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2015 US Open Results

Published May 10th, 2015 by NLWC Admin

U.S. National Championships 

David Taylor earned 1st place at 74 kg (163 lbs.) at the U.S. Open National Championships.  David had a superb tournament defeating Richard McCarty (Gator) by fall in 0:27, Jacob Butenhoff (Columbia Bason Wrestling) by fall in 0:23, Nestor Taffur (Princeton Amateur Wr) by technical fall 10-0, Tyler Caldwell (Sunkist Kids Wrestling) by technical fall 12-2 in the semi finals, and Andrew Howe (NYAC) by decision 2-0 in the finals .

Resident Athletes who placed were Jake Varner, 2nd at 97 kg/213 lbs., Frank Molinaro, 5th at 65 kg/143 lbs., and Eric Thompson, 7th at 125 kg/275 lbs. 

Jake defeated Alfonso Hernandez (Titan Mercury) by decision 7-1, Paco Retana (Colorado Mesa Wrestling) by technical fall 10-0, Enock Francois (NYAC) by decision 3-0, JD Bergman (NYAC) by decision 2-2, before being upset in the finals by Kyle Snyder (Titan Mercury) 2-1.  

In a weight class loaded with former NCAA Champions, Frank beat Michael Mitchel (NYAC) by fall 4:29, defeated Michael Stamp (Gator) by fall in 1:23, beat Jason Chamberlain (Titan Mercury) by decision 3-1, lost in the semi finals to Brent Metcalf (NYAC) by decision 4-2, lost in the consolation semi finals to Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury) 9-6, and won the 5th place bout over Jason Chamberlain by decision 4-1. 

Eric beat Matthew Meuleners (Titan Mercury) by technical fall 12-2, lost to Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) by 10-0, defeated Justin Grant (NYAC) by technical fall 10-0, lost to Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids) 11-4, and won by injury default over Tony Nelson (Minnesota Storm) in the 7th place bout. 

The top 5 finishers at this tournament qualified for the U.S. World Team Trials which will be held on June 12-14 in Madison, WI. 

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