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Glenn Pursley, Published July 17 2012

Team Minnesota continues dominance at USA Wrestling Tournament

FARGO – Jared Oftendahl of Chaska, Minn., defeated Javier Vieyra of Salina, Kan., in the 113-pound weight class to win the USA Junior National Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship on Tuesday at the Fargodome.

“It’s crazy,” Oftendahl said of winning the tournament. “It’s a big experience, it feels amazing.”

Oftendahl’s first-place finish marks the fourth title won by Team Minnesota at the 2012 Junior and Cadet Championships. On Monday, Mason Manville, Mitchell McKee and Lance Benick all won titles in their weight class.

Vieyra and Oftendahl were locked in the center for 90 seconds of the two-minute first round until Vieyra managed to take down Oftendahl and expose his back to the mat and took period one 2-0. Oftendahl fought back to win the second round 1-0 after pushing out Vieyra to send the match to a third round.

Oftendahl learned from his success in the second round and something clicked. He knew how to win the title.

“Even though I lost the first period, I knew the match was mine,” Oftendahl said. “I got the push out in the second period and I realized if I did the same thing again I could get it again, so I just went for the exact same thing.”

Vieyra was ready this time and being in the clinch position, he was able to take control of Oftendahl and the match with time ticking away. But Oftendahl was able to fend off Vieyra and not allow the flip to take the match 1-2, 1-0, 1-0. Team Minnesota finished in fourth place in the Juniors with 37 points.

“It was really nerve-racking going into the start,” Oftendahl said. “As soon as the first period ended, I knew I could do it. Last year, I thought I should have got it. This year, I finally did.”

His road to the championship wasn’t an easy one, as he was up against Mitchell Rogaliner earlier in the tournament. Rogaliner has knocked him out of the tournament for the past three years.

Oftendahl was able to take care of Rogaliner in three periods and defeated Jordan Wigger in the semifinals to make it to the championship match.

“Once I beat (Rogaliner) I knew this tournament was mine,” said Oftendahl, who will be a senior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Ryan Blees of Bismarck wrestled in the 145-pound Greco final against U.S. cadet world team member and three-time state champion Grant LaMont of Mapleton, Utah.

Blees, a junior from Bismarck High, took fourth place at last year’s championships in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle and won the North Dakota state title when he was a freshman and a sophomore. LaMont pinned Blees at 1:42 in the second period in the 145-pound title.

“It felt good right before, but it definitely didn’t end the way I wanted it to,” Blees said of the match. “He’s a tough kid. I’ve wrestled him a couple of times and never beat him, but I wrestled hard to get here and had some tough matches and I wrestled solid against them.

“It’s nice knowing you got up there but next year I’m definitely going to be working for a first place finish in that match.”

Blees shut out every wrestler he faced leading up to 2-0, 6-0 victory over Alex Abono of California in the semifinals to face LaMont in the championship match.

Junior Greco-Roman results

100 pounds

1st - Jabari Moody (Illinois) over J.J. McClelland (Wisconsin) dec. 1-0, 3-1

3rd - Austin Ryan (Illinois) over Shaun Ramey (Illinois) dec. 3-2, 1-0

106 pounds

1st - Nkosi Moody (Illinois) over Tommy Pawelski (Illinois) dec. 2-0, 0-3, 3-1

3rd - Kael Knowlen (North Dakota) over Joe Cisneros (California) dec. 0-2, 4-2, 4-1

113 pounds

1st - Jarred Oftendahl (Minnesota) over Javier Vieyra (Kansas) dec. 1-2, 1-0, 1-0

3rd - Jordan Wigger (South Carolina) over Johnson Mai (California) dec. 0-2, 2-0, 6-0

120 pounds

1st - Kevon Powell (Illinois) over Josh Newberg (Washington) dec. 6-0, 0-1, 1-0

3rd - Isaiah Varona (Florida) over Thierno Diallo (Maryland) tech. fall 6-0, 6-1

126 pounds

1st - Cory Clark (Iowa) over Joel Shump (Illinois) tech. fall 9-0, 6-0

3rd - Andrew Crone (Wisconsin) over Joey Palmer (Washington) dec. 2-2, 4-4

132 pounds

1st - Zane Richards (Illinois) over Tyson Dippery (Pennsylvania) dec. 1-0, 2-0

3rd - Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (New York) over Sammy Jones (Louisiana) dec. 1-1, 2-0 5-1

138 pounds

1st - Hayden Tuma (Idaho) over Mitch Bengtson (Minnesota) dec. 1-0, 0-2, 2-0

3rd - Sahid Kargbo (Virginia) over Jake Marlin (Iowa) dec. 4-0, 3-0

145 pounds

1st - Grant LaMont (Utah) over Ryan Blees (North Dakota) fall 7-0, 1:42

3rd - Tyrel White (Pennsylvania) over Jared Johnshoy (Idaho) dec. 5-0, 1-0

152 pounds

1st - Oliver Pierce (Texas) over T.J. Fox (Ohio) dec. 7-0, 2-0

3rd - Yoanse Mejia (Florida) over Josh Halicke (Minnesota), dec. 1-0, 1-0

160 pounds

1st - Geordan Speiller (Florida) over Matt Gray (Wisconsin) dec. 6-0, 3-0

3rd - Barrett Stanghill (Montana) over Nick Becker (Wisconsin) dec. 2-0, 0-1, 2-0

170 pounds

1st - Alex Meyer (Iowa) over Justin Koethe (Iowa) fall 0-5, :56

3rd - Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) over Richard Robertson (Illinois) dec. 1-0, 2-0

182 pounds

1st - Sam Brooks (Illinois) over Kevin Beazley (Michigan) dec. 2-0, 1-0

3rd - Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma) over McZiggy Richards (New York) dec. 2-0, 1-0

195 pounds

1st - Ryan Solomon (Pennsylvania) over Alen Turcinhodzic (Pennsylvania) dec. 1-0, 3-0

3rd - Jeremy Sweany (California) over Cash Drylie (Kansas) dec. 1-3, 1-0, 7-0

220 pounds

1st - Kyle Snyder (Maryland) over Daniel Chaid (California) dec. 2-0, 1-1

3rd - J’Den Cox (Missouri) over Garret Ryan (Arizona) dec. 3-0, 4-0

285 pounds

1st - Adam Coon (Michigan) over Josh Marchok (Illinois) dec. 1-0, 8-0

3rd - Sam Stoll (Minnesota) over Joe Scanlan (Iowa) tech. fall 8-1, 6-0

Readers can reach Forum reporter Glenn Pursley at (701) 451-5549