School National Championships concluded over the weekend as 16 wrestlers were anointed middle school national champions.
Leading the way was 85-pound Ethan Rivera from Pennsylvania who posted a perfect 6-0 record. He won two bouts by fall and three others by shutout major including his championship match where he defeated Asher Cunningham of Pennsylvania 9-0.
In the 90-pound bracket it was New York’s PJ Duke who put on a dominating performance as he posted a perfect 5-0 record. He pinned his way to the gold medal match where he defeated California’s Daniel Zepeda by shutout major 8-0.
Jim Mullen of New Jersey pinned his way to the 230-pound national title as he won all four of his bouts by fall. He took home the title when he defeated Carson Hall of Alabama in 2:56.
Here is a look at the top place winners in each of the middle school brackets.
Javaan Yarbrough of Ohio captured the 75-pound title when he defeated Mattehw Botello of Massachuttes in the gold medal match 13-1. Wrestling back to win the bronze was Travis Grace of California who defeated Chase Van Hoven of Virginia 4-2.
Emmitt Sherlock of Georgia won the 80-pound title when he defeated Breyden Whorton of West Virginia 1-0. Winning the bronze was Jax Forrest of North Carolina as he defeated Beau Lewis of Virginia 9-3.
Pennsylvania's Ethan Rivera impressed in the 85-pound bracket as he posted a perfect 6-0 record. He took home the gold when he defeated Asher Cunningham of Pennsylvania 9-0. Wrestling back for third was Joseph Manfredi of New York as he defeated Tyson Sherlock of Georgia 9-3.
PJ Duke of New York put on one of the strongest performances of the event as he posted a perfect 5-0 record. He won his first four bouts by fall before defeating Daniel Zepeda of California in the finals by major 8-0. Elijah Molinar of Virginia won the bronze with a 5-4 decision over Brayden Fahrbach of New York.
Hayden Cunningham of Pennsylvania took home the 95-pound title when he defeated Matthew Lopes of Connecticut by fall in 2:46. Justin Wells of California won the consolation finals when he defeated Ernie Perry III of Louisiana 5-2.
Jacob Brenneman of Maryland grabbed the 100-pound championship when he defeated Cooper Shore of Ohio in the finals by major 17-7. Casper Stewart of New York defeated Matthew Eberly of Virginia by fall in :52 seconds to win the bronze medal.
Taking home the 105-pound championship was Clarence Moore of California as he defeated Jackson Baglio of North Carolina 11-5. Max Gallagher of New York won the bronze medal with a 8-5 decision over Weston Dalton of Colorado.
Hunter Mason of Tennessee took home the 112-pound title when he defeated Christopher Bacchioni of New Jersey 3-2. Wrestling back for the bronze was Cale Roggie of Virginia who defeated Mason Sells of Tennessee 8-1.
Gage Wright of West Virginia posted a perfect 6-0 record as he won four of his six bouts by fall. He took home the top spot when he pinned Dagen Condomitti of Pennsylvania in 2:12. Ohio’s Jeremy Ginter won the bronze with a 3-0 decision over Riley Halal of New Jersey.
Colin Dupill of Virginia used a sudden victory over Patrick Jordan of Virginia to capture the 127-pound championship. He defeated on a takedown in overtime to win the bout 10-8. Khalil Bourjeili of Connecticut used a takedown with :7 seconds left to defeat Landon Muth of Pennsylvania 5-4 in the consolation finals.
Winning the 135-pound championship was Joshua Palacio of New Jersey as he defeated Jeremiah Price of North Carolina 3-1. Rawson Iwanicki of Massachusetts won the bronze with a 10-0 major over Hoke Poe of Georgia.
Lorenzo Norman of New Jersey dominated his bracket as he posted a perfect 5-0 record. He won three bouts by fall, one by tech-fall and the championship by an 8-2 decision over Dakota Hagerdon of West Virginia. Anthony Mannella of Georgia won the bronze with a 7-2 decision over David Sweetman of Arizona.
Winning the 154-pound gold medal was AJ Fricchione of New York as he defeated Joshua Cordio of Massachusetts 11-8. Wrestling back for the bronze was Erick Brothers Jr of West Virginia who defeated Nicholas Banks of Maryland 3-1.
New Jersey state champion Justin Onello captured a national championship as he defeated Omaury Alvarez of Georgia 7-4. George Rhodes of New Jersey won the third place prize with a 4-2 decision over Ethan Gallo of New York.
Brady Colbert of Virginia won the 180-pound championship when he defeated Noah Casto of West Virginia 13-3. Dustin Winner of Ohio won the consolation finals when he defeated Jason Canavan of New Hampshire by fall in 4:15.
Jim Mullen of New Jersey pinned his way to a NHSCA National Championship as he won all four of his bouts by fall. He took home the title when he defeated Carson Hall of Alabama by fall in 2:58. Aidan Schlett of New Jersey won four bouts in the consolation bracket to wrestle back for third when he defeated Capri Martin of New York in 1:30.
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