One of Minnesota's top prep wrestlers wins title at Fargodome
FARGO – Sam Stoll does not lose often. The Kasson-Mantorville graduate and soon-to-be University of Iowa wrestler is arguably the best Minnesota high school wrestler of all-time.
Tuesday, he took it national, winning the USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman national title at 285 pounds.
“Anytime you get to come out here and prove yourself to the nation, to the world …it’s always fun,” Stoll said after his 2-0 win over Illinois’ Adarios Jones.
Stoll’s career in Minnesota high school wrestling was dominant, capped by 99 straight wins, 63 straight pins and two state titles. His 63 straight pins are a national record.
He had 75 pins in his junior and senior seasons, 66 of which came in the first period and 43 of which came less than a minute into a match. In his sophomore, junior and senior seasons he was 184-2.
Last season, Stoll lost to Adam Coon in the Greco-Roman national title match and he lost this year to Coon at the FILA Junior World Team Trials in a match in which he was up
4-3 with 19 second remaining. Coon is wrestling at the University of Michigan and Stoll plans to see a lot of him in the Big Ten.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Stoll said. “Me and Coon had some great battles. I can’t wait to get after it.”
Stoll has learned from his few losses and plans to take that to the next level. He gave up one point in the tournament, winning by a pin 27 seconds into his Round 2 match, a 10-0 technical fall in Round 3, a 4-0 win in the quarterfinals and an 8-1 win in the semifinals.
“You learn what it was that made you lose,” Stoll said. “Was it what I was doing on the mat or my preparation? Was it my training? You learn more every day and it’s fun to pick things up like that.”
As for getting mocked by his home state for picking Iowa, Stoll isn’t learning from that.
“Of course, everywhere I go I’m always hearing that,” Stoll said. “I just got down (to the University of Iowa) and being in the room a couple times I knew it was a place for me to go and try to win an NCAA title. I think that’s the place that’s going to help me achieve that goal.”
Stoll wasn’t the only winner for Team Minnesota picking up redemption, as Skyler Petry took home a national championship at 120 pounds with a 2-1 win over New Jersey’s Anthony Cefolo.
Last year, in Petry’s first year in the tournament, the Waterville, Minn., native lost in the title match.
“It was heartbreaking, and it pushed me that much more,” Petry said. “My coaches really pushed me and they said I could be good in Greco because of how hard I worked in practice.”
Petry, who will wrestle at the University of Minnesota next year, used his defense to win the title match. Once he was up 2-0, he didn’t give Cefolo an inch to make a move.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Petry said. “I’m not the most technical. I’m there to battle. I love to battle.”
Team scores: Illinois 69, Minnesota 51, Utah 38, New York 34, Georgia 31, California 27, Idaho 24, Oklahoma 24, Florida 20, Wisconsin 20, Arizona 19, Missouri 19, Kansas 18, Maryland 18, Pennsylvania 18, Colorado 16, New Jersey 14, Oregon 14, Ohio 10, Iowa 9, Washington 9, Connecticut 7, South Dakota 7, Massachusetts 6, Michigan 5, Nevada 4, Texas 4, Kentucky 3, Americans in Europe 2, Alabama 0, Alaska 0, Arkansas 0, Delaware 0, Hawaii 0, Indiana 0, Louisiana 0, Montana 0, Nebraska 0, New Mexico 0, North Carolina 0, North Dakota 0, South Carolina 0, Tennessee 0, Vermont 0, Virginia 0, West Virginia 0, Wyoming 0.
Individual championship matches
100: Randon Miranda, California, technical fall Zack Murillo, Connecticut, 14-4.
106: Danny Vega, Arizona, dec. Todd Small, Georgia, 7-2.
113: Dorian Sapien, Idaho, dec. Corbin Nirschl, 12-6.
120: Skyler Petry, Minnesota, dec. Anthony Cefolo, New Jersey, 2-1.
126: Taylor LaMont, Utah, dec. Kegan Calkins, Illinois, 7-2.
132: William Koll, New York, technical fall William Kui, New Jersey, 11-0.
138: Blake Clevenger, Missouri, dec. Rudy Guillen, 8-1.
145: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, New York, technical fall Sir Romeo Howard, 16-5.
152: Brooks Robinson, Utah, pin Nick Tarpley, Colorado, 2:09.
160: Burke Paddock, New York, technical fall Jake Deutschlander, Minnesota, 10-0.
170: Jon Jay Chavez, Idaho, technical fall Chandler Rogers, Oklahoma, 10-0.
182: Justan Rivera, Georgia, dec. Andrew Kowal, Ohio, 4-2.
195: Samuel Colbray, Oregon, dec. Joel Dixon, Oklahoma, 8-0.
220: Roy Nash, Utah, dec. Tyler Schmidt, Wisconsin, 13-8.
285: Sam Stoll, Minnesota, dec. Adarios Jones, Illinois, 2-0.