The 2015 Cotton Bowl Nationals took place this past weekend at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Over 200 wrestlers from the South competed inthe middle school divisions and we take a look below at the top place winners in each weight class.
Jackson Cockrell of Broken Arrow Takedown Club went 4-0 within the 70-pound bracket to earn the gold medal. After a semifinal fall victory, Cockrell met, and defeated, Cade Morgan of Best Trained Wrestling 3-2. By rule, Morgan was awarded the silver medal with his 2:39 semifinal fall victory over Consolation bracket winner, Bryce Cockrell of Broken Arrow Takedown Club.
Flo Tulsa Nationals Champion, Braxton Brown, went 3-0 within the 75-pound weight class to earn his sixth consecutive first-place finish. Brown did not surrender a single point during the tournament, earning back-to-back fall victories before defeating Parker Decker of F3 Grapplers 2-0 in the championship round. Decker would go on to defeat Consolation bracket winner, Lenard James of StandFast, by fall in 2:19.
Braeden Baller of Mile High Wrestling Club is the 80-pound Champion. After a first-round fall victory, Baller cruised through the quarter and semifinal rounds before defeating Alex Maestas of Frisco Bombers Wrestling Club 7-5 in the gold medal match. By rule, Maestas earned the True second place finish with his hard earned 2-1 semifinal decision victory over Consolation bracket winner, Jaden Reichl.
Panhandle Nationals Champion, Luke Garcia of Ruff Ryder’s, earned three consecutive fall victories before defeating Jakob Beene of Arkansas, 6-0 in the finals of the 85-pound bracket. Beene was awarded the silver medal with his 4-3 semifinal victory over Consolation bracket winner, Nomar Belmonte of Cy-Select Wrestling.
Matrix Grappling’s Cameron Picklo went 4-0 within the 90-pound bracket to take home the gold medal. After a semifinal 2:51 fall victory, Picklo defeated Noah Miller of Frisco Bombers Wrestling Club 9-3 in the championship round. By rule, Miller was awarded the silver medal with his 3-1 semifinal victory over Consolation bracket winner, Manhattan Optimist’s Luke Richard.
James McClain of Takedown Elite earned three fall victories within the 95-pound bracket before defeating Remington White of Highlander Wrestling 8-2 in the finals for a third consecutive first-place finish. By rule, White earned the True second place finish with his 9-0 semifinal victory over Consolation bracket winner, Iverson White of NB Elite.
Jonathon Ortegon of Maverick Elite earned his eighth consecutive fall victory with his 5-0 performance within the 100-pound bracket. After a 12-1 semifinal victory, Ortegon earned the gold medal due to a MFF against Dalton Hembree of Team Hembree. By rule, Hembree was awarded the silver medal with the hard earned 6-5 semifinal victory against Consolation bracket winner, Kobe Neims of Takedown Elite.
Chase Warden of 3F Wrestling went 5-0 within the 110-pound bracket to earn Cotton Bowl Nationals gold. Warden earned three consecutive fall victories before defeating Dayton Fields of Seneca Wrestling Club 8-0 in the championship round. Warden’s semifinal opponent and Consolation bracket winner, Peter Rolle of Edmond Generals, went go on to earn the True second place finish with a 2-0 decision over Fields.
Jesse Diaz of Maverick Elite is the 120-pound champion. With a 4-0 record, Diaz matched up against and defeated Cy-Select Wrestling’s Garrett Orlando, 3-1, in the final. By Rule, Orlando was awarded the silver medal with his SV-1 6-4 victory over Consolation bracket winner, Bobby Robinson of Oklahoma Wrestling Academy.
Ryan Lerubino of Vici Wrestling made it three consecutive first place finishes with his performances within the 130-pound bracket. Lerubino’s third fall victory of the competition came in the championship round against Jackson Van Beavers of Rockwall County Wrestling. Lerubino’s semifinal opponent, Carson Savage of Deer Creek, went on to win the Consolation bracket and earn the True second place finish against Van Beavers in 2:21.
Kyle Knowles of Oklahoma Wrestling Academy is the 142-pound champion. Knowles went 4-0 against the competition, including a 12-3 major decision in the semifinal round before taking down Frisco Bombers Wrestling Club’s Tristan Tadeo, 4-1, in the final. By rule, Tadeo earned the True second place finish with his 4-0 semifinal victory over Consolation bracket winner, Tyler Jacob of Best Trained Wrestling.
After a first-round bye, Gavin Potter of Broken Arrow Takedown Club went 3-0 to earn the 155-pound gold medal. After a 2-0 semifinal victory, Potter defeated Ke’Von Curry of NB Elite 11-2 in the championship round. Potter’s semifinal opponent, Michael Waggoner of Manhattan Optimist, went on to win the Consolation bracket and earn the True second place finish over Curry with a SV-1 6-4 victory.
Aidan Conner of Dallas Dynamite made it seven, first-place finishes in a row with his performance in the 175-pound weight class. Conner took home the gold with three fall victories, including the 2:09 victory over Cesar Diaz of Alamo City Wrestling. In the True second place battle, Diaz would rebound and defeat Consolation bracket winner, Darius Pendleton of Ruff Ryder’s, in 1:46 seconds.
With a 4-0 record within the Heavyweight division, which included two fall victores, Thomas Senn of Spring Klein Wrestling Club earned the gold medal. Gus Lomas of Wesley Club Wrestling claimed the silver medal with a 3-1 record and Aleece Cooper of StandFast rounded out the top three with his 2-2 finish.
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Written by Youth1 Contributor Eric Hurd
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