USA Senior Nationals : Alyssa Lampe in women and Jordan Oliver shines in the men’s freestyle

By   - 23/12/2019

The Senior Nationals Championships of United States of America concluded on Sunday. On stake was qualification for the U.S Olympic Team Trials for at Penn State in April. The top five athletes in each weight class qualified for the U.S Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling at Penn State in April.

The nationals played over the six olympic categories  men’s freestyle finals at the Senior Nationals was spectacular, a mix of veteran stars and flashy young talents who are ready to big-time in their international careers. One shone a bit brighter than the others, the Outstanding Wrestler of the freestyle tournament, 65 kg champion Jordan Oliver of the Sunkist Kids.

Oliver scored a dominant 10-0 technical fall over 2018 Senior Nationals champion Joey McKenna of the Titan Mercury WC. McKenna came into the finals on a high after his last-second semifinal win over Yianni Diakomihalis of Titan Mercury WC, the 2019 Senior Nationals champion.A  past Senior Nationals titlist on champions row was Dom Bradley of the Sunkist Kids, who won his third career Senior Nationals title when he edged Anthony Nelson of the Gopher WC RTC, 3-2 at 125 kg.

The other four winners on Sunday afternoon were first-time Senior National champions, Spencer Lee of the Titan Mercury WC at 57 kg, Logan Massa of the NYAC at 74 kg, Zahid Valencia of the Sunkist Kids at 84 kg and Hayden Zillmer of the Gopher WC RTC at 97 kg.

Lee, a two-time NCAA champion for Iowa and three-time age-group World champion, was spectacular in his first major Senior Nationals event since going to college. He defeated top-seed Nathan Tomasello of the Titan Mercury WC, 8-2.

USA Women Nationals

Senior Nationals wrapped up with the final three women’s freestyle gold-medal matches on Sunday afternoon at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

In a battle of 2019 World Team members, Forrest Molinari, who moved up a weight, and Victoria Francis, who moved down a weight, met up in the 68 kg finals. Both Francis and Molinari have collected fifth-place finishes at the Senior World Championships.

Early in the bout, Molinari used a big snap down to put Francis to her back to score a pin in 1:08 for the national title. For the crown at 76 kg, sisters and past U23 World Team members Precious Bell and Dymond Guilford went head-to-head.

A slow start put Bell on the shot clock but she was able to force a step out to get on the board first. With less than 20 seconds left in the first period, Bell blocked a throw attempt from Guilford, resulting in four points. The second period saw Bell score two more on a go-behind for an eventual 7-0 victory.

The 62 kg title was awarded to Emma Bruntil after the other finalist, Maya Nelson, pulled herself from the tournament with an injury. The Outstanding Wrestler for the women’s division was Alyssa Lampe, who won the 50 kg title.

Others winning national titles last night were Dominique Parrish at 53 kg and Abby Nette at 57 kg.

At Fort Worth, Texas, December 22, 2019

Men’s freestyle medal results

57 kg
1st – Spencer Lee (TMWC) dec. Nathan Tomasello (TMWC), 8-2

65 kg
1st – Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids) tech. fall Joey McKenna (TMWC), 10-0, 2:16

74 kg
1st – Logan Massa (NYAC) dec. Mekhi Lewis (TMWC), 6-4

86 kg
1st – Zahid Valencia (Sunkist Kids) dec. Myles Martin (TMWC), 7-5

97 kg
1st – Hayden Zillmer (Gopher WC RTC) dec. Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC), 10-10

125 kg
1st – Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids) dec. Anthony Nelson (Gopher WC RTC), 3-2

Women’s freestyle medal bouts

50 kg
1st – Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids) pin Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids), 3:44

53 kg
1st – Dominique Parrish (Sunkist Kids) dec. Areana Villaescusa (Army WCAP), 6-2

57 kg
1st – Abigail Nette (Tiger WC) dec. Tiana Jackson (Menlo WC), 9-6

62 kg
1st – Emma Bruntil (McKendree Bearcat WC) df. Maya Nelson (Sunkist Kids), injury default

68 kg
1st – Forrest Molinari (Titan Mercury WC) df. Victoria Francis (Titan Mercury WC), pin 1:08

76 kg
1st – Precious Bell (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Dymond Guilford (Titan Mercury WC), 7-0

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