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Junior Men's Freestyle Fargo Recap

By MI Grappler, 07/19/22, 6:30PM EDT


Tournament Recap

Team Michigan put together a top-10 finish in Junior Men's Freestyle with 6 placers and one champ. 3x State Champ Josh Barr of Davison joined an exclusive list as a 2x Junior Freestyle champ. Previously, only Brent Metcalf (2003-2005), Paul Donahoe (2002, 2003), Adam Coon (2012, 2013), Nick Simmons (1998-2000), and Andre Metzger (1977, 1978) had accomplished that feat. Barr cruised to the finals with 5 techs and a 12-4 win over Ruiz of New Jersey. In the finals, Barr met #2 Rocco Welsh of New Jersey. Trailing 5-1, Barr made a late comeback with two takedowns and two Turks to win 9-5 and take home another Stop Sign. Following the tournament, the Penn State commit accepted his invitation to his second Who's Number One event, which will take place in Ann Arbor this Fall.

Caden Horwath (Davison) and Braeden Davis (Dundee) finished 2nd and 4th place at 120lbs, respectively. The two dominated their way to the semifinals, where they wrestled for their third time in the outstanding high school careers. Horwath took this one, winning 10-2. Braeden Davis dropped to the backside, where he would finish 4th. Horwath advanced to the finals against #1 Nathanael Jesuroga. Horwath took a 2-1 lead into the break, but he was unable to hold on and ultimately lost 12-2. Great tournament for the rising Senior! 

Detroit Catholic Central's 3x state champ Dylan Gilcher had an outstanding tournament in his first trip to Fargo. Gilcher made a run to the semis that included wins over the eventual 5th and 7th place finishers. In the semis, Gilcher lost to future University of Michigan teammate Beau Mantanona of California. Gilcher rallied late but couldn't complete the comeback, falling 5-3. On the backside, Gilcher lost in the 5th place match to Meunier of Wisconsin, who Gilcher had previously beaten in the quarterfinals.  Great tournament for the Shamrock to join his brother Derek (2019) as a Fargo Junior Freestyle All-American. 

Remy Cotton (Davison) and Caden Ferris (Delton Kellogg) both won in Tuesday's blood round to reach the podium at 195lbs and 220lbs, respectively. Cotton had a huge win the reach the podium, beating top-10 nationally ranked Robb of New Jersey. Cotton would ultimately lose to Darrah of Missouri to finish 8th. Ferris had a fantastic showingt, going 8-2 in the tournament to finish 7th.