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After a day of the Challenge bracket matches that saw some surprises and some run their expected courses, the Best-of-3 finals are here. Our Junior World Team will be set today. Below is a quick recap of the major developments that took place Friday, and what we can look forward to in the finals.
May 17-19 | 10:00 AM Eastern
Best-of-3 Finals - Saturday 1:30
57 Malik Heinselman vs. Vitali Arujau (Finger Lake WC)
61 Gabe Tagg vs. Jaime Hernandez (Tarheel Wrestling Club)
65 Yahya Thomas vs. Keegan O'toole (Askren Wrestling Academy Lake Country)
70 Sammy Sasso vs. Brayton Lee (Minnesota Regional Training Center)
74 David Carr vs. Shane Griffith (California Regional Training Center (CRTC)
79 Aaron Brooks vs. Parker Keckeisen (Askren Wrestling Academy North Shore)
86 Trent Hidlay vs. Victor Marcelli (Old Hickory Wrestling Club)
92 Lucas Davison vs. Brandon Whitman (Tarheel Wrestling Club)
97 Sam Schuyler vs. Tanner Sloan (Jackrabbit Wrestling Club)
125 Trent Hillger (Unattached) vs. Mason Parris (Cliff Keen Wrestling Club)
Notable Challenge Bracket Results
57KG - US Open runner-up and #2 seed Sam Latona was beaten by Kyle Biscoglia in the first round. Michael Colaiocco who wasn't in Vegas, then beat Biscoglia and 2018 Fargo Champ Eric Barnett before losing in the finals to Vito Arujau, who steamrolled everyone.
61KG - One of the biggest stories of the day was Jaime Hernandez who was 4th in Vegas. He beat last year's JR Trials runner-up, Jordan Decatur, Cadet Trials runner-up Frankie Tal-Shahar, and U23 Runner-Up Roman Bravo-Young. What a run!
65KG - Penn-bound Lucas Revano knocked off Cadet World Teamer and 2nd seeded Josh Saunders in round one. But Keegan O'Toole upstaged him by beating JR Trials runner-up and top seed Andrew Alirez.
70KG - Call Brayton Lee the comeback kid. He trailed Cadet Bronze medalist Jacori Teemer 7-0 at the break and then Peyton Robb 8-2 after two minutes. He rallied to beat both.
74KG - Shane Griffith, who was a runner-up in Vegas at 79, teched his way to today's final with wins over Phil Conigliaro (who beat Travis Wittlake in one of the day's best bouts) and Vegas runner-up Danny Braunagel.
79KG - Jake Allar upset top seed Dustin Plott but Parker Keckeisen took out Allar in the Challenge bracket finals.
86KG - Victor Marcelli showed his chops in Vegas when he beat last year's runner-up and top seed Kordell Norfleet before finishing 5th. He looked even better yesterday. He beat the Open runner-up Zach Braunagel and then Fargo Champ Jack Jessen with a 5-0 2nd period.
92KG - Brandon Whitman teched Norfleet and then edged Jake Woodley - both Top 3 finishers last year.
97KG - Par for the course as top seed Tanner Sloan rolled in a thin bracket.
125KG - The biggest news was that neither finalists (Anthony Cassioppi/Seth Nevills) showed up. Mason Parris, who was 3rd in Fargo last year, and Trent Hillger, who was 3rd at the Trials, will determine our WTM.