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    Ian Parker wins a junior freestyle national title at 132 pounds for Team Michigan. Photo courtesy of John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com.

    Team Michigan turns in best-ever finish at Fargo

    07/25/2016, 8:00am EDT
    By Michigan USA Wrestling

    FARGO, N.D. – Michigan’s three national champions and 30 all-Americans turned out to the state’s best ever finish at the 2016 ASICS/Vaughan USA Wrestling freestyle and Greco-Roman national championship.

    The best finish came when the cadet Greco team finished second.

    “The coaches congratulate you on a great Fargo nationals performance,” national team coach Al Freeman said in an email to wrestlers and parents following the tournament. “Your 2016 Fargo team is now the new benchmark in assessing future Michigan team results. Michigan is very proud of you!”

    Two-time state champ Ian Parker upset four-time Fargo champion Taylor LaMont of Utah in the 132-pound finals, 3-2. Parker won a cadet freestyle championship in 2013 and will wrestle at Iowa State next year. 

    "I knew that he was the best in the country and best in the world, but I know I'm right there with those guys. I knew I could compete with him. I lost a close match to him earlier this summer so I knew I was right there,” Parker told themat.com. “It was an amazing feeling. It was my first time in the finals at Fargo and it's amazing beating a world-class guy like that.”

    He led Michigan to a fourth-place team finish. You can watch Parker’s interview with USA Wrestling after winning his title here.

    Rayvon Foley finished in second place at 106 pounds after dropping a 7-2 decision to Jason Holmes of Arizona in the finals.

    Kanen Storr dropped a tough 11-10 decision in the finals at 138 pounds against Indiana’s Nick Lee.

    Dominic Lajoie finished fourth at 113 pounds and Jelani Embree was third at 182.

    Other all-Americans included:  Blake Montrie (8th at 160 pounds), Tyler Morland (8th at 170 pounds), Brandon Whitman (5th at 195 pounds)

    Corey Gamet led Michigan’s cadet contingent in Fargo with a 11-2 win in the finals at 106 pounds over Kansas’ Jace Koelzer.

    You can watch Gamet’s interview with USA Wrestling following his win in the finals here.

    Michigan finished in seventh in freestyle in the cadet division.

    Andrew Chambal finished third at 88 pounds with a 2-1 win over Ohio’s Cole Skinner.

    Michigan had two all-American’s at 132 pounds as Nick Freeman finished fourth and Kevon Davenport came in fifth place.

    Other all-Americans at the cadet level included: David Stepanian (6th at 94 pounds), Ben Kamali (8th at 113 pounds), Cam Amine (7th at 138 pounds), Austin Emerson (5th at 285 pounds)

    Michigan’s highest finish as a team was in Greco-Roman in the cadet division.

    Nine all-American placewinners powered Michigan to a second place team finish. Illinois won the team title.

    Jordan Hamdan’s title at 113 pounds led the way for Michigan in Cadet Greco.

    Watch Hamdan’s interview with USA Wrestling here.

    Hamdan was down 8-0 early and scored nine unanswered points in the second period to beat Reece Witcraft of Oklahoma 11-8.

    Other all-Americans included: Andrew Chambal (2nd at 88 pounds), David Stepanian (5th at 94 pounds), Chase LaJoie (3rd at 100 pounds), Ben Kamali (6th at 113 pounds), Nick Freeman (5th at 132 pounds), Cam Amine (4th at 138 pounds), Tyler Moore (8th at 220 pounds), Austin Emerson (3rd at 285 pounds)

    Michigan had five juniors place in Greco in Fargo and earn all-American status. Ben Freeman's third place finish at 138 pounds led the junior group.

    Other all-Americans included:Dom LaJoie (4th at 113 pounds), Jelani Embree (6th at 170 pounds), Brandon Whitman (5th at 195 pounds), Anthony Riopelle (7th at 220 pounds)

     

    Ian Parker wins a junior freestyle national title at 132 pounds for Team Michigan. Photo courtesy of John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com.

    Team Michigan turns in best-ever finish at Fargo

    07/25/2016, 8:00am EDT
    By Michigan USA Wrestling

    FARGO, N.D. – Michigan’s three national champions and 30 all-Americans turned out to the state’s best ever finish at the 2016 ASICS/Vaughan USA Wrestling freestyle and Greco-Roman national championship.

    The best finish came when the cadet Greco team finished second.

    “The coaches congratulate you on a great Fargo nationals performance,” national team coach Al Freeman said in an email to wrestlers and parents following the tournament. “Your 2016 Fargo team is now the new benchmark in assessing future Michigan team results. Michigan is very proud of you!”

    Two-time state champ Ian Parker upset four-time Fargo champion Taylor LaMont of Utah in the 132-pound finals, 3-2. Parker won a cadet freestyle championship in 2013 and will wrestle at Iowa State next year. 

    "I knew that he was the best in the country and best in the world, but I know I'm right there with those guys. I knew I could compete with him. I lost a close match to him earlier this summer so I knew I was right there,” Parker told themat.com. “It was an amazing feeling. It was my first time in the finals at Fargo and it's amazing beating a world-class guy like that.”

    He led Michigan to a fourth-place team finish. You can watch Parker’s interview with USA Wrestling after winning his title here.

    Rayvon Foley finished in second place at 106 pounds after dropping a 7-2 decision to Jason Holmes of Arizona in the finals.

    Kanen Storr dropped a tough 11-10 decision in the finals at 138 pounds against Indiana’s Nick Lee.

    Dominic Lajoie finished fourth at 113 pounds and Jelani Embree was third at 182.

    Other all-Americans included:  Blake Montrie (8th at 160 pounds), Tyler Morland (8th at 170 pounds), Brandon Whitman (5th at 195 pounds)

    Corey Gamet led Michigan’s cadet contingent in Fargo with a 11-2 win in the finals at 106 pounds over Kansas’ Jace Koelzer.

    You can watch Gamet’s interview with USA Wrestling following his win in the finals here.

    Michigan finished in seventh in freestyle in the cadet division.

    Andrew Chambal finished third at 88 pounds with a 2-1 win over Ohio’s Cole Skinner.

    Michigan had two all-American’s at 132 pounds as Nick Freeman finished fourth and Kevon Davenport came in fifth place.

    Other all-Americans at the cadet level included: David Stepanian (6th at 94 pounds), Ben Kamali (8th at 113 pounds), Cam Amine (7th at 138 pounds), Austin Emerson (5th at 285 pounds)

    Michigan’s highest finish as a team was in Greco-Roman in the cadet division.

    Nine all-American placewinners powered Michigan to a second place team finish. Illinois won the team title.

    Jordan Hamdan’s title at 113 pounds led the way for Michigan in Cadet Greco.

    Watch Hamdan’s interview with USA Wrestling here.

    Hamdan was down 8-0 early and scored nine unanswered points in the second period to beat Reece Witcraft of Oklahoma 11-8.

    Other all-Americans included: Andrew Chambal (2nd at 88 pounds), David Stepanian (5th at 94 pounds), Chase LaJoie (3rd at 100 pounds), Ben Kamali (6th at 113 pounds), Nick Freeman (5th at 132 pounds), Cam Amine (4th at 138 pounds), Tyler Moore (8th at 220 pounds), Austin Emerson (3rd at 285 pounds)

    Michigan had five juniors place in Greco in Fargo and earn all-American status. Ben Freeman's third place finish at 138 pounds led the junior group.

    Other all-Americans included:Dom LaJoie (4th at 113 pounds), Jelani Embree (6th at 170 pounds), Brandon Whitman (5th at 195 pounds), Anthony Riopelle (7th at 220 pounds)

     

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    MUSAW Fargo Information

    ~~MUSAW TEAM MICHIGAN 2015
    ASICS/VAUGHAN JUNIOR & CADET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
    FARGO DOME
    1800 UNIVERSITY DR. NORTH
    FARGO, ND
    JULY 18-25, 2015

    This tournament is wrestling’s premier individual National wrestling event.   It is the crowning jewel of Freestyle and Greco wrestling for the Cadet and Junior division athlete. See the complete schedule on themat.com for weigh-in and check-in times.
    All athletes planning to participate in this event must qualify and register through MUSAW.  No individual registrations are accepted for this event.  You must qualify through the MUSAW State Tournament, USAW Central Regional’s or by being a past age group All-American. For example: To qualify at cadet you must have been a past cadet All- American
    MUSAW can provide transportation & housing for athletes that are not traveling/staying with their parent, coach or another family; however those arrangements must be made in advance.  All athletes must be present for registration and check-in, in order to receive their credentials.  Wrestlers must also attend mandatory work-outs and practices which will be scheduled throughout the week.
    Participating as a member of the MUSAW National Team is an honor and privilege.  It is important that all athletes represent themselves and the State of Michigan with class and integrity.  We expect your best both on and off the mat.  Anyone not complying with the rules will not be allowed to continue participating in this event.
    Please review the attached information for details on camps, costs, contacts and registration.  Feel free to contact anyone on the contact list if you should have further questions or concerns regarding this event.  You can print the complete flier for this event at www.themat.com. further information will be posted at musaw.org and you may also get updates by subscribing to the Musawrestling facebook page.

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