Massa repeated as champion and was named Outstanding Wrestler after winning the FILA Junior Nationals freestyle title on Sunday at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.
Massa downed Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh 3-1, 2-1 to win the title at 74 kg/163 lbs. Massa won the title at 70 kg/154.25 lbs. last year.
Massa was joined as a repeat champion by Nick Roberts (No. 7 @ 112) (50 kg/110 lbs.), Ethen Lofthouse (79 kg/174 lbs.) and Lee Munster (84 kg/185 lbs.). Massa is a junior in high school. He won the USA Wrestling Cadet Triple Crown in 2009.
“This year, it feels so much better to win it,” Massa said. “I feel like I had one of the toughest charts in the tournament, if not the toughest. My goal is to make the Junior World Team. It’s always a real tough tournament. I trained hard and it paid off.”
Roberts was fifth at the 2010 Junior World Championships.
The Junior age group consists of 17-20 year olds, featuring some of the nation’s top wrestlers, as well as underclassmen from the college level.
The champions in each of the seven Olympic weight classes, plus 50 kg/110 lbs., advance to the best-of-3 finals for the FILA Junior World Team Trials. The Junior World Team Trials are set for May 19-20 in Franklin, Ind.
The top six finishers in the seven Olympic classes, plus 50 kg, qualify for the Junior World Team Trials.
There were 357 wrestlers entered in the FILA Junior freestyle class, an increase from the 317 that entered last year.