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)