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USA Wrestling releases Return to Events Guidelines 

SA Wrestling has released the “Return to Events Guidelines” document, which are guidelines and recommendations for the wrestling community as it contemplates holding local- and state-level events, with extensive recommendations on event operations protocol in the current COVID-19 pandemic environment.

The document includes specific chapters on Venue Selection, Government and Medical Expert Adherence, Event Groups, Medical Plan, Infection Mitigation Procedures, Communication, Operational Plan and an Appendix of additional resources.

The Operational Plan is an extensive document that can be downloaded as a pdf, which includes a step-by-step checklist of specific actions that are recommended in a variety of event-related operations. USA Wrestling highly encourages potential event hosts to use both the Return to Events Guidelines and the downloadable Operation Plan during planning and when they are on-site at a wrestling competition.

USA Wrestling Return to Events Guidelines

This is the second specific resource that USA Wrestling has provided to the wrestling community to assist in the process of the resumption of wrestling activity. Published on May 15 was the Return to Mat Guidelines, which are guidelines and recommendations to make decisions on a local level regarding when and how to safely resume wrestling practice and activity.

USA Wrestling Return to the Mat Guidelines

Both of these documents were initially drafted by one of USA Wrestling’s special committees created during the pandemic, the Return to Practice and Competition Committee, which includes medical experts and event operations professionals. Both have been reviewed by USA Wrestling’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee, a group of experts who advise the organization on medical, scientific and government matters pertaining to the novel coronavirus.

These documents include recommendations from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and numerous other sources, including public health agencies and other sports organizations.

As USA Wrestling has suggested since the pandemic began, all individuals should keep themselves updated with the most recent information from their state and local public health department, and follow those local regulations. Club leaders, coaches, parents and individuals must make their own assessments as to the safety of their situations in conjunction with these documents.

USA Wrestling expects that these documents may be revised as the pandemic progresses and new or updated information becomes available. The wrestling community is asked to review this document from time to time to assess the guidelines and recommendations.

For media seeking additional information, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-659-9637 or via email at

Junior and 16U Nationals Canceled

USA Wrestling has announced that the 2020 U.S. Marine Corps Junior and 16U National Championships at the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D. has been cancelled.

The competition, recognized as the largest wrestling tournament in the world, had been scheduled for July 17-24.

With input from its state leadership as well as its COVID-19 Special Committees, USA Wrestling believes that this is the responsible thing to do in order to maintain the long term viability of the sport. As has been the case since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the health and safety of USA Wrestling members and the entire wrestling community remains the No. 1 priority for the organization.

Based upon information currently available, it was not feasible or prudent to host a major national championship in July, where participants will come from all different areas in the nation, many of which have vastly different local situations concerning COVID-19. High-performance experts indicate that it takes up to eight weeks to prepare for high-level competition, a factor which also went into the decision.

This year would have marked the 50th year that the Junior Nationals (high school) portion of the event had been held, with the first Junior Nationals hosted in Iowa City, Iowa in 1971.

USA Wrestling has either postponed or cancelled 21 national or regional events since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

USA Wrestling has consistently stated that the expected progression of wrestling activity will likely begin locally, based upon health and government regulations, then move on to state, regional and national activity.

With that in mind, USA Wrestling will focus on the working with its state association leadership to consider local, state and regional competitions in the upcoming months.

Any such activity will only be possible when held under the guidelines set by local and state health authorities and in compliance with the safety measures being developed for the sport

On May 14, USA Wrestling published its “Return to the Mat Guidelines” document, which are guidelines and recommendations for the wrestling community as it makes decisions on a local level regarding when and how to safely resume wrestling activity. USA Wrestling is expecting to release its Return to Competition Guidelines document in the coming week.

USA Wrestling suspends sanctioned events through May 24, as Return to Practice and Competition Guidelines being finalized

Based upon its principle of following current advice and direction from local health and government authorities, and with a focus on developing best practices for the return to wrestling, USA Wrestling has extended its suspension of sanctioned events through May 24.

The postponement of national and regional events will remain through July 1 at this time.

At this time, based upon the input of USA Wrestling’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee, and through careful review of the national, state and local restrictions concerning the novel coronavirus, USA Wrestling has not identified any situation that would allow competitions to resume yet.

As the situation concerning the pandemic remains fluid and ever-evolving, USA Wrestling will continue to monitor this closely and pledges to regularly update the wrestling community on changes to its policies.

Based upon the direction of the COVID-19 Advisory Committee, USA Wrestling does not believe there will be one national proclamation that it will be safe to return to practice and competition for wrestling. The organization understands that both the return to practice, as well as the return to competition, will begin at the local level, based upon the situation in that community.

The expected progression of wrestling activity will most probably begin locally, based upon health and government regulations, then move on to state, regional and national activity. The development and mass production of a vaccine could speed up this timeline but even the most optimistic estimates don’t expect a vaccine 

Now is a time that the entire worldwide sports community is focused on developing Return to Practice and Return to Competition protocols. All across the globe, experts in the fields of medicine and public health are working with sports leaders to make recommendations and create guidelines for the resumption of sports activity. It must be recognized that every sport is different from other sports, and that no “one-size-fits-all recommendation” will be adequate for every situation. USA Wrestling believes that specific guidelines should be developed for wrestling, based upon its unique technical situation and its specific health and safety protocols.

Wrestling is well positioned to transition its internal procedures to create the safest environment possible for its participants. Wrestling has already dealt with challenges from infectious disease, due to skin conditions and other such conditions, and has paid as much or more attention to this than any other sport. Wrestling is a leader in this space, with mandatory medical checks before competition already in place at all levels, and a structure which can accommodate new procedures as developed by health and medical experts. The wrestling community is already comfortable with routine medical screening, and understands the importance of compliance with such recommendations. In addition, wrestling has already implemented thorough protocol for cleanliness, which includes providing regularly disinfected competition and training locations and personal hygiene procedures.

With that said, USA Wrestling is close to developing guidelines for the Return to Practice and Return to Competition within its organization. USA Wrestling’s Return to Practice and Competition Subcommittee, led by USA Wrestling’s Director of National Events Pete Isais and featuring medical, public health and event operations leaders, is deep into its work. Its efforts will be reviewed and finalized by its COVID-19 Advisory Committee. This will be made available to the U.S. wrestling community as it makes its decisions on the resumption of activity.

USA Wrestling looks forward to the time when the world has moved past this current pandemic and our sport can return to full operation. In the meantime, everyone in the wrestling community is encouraged to remain engaged with the sport, train at home as possible and follow the regulations of their local government and health authorities.

USA Wrestling postpones National and Regional events through July 1

Due to the nature of what it would entail to host a national or regional USA Wrestling competition, with the first priority being the health and safety of all participants involved, USA Wrestling has extended the postponement of its national and regional events through July 1.

In addition to the 10 national and regional events that USA Wrestling previously postponed through May 10, there are 10 additional events which have now been postponed:

• Western Regional Championships, Farmington, UT, May 14-16

• Northern Plains Regional Championships, Rochester, MN, May 15-17

• Central Regional Championships, Fort Wayne, IN, May 15-17

• Southeast Regional Championships, Wilmington, NC, May 22-24

• UWW U23 & Junior World Team Trials, Geneva, OH, May 29-31    

• Southern Plains Regional Championships, Dodge City, KS, June 5-7

• 16U National Duals, Loves Park, IL, June 9-13

• 14U National Duals, Franklin, IN, June 10-14

• Junior National Duals, Tulsa, OK, June 16-20

• USA Wrestling Kids Nationals, Wisconsin Dells, WI, June 25-27

Working with its COVID-19 Advisory Committee and relying on current advice from health and government agencies, USA Wrestling is currently formulating the specific safety measures that must be put in place in order for the resumption of club practice and local or state competitions. Any such activity will only be possible when held under the guidelines set by local and state health authorities and in compliance with the safety measures being developed for the sport.

As this situation regarding this pandemic remains fluid and ever-evolving, USA Wrestling will continue to monitor its policies regarding National and Regional events, sanctioned events and club practices, and additional changes to these policies are possible.

Letter to USA Wrestling members from Bruce Baumgartner and Rich Bender

We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during these trying times. As the United States and the world continue to face the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, here at USA Wrestling, we are focused on being a support and resource for all of our members and their families.

In everything that we do, our number one priority is always the safety of our athletes and their families, all our members, our national staff and the entire U.S. wrestling community.

USA Wrestling is a big family, with more than 255,000 members and 4,500 clubs nationwide striving together to strengthen the sport. During these unprecedented times, we are coming together in so many ways. We believe the best strategy to get through this situation is to listen to our members and to communicate regularly with our wrestling family.

With that in mind, we would like to let our members know what USA Wrestling has been doing to serve them and to increase the value of their membership:

• USA Wrestling has formed an amazing COVID-19 Advisory Committee of experts who are helping us better understand the situation and make informed decisions. These leaders are: Dr. Tom Price, a physician who is a past U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and past member of Congress; Dr. Bernard Feldman, UWW Medical Commission member and Hall of Fame wrestling physician; and John Bardis, past U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, and a longtime USA Wrestling leader who has had a successful career in the medical industry.

• With unanimous support of the USA Wrestling COVID-19 Advisory Committee, USA Wrestling has suspended all sanctioned events and national events through May 10. This is based upon recommendations from local health authorities and governmental agencies. It is being monitored on a daily basis, and changes are possible based upon the most current advice and information available.

• USA Wrestling is using all of its communication platforms to inform, educate and engage our members. A COVID-19 Special Section on our website can be found at, and is being updated every day with specific news updates and resource materials.

• Launched, a portal with thousands of free wrestling videos, including instruction videos, competition video and interview videos. USA Wrestling is also producing daily "Moments off the Mat" video interviews, which are streamed on each weekday at 3:00 p.m.

• As a benefit to all current members, USA Wrestling has made the online Copper and Bronze Certification courses available for free.

• USA Wrestling is holding regular video conference calls with our state leaders, National Teams and others, to provide information and support, as well as allow for feedback and input.

• Helped support and promote the efforts of our state associations, many which are providing online instruction and other services for the members in their state and around the nation.

Your membership in USA Wrestling is what makes this all possible, and for that we are incredibly grateful. We encourage you to contact USA Wrestling with any ideas on other programs we can develop to serve your needs. Feel free to send an email to, or call our switchboard at 719-598-8181 at any time.

USA Wrestling and the wrestling community is accustomed to overcoming challenges. We are confident that the lessons instilled by the sport of wrestling will allow us to work together to weather the current storm. We are planning for the time when we can all be back on the mat, and participating in our great sport again. As we go through this together, check in regularly with USA Wrestling through its media platforms, spend time with your family and be safe.


Bruce Baumgartner President


Rich Bender Executive Director


USA Wrestling suspends sanctioned and national events through May 10

Adhering to the guidance from the governor, the CDC and USA National office, we will be cancelling all events through May 10 at this time. 

This includes qualifiers and clinics.

Logistics will be worked out and communicated once we know what will be going on.  

A decision on State Duals will be made later. 

If you have any questions, please contact either Keith Carter ( or Robin Rayfield (  know and we will try to get you some answers.

2020 16U and Junior Nationals Begin in:


Shumate wins title, Greco has 9 All-Americans

FARGO, N.D. — The only thing better than grabbing one stop sign is snagging another.

Seth Shumate doubled his fun at the 16U Greco-Roman Nationals in Fargo, N.D. by taking first place.

To understand how big a feat that is, over the six tournaments (16U, Junior and women), 5,378 wrestlers from 47 states took to 25 mats and wrestled 10,575 matches.

They were officiated by 183 referees and 42 pairing officials with 15 medical staff members and three announcers on hand.

That gave Shumate (195 pounds) two national titles inside the FargoDome in a week he’ll likely never forget.

“It feels really good,” Shumate said. “I set a goal after the World Team Trials and finally accomplished it. I try to hold the highest expectations I can for myself. If they’re super high here, you accomplish a lot. I feel good about it.”

Shumate wasn’t the only one to double in Fargo as Riley Ucker (220) and Ryan Elrod (285) finished eighth in 16U Greco to go along with the podium performances in freestyle.

Nevan Snodgrass (170) was a third-place finisher in at the Junior Greco level and doubled as well.

Add Alex Coleman (5th, 285) and Kevin Contos (6th, 152) at the Junior level and Colin Roberts (3rd, 126), Marlon Yarbrough (8th, 106) and Gunner Endicott (8th, 160) at the 16U level and it was a solid showing by the Greco team with nine All-Americans

“Last year we had three All-Americans,” Shumate said. “We have (10) now. We put in a lot of hard work at camp in Ohio Northern. I’m proud of them. We just pushed each other so much. We held each other accountable and it brought us up to do better.

“Every session at camp and here Erik Burnett would go out there and say, ‘You guys are from Ohio. You’re going to beat previous All-Americans because you’re from Ohio. It doesn’t matter if you’re a state qualifier or district qualifier. You guys are going to do what you do best and that’s wrestle. I liked that.”

That idea wasn’t lost on Snodgrass either.

“We took a big step in Greco this year,” he said. “By far. It feels like people learned how to hand fight better. We toughened up a little more and got it done.”

Ohio finishes 2nd, 3rd in freestyle, adds 19 All-Americans

FARGO, N.D. — Change the name of the tournament all you want. Bring in tougher competition. Team Ohio is still going to bring it.

The powers that be decided to make this year’s Cadet Freestyle Nationals, the 16U Freestyle Nationals. The Junior Nationals brought bigger names in a loaded field.

The outcome was much the same as Ohio finished second behind Illinois in the Junior ranks and third behind Pennsylvania and Minnesota in U16 to claim yet another top five finish in the most exclusive tournament in the U.S.

Angelo Rini (126) and Paddy Gallagher (160) won national titles at the Junior level and were helped by Mick Burnett (132), Vic Voinovich (2nd, 145), Manzona Bryant (3rd, 145), Nevan Snodgrass (3rd, 170), Ethan Hatcher (3rd, 195), Matt Cover (6th, 195) and Michael Baker (8th, 195).

"I love hanging out with these guys," Gallagher said. "We're all a family and make each other better."

Seth Shumate picked up a national title at 195 pounds in 16U and Dillon Campbell was runner-up at 94 pounds.

Add a third-place finish from Kyren Butler (126) and placings by Codie Cuerbo (4th, 94), Sean Seefeldt (4th, 106), Ismael Ayoub (4th, 126), Tyler Lillard (4th, 152), Gavin Brown (5th, 145), Riley Ucker (5th, 220) and Ryan Elrod (8th, 285) and it was easy to see Ohio meant business in Fargo, N.D.

“It feels great,” Shumate said. “I have a journal where I write down my goals. I didn’t accomplish one of those, which was making the world team. Fargo was that next one and I worked my butt off to get here.

“In Fargo camp everyone was mad we got second last year, so we all worked our tails off. We might not be first this year. We came up short, but that just means next year we’re going to have a lot harder training to get what we want.”

Let that be a warning to the rest of the nation with ideas of grandeur about knocking out one of the super powers in freestyle.

Falling one point behind Minnesota for second and 11 points in back of Pennsylvania has already lit the fire for the Buckeye State.

Talk has already begun and wrestlers are ready to return to Ohio Northern University to better themselves and climb the standings even higher in both divisions.

“I feel like in the coming years we’ll be able to take the trophy home,” Butler said. “The youth coming up are doing great things, too. Ohio is very strong. I feel like we’re the best.”


Women's teams come home with six All-Americans

FARGO, N.D. — Team Ohio doesn’t get shut out very often.

It happened last year at the Women’s Cadet level and got under the skin of many of the wrestlers.

Back in the FargoDome this year and ready to wreak havoc, the 16U freestyle team had All-Americans in Riley Banyas (5th, 100 pounds), Ayala Wolak (5th, 144), Makayla Young (7th, 94) and Cheyenne Meade (7th, 180) to right the ship and set the tone for the rest of the week.

What’s more, every wrestler won their last match to show the rest of the nation what’s up with a 14th-place finish despite having only having 10 individuals on the team in the 41-state field.

The Junior Freestyle team had All-American finishes from Leilah Castro (6th, 122) and Andrea Schlabach (7th, 127).

“That shows that even if we didn’t have our mojo last year, we’re going to come back and do better the next year,” Banyas said. “Nothing can break us. This will definitely prepare us. Now we know what we need to do and how we need to prepare. We have our confidence back and come and win this tournament if we wanted.”

McKayla Campbell is no stranger to Team Ohio having been a two-time world team member, eight-time national champion and 14-time All-American.

Now a coach for the Buckeye State, the Campbellsville junior sees a lot of the same fire in this year’s team as she did when she was tearing up the mats in Fargo, N.D.

“This was so important because all these girls came in with a different mindset,” she said. “We’re here for one thing and one thing only and that’s to represent Team Ohio and representative ourselves by placing as high as we can. Just seeing this big arena and how important it is to so many other people they feel like, ‘If I’m not that into this what am I doing here?’ It makes them not only want to be a better version of themselves, but a better wrestler.”

Congratulations to all the 16U and Junior Greco-Roman and Freestyle National team members. To make things easier, direct links to information regarding the national teams and a list of each national team have been created to the left of this message.

Simply click "2019 National Teams" or "2019 National Team info" and everything you need is right there.

The General Meeting for Team Ohio has been moved to Sept. 29. Please make note of it from here going forward.

Congratulations to all

state champions and placers

2019 USAW Schedule

Junior Greco-Roman Team

Junior Greco finished Fargo off with on All-American: Lennox Wolak (4th, 182)

Cadet Greco sixth, crown two champions

FARGO, N.D. — Three All-Americans wasn’t cutting it for Team Ohio, so the Buckeye state doubled its fun.

With no finalists and just three All-Americans a year ago at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals, Ohio went back to work and found its way to the podium with six All-Americans.

What’s more, Ohio crowned champions in Davin Rhoads (126) and Alex Coleman (285) and had six All-Americans.

Coleman’s was over before you could blink as the freestyle All-American pinned four-time All-American and freestyle runner-up Colby Whitehall of Pennsylvania in 14 seconds.

No sooner did the referee blow the whistle than the state alternate had Whitehall on his back looking for the fall.

“We have great coaches and great kids,” Coleman said. “We’re really building over the years. You can tell.”

That thinking is undeniable considering Seth Shumate (4th, 170), Aaron Morton (4th, 160), Daniel Sugura (5th, 145) and Brent Paulus (6th, 195) also reached the podium, proving that Ohio is on the way up after a down season in 2017.

“I think we have more coaches and more people helping us to succeed,” Rhoads said. “You can see it we’re getting better every day.”

For Ohio it’s more of a brotherhood as the one unifying factor in it all was constant practice to help improve each other both mentally and physically.

Rhoads, who missed out in the blood round of freestyle, refocused and looked at one goal. When that goal of being an All-American turned into being a national champion, instead of crediting himself, he credited the process.

"From my teammates from my home school and those from everywhere, we're just one big team,” Rhoads said. “We always support each other no matter what.”

Practice makes champions, but facing top-flight competition in the practice room is what brings home stops signs from the FargoDome.

“It helps quite a bit,” Coleman said. “You’re wrestling someone who is the same caliber of what you’re going to see here. It makes you the best. This week or two when we’re together, it’s everything to us.”

Team Ohio second in Junior Freestyle

FARGO, N.D. — Tug on Superman’s cape and you feel the pain.

Every year, Team Ohio comes out to the U.S. Marine Corps Nationals in Fargo, N.D., and every year, things turn sour for opponents.

While the national team title eluded Ohio again, the Buckeye state repeated its runner-up finish behind Illinois and crowned champions in Jordan Decatur (132 pounds), Bryce Andonian (145) and Carson Kharchla (170) with Gabe Tagg (138) finishing second.

“We’re just so deep in every weight, so when we come, especially at the junior level, all the guys are focused” Decatur said. “A lot of the guys start freestyle when they begin high school. When we roll into it by the time we’re all juniors, we’re always the top guys.”

That’s hard to ignore with Julian Tagg (3rd, 120), Connor Brady (3rd, 152), Dustin Norris (4th, 113), Colin Noel (6th, 100), Dylan D’Emilio (6th, 132), Jordan Crace (6th, 138), Nevan Snodgrass (6th, 160), Victor Marcelli (8th, 182) and Matthew Cover (8th, 220) grabbing All-American status.

“We push each other,” Andonian said. “Everybody wants to be the best. They say iron sharpens iron. It may seem like it’s overused, but it’s true. Everybody in Ohio pushes each other. During the high school season, we’re all against each other, but in the summer everybody comes together.”

That can’t be denied as the practice room at Ohio Northern University where the team trains looks like a who’s who among the state’s best.

“The camps are torture because you don’t get a break,” Decatur said. “Every single guy you’re going with a three-time state champ, a two-time state champ. You’re getting the best guys. We build off each other. The talent is through the roof.”

So is the coaching and that isn’t lost on the wrestlers.

“We’re in a really good spot as a state,” Kharchla said. “With other states around us being so strong, we all make each other better. I also think we have some of the best, if not the best, coaches in Ohio helping us. It’s really convenient if you want to get extra work. You don’t have to travel 20-plus hours to get in good work.”

Team Ohio runner-up in Cadet Freestyle

FARGO, N.D. — Grab the sunscreen, the future is once again bright for Team Ohio.

Competing in Fargo, N.D., at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Freestyle Nationals, the Buckeye state repeated the feat and finished second in the team race.

While it didn’t collect an individual title, it did put 14 individuals on the podium as All-Americans in a field of 1,181 wrestlers from 46 states

“I think the cadets are slightly overlooked because of how good the junior team is,” runner-up Mick Burnett said. “I’m not knocking them at all because they’re a great group of kids. To come out here and perform how we did, it’ll help on how the nation looks at our younger guys.”

Burnett (126 pound) and Luke Geog (138) paved the way with second-place finishes, while Jake Niffenegger (132) and Alex Coleman (285) were fourth.

Marlon Yarbrough (88), Derek Fields (132) Seth Shumate (170) and Ethan Hatcher (182) finished fifth and Sean Seefeldt (100) and Kyle Rowan (106) finished sixth.

Riley Ucker (220) was seventh with Noah Ewen (152), Brent Paulus (182) and Garrett Lautzenheiser (113) finishing eighth.

“We wanted to push really hard to get that team victory,” Geog said. “Everybody came together with the thought of getting that individual victory. It worked together to build one strong team.

One of the most intriguing teams in the field, Team Ohio fell behind only Pennsylvania, who had the same amount of All-Americans but had two state champions.

Undaunted, Team Ohio formed a brotherhood and came together as a solid unit.

“We’re one of the best teams in the country and we show that every year,” Geog said. “We just have to prove that to others and ourselves. Every day in practice, we’re like brothers together. We come together and strive to meet our max potential.”

Junior Duals National Champions!!!!


TULSA, Okla. — Call it a warning.

Label it a wonderful team effort.

But one thing is for sure, the rest of the country was put on notice at the Junior National Duals in Tulsa, Okla., as Ohio blitzed the 34-team field and walked home with the national title.

With the UWW Nationals just around the corner, the message was sent that stop signs may be the color of a buckeye as Team Ohio heads to Fargo, N.D. next week.

“We just showed the rest of the country that we can win a title at Fargo to go along with the duals title,” 145-pounder Vic Voinovich said. “We just went out there and each guy tried to set a high pace and show everyone what Ohio is about.”

That scenario played out over and over as Voinovich joined Logan Agin (113), Lucas Byrd (120), Jordan Crace (138), Colt Yinger (170) and Antonio McCloud (220) as undefeated wrestlers.

With five state champions and nine other state placers crowding the lineup, Team Ohio blurred through pool play by beating North Dakota 53-15, Washington 46-17 and the Oklahoma Outlaws 38-30.

“It’s a good feeling,” Crace said. “We kind of have a target on our backs now, so you know kids are gunning for you. You have to be ready to wrestle.

“Team unity helped a lot. If one kids loses, you knock it out and start the ball rolling and give it to the next guy. That’s something we were pretty good at.”

It showed as Team Ohio continued through the bracket with Kyle Rowan (100), Cole Skinner (106), Agin, Dustin Norris (113), Byrd, Conor McCrone (126), Dylan D’Emilio (132), Crace, Voinovich, Kevin Contos (152), Nevan Snodgrass (160), Yinger, Trey Sizemore (182), Matt Cover (195), McCloud and Jordan Earnest (285) using the momentum to roll.

A 57-8 quarterfinal win over Colorado was a precursor to a 53-13 semifinal win over Missouri.

That brought a tough Minnesota team that gave Ohio everything it had before falling 33-32. The match was still in question until McCloud beat Cole Filbranz, 13-2.

““I think it’s all that more special to win it as a team because it’s not just you anymore,” said Earnest, who went 6-1. “You have to have all your teammates working together. Everyone is wrestling so that the team can win.”

The idea to win it all wasn’t fostered in pool play or as the team advanced in the brackets, but in the Greco-Roman tournament where Ohio finished fourth.

With freestyle up next, it was more a matter of when and less about if the team could do it.

“We weren’t a Greco team so the way we pulled together to place higher than most people saw it, we felt we had what it took to win a freestyle title,” Crace said. “That’s what we trained for.”


Team Ohio


To All Team Ohio Members

Please find the team members listed below

Fargo Forms:

go to National Tab, then Men see Fargo Forms, Women see Women's Team

2018 Schedule

2018 USA Wrestling - Ohio Tournament Schedule

Greco-Roman (GR), and Freestyle (FS) Events

All three Greco-Roman and Freestyle STATE Championships (i.e., Kids/Schoolboy and Cadet/Junior/Open) are for Ohio residents only.





Tournament Director

Jul 28


Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

Jul 29


Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

State Championships are listed in bold. National Events in Ohio are list in Italics

Vic Marcelli grabbed his fifth All-American honor in Fargo, N.D. He was the lone placer for Team Ohio in the Junior Greco-Roman National Tournament.

Marcelli shines for Team Ohio in Greco

Brad Bournival

FARGO, N.D. — Thirty-five hopefuls from Team Ohio entered the Junior Nationals hoping to become a Greco-Roman All-American in Fargo, N.D.

When the 894-wrestler field was whittled down in the middle of the second day of the three-day tournament, only 182-pounder Vic Marcelli was left from the Buckeye state.

The Massillon Jackson senior could have looked at the situation and wilted under the pressure.

He could have packed his bags and set sights on his high school senior year.

Instead, Marcelli used the situation as a badge of honor and one where he defended the great name of Ohio wrestling by finishing fifth.

“I don’t feel too much pressure,” he said. “We have a lot of tough Greco wrestlers so I wanted to be able to get more.”

By beating Alabama’s Christian Knop, who was a Southeast Regional champ in both Greco and Freestyle, Marcelli nabbed his second All-American honor of the week and now has five with three coming in Greco.

It was the second time Marcelli doubled in Fargo, after doing it two years ago at 160.

Fast forward to this year and Marcelli finished things with a 5-0 win where he was never seriously threatened by Knop.

“It’s just wrestling to my potential,” Marcelli said. “Being able to double AA out there feels good.

“It was nine days plus the camp. It was really long and tough. You have to be versatile and just expand your realm of wrestling and how you compete.”

As he enters his senior season, Marcelli will take some time off as will most of the rest of Team Ohio, but knows he’s a better wrestler because of his time in Fargo.

Whether it was the regiment of controlling his weight, working through the rigorous practices Team Ohio coaching puts you through or just maneuvering your way through the minefield of competitors the competition puts you through, when you come out the other side, you’re better for it.

Marcelli has seen himself become a more refined, stronger wrestler every time he comes back from North Dakota. He also sees his game get strong mentally as well.

He knows it’s up to him to take that next step.

“I’m definitely way better,” Marcelli said. “Even from match to match, I’m stronger. More than anything, I’m better day to day. The four-day training camp plus the experience, the mat time, it just adds up really quick over nine days.”


Junior Greco Roman Team

Junior Greco finished Fargo off with 1 All-American:
Victor Marcelli (182) 5th

Victor was a double AA for the 2nd time in 4 years!

Cadet Greco Roman Team

Cadet Greco Roman Team finished with 3 All-Americans:
Brett McIntosh (152) 7th
Matt Cover (195) 4th
Louden Haga (285) WVA/OH 5th

Autumn Gordon (left) and McKayla Campbell ended incredible careers with Team Ohio by finishing second at the Junior Freestyle Nationals.

Junior Women have 2 National Runners-up

Jr Women's Freestyle finished 12th in the country with just 9 girls on the team and had 2 National Runners-up!
McKayla Campbell (106) 2nd
Autumn Gordon (112) 2nd

Campbell, Gordon leave Team Ohio in great place

FARGO, N.D. — McKayla Campbell and Autumn Gordon will head off to college in the fall to wrestle for Campbellsville University and University of Cumberlands, respectively, and unfortunately leave a hole in the Team Ohio lineup

While the duo didn’t grab a Junior Freestyle National championship in Fargo, N.D., the legacy the two have forged isn’t lost on anyone familiar with the wrestling.

“They showed what the expectation is going to be for Team Ohio,”coach Lauren Lourvie said. “They raised the bar and showed the girls how to do it. The other 15 girls we had on the team now see what it’s supposed to look like and what’s supposed to be done.

“They were examples for them in practice. They were just great leaders for our team. They were great examples on and off the mat of what a high-level athlete is supposed to look like.”

Campbell (106 pounds) has been the standard bearer in Fargo for a long time for Team Ohio. A six-time finalist, Campbell owns two titles from 2015.

Unfortunately, a 2017 title wasn’t in the cards for Campbell, who scored a late takedown to tie things with Pennsylvania’s Vayle Rae Baker, but lost on criteria.

Disappointed, but undaunted, the Wauseon graduate knows she’s leaving the team in a good place.

“From where it started four years ago, it’s grown so dramatically,” Campbell said. “It’s crazy to see where I’m at right now with all these girls. I started with four girls on the team and now there’s 17. It’s crazy to see where they’ve come from and how hard they’ve trained to get where they are right now.

“I feel like these girls see what you have to go through to be the best. You’re going to fall short, but you have to keep moving forward and better yourself and get through it.”

Gordon (112) fell short in her bid in a 10-8 loss to Wisconsin’s Alisha Hawk, but knows the team is on the rise.

A national folkstyle champion, Senior Open placer and International Brazil Jiu-Jitsu Federation World champion, hard work and determination put her in the finals.

“I’m honored to be the standard, but it’s very nerve-wracking,” she said. “I want to be the best. Losing that championship was hard on me because I wanted to win it for them to show them you can do it.”

In the Cadet Greco-Roman Tournament, Matthew Cover (4th, 195) Louden Haga (5th, 285) and Brett McIntosh (7th, 152) placed for Team Ohio.


(Photo by Jeff Kullman) Drew Mattin (left) and David Carr won Junior Freestyle National titles in Fargo, N.D., to help Team Ohio to a runner-up finish.

Stop signs are a go; Team Ohio runner-up in Junior Freestyle

Team Ohio finished ninth in the girls Cadet Freestyle Tournament with two champions and two other All-Americans.

With two champions and two other All-Americans the girls Cadet Freestyle team finished ninth at Fargo, N.D.

Brad Bournival

Wrestlers will go to the end of the earth to grab a stop sign.

The eight-sided plaque given to All-Americans at Fargo, N.D., the Junior Freestyle Nationals are arguably the pinnacle of high school wrestling.

Team Ohio pocketed them like they were candy Tuesday through hard work, dedication and a drive few have seen.

There was more fun to be had and it started with David Carr (160), who picked up the one thing he didn’t have. Well, two things he didn’t have.

The three-time state champion felt a little push with six technical falls among his seven wins. It ended with the big stop sign after a 13-3 win over UWW Junior Greco-Roman champion Tyler Dow in the finals and gave him the most outstanding wrestler award — an award Ben Darmstadt won last year for Team Ohio.

“It was so important to win in dominant fashion,” Carr said. “I just love wrestling and big events like this. It’s awesome.”

No one might have wanted it more than Drew Mattin. A runner-up at the Cadet level two years ago, Mattin lost in the quarterfinals last year at the Junior level.

That made his swan song at Fargo before heading off to the University of Michigan a pressure cooker.

Mattin came through in spades, knocking out Folkstyle Junior Nationals champion and returning runner-up Paul Konrath (126 pounds) of Indiana 8-1.

“It’s always been a steppingstone,” Mattin said. “Like Coach Eric Burnett said, you’re either winning, learning or having fun. These past few years, I didn’t win. I had fun and I learned. This year, it all added it up and I won, had fun and learned.”

Carson Kharchla (4th, 160), Antonio McCloud (4th, 220), Dakota Howard (5th, 195), Jon Spalding (6th, 285), Vic Marcelli (7th, 182) and Tommy Hoskins (7th, 120) made it an even dozen All-Americans as Team Ohio finished second.

Admiration for the stop sign shined through in the girls division as well as a Cadet Freestyle title was won by Olivia Shore (100).

The World team member and UWW Cadet National Champion handled Washington Freestyle champion Kenzie Cormier with a 12-1 technical fall.

“There’s no words too really explain the emotions that I feel,” Shore said. “To have the stop sign, a lot of work was put into it. It feels really good to have it all pay off. It all hasn’t hit me. When it does, it’s going to be great.”

Leilah Castro (117) breezed to her title as well. The Folkstyle national champ added a Freestyle crown to her resume with a 12-0 win over two-time Schoolgirl Folkstyle runner-up Sophia Smith.

Team Ohio showed strong in the team race as well. With its largest to date, it finished ninth with Taryn Martin (2nd, 94) and Cassandra Smith (7th, 138) also finding spots on the podium.

Junior Men's Freestyle takes 2nd in the Country and has 2 Champs

Junior Men's FS Team has 2 National Champs, 6 All-Americans, and finishes 2nd in the US!!


Tommy Hoskins (120) 7th

Drew Mattin (126) NATIONAL CHAMP

David Carr (160) NATIONAL CHAMP

Carson Kharchla (160) 4th

Victor Marcelli (182) 7th

Dakota Howard (195) 5th

Antonio McCloud (220) 4th

Jon Spaulding (285) 6th

David Carr was also voted MVW for the tournament!

Cadet Women's Freestyle

Cadet Women FS Team has 2 National Champs, 1 runner-up and a 7th place to finish 9th in the USA!

Olivia Shore (100) NATIONAL CHAMP!
Leilah Castro (117) NATIONAL CHAMP!
Taryn Martin (94) Natl Runner-up
Cassandra Smith (138) 7th place

Leilah Castro (left) and Olivia Shore proudly display how they navigated their way to Cadet Freestyle titles in Fargo, N.D.

Mattew Cover (third from right) was one of 12 All-Americans for Team Ohio in Cadet Freestyle.

Team Ohio rocks Cadet Freestyle at Fargo

Brad Bournival

FARGO, N.D. — Based on what happened over the weekend, Team Ohio is ready to take that next step.

Competing in the Cadet Nationals at Fargo, N.D., the Buckeye State finished behind only Illinois and made its usual statement at the event.

While there weren’t any champions, Team Ohio had 12 All-Americans and proved once again if wrestling is the topic, it’s best to look towards the Northern half of the United States.

“It means a lot,” 195-pound runner-up Matthew Cover said. “We have a lot of good wrestlers on the team. We’re all training hard and putting our best work in. We all probably wish could have gotten first, but second isn’t bad in a national tournament.”

Louden Haga (285) echoed those statements with his runner-up finish.

Like Braxton Amos last year, Haga is from West Virginia, but represented Team Ohio because he did the same in the National Duals (West Virginia doesn’t have a duals team).

While Haga wasn’t able to figure a way around South Dakota state champ Nash Hutmatcher in the finals, he walked out impressed with what Ohio had to offer.

“It was a great experience,” Haga said. “I made a lot of friends. It was very helpful. I think they really made me a better wrestler. Honestly, at the end of my high school season, I never thought I’d be at this point.”

Cover and Haga had some company as Victor Voinovich (3rd, 132), Nevan Snodgrass (3rd, 152), Rowan Madison (4th, 94), Dylan Shawver (5th, 113), Christopher Donathan (5th, 152), Mick Burnett (6th, 120), Gus Sutton (6th, 138), Paddy Gallagher (6th, 138), Dustin Norris (7th, 100) and Brett McIntosh (8th, 152) made the podium a traffic jam of Buckeyes.

That’s just how Ohio rolls as it looks to stay in the talk for a national championship year after year.

“This tournament is the toughest in the country,” Cover said. “You get to see some of the best in the country. If you lose, you learn from it. If you win, you’re a national champion. Everyone helps each other. You wrestle the best.

“It’s a big momentum kick. If you’re able to wrestle Greco, it gets everything going. It’s great.”

More than that, what Team Ohio did was kickstart the high school season.

While many of the Cadets are expecting big things at their respective schools, lessons learned not only in Fargo, but especially in the camp at Ohio Northern prior to the season will go a long way come next March at state tournaments.

“I’m going to try and take all of it back,” said Haga, who will be a junior at Parkersburg South. “I feel a lot better. Everyone has been accommodating. I’m much better technique-wise. I can go hard for quite some time because of this.”


Men's Cadet Freestyle All-Americans

Cadet Men FS finishes 2nd in the US!!!  Way to start us out in Fargo.

Kyle Rowan (94) 4th
Dustin Norris (100) 7th
Dylan Shawver (113) 5th
Mick Burnett (120) 6th
Gus Sutton (126) 6th
Victor Voinovich (132) 3rd
Padraic Gallagher (138) 6th
Devan Snodgrass (152) 3rd
Christopher Donathan (152) 5th
Brett McIntosh (152) 8th
Matthew Cover (195)
Natl runner-up!
Louden Haga (285) (WVA/OH) Natl runner-up!

2017 Schedule

2017 USA Wrestling - Ohio Tournament Schedule

Greco-Roman (GR), and Freestyle (FS) Events

All three Greco-Roman and Freestyle STATE Championships (i.e., Kids/Schoolboy and Cadet/Junior/Open) are for Ohio residents only.

State Championships are listed in bold. National Events in Ohio are list in Italics





Tournament Director

Fri., May 19 – Sun., May 21


Central Regional

Kalamazoo, MI

See for more information; weights

Thurs, June 1 – Sun, June 4


UWW Cadet/University Nationals

University of Akron, Akron, OH

See for more information; weights

Jul 29


Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

Jul 30

Freestyle/ Greco

Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

Once again, Team Ohio shines at OHSAA state tournament

COLUMBUS — Do you have state dreams? Better get your USA wrestling card.
Those who succeed at the OHSAA state tournament know the mat isn’t a four-month process. It’s a year-round passion and many of those that found success on the mats last weekend began the summer either at Fargo, N.D., at Nationals or wrestled for USAW in the spring.
While that might sound like a public service announcement, facts are facts and USA Wrestling breeds champions.
The NCAA Division I Nationals where 28 of the 32 Ohio competitors wrestled in USAW aside, it starts at the high school level and it starts off in the summer.
Going into the state tournament, 52 percent of Division I wrestlers had USA cards in 2016, 43 percent in D-III and 34 percent and 34 percent in D-II.
What’s more, 29 of the 42 champs cut their teeth on USA Wrestling with 12 of the 14 coming in D-I. That’s 69 percent of all state champions.
Add in USAW card members from 2015 and it bumps up to 86 percent.
“It totally prepares them,” USAW and Elyria assistant coach Jack Gillespie said. “If you look at our program, everybody that has been a Fargo All-American pretty much has been a state champ. If you’ve been a FILA Cadet champ, you’ve qualified and placed.
“You look at the history of our program, guys that go to Fargo go to the state tournament. We’ve had three guys not go to Fargo that have been state placers since Erik (Burnett) has been the head coach.”
To put that in perspective, in 20 years, Burnett has had 42 wrestlers reach the podium and crowned 10 champions.
That’s 93 percent wrestling in the summer and that’s just one school.
But take the words of a coach, wrestlers feel the same way.
“It’s incredible,” Brecksville state champ Julian Tagg said. “I can’t even explain it. I learn the mistakes I’m making and what I need to fix.”
The 106-pound freshman isn’t just a state champ, he’s a cadet national freestyle champ, having won the title last summer.
La Salle’s Lucas Byrd, who Tagg beat in the semifinals, finished third and will return to Fargo next summer as a cadet Greco-Roman runner-up.
“It’s an incredible experience,” Byrd said. “You can’t really describe it. It has helped me a lot in every aspect, knowing what I need to work on, knowing what my faults are, knowing what I need to fix.”
More than that, winning or even placing on a national stage helps. Elyria’s Dylan Shawver (113) went out to Fargo and earned cadet freestyle All-American status. He beat returning runner-up Gabe Tagg, another USA wrestler, to open the tournament and finished fourth.
Tagg, by the way, exacted his revenge in the third-place match.
USAW breeds confidence as well.
When Spencer Berthold pinned his way to the championship match at 220 in Division I, it not only marked the first state placer for Midview since 1988 (Adam Duke, 4th), but the first state finalist since 1985 (Carlos Martin, 98 pounds).
He finished runner-up, but pointed to USAW as the catalyst.
“I’ve been lifting a lot,” Berthold said. “I didn’t ‘AA’ out (in Fargo) and that just pushed me even more. It made me want it even more. How can I do it if I don’t believe in myself?
“Before the semifinals, I was like, ‘Think about not making it and always finishing where I didn’t want to slip. It just burned and built up. I just released it. I guess I was surprised, but I always knew I could do it. I always believed.”