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Emerson Wins Senior Nationals, O'Hearon 4th

By MI Grappler, 03/25/18, 5:00PM EDT

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Temperance Bedford senior Austin Emerson was crowned a Senior National Champ last weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The 2018 D1 State Champ picked up three decisions and a DQ on his way to the finals.  In the championship match he pinned New York State Champ Deonte Wilson in 4:48.

Emerson's title was the third for a Michigan wrestler in the last four years.  Kanen Storr was a champion in 2016, as was Myles Amine in 2015.  Overall, he is the 14th Michigander to win the Senior Nationals in the 29-year history of the event.

Eaton Rapids senior Austin O'Hearon capped off an outstanding career by placing 4th at 160 pounds.  After winning his first three matches, O'Hearon fell in the quarters to NY State Champ Jake Silverstein, 5-2.  He would go on to win his next three bouts before dropping another decision to Silverstein, 3-2 in the third-place match.

Also turning in a quality performance on the national stage was Annapolis senior Dustin Gross.  Gross, a 4x state placer and three-time finalist, advanced to the quarterfinals before dropping 5-3 and 3-2 bouts to come up one match short of All-American status.

COMPLETE RESULTS
132 - Joe Eisho
W over Christopher Tyler-Schultz (CT) 6-4
L to Gray Hart (VA) 7-3
L to Noah Caskey (CT) 1:00

132 - Andrew Kakoos
L to Kyle Sams (NY) 0:25
L to Daniel Leal (TX) 8-2

152 - Dustin Gross
W over Camilo Hernandez (AZ) 3:14
W over Mahlic Sallah (VA) 7-2
W over Quenten Zanders (NC) 5:17
L to Ryan Luth (CT) 5-3
L to Devin Rivet (RI) 3-2

160 - Austin O'Hearon 4TH PLACE
W over Divine Watkins (DE) 2:16
W over Matthew Dallara (NJ) 8-5
W over Lucas Cordio (MA) 5-3
L to Jake Silverstein (NY) 5-2
W over Quentin Milliken (PA) 6-4
W over Allen Swanson (IL) 3-0
W over Michael Petite (NJ) 3-2
L to Jake Silverstein (NY) 3-2

195 - Brent Booth
W over Collin Malloy (CT) 3:28
L to Miles Nuessle (AZ) 7-6
W over Malik Joyner (GA) 2:56
L to Dakota Grover (CT) 4-3

285 - Austin Emerson 1ST PLACE
W over Merlin Whitedirt (MT) 7-2
W over Tavon Blowe (VA) 6-2
W over Joshua Isaac (VA) DQ
W over Randy Gonzales (CA) 9-2
W over Deonte Wilson (NY) 4:48