LAS VEGAS – Titan Mercury wrestler Evan Wick produced a runner-up finish at the 2016 UWW Junior National Freestyle Championships on Sunday afternoon after an impressive run through the 70-kilogram bracket.
By: Taylor Miller TMWC
Wick, a California native, battled Dewey Krueger in a 15-13 match to open his tournament. From there, Wick notched three wins by tech fall to advance to the finals, where he met up with Michael Kemerer. Wick trailed 8-0 after the first period, but stormed back putting eight points on the board in the second period; however, Kemerer held on for a 9-8 win.
Two other TMWC wrestlers placed at the tournament, with Nick Piccininni and Tristan Moran finishing fourth at 55 kilos and 66 kilos, respectively.
Piccininni stayed consistent in the 55kg bracket, making an appearance in the semifinals, but suffered a loss to Gavin Teasdale. He made his way to the third-place bout, where he had a wild match with Austin Gomez. Piccininni lead 6-4 at the break and went on to score two more takedowns, but it was not enough as Gomez scored 13 points in the second for a 17-10 win.
Team BIG athlete Daton Fix went on to win the 55 kilo bracket.
Moran advanced to the semifinals at 66 kilos before getting knocked out by eventual champion Alec Panteleo. On the back side of the bracket, he edged out Fredy Stroker, 7-6 to earn a spot in the third-place match. There, he dropped an 8-5 bout to Griffin Parriott for a fourth-place finish.
Other TMWC athletes that competed at the tournament included Lincoln Olson (60 kg), Boo Lewallen (66 kg), Zander Wick (70 kg), Joe Smith (74 kg), Andrew Marsden (96 kg).
National standout Mark Hall own the 74-kilo bracket, where he was completely dominant, picking up three tech falls en route to the finals, where he pinned Logan Massa in 1:39.
Spencer Lee took out everyone in his way at 50 kilos and did not give up a single point the entire tournament with three wins by tech fall. He defeated Patrick McKee of Minnesota Storm in the finals, 10-0.