Gannon Gremmel Wins Cadet Folkstyle Nationals
Gannon Gremmel of Dubuque Hempstead won the Cadet (15-16-year-olds) 220
bracket at the USA Folkstyle National Championships at the UNI Dome at the
Northern Iowa campus! Wrestlers traveled from all over the country to try to win
the Folkstyle National Title. There were brackets that had 80+ competitors in
them and they battled it out on 26 mats. The Hempstead wrestling club (Slammin
Stangs) sent 6 wrestlers to the tournament.
Gannon Gremmel knocked off the defending champion at his weight class (also a
state runner-up in Oklahoma) by the score of 1-0 in the finals after bonus point
victories in three of his first four matches which included an 11-1 drubbing of
his opponent in the semifinals. In the finals match, Gannon scored an escape in
the 3rd period and then broke his opponent late by staying on his offense and
getting to his low shots that kept his opponent off-balance and also took lots
of time off the clock. Gannon was one of only four Iowans to bring home the
first place "Stop Sign."
Brandon Haas came up one match short of achieving "All-American" status (top
eight) at Cadet 170. He won his first two matches to get into the quarterfinals
then lost to the eventual champion. In his round of 12 match, Brandon was taken
down with less than 5 seconds left in the match to lose a heartbreaking decision
to a two-time state qualifier from Illinois.
Gavin Gremmel also put together an excellent tournament in the Junior
(17-18-year-olds) 170 bracket. After a comeback overtime victory in the first
round, Gavin won the second round to put him one win away from the quarterfinals
where he lost to the eventual champion. Gavin then lost a 6-5 decision to a
wrestler who ended up pinning his next two opponents to achieve All American
Ian Hurst (Junior 138#) lost to a very tough opponent first round then came back
to win his next two matches in the consolation side of the bracket, the second
in dominating fashion. He then lost a nailbiter of a match to bow out of the
tournament with a record of 2-2.
Cody Callahan also wrestled in the Junior 138# bracket. Cody won first round
then proceeded to lose to two state champions that knocked him out of the
tournament. Tough draw!
Jake Duccini competed in the Junior 145# bracket where he also went 1-2. Jake
won his consolation first round match via sudden death overtime with an escape
to win 5-4.