FARGO-- Patience paid off for Shakopee, Minnesota's Alexander Lloyd at the USA Wrestling ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships Monday at the Fargodome. Lloyd defeated Brock Hardy from Brigham City, Utah, 5-4 to win the 132-pound cadet Greco-Roman national championship.
"I stayed patient and controlled my ties," said the 16-year-old Lloyd, who finished sixth in 2014. "Usually I'm not as patient as I was this week but it just came out that way. I knew that if I stayed patient and controlled on my ties I could be on top of the podium instead of like last year where I ended up losing."
Trailing 1-2 with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining in the match, Lloyd got a takedown and went ahead 5-2. Hardy would come back to score two points with 0:06 remaining to make the score 5-4. Lloyd was able to hold on to the one-point lead for the final six seconds to seal the championship.
"Alex did a nice job of controlling the ties and getting into positions that he was comfortable with," Lloyd's coach, Jim Moulsoff said. "It was tight there. And then when he had the opportunity to score he took advantage of that opportunity and went big. It was a great job of being patient but still fighting hard and still holding position at the same time and waiting for his opportunity score."
Lloyd was an All-American in both Greco-Roman and freestyle in 2014. He will also be competing in the Cadet Freestyle National Championships beginning Wednesday. He finished fifth in freestyle last year.
"I want to experience it again," Lloyd said of trying to win a second national championship this week. "I'm looking to do the same thing."
Two other Minnesota natives had opportunities to win national championships Monday but came up short. Peyton Robb of Medford, Minn. was defeated 8-6 by Roman Young from Arizona in the final of the 113-pound weight class. Mason Hall of East Bethel, Minn. was defeated 6-5 by Andrew Merola from New Jersey in the 138-pound final.
Lloyd, Robb and Hall were among eight wrestlers from Minnesota who finished inside the top eight of their weight class to become All-Americans.
Championship match results
88: Mosha Schwartz, Colorado, tech fall, Derek Ramos, Idaho, 13-2.
94: Malik Heinselman, Colorado, tech fall, Jace Koelzer, Kansas 10-0.
100: Peter Ogunsanya, Illinois, dec. Benji Peak, Wisconsin 8-1.
106: Malik Johnson, Missouri, dec. Riley Gurr, Washington 4-3.
113: Roman Bravo-Young, Arizona, dec. Peyton Robb, Minnesota 8-6.
120: Nicholas Raimo, New Jersey, tech fall, Alston Nutter, Wisconsin 10-0.
126: Patrick Ramirez, California, dec. Kyran Hagan, Missouri 7-3.
132: Alexander Lloyd, Minnesota, dec. Brock Hardy, Utah 5-4.
138: Andrew Merola, New Jersey, dec. Mason Hall, Minnesota 6-5.
145: Anthony Aralona, Florida, dec. Peyton Omania, California 13-10.
152: Max Wohlabaugh, Florida, dec. Andrew Johnson, Kansas 5-3.
160: Travis Wittlake Jr., Oregon, dec. Ryan Karoly, New Jersey 6-0.
170: Jacob Warener, Illinois, tech fall, Jack Jessen, Illinois 11-0.
182: Andrew Davison, Indiana, dec. Anthony Walters, Pennsylvania 5-3.
195: Brady Daniel, Maryland, dec. Jake Boyd, Missouri 8-4.
220: Cohlton Schultz, Colorado, tech fall, Kayne Hutchison, Kansas 11-0.
285: Nicholas Boykin, Tennessee, tech fall, Gavin Nye, California, 16-6.