Team USA Places Second At Junior Worlds
The Junior World Championships took place in Estonia and Team USA took home second place behind Russia. Leading the way for the United States were David Carr (Canton, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC) at 74 kg/163 lbs and Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Cliff Keen WC) at 125 kg/275 lbs who both brought home gold medals.
Carr is about to start his redshirt freshman year at Iowa State, where his father and coach was a three time NCAA champion. In his final match, Carr defeated Jintaro Motoyama of Japan in a close match 5-4. Carr won a cadet world bronze medal in 2016.
Mason Parris is entering his sophmore year at Michigan where he as an NCAA qualifier last season. He had a very dominant performance at Junior Worlds, in his first three matches he had three tech falls and out scored his opponents 33-2. He then pinned Amir Hossein Abbas Zare of Iran in the finals.
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Other than the two gold medals by Carr and Parris, the United States brought home many other silver and bronze medals.
Winning silver medals for the U.S. were Vitali Arujau (Syosset, N.Y./Finger Lakes WC) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs and Lucas Davison (Chesterton, Ind./Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC) at 92 kg/202 lbs.
Arujau lost a close finals match to Toshiya Abe of Japan 3-2. Arujau took fourth place last year at the NCAA tournament as a true freshman.
Davison, a redshirt freshman from Northwestern, had great tournament, but lost in the finals to 2017 Cadet World champion Alan Bagaev of Russia 5-4.
In addition to the two silver medals, there were two wrestlers from the United States who brought home bronze medals. Gabriel Tagg (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/EAP) at 61 kg/134 lbs, an incoming freshman for North Carolina, earned a 15-4 tech fall in his third place match against Goderdzi Dzebiashvili of Georgia, and Trent Hidlay (Lewistown, Pa./Wolfpack WC) at 86 kg/189 lbs, a redshirt freshman for North Carolina State, who beat Ivars Samusonoks of Latvia 9-0 to earn his bronze medal.
Overall, the United States had a very solid performance at this year’s Junior Worlds. It is great to see the up and coming talent on display at the international level. With as much success as these wrestlers had at the world level, it will be interesting to see them switch gears as the college season is about to start. There is a great chance we will be seeing these names at the tops of the college rankings for each of these wrestlers. We may even see some of them standing on top of the podium after the NCAA tournament.
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