WRESTLING: Taylor Massa repeats as champion at FILA Junior Nationals freestyle competition
Craig Sesker
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April 10, 2011 4:50 PM
CLEVELAND – Michigan’s Taylor Massa continues to make his mark in USA Wrestling events.

Massa repeated as champion and was named Outstanding Wrestler after winning the FILA Junior Nationals freestyle title on Sunday at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.

Massa downed Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh 3-1, 2-1 to win the title at 74 kg/163 lbs. Massa won the title at 70 kg/154.25 lbs. last year.

Massa was joined as a repeat champion by Nick Roberts (50 kg/110 lbs.), Ethen Lofthouse (79 kg/174 lbs.) and Lee Munster (84 kg/185 lbs.). Massa is a junior in high school. He won the USA Wrestling Cadet Triple Crown in 2009.

“This year, it feels so much better to win it,” Massa said. “I feel like I had one of the toughest charts in the tournament, if not the toughest. My goal is to make the Junior World Team. It’s always a real tough tournament. I trained hard and it paid off.”

Roberts was fifth at the 2010 Junior World Championships.

Iowa’s Tony Ramos, fifth in the 2009 Junior Worlds, beat returning champion Nick Dardanes 1-1, 1-0 in the finals at 60 kg/132 lbs.

“I had a pretty decent tournament overall,” Ramos said. “I had to come out and pick it up after being in the round of 12 (at NCAAs). It wasn’t the performance I wanted. I needed to get back at the top of my game. I got to my offense more and stayed in good position, and didn’t make too many mistakes. I want to get back on that (Junior World Team) and win a gold medal.”

The Junior age group consists of 17-20 year olds, featuring some of the nation’s top wrestlers, as well as underclassmen from the college level.

The champions in each of the seven Olympic weight classes, plus 50 kg/110 lbs., advance to the best-of-3 finals for the FILA Junior World Team Trials. The Junior World Team Trials are set for May 19-20 in Franklin, Ind.

The top six finishers in the seven Olympic classes, plus 50 kg, qualify for the Junior World Team Trials.

There were 357 wrestlers entered in the FILA Junior freestyle class, an increase from the 317 that entered last year.


50 kg/110 lbs.
Nick Roberts (Young Guns) dec. Jarred Brooks (Humphrey Wrestling), 3-2, 4-1

55 kg/121 lbs.
Jesse Delgado (Meathead WC) dec. Jack Hathaway (Trojan Wrestling Club), 2-1, 1-0

60 kg/132 lbs.
Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. Nick Dardanes (Minnesota Storm), 1-1, 1-0

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Kendrick Maple (Oklahoma Elite) dec. Samuel Sherlock (Nittany Lion WC), 2-2, 3-1, 2-0

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Josh Kindig (Cowboy Wrestling Club) dec. Destin McCauley (OTC), 3-4, 6-2, 4-0

70 kg/154 lbs.
Mark Martin Jr. (Eagle Club) pinned Zachary Brunson (Churchill), 6-1, 1:16

74 kg/163 lbs.
Taylor Massa (Massa Maniacs) dec. Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), 3-1, 2-1

79 kg/174 lbs.
Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh WC), 1-0, 2-0

84 kg/185 lbs.
Lee Munster (Northwestern) dec. Max Thomusseit (Pittsburgh WC), 2-1, 1-2, 1-1

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Kyven Gadson (Iowa State) dec. Tanner Hall (Warrior WC), 1-0, 0-1, 3-1

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Bobby Telford (Iowa) dec. Toby Erickson (Bronco WC), 1-0, 2-0