Many New York state high school grapplers are slated to attend the Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND from July 14th-21st. New York returns 4 All-Americans from last year's team.
New Rochelle senior and 2018 182lb New York State Champion Jacob Logan finished 2nd last season at 182lbs in Cadet Freestyle losing 5-1 to Devin Winston of Missouri. A gut check loss has Logan more focused and prepared in 2018. “I came in with the goal of winning the tournament and to come up short hurt. It was a tough loss but served as a great learning experience and motivation for this year,” Logan said. Like most wrestlers, one loss doesn’t define the end product. Jake added “I moved on pretty quickly. It was just one bad match out of many and I’m not the type to dwell on losses."
Making the jump from Cadet to Junior, Logan is on a strict training regimen in hopes of being on top of the podium in Fargo. A year of maturity has allowed Logan to focus and construct his game plan going into the tournament. “Last year I was too caught up with wins and losses but this time around I’m only focused on scoring as many points as I can,” Logan said.
One main factor that keeps Jake focused is he doesn’t allow the atmosphere, no matter how intense, to affect his wrestling. He has wrestled on some of the biggest stages including Fargo, States and Eastern States. “Handling my nerves has been key for me, I try to treat it as just another match because that’s all it really is, just in front of a lot more people,” Logan added.
There are notable national tournaments that allow wrestlers to gain exposure to college coaches, none bigger than the Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo. Jake, being a 2018 NYS Champion and Fargo Runner-up, has gained some interest in colleges and isn’t exactly flying under the radar any longer. Many people are expecting big things from Jacob Logan next week and the upcoming 2018-2019 wrestling season.
Special shoutout to Jacob’s training partners Conor Melbourne of Princeton and Jon Errico of Penn.
Jacob also wants to give a huge thanks to his parents and club coaches Grant Paswall and Joe Regan.
2017 99lb New York State Champion Stevo Poulin of Shenendehowa placed 5th last year at 88lbs. After a successful freshman campaign, Poulin plans to carry over that success in hopes of another high finish this year at Fargo. With not many freestyle tournaments under his belt, Stevo was confident going into the tournament. “I knew I had to stick to what I’m good at,” Stevo said. “I knew the competition would get harder the farther I went into the bracket.”
After dropping his second round match 11-10 to Cody Thompson of Colorado, Stevo didn’t dwell on the loss and bounced back to reel off 4 straight wins en route to an all-american finish. Stevo added “Although being an all-american at Fargo is a big accomplishment for people, I thought that third place was not far away.”
Poulin's first Fargo experience has really propelled him into this year and expectations couldn’t be higher. “I’m not expecting anything less than first. Months of freestyle training and competing with people around the world and finishing 3rd at the world team trails is more than enough preparation for me to succeed at Fargo this year.” Poulin said.
Stevo will be competing at 100lbs this year and is joined by training partners and fellow Section 2 teammates Brock Delsignore and Joey Scheeren.
Jacob Nolan of Saranac finished 7th in Cadet Freestyle last year at 160lbs. The Saranac senior ended his 2017 Fargo trip on a positive note pinning Illinois’s James Cagnina. Nolan said “It’s a great feeling, just knowing that all of your hard work had paid off.” He credits fellow Fargo teammate and 2018 NYS Champion Dempsey Carroll of Copenhagen who competed at 152lbs. Carroll finished with a 4-2 record.
Nolan moves up to Junior this year but still expects another All-American finish in 2018. “I know it will be more competitive moving up to Junior, but I feel like I’ll be prepared to make a good run,” Nolan said.
Jacob will also complete in Junior Greco as well hoping to improve on his 5th place finish in 2017. I asked Jake which style did you find more difficult, freestyle or greco? “Definitely greco because I was training a lot more freestyle leading up to Fargo. Also, we wrestled greco second so I was a little beat up going into the greco tournament,” Nolan said.
I don’t think anyone can argue Jacob Nolan’s toughness and drive. To be able to place 5th in Greco after wrestling an entire freestyle tournament where you placed 7th is quite a feat. There aren’t many wrestlers in the country that can call them self a double Fargo All-American. Jake will be competing at 170lbs and will be joined by his fellow Section 7 teammate Logan Dubuque of Peru.
Jordan Titus of Center Moriches nabbed 6th last year at 94lbs. Titus, who is a 2x NYS runner-up, had a wild 2017 Fargo campaign going 4-3 including a 26-21 scoring marathon win over Alexzander Cottey of Indiana. Although Titus moves up to Junior this year, the Suffolk County star expects to improve on his 6th place finish from last year.
Adam Busiello (Eastport South Manor-11) – Junior Freestyle
Zach Redding (Eastport South Manor-11) – Cadet Freestyle
Ivan Garcia (Portchester-1) – Cadet Freestyle
Terry Adams (Monsignor Farrell-C) – Junior Freestyle/Greco
Jon Loew (Wantagh-8) – Junior Freestyle
Kiernan Shanahan (Shenedehowa-2) - Junior Freestyle
Joey Slackman (Commack-11) – Junior Freestyle/Greco
Jayson Gomez (Eagle Academy-P) - Junior Freestyle/Greco
John Worthing (Tioga-4) - Junior Freestyle/Greco
Anthony Noto (Honeoye Falls-Lima-5) - Cadet Freestyle
Brady Worthing (Tioga-4) – Cadet Freestyle/Greco
Benny Baker (Wyoming Seminary/Newark Valley-4) – Junior Freestyle
Brock Delsignore (Shenendehowa-2) - Cadet Freestyle
Dante Rigal (Johnson City-4) - Cadet Freestyle/Greco
Aaron Wolk (Horace Greely-1) - Junior Freestyle
Jacob Ferreira (Horace Greeley-1) - Junior Freestyle
Logan Dubuque (Peru-7) - Junior Greco
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