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Minnesota wrestler wins Cadet triple crown

Keegan Moore of Jackson, Minn., right, fends off an attack by Wyatt Koelling during the USA Wrestling 182-pound Cadet freestyle championship Friday at the Fargodome. Nick Wagner / The Forum

FARGO – About the only thing Jackson, Minn., native Keegan Moore did wrong in his week wrestling at the Fargodome was botch the landing on a backflip.

Considering it was after he won the USA Wrestling Cadet freestyle national title, Moore let it go.

“I’m able to do it usually, but that was the first time I tried it out there,” said Moore after a 7-0 win over Utah’s Wyatt Koelling for the 182-pound title. “You know how they say after a match everyone has the energy to do a celebration or something like that? Well, me not sticking my backflip that I always land shows that I had no energy. I left it all on the mat.”

The win gave Moore the USA Wrestling triple crown in the Cadet division. Moore won national titles in folkstyle in Cedar Falls, Iowa, along with a Greco-Roman title in Fargo on Monday to go along with Friday’s freestyle title.

Moore didn’t give up a point in the freestyle tournament, winning technical falls of 10-0, 13-0, 11-0, 11-0 before knocking off Koelling 7-0.

“Knowing that you’re the best guy in the country and no one can score on you is real good,” Moore said. “It gives me great confidence. Great confidence like I can go up against a tough guy and say, ‘Hey, I’m the best in the country.’”

Moore, who capped off his 48-0 sophomore season at Jackson County Central High School with a state title at 170 pounds this year, said the toughest match he fought all year was his 6-5 win in the Greco-Roman title match against Koelling.

As was the tournament, the title match was all Moore. He was up 4-0 early and never trailed, adding another point at the beginning of the third and clinching it with two points with seconds remaining.

Between Greco-Roman, folkstyle and freestyle, Moore was pretty open as to which he least enjoyed.

“I hate Greco,” Moore said. “I think I’m going to be done with Greco. I like folkstyle the best and then probably freestyle.”

Moore smiled when asked why he did Greco-Roman.

“To get the national triple crown,” Moore said.

Only Moore and Wisconsin’s Beau Breske took home the USA Cadet triple crown. After Breske won a 9-6 decision over Illinois’ Kamal Bay to claim the 170-pound freestyle national title and clinch the triple crown, he was asked what he likes to do outside of wrestling.

The 16-year-old Hartford, Wis., native laughed and said, “I don’t really do a lot away from the mat.”

It showed this week, as Breske did not give up a point in either the Greco-Roman or freestyle tournament before the freestyle title match. He used four 10-0 and one 11-0 technical falls to win the Greco-Roman national title and did the same to get to the freestyle title match.

Friday’s title was Breske’s fourth title at the Fargodome, as he swept the tournaments last year as well.

“I wasn’t really happy when I gave up points,” Breske said. “My goal is no points this year. It sucked that I gave up six in the last match, but, really, I just brushed it off in the match. I really haven’t had a battle like that in a long time. It really means a lot when you have to work for something. Much more than when it’s just being handed to you.”

Metz takes home third at 220 pounds

Four days after winning the 220-pound Greco-Roman national title, West Fargo’s Brandon Metz took home third place in freestyle.

After falling via a 14-4 technical fall in the third round, Metz came back to win six matches and lock up third. Metz used 14-4 and 16-5 technical falls, two pins and a 6-2 decision before knocking off Pennsylvania’s Cole Nye with a 14-4 technical fall in the third-place match.

Team scores: Illinois 88, Pennsylvania 58, Ohio 51, California 34, Indiana 33, Minnesota 33, New Jersey 33, Missouri 25, Oregon 25, Michigan 24, Iowa 23, Washington 23, Wisconsin 21, Oklahoma 20, Utah 20, Colorado 16, Arizona 15, Nevada 14, New York 14, Idaho 7, Virginia 7, North Dakota 6, Connecticut 5, Maryland 5, Florida 4, Texas 4, Kansas 3, Alabama 1, Alaska 0, Arkansas 0, Delaware 0, Georgia 0, Hawaii 0, Kentucky 0, Louisiana 0, Maine 0, Massachusetts 0, Montana 0, Nebraska 0, New Mexico 0, North Carolina 0, Puerto Rico 0, South Carolina 0, South Dakota 0, Tennessee 0, West Virginia 0, Wyoming 0.

Individual title matches

88: Malik Heinselman, Colorado, technical fall Jason Holmes, Arizona, 16-6.

94: Nicolas Aguilar, California, technical fall Dylan D’Emilio, Ohio, 11-0.

100: Roman Bravo-Young, Arizona, dec. Max Murin, Pennsylvania, 9-0.

106: Paul Konrath, Indiana, dec. Iam Timmins, Nevada, 8-2.

113: Austin Gomez, Illinois, technical fall Ben Freeman, Michigan, 11-0.

120: Dylan Duncan, Illinois, dec. Yianni Diakomihallis, New York, 12-4.

126: Chad Red, Indiana, dec. Jaden Enriquez, California, 4-3.

132: Nick Lee, Indiana, technical fall Jaime Hernandez, Illinois, 11-0.

138: Ethan Karsten, Missouri, technical fall Shayne Oster, Illinois, 10-0.

145: Jared Verkleeren, Pennsylvania, technical fall Matthew Park, Idaho, 11-0.

152: Trey Meyer, Washington, dec. Johnny Blankenship, Missouri, 9-7.

160: Brandon Dallavia, New Jersey, dec. Owen Webster, Minnesota, 11-7.

170: Bea Breske, Wisconsin, dec. Kamal Bey, Illinois, 9-6.

182: Keegan Moore, Minnesota, dec. Wyatt Koelling, Utah, 7-0.

195: Matt Stencel, Ohio, dec. Kobe Woods, Indiana, 13-4.

220: Gannon Gremmel, Iowa, dec. Luke Ready, Michigan, 8-7.

285: Osawaru Odighizuwa, Oregon, dec. Hunter Mullins, Washington, 3-2.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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