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Wrestlers Invading Fargodome

20 Jul Posted by in State Portals | Comments
Wrestlers Invading Fargodome

The Fargodome has seen an influx in activity the past couple of days.

No, not in preparation for Bison football, but because of the Cadet and Junior Wrestling championships scheduled to run through Saturday, July 26 at Fargodome and the Bison Sports Arena.

Competition kicks off at 9:30 a.m. today with the first session of Cadet Greco-Roman wrestling.

In total, the tournament has had 4,300 entries in its six events and two divisions of wrestling.

Head NDSU wrestling coach Bucky Maughan has been logging hours all week to make sure the largest wrestling tournament in the world starts without a hitch.

“This is the best wrestling tournament for development of talent in the country,” Maughan said. “It takes a lot of work and a lot of volunteers to put it on.”

The tournament, which is entering its 16th year in Fargo, will feature a Cadet division (ages 15-16) of freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling and a Junior division (grades 9-12) of freestyle and Greco-Roman along with both a women’s dual championship and women’s wrestling event.

Though entries are down slightly from last year, Maughan said he’s optimistic every year when it comes to tournament time.

“We are always trying to bring in new people every year,” he said. “A lot of people think we’re out in the middle of nowhere, but are always surprised when they come.”

The surprise Maughan speaks of usually sets in when the tournament gets going and all 34 mats at the Fargodome and the Bison Sports Arena are being used for competition at once.

That kind of action also makes an impact beyond the mat.

“The tournament has had a major impact on the city of Fargo,” Maughan said. “I don’t think you’d be able to find an open hotel room in town all week.”

Since 1996, the tournament has been a combined Cadet and Junior championship that has put Fargo on the United States wrestling map.

Pete Isais, Director of National Events for U.S.A. wrestling said the tournament is known worldwide as ‘Fargo’ and attacks a lot of competition and recognition.

“This tournament also kicks off the recruiting season for college coaches around the country.”

Another bragging point for the tournament is that it has a history of producing strong amateur wrestlers at the Olympic and collegiate levels.

“Every wrestler on the United States Greco-Roman and freestyle team going to Beijing has wrestled in this tournament.”

Among those Olympic wrestlers is 18-year old Jake Deitchler of Ramsey, Minn. who won a Junior National Greco-Roman Championship in 2007 at the 145-pound weight class.

Deitchler will not defend his title at this year’s event after qualifying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Greco-Roman Olympic team that will compete in Beijing in August.

He will, however, attend the championships in Fargo on Tuesday to train and sign autographs.

If you go

- What: 2008 Accelerad Cadet and ASICS/Vaughan Junior National Championships

- When: Today through Saturday, July 26

- Where: Fargodome and Bison Sports Arena

- Info: Admission:
Session pass $90 for adults, $60 for ages 17 and under; Single day pass $15 for adults, $10 for ages 17 and under. To volunteer, call (701) 730-8186.

Junior National freestyle

Name State Weight

Max Nowry Illinois 98

David Taylor Ohio 105

Jon Morrison Illinois 112

Jordan Oliver Pennsylvania 119

Nate Moore Iowa 125

Colin Johnston Pennsylvania 135

Michael Mangrum Washington 140

Mario Mason New Jersey 145

Scott Winston New Jersey 160

Junior National Greco-Roman

Name State Weight

Max Nowry Illinois 98

David Taylor Ohio 105

Andrew Long Iowa 112

Kendrick Saunders Florida 140

*Jake Deitchler Minnesota 145

Ty Vinson Montana 171

Ryland Geiger Oregon 189

Marcel Dubose Michigan 215

* – 18-year-old Jake Deitchler will not defend his title after qualifying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team. He will compete at the Beijing Games in August.

Junior National Women

Name State Weight

Hanna Martin Oklahoma 95

Helen Maroulis Maryland 109

Micheala Hutchinson Alaska 119

Randi Beltz Missouri 124

Tatiana Padilla California 132

Veronica Carlson Illinois 139

Adeline Gray Colorado 146

Brittany Delgado South Carolina 190

Lakia Henderson Florida 220

Cadet National freestyle

Name State Weight

Hayden Zillmer Minnesota 84

Carson Kuhn Utah 91

Hunter Stieber Ohio 98

Chris Phillips Ohio 171

Cadet National Greco-Roman

Name State Weight

Hayden Zillmer Minnesota 84

Valyen Rauser Montana 91

Jesse Thielke Wisconsin 98

Dylan Ness Minnesota 112

Andrew Campalattano New Jersey 189

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 451-5651